CoffeeFest NYC 2013 – Recap

CoffeeFest NYC 2013 has come and gone but baristas and coffee professionals across the world are still in withdrawals from the mass amounts of caffeine consumed March eighth through the tenth at the Javits Center in Manhattan. As always, a lot of the activity focused on the competitions and their was no shortage of entertainment for fans of competitive coffee preparation.

America’s Best Coffee House

Peregrine Espresso won the America’s Best Coffee House competition. When I saw their name on the competitors list, I knew if they could recreate their cafe experience they would be hard to beat. Their Capitol Hill location is one of my favorite cafes in the States and they always knock customer service out of the park. Judging by their shiny champion’s trophy, they pulled it off. Contestants were entrusted with a mock-cafe on the trade show floor for an hour, in which they had to set up the cafe, make drinks for customers, and clean before the next team came on. Standards were set high with coffee industry veterans Chris Deferio and Pete Licata serving as judges. For the first time the competition streamed live and people from around the globe tuned in for the final announcement on the last day of the conference.

 

Latte Art World Championship Open

First time contestant Cabell Tice of Thinking Cup won the Latte Art World Championship Open. Kenny Smith of Sunergos Coffee took second (for the second time in his CoffeeFest Career) and Nobumasa Shimoyama of Oli & Ari in Melbourne, Australia placed third. Cabell and Kenny’s final pours were both very impressive, and the competitors had to wait over four nail-biting hours to hear the judges’ final decision. The competition was fierce throughout the entire tournament, with previous champions Ryan Soeder and Christopher “Nicely” Abel Alameda bowing out relatively early. Contestants came from as far as Japan, Korea, Germany, Israel, and Taiwan to compete.

Winning pours of CoffeeFest NYC 2013

America’s Best Espresso

Ceremony Coffee won the America’s Best Espresso competition with a single-origin Kenya Igutha espresso. Ceremony, which is based in Annapolis Maryland, also provided free pour-overs for CoffeeFest attendees the entire weekend. Unfortunately I did not get to try their espresso (pulled on a Slayer espresso machine) while I was judging the competition, but considering the quality of their pour-overs, I’m not surprised they won. Each espresso was evaluated for flavor, mouth feel, and aftertaste.

CoffeeFest NYC 2013 Ceremony Coffee Best Espresso

You may cry that you didn’t get to pour amazing latte art in NYC (or maybe you lost…), but start practicing those rosettas and tulips now, because there’s still time to apply for CoffeeFest Chicago, June 7-9.

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About Michael

Michael Butterworth is a barista at Quills Coffee, in Louisville, KY. While teaching ESL in Istanbul for a couple of years Michael used most of his vacation time to cafe crawl around the European continent. After consuming some of the tastiest coffees in the world Michael couldn't help but find a job in coffee upon returning to the States. Michael is an avid cyclist, loves reading books, and in another life played piano in a number of failed emo bands. He madly loves his wife Julie and also blogs at www.mjbutterworth.wordpress.com.

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