Today starts a number of competitions at the event including the Brazilian Cup Tasters Championship, the Barista Championship and the Brewers Cup (or as it’s known here, Campeonato de Brasileiro de Peparo de Café.)
A big emphasis here in Brazil is building a movement as found in the US, Australia, Europe and elsewhere for hand-crafted brewed coffee. So the Brewers Cup has attracted quite a bit of attention, drawing dozens of spectators off of the show floor to see what all the hubbub is about.
Kenneth R. Olson (he/him) is co-founder and publisher of Barista Magazine the worldwide trade magazine for the professional coffee community. He has written extensively about specialty coffee, traveled near and far for stories, activities, and fun, and been invited to present on topics important to coffee culture. He is also an avid fan of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Washington Huskies, and public libraries.