Berit Brant

New inspiration from World of Coffee Budapest

In June, SCA’s World of Coffee event brought together coffee community all over the world. One of Europe’s biggest coffee events was organized this year in Budapest, Hungary.

World of Coffee, also known as WOC, is a place for championships, cuppings, connecting with the old players and newcomers and seeking new trends. This year’s World of Coffee event in Budapest was the first to be held by the newly formed Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), the union of the Specialty Coffee Associations of America and Europe that officially came into being at the beginning of this year.

What’s on in the specialty coffee community?

A huge feature at this year’s event was the Village, a space which showcased state-of-the-art roasters, cutting-edge technology, as well as representatives from the local Budapest coffee scene – snapshot of what is going on in the specialty coffee community. Also Re:co Symposium was held in Budapest in a new and exciting format, which combined Re:co Talks, presentations by leading thinkers, and Re:co Interactive, discussions, workshops, and sensory explorations.

The Village
The Village

Event program included a lot of topics about sustainability and environmental pressures. Sustainability Forum took place second time, containing conversations about existing sustainability approaches and initiatives in coffee, as well as exploring possibilities for improvement. It included actors from the whole value chain, including coffee producers, NGOs and roasting companies.

Interesting find was also Ikawa sample&home roaster. World’s first digital micro coffee roaster which allows a regular coffee lover roast their coffee at home or for professional use as a sample machine.

World Championships of 2017

World of Coffee event was also three full days of competitions from latte art to cezve/ibrik championships. The World Cezve/Ibrik Championship competition is different from any other world championship because it challenges centuries-old traditions in a way that makes it suitable for modern day coffee habits (check also 3 reasons for brewing coffee in an ibrik). All in all, this year took place 5 world class competitions.

Ibrik Championship
Cezve/Ibrik Championship

Most engaging competition for the audience was probably World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship which brought excitement with its playfulness and theatricality. In this competition contestant’s personality and performance are as important as coffee drink itself.

During the WOC, we didn't only sought new trends and met great talents, but we also had time for Budapest coffee tour. Check out our list for the top 5 cafés in Budapest.