Wrap Up: World Coffee Events All Stars July 19 2017

The World Coffee Events (WCE) All Stars graced Johannesburg at the recent Coffee & Chocolate Expo held at Montecasino and they did not disappoint!  

The six All Stars, all previous Finalists of WCE events were Um Paul (South Korea), Francesco Sanapo (Italy) Esther Maasdam (Netherlands) Michalis and George (Greece) and Alejandro Mendez (El Salvador).  The dedicated All-Stars stage was adorned with 3 Victoria Arduino Black Eagles, Mahlkonig K30 and EK Grinders, all of the barista toys a coffee geek could want and the visitors to the show were able to enjoy some exceptional coffees brewed by the All Stars themselves.

The All Stars were put through a range of challenges such a mystery espresso competitions, Latte Art challenges and head-to-head Coffee Cocktail competitions.  

One of the simplest highlights was the early morning brew bar sessions where all 6 of the All-stars simply made coffee and chatted to people  - either pour-overs, espresso or milk based beverages - the All Stars were very accessible, obliging with autographs, discussions from visitors and very professional in their presentations. Some visitors even got to sample George’s Panamanian Geisha which he claimed was around $300 a pound green! (It was sublime! Peaches I tell you, peaches!)

Congratulations to the Coffee & Choc Team, the SCASA Team, Wayne Burrows and the Urban Grind Team for assisting and to all the Exhibitors and Suppliers that made this a success.

It was without doubt the most international Coffee event, SA has hosted and from the connections, friendships and networking that was established over many cups of coffee - very worthwhile.