Triestespresso has seen its “best edition ever”, organisers said in a statement, welcoming 10,782 visitors from 80 countries to the Italian trade show. The event took place from 23 – 25 October in the Old Port of Trieste, a historic location next to where coffee was stored in the 1800s. The seventh edition of the event welcomed 170 exhibitors from 20 countries. Event organisers noted that the biennial event is a destination for the Balkan area and south-central Europe. It noted that this year, there was increased interest from the Far East and new coffee markets, as well as a strong representation from Korea, Malaysia, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, New Zealand and other countries. “[This is a] clear signal that espresso coffee is increasingly international and that its availability and consumption continues to spread throughout the world,” organisers said in a statement. The conference was opened by Robério Oliveira Silva, the Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization, who made comments on the shift from Arabica to Robusta coffee, and also that consumption is growing at a rate of 2 per cent per annum. The event featured workshops by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe, Illycaffe and Human Academy.