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Coffee Fest Stirs it Up


Coffee is one of the first things that come to mind when thinking of Seattle, but what about Portland? If not, it should be for at least the next two years as Coffee Fest moves into town in October. “For the freshest, most energized and rewarding experience, make plans to come to what has arguably become America’s most vibrant coffee market,” the event page says of Portland.


Coffee Fest holds three shows per year, usually in New York, Chicago and Seattle (until this year). The tradeshows boast 250 exhibition booths, 75 classes and workshops, new products and networking opportunities. The show is ideal for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products.

“If it looks like coffee, smells like coffee, goes well with coffee or is coffee, you will find it at the 72nd Coffee Fest in Portland,” the event page says. This year’s third Coffee Fest show will host two of its biggest and best events: World Latte Art Championship and the Best Coffeehouse Competition. Past regional winners of the coffeehouse challenge include Palace Coffee Co., Café Grumpy, Slate Coffee Roasters, Ipsento, Peregrine Espresso and Klatch Coffee.

The World Latte Art Championship will feature 64 competitors in a bracket-style, sudden death format. Judging is based on aesthetic beauty, definition, color infusion, degree of difficulty and creativity and speed.  

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