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I know from a different thread that a few people were watching the WBC in Copenhagen, but I was wondering if anyone was going for any barista competitions this year, or if anyone had already competed? If you are wanting to compete, but haven't, do you have any questions? And people who have already competed, do you have any tips on presentation, music or even signature drinks? As a competition virgin myself (and hoping to enter the UKBC this coming year), I'd love any kind of inspiration or advice from would-be or have-been competitors. Thought I'd throw it out there. Cheers, Seamus
Coffee Festival China 2009 Organizer: Canton Universal Fair Group Ltd All-China Bakery Association Co-organizers: All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce Setting up: May 18-20, 2009 (08:30 a.m. - 17:00 p.m.) Exhibition Session: May 21-23, 2009 (09:00 a.m. - 16:30 p.m.) Dismantling: After 4 pm, on May 23, 2009 Venue: Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre (GICEC) Invite companies from all over the world to promote trade During the Coffee Festival China 2009, exhibitors can not only set up their best images by showing their products, but also find out their customers in the exposition. Food & beverage store owners, roasters & packagers, department & grocery store buyers, consultants, chain store buyers, Industry executives & buyer, distributors and office coffee buyer etc will be invited to this show. It is estimated that more than 73,000 visitors will participate in the show. Exhibit Products Coffee materials and related products: coffee beans, coffee powder, coffee mates, instant coffee, solidified milk, milk essence and syrups Coffee ware: coffee cups, saucers, filtration paper, coffee pots, coffee tables, spoons, coffee mixers and other coffee related ware Coffee equipment: various coffee machines and ovens Coffee related products and ware: Refrigerators, ice cube machines, snowflake machines, ice cream machines, deep freezes and other western food ware. Option of Participation Option Shell Booth Price(EUR) 1 Standard Booth 9sq.m. (3m × 3m) 2,520.00 2 Raw Space 1sq.m. (1m × 1m) 250.00/Sq.m,18sq.m at least and overhead expenses will be plus(28RMB/ m2 ) The booth at the corner will be 300 plus per corner Please contact: Michael Liu (Senior Project Representative) Canton Universal Fair Group Ltd. Tel: 86-20-34072597/98/99 Fax: 86-20-34072596 E-mail: [email protected]
Roaster Experience Days are worthwhile events to visit. Yesterday Steve Leighton (HasBean) opened up his roastery to 30+ people for a day of coffee drinking, socialising and coffee education. This included the first live recording of In My Mug, his informative and passionate Video Podcast. The 30+ people that attended came from all walks of life and it was refreshing to get a completely different viewpoint about peoples expectations of what a coffee should be and what it represents to them. Colin Harmon (2009 Irish Barista Champion) was a surprise guest and had been flown in from Dublin to work the La Spaziale machine, pulling shots of HasBeans finest roasts for the guests. The £5 cover charge for the day is being donated to a coffee charity. Guests were able to try coffee's brewed via a number of methods including espresso, filter and Clover, and were walked through the entire roasting process, from green to cup (including a cupping) Thanks for being a great host Steve. There is no word in the dictionary to describe your passion and enthusiasm for coffee. Last but not least, embracing social media, there was a live video feed on UStream and many tweets sent. Thanks everyone for making it a memorable day and to all of those who pitched in to help out at some point, giving the host a bit of time to breathe.