Athens Coffee Festival Returns for Another Year

A barista in a leather apron pours steamed milk into a paper cup.

The Athens Coffee Festival returns for its sixth year this month, with three full days of coffee events, workshops, and competitions. 

BY VASILEIA FANARIOTI
SENIOR ONLINE CORRESPONDENT

Photos courtesy of Katerina Konstantopoulou at FORUM S.A. 

The sixth Athens Coffee Festival is just around the corner, and we could not be more excited! On September 24-26, thousands of professionals in the coffee industry, as well as home baristas and coffee lovers, will meet at Technopolis in Athens, Greece, for the biggest coffee festival in the city.  

Organized by FORUM S.A., in collaboration with SCA Greece and NOYNOY BARISTA’S GOLD, the festival promises three days of nonstop coffee action. Let’s take a closer look at what’s in store! 

Official Athens Coffee Festival logo. The O in coffee is in the shape of a coffee bean. The background is hot pink with bold white lettering.
The Athens Coffee Festival will take place September 24–26 at Technopolis.

What’s on at This Year’s Athens Coffee Festival 

Since the Athens Coffee Festival’s debut in 2016, more than 130,000 professionals in the coffee industry and consumers interested in high-quality coffee have attended the event. 

This year, leading coffee supply and production companies, equipment manufacturers, specialized coffee e-shops, and other beverage suppliers will be in attendance once again, showcasing their latest products and innovations.  

Visitors will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of coffees, learn about new brewing methods and machines, and find everything they need to make the perfect cup at home. The festival will also be packed with workshops and demonstrations from some of the world’s leading baristas, concerts with popular bands, contests with great prizes, and live DJ sets. And of course, no coffee festival would be complete without coffee championships! 

A view of the outside of the Athens Coffee Festival.
The Athens Coffee Festival takes place in Technopolis, an industrial museum and a major cultural venue in Athens. 

Coffee Masterclasses 

This year’s Coffee Masterclasses promise to be the most informative and interesting yet. Some of the biggest names in the coffee industry will be in attendance, sharing their knowledge and insights on the current state of the industry and where it’s headed.  

Award-winning baristas, important coffee market executives, and leading coffee brand representatives will discuss everything from new trends to ideas that could shape the future of coffee. Whether you’re a professional looking to stay ahead of the curve or simply a coffee lover who wants to learn more about your favorite beverage, these classes are meant for you, so get ready to dive deep into all things coffee! 

Greek Coffee Championships 

The Athens Coffee Festival will feature the Hellenic Coffee Championships by SCA Greece, with baristas competing in two categories in hopes of representing Greece at the SCA’s World Coffee Championships. This year’s categories are Roasting and Coffee In Good Spirits. 

Fifth Greek AeroPress Contest 

The fifth Greek AeroPress Championship, organized by the well-known coffee company Kudu Coffee Roasters, will take place at the Athens Coffee Festival on September 26. Talented baristas will compete for the right to represent Greece at the World AeroPress Championship, and visitors will have the opportunity to watch and learn from some of the experts with this coffee-brewing method. 

Attendees at the coffee festival sampling coffees.
Attendees will have the chance to try out the latest coffee machines and gadgets, learn about different brewing methods, and taste new coffees. 

Live Music and Prizes at the Athens Coffee Festival 

The main stage at the Athens Coffee Festival will feature performances by popular radio producer and DJ Katerina Psimopoulou, as well as live music from bands 48 Hours and The Wedding Singers.

The festival will also offer many opportunities for visitors to win prizes from exhibitors by taking part in coffee knowledge competitions. These competitions will take place throughout the duration of the event, giving everyone a chance to show off their coffee expertise. So make sure to brush up on your coffee facts before heading to the event! 

Whether you’re a coffee professional or just a casual enthusiast, the Athens Coffee Festival is the perfect place to learn more about your favorite beverage and sample some of the best that Greece has to offer. Check out the festival’s website for the full schedule and grab your tickets now

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vasileia Fanarioti (she/her) is a senior online correspondent for Barista Magazine, and a freelance copywriter and editor with a primary focus on the coffee niche. She has also been a volunteer copywriter for the I’M NOT A BARISTA NPO, providing content to help educate people about baristas and their work. You can follow her adventures at thewanderingbean.net.

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