Alexandru Nicolae, the World Coffee Roasting Champion for 2016, during his presentation at the Lab.
Participation of visitors in the educational seminars which were held at the LAB surpassed every expectation. Nearly 3,000 professionals and coffee aficionados watched the leading Greek barista trainers—but also important internationals personalities—embark on a marathon of seminars, demonstrations and workshops, lasting a total of 22 hours! The packed LAB hall, received three times as many visitors than originally planned. However, the 25 Greek and foreign speakers managed to answer all questions asked by the audience, presenting simple and specialized techniques on preparing hot and cold beverages, coffee grinding and roasting, and even on matters of equipment maintenance for baristas or home baristas. All seminars were addressed both to professionals and consumers, while they were also completely free of charge.
“The festival’s initiative to organize such an extensive program of seminars is extremely important, because it allows a large part of the public to be initiated into the secrets and the culture of coffee”, said Annemarie Tiemes, SCA Greece head of training.
Nikos Bellis introduced the audience to Latte Art secrets.
Michalis Dimitrakopoulos talked about Coffee in Good Spirits.
Three—of the total of five—winners of this year’s coffee world championships conducted so far—Alexandru Niculae (Roasting), Michalis Dimitrakopoulos (Coffee in Good Spirits) and Kostas Komninakis (Ibrik), participated in the ATHENS COFFEE FESTIVAL seminars as speakers. Former world champions Stefanos Domatiotis (Brewing), Stavros Lambrinidis (Ibrik), Tasos Delichristos and Giorgos Koustoumbardis (Coffee in Good Spirits) were also at the LAB, alongside Greek champions Nikos Belis and Michalis Karagiannis (Latte Art), renowned baristas Valantis Lambrianidis, Giorgos Kontorinis, Kelly Charalambidou, Fotis Tarazonas, Konstantinos Tsekouras and Nikos Antzaras, as well as experienced roasters Giorgos Spithakis, Kostas Exomanidis and Antonis Kargiotis.
Special thematic areas were presented by specialized technicians and scientists Dimitris Mitsopoulos, Giorgos Alaniadis, Giorgos Tsakonas and Vasilis Tartaris, as well as beer specialist Nicola Radisis who proposed imaginative combinations with coffee and beer.
The seminar program was prepared by the editorial team of SNACK & COFFEE magazine, in collaboration with SCA Greece —under whose auspices the festival was held— and with the assistance of BARISTA’S Gold, which was the major sponsor of the ATHENS COFFEE FESTIVAL.
However, the holding of the seminars would not have been possible without the selfless participation of all speakers and the support of the companies Nuova Simonelli, Hario, Bunn, barista.gr, CLS, Minoa Mythical Water, Kudu Coffee Roasters, Coffee Beans, Alpha Kaffe, Theofilos and Johny.