Specialised espresso fair TriestEspresso to attract high share of international visitors.

TriestEspresso Expo, a leading business-to-business trade fair dedicated exclusively to coffee, will take place 25 – 27 October 2012. Event organisers are Aries, a Special Agency of the Trieste Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Assocaffè Trieste. Organisers say that the expo's program is richer than ever, with opportunities for learning and training, cultural events and occasions to relax. The event will also offer a “all’aroma di caffè” trails in the city itself, as part of the rich program for the upcoming fair. TriestEspresso will again be extending a welcome to leading international names from the espresso industry. Over 200 exhibitors are expected, representing all sector categories, including manufacturers of coffee machines, coffee-roasting equipment, tools, coffee cups and packaging, green and roasted coffee producers, and merchandising and services. A truly international meeting point, visitors are expected from 85 countries. TriestEspresso highlights the quality of espresso and Made-in-Italy products, and exhibitors include leading names that symbolise Italian quality. This year is the sixth edition of the event, and is expected to be a sell-out, with participants from countries  forming the main pillars of the international market – in terms of volume and quality – including Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Guatemala. The opening session will be dedicated to this aspect of the coffee industry: visitors will be taken on a journey through coffee cultivation and green coffee, to consider the dynamics of these markets and the changes unfolding, markets on which the future – and price – of our cup of coffee depend. From the first link in the chain to the last, TriestEspresso will be hosting barista competitions, where those whose hands are entrusted with the end product of this long industry chain have a chance to show off their skills. The baristas will go head to head, with eventual election of the best of the 2nd Mitteleuropean Barista Open and best of the semi-finals of the Italian Baristi Caffetteria Championships. A series of training events will also be on offer, arranged through collaboration with the Speciality Coffee Association Europe (SCAE), which for the first time is bringing certified workshops to Trieste. Topics to be addressed at the seminars include practical advice on opening a coffee shop, courses on tasting, latte art and green coffee. Other items on the agenda include celebration of the Cimbali Group centenary, trails in the historic centre of the city, a photo exhibition on Guatemala with accompanying coffee tasting, rum and cocoa, as well as a digital art competition. Preregistration for visitors is already open, and further program details as well as practical travel information can be found at Lufthansa is the official carrier for the event, and again this year will be offering favourable terms to TriestEspresso visitors.  

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