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Irishman Pete Williams competing in WBC 2014.

Irishman Pete Williams competing in WBC 2014.

Dublin earns its very own coffee & tea festival – exclusive FFT promo code also available.

To celebrate the news that Ireland has been chosen to host the prestigious World Barista Championships in 2016, the coffee and tea industry will give the public a fascinating insight into café culture this September with the launch of the inaugural Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival 2014.

To sweeten the deal even more, use the promo code FFT2014 when booking to get €2 off your ticket!

A first-time event for Ireland, it will celebrate the ever-more sophisticated tastes for coffee and tea in the country and will take place at the RDS (Industries Hall), Dublin 12-14 September 2014 – tickets are now on sale and kids go free.

Created by both the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance (IFSA) and the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE- Irish branch) the Festival will celebrate every aspect of the coffee & tea world from where the tea and coffee come from to how they are brewed, the varieties on offer today, the latest brewing equipment on the market and all the enjoyment that goes with it including cakes and chocolate.

The all-encompassing show will be brimming with events for all to enjoy including The Roasters’ Village (sponsored by Marco Beverage Systems – a hub of coffee and tea micro roasters and retailers all keen to engage one on one with the public), The People’s Stage (from farmers at origin to roasters to fairtrade and green been farmers this is aplatform for all the experts and enthusiasts in the field to share their wealth of knowledge and answer questions), The Festival Roastery (a micro-roastery at the show where the public can experience the roasting process first-hand) The Food Village (to whet the appetites even further there will be a range of pastry and chocolate makers on hand to share their latest offerings for all to taste), Fringe Events (live music and entertainment) and not to mention the National Competitions.

The Festival has also announced that it is set to launch the first ever Home Barista Competition in Ireland. The competition, which presents the public with the opportunity to demonstrate their skill at making speciality coffees themselves at home, has been designed along the lines of the World Barista Competition for professionals.

The competition is very practical and will operate along a very strict set of criteria. Each competitor will, during a maximum time frame, make and serve an espresso and a cappuccino, using milk and coffee as the only ingredients and an espresso coffee machine with cups/ mugs as the only tools.

The Festival is already enjoying the support of many key companies on the Irish coffee and tea scene, including 3FE Coffee Ltd, Alpro, Ariosa Coffee Roasting Company, Bewleys, First Draft Coffee, Marley Coffee, Mathew Algie, Robert Roberts Ltd, Suki Tea and UCC Coffee Ireland.

Coffee excellence is the hallmark of Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and SCAE Ireland will run a number of its professional national competitions allowing the public to view the very best in action over the 3 days.

Competitions scheduled to take place so far include The National Brewers Cup and the semi-finals of the Irish Barista Championship and the National Latte Art Championship (the finals of which will take place at CATEX 2015).

For further information on features, competitions and exhibitors check out www.dublincoffeefestival.com

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