Coffee lovers in the Capital are in for a treat, as the India International Coffee Festival has come to Delhi for the first time, after three successful runs in Bengaluru. The fourth edition of the festival, which commenced yesterday in the city at The Lalit hotel, Barakhamba Road, has bought together the best of coffee and global coffee experts along with innovative coffee-making techniques.
Organised by India Coffee Trust, in collaboration with Coffee Board of India, the festival aims to promote coffee consumption in India. "In the last five years, the coffee culture in India has really grown and seeing the industry grow, we feel that there is a need to impart knowledge to both the producers and consumers," says Anil Bhandari, president, India Coffee Trust. Apart from pure indulgence, the festival will see a series of academic, business, networking and festive events.
"The festival comprises of skill-based training sessions, an expo showcasing coffee chains, retailers, manufacturers, products, machinery and various other workshops and seminars," adds Bhandari. The expo will have marketers, producers, planters, exporters, retailers and roasters exhibiting coffee from various parts of India and abroad. There will also be a special set up by famous coffee chains where their products will be showcased.
The training programme at the event will deal with blending, grinding, milling, roasting, making espresso and various other procedures. For this, the festival has experts that have been flown in from USA, Italy, UK and Australia. One of the major attractions of this festival is celebrity chef Mark Sayers, who is known for cooking food with coffee. "He is very innovative and is known for his restaurant in Perth, where he serves coffee-inspired food," adds Bhandari.
To recognise the achievers in all segments of the coffee sector, including cafe owners and coffee producers, there will also be an award function. This event will celebrate individuals and institutions that have established high standards in the coffee industry.
Catch it here
What: India International Coffee Festival
On till: January 20
Timing: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Where: The Lalit, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place
Nearest metro station: Barakhamba on the Blue Line