Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2014
As Melbournians’ brace themselves for a long, gloomy and spectacular winter, it is once again festival season. Off the back of a very busy summer schedule, Melbourne is ready to throw in the towel and get ready for winter stews, warm brews and rich, thick wintery flavours. With the Good Food and Wine show kicking off at the end of May (stay tuned for mouth watering posts to come) and celebrating the start of Good Beer Week we’re at the half way point of the best weekend of the year – that’s right, the Melbourne International Coffee Expo.
Over four days – two, industry days and two “home enthusiast” (yes that is a thing) days – the Melbourne Showgrounds are transformed; having removed everything shinny, sharp or hot that might cause harm to hyped-up, erratic, coffee feigns en route to salvation. Fully equip with the best teams of coffee from around the world including local brands, Campos, Code Black and the St Ali family the line up looks promising.
Day 1 of the “home enthusiasts” expo saw the Australian Barista Championships semi final take to the stage giving finalists a good chance in the finals on Sunday. Specialty coffee houses, Five Senses and Veneziano had hundreds crowd around their stalls throughout the day for cupping and palate, sensory skill classes and the World Latte Art Championships (WLAC) got underway on the main stage. Sunday has an even greater line up with finals for the Barista Championships and the WLAC plus loads of giveaway prizes are on offer including the Bodum Travel mug giveaway, coffee artwork and loads of training and workshop sessions to tickle your entrepreneurial interests.
But enough of the words. Here is some much deserved coffee porn from the day to entice you into day 2.
Tickets are available at to door for $25 and in return you’ll score an all access pass around the expo plus (and more importantly) FREE coffee from all of the stands in the market hall. You can buy loads of great coffee brewing equipment, coffee beans and even the odd bit of tea or just pop down and chew the ear off your favourite barista.
The Melbourne International Coffee Expo runs from 15-18 May 2014.