The sixth annual Prague Coffee Festival takes place this weekend, featuring lectures, workshops, and all-you-can-drink coffee from over 40 roasters!
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Photos courtesy of the Prague Coffee Festival
October 14 marks the beginning of the Prague Coffee Festival, a two-day event celebrating the coffee scene in the Czech Republic. In its sixth year, the event—organized by the Coffee Embassy Association with support from the City of Prague—will be held in the Kampus Hybernská Open Community Space.
For the price of admission, attendees can drink coffee from over 40 roasters representing the best roasters in the world, as well as attend classes and workshops from a range of coffee professionals. Some of the lecturers include Sara Corrales, who will speak about biodynamic farming; Ida Steen, who will discuss training your brain to build sensory skills; Josef Opatrný, who will detail the history of coffee in America; and Jáchym R?ži?ka, who will break down coffee basics for those new to coffee. Along with these lectures, attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in roundtable discussions with coffee professionals from across Europe and learn more about topics such as how to remodel your café, the dynamics of the micro-roastery movement in the Czech Republic, and how to decrease waste in the coffee shop.
Unlike most coffee events, where attendees often leave feeling over-caffeinated and under-fed, the Prague Coffee Festival will feature food vendors and leading chefs making a variety of dishes. “The [Prague Coffee Festival] will offer a rich selection of snacks including pastries and desserts of various flavors, homemade soups, burgers as well as culinary delights such as dim sum Chinese dumplings,” a press release states. Along with delicious food, there will be live music and a DJ on-hand to keep the party going well past coffee-drinking time.
This is the sixth year the Coffee Embassy Association has organized the Prague Coffee Festival—its goal is “to promote coffee culture and raise public awareness about coffee, coffee growers and processors, and new trends.” The event’s founders launched the festival in 2012 in an effort to create a group that would support local baristas and provide them a platform to promote their craft and build skills while networking with other like-minded coffee professionals.