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One of the brilliant parts of working in the coffee industry is the annual World of Coffee get together arranged by the SCAE. The location changes every year so for 2015 Gothenburg had to live up to the good times had by all in Rimini 2014. Gothenburg seemed like a much more appropriate city as it boasts a burgeoning speciality coffee scene, however, unfortunately our visit was fairly short lived so the extent of the adventures in the city was refined to the evening socials at the city centre theme park!
The show as usual boasts world championship finals, stands from the big players of the industry, SCAE seminars and my favourite the roasters village. The ‘village’ is set up to host a variety of different coffee buyers, importers and roasters, with cuppings taking place every hour this is the area to sample some of the finest coffees at the show. I thoroughly enjoyed a Guatemelan cupping with our friends at Cup North and Coffee Bird along with some very tasty Kenyans from Nordic Approach.
The competition finals are the perfect time to take a break from all the slurping and spitting over in the roasters village. This year the World Championship finals for Brewers Cup, Coffee In Good Spirits, Roasters Competition, Cup Tasters and Latte Art all took place in Gothenburg. We were very well represented by UK coffee people – a big shout out must go to Gordon Howell who is a leading figure in the northern coffee scene (check out his shop Harlequin if you’re ever in York).
The SCAE also run a series of seminars and workshops during the event which help to add to the value of your time at WOC. The most memorable was a Green Coffee Defects Cupping organised by Jonny England of Master Roast. A really interesting look at potential defects followed by a rather unpleasant but educational cupping!
Next year’s World of Coffee event will be held in Dublin and will be playing host to the World Barista Championship 2016.