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Monday, March 27th 2017 @ 4:40 PM

Coffee Fest, Nashville  held March 17-19, 2017 was a tremendous success based upon exhibitor and attendee numbers, as well as the positive comments received from attendees, exhibitors and all of the sponsors. From the show floor, which showcased over 200 exhibition booths, to the 100+ educational sessions; the battle of past champions in America’s Best Espresso 2015-2016 culmination competition; America’s Best Cold Brew Competition along with new competitors in the Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open, the weekend was packed with exciting options. The final attendance was just over 3,000 people.

Best New Products

Awards were given for the best new products on display. New and featured products are judged by industry experts based on innovation and retailer appeal. New products debuted within the past eight months are broken into two categories (consumable and non-consumable) and any product to have entered the market past this time, are considered a "Featured Product." Also taking place at the eastern region Coffee Fest was the chance for attendees to cast their vote for their favorite new product which were displayed in the Product Showcases all weekend. The winner was crowned the People’s Choice Winner Best of Fest. The product awards were recognized and rewarded as follows: 

Best New Products – Consumable:

  1. 1883 Maison Routin  – 1883 Spritz Syrup
  2. TIE: Milkadamia – Latte-Da &  Onnit Labs – Onnit Emulsified MCT Oil
  3. Smartfruit  – Smartfruit

Best New Products – Non-Consumable:

  1. DrinkTanks – DrinkTanks Insulated Cups
  2. Coffee Freshness System – Coffee Freshness System

Best Featured Product:

  1. oneVessel – Assorted Copper Insulated Vacuum Stainless Tumbler

People’s Choice Award:

  1. Monin Gourmet Flavorings – Monin Butter Pecan & Tiramisu Syrups


America’s Best Espresso 2015-206 Culmination Battle of Champions:

America’s Best Espresso Competition is conducted thrice annually for three regions of the United States and Canada. (The regions are west, central and east.) There are three winners recognized with trophies and cash awards at each regional competition. Each of the top four finishers earn a spot in the bracket for the tournament of champions occurring every two years that ultimately crowns the coffee roaster deemed to produce the Best Espresso in America. Coffee Fest Nashville featured 19 of the 22 that had qualified at the 2015 and 2016 Coffee Fest shows made the trip to throw down for the title. When all the dust had settled on Sunday afternoon, SUMP COFFEE from St. Louis Missouri was crowned America’s Best Espresso 2015-2016 Grand Champion.

  1. Sump Coffee  – St. Louis, MO
  2. Dragonfly Coffee Roasters – Boulder, CO
  3. Slate Coffee Roasters  – Seattle, WA

Latte Art World Championship Open

The 47th Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open featured four previous champions in the 64 competitor field, with only one of the prior Champions making it to the Nashville 2017 final four (Daisuke Tanaka).  In the end, a competitor from South Korea (of late Auckland New Zealand) that had never before competed in this competition ended up emerging victorious.  A feat that is extremely rare and nearly impossible to accomplish.

  1. Robert Kim– Bambina NewMarket; Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Lance Hedrick  – Dr. Bean’s Coffee and Tea Emporium; Memphis, TN
  3. Daisuke Tanaka  – Mondial Kaffee 328; Osaka, Japan

America’s Best Cold Brew Competition

Coffee Fest Nashville featured the second America’s Best Cold Brew Competition.  Sampling either Still or Nitro Cold Brew, 32 Coffee Roasters form the mid-west and eastern U.S. competed on a win-or-go-home bracket format three day tournament. Ultimately Pilcrow Coffee from Milwaukee, Wisconsin was judged by the attendees and a panel of industry professional judges as America’s Best Cold Brew.

  1. Pilcrow Coffee  – Milwaukee, WI
  2. BeanFruit Coffee Co. – Pearl, MS
  3. Uel Zing Coffee  – Bloomington, IN

About Coffee Fest

Coffee Fest has been celebrating coffee long before coffee was “hot.” In 1992, they gathered coffee professionals together in Seattle for their first coffee festival. After several years of hosting thriving consumer events, Coffee Fest turned its focus toward the specialty coffee, gourmet tea and alternative beverage industry bringing retailers, distributors and manufacturers together for its first retail "trade only show" in 1998. With a mission to help attendees build and refine their specialty coffee businesses, they coupled a relevant educational program with a friendly, informative, and enjoyable trade show floor creating a successful show that serves as a touchstone for many in the specialty coffee industry.



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