Classes & Competition at Coffee Fest | Navy Pier

Classes & Competition at Coffee Fest | Navy Pier Wake up and smell the coffee! It’s almost time for Coffee Fest 2013! Are you attending this trade show celebrating everybody’s favorite source of caffeine? Well, you’re in for quite the weekend!

Competition

Sit and sip as you enjoy some friendly competition between rival coffeehouses. Be wowed as a group of insanely talented baristas put it all on the line during the Latte Art World Championship Open. The bracket may be stiff, but the 64 competitors aren’t letting this, or the $2000 first prize, intimidate them as they take each other on in sudden death, head-to-head matchups. How do they outshine their fellow competitors? By creating a drink with the greatest aesthetic beauty, definition, color infusion, difficulty and creativity, and speed. You’ll never look at your latte the same way again.

Who will reign supreme in the America’s Best Espresso Competition? Coffee roasters from the central U.S. and Canada will gather to battle it out for the prestigious America’s Best Espresso Competition trophy and title. Baristas will be given six minutes on Friday and ten minutes on Saturday and Sunday to pull their most perfect shots to be presented to the judging table. What are the judges looking for? Real flavor complexity, good mouthfeel and appeal, and a pleasant aftertaste. And here you thought all coffee tasted the same!

And who could overlook the America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition?! Seven semi-finalists have won over fan votes and secret shopper judges and now they’re ready to wow the competition judges with awesome service and their very best espresso, cappuccino, latte, flavored latte, daily special, and manually brewed coffee drinks. What’s at stake? The prestigious America’s Best Coffehouse Competition trophy and a $2,500 prize!

Classes and Workshops

Leave some time between all the sampling for a little education! Coffee Fest offers workshop upon workshop for coffee lovers of all skill levels! Get hands-on barista training, learn the secrets behind making a great frappe or smoothie, uncover costly mistakes to avoid when starting up your own coffee shop, discuss fair trade and sustainability, and more!

And of course in you’re in the market for new equipment or new product distributors, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Click here to see all the weekend’s exhibitors.

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