Slow Coffee Festival 2023 (September 29th – October 1st): A Unique Edition with No Single-Use Cups, No Animal-Origin Milk, and No Alcohol
From September 29th to October 1st, the 7th edition of the Slow Coffee Festival organized by Artisan Coffee brings together specialty coffee enthusiasts and coffee industry entrepreneurs in an event that promotes sustainability and responsible consumption. Slow Coffee Festival 2023 is the first festival without single-use cups, without animal-origin milk, and without alcohol. The event will take place at the Plastic Fund Galleries Senate Complex (29 Băiculești Street), and admission is FREE.
The first day of the festival is dedicated to professionals looking to build a sustainable business and media representatives. The 7 B2B workshops will be conducted by Dr. Wargha Enayati – a successful entrepreneur; Dragoș Pătraru – TV host and specialty coffee enthusiast; Marius Opriș – business development consultant; Chef Alex Petricean – innovator in New Romanian cuisine; Daniel Stoicescu and Iulian Bărbulescu, who will talk about branding and sustainability, Patrik Rolf, Stefanos Domatiotis.
On Saturday, September 30th, both coffee enthusiasts and business owners in the industry are invited to explore the event areas and experiences created around specialty coffee. In the Roasters Village, participants will have the opportunity to savor a diverse range of coffee flavors from national and international roasters, meticulously extracted to perfection. From light roasts to intense ones, from fine coffee to bold espressos, Roasters Village offers something for every taste. Additionally, the Green Village is the festival area dedicated to green coffee beans.
“Roast your own, and take it home” is a unique experience offered by Artisan and Stronghold, where participants will learn from experts how to create their own coffee from scratch through interactive roasting and preparation activities. The number of seats is limited, and participation costs 75 lei and includes: 300 grams of coffee, information about roasting, roasting tips, plus the real roasting experience, bag, and label.
On Sunday, October 1st, Slow Coffee Festival becomes a celebration of International Coffee Day, with live music and dance performances by Foli – African Rythm, presented by UniCredit Bank. Participants will have access to multiple culinary options from Cafeneaua Nației – a vegetarian restaurant, and Arepas Colombiana.
In addition to these experiences, on Sunday, the National Aeropress Championship will take place, a competition where 55 competitors, baristas, or coffee enthusiasts, will demonstrate their skills for the first place. The winner will represent Romania at the World Finals to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from December 1st to 3rd. Each cup will be judged by an international panel including Patrik Rolf – Head Judge, Delia Avram, Chef Alex Petricean, Alex Niculae, and Stefanos Domatiotis.
The exhibitors of this edition are already well-known brands in the specialty coffee market, true promoters of specialty coffee not only in Bucharest but also in Constanta, Sibiu, Câmpina, Brașov, Timișoara, Cluj, Oradea, Ploiești, and even Ukraine, Greece, Denmark, the UK, Bulgaria: Cuppino, Sloane, Origo, BREWZEUS, The Institute of Chocolate Tasting, Ebriza, Arusha, Liv’s Story, Croitoria de Cafea, Guido, Meron, DeLonghi, Pretty Good Coffee, Barshaker, Dropshot, Mabo, KofiTi, Energovita, Friddi, 20 grams, Bean Bling, Berliner Dount, GoZero, Cafai – Official Coffee Roaster of the National Aeropress Championship, Project Origin, Cafeneaua Nației, Create Coffee Roasters, Oatly, Yume, Coretto, Roastery 29, Urban Vibe Roastery, Prajitoria cu Povesti, Spired Roastery, Essco Coffee Roastery, Coffeerize Botanic, Hot Pipes Roastery, Create Coffee Roastery, April Coffee Roastery, One Day Coffee, Dabov Specialty Coffee.
Slow Coffee Festival is organized with the support of sponsors: UniCredit Bank, which has supported this event in recent years.
Among the partners are: Cromatic Studios, which enriched the visual aspect, Huskee and Oatly, supporting our sustainability goals, Project Origin bringing green beans for the Championship, CAFAI roasting beans for champions, DeLonghi, a long-term partner, and providers of high-quality equipment enhancing the Barista experience and roasters: La Marzocco – the best espresso machines, Mahlkönig – the king of grinders, Stronghold – high-tech roasters, PuqPress – precise automatic tamper, Fellow – champion in design and utility, Mobexpert – comfort partner, AquaVia – hydration partner, GoZero – sustainability partner.
About Slow Coffee Festival:
The festival’s concept originated from the idea of slowing down the pace of everyday life, whether in business or personal life, and creating a friendly space for the community of entrepreneurs and specialty coffee lovers to connect, showcase their services, and contribute to the sustainable development of the industry. Slow Coffee Festival aims to inspire positive changes, promote sustainable practices, encourage youth involvement in building a coffee culture that is exceptional in taste and gentle in its impact on the environment and society.
“Specialty coffee is about communities; people gather around it. I believe that we, industry professionals, have much to learn from our customers, and we should stay close, forming a truly united community. ‘Economic life is an arena for the expression of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, generosity, and other qualities of the spirit. The individual is not just a selfish economic unit trying to gain an increasing share of the world’s material resources.’ (Baha’i Writings). In a competitive market, we need to learn new tools to shift competitiveness towards cooperation while still making a profit. The world is changing rapidly, and together, we will find solutions for what lies ahead. Together, we will experiment, prepare, and find solutions for the future.” – Laura Roshanian, organizer.
About Artisan Coffee Gear:
Artisan Coffee Gear is a provider of complete solutions for coffee preparation in HoReCa establishments, roasteries, and specialty coffee shops. In addition to distributing internationally recognized professional equipment, such as La Marzocco espresso machines, Artisan offers business counseling to entrepreneurs in the specialty coffee industry, from establishing concepts, menus, and pricing to selecting and training staff.
Some achievements of Artisan Coffee for the industry’s development:
* 2016 – the first specialty coffee festival, True Artisan Cafe
* 2019 – founding the Association of the Artisan Coffee Community to help the national coffee community grow
* 2021 – integration of the first 6 professions into the National Classification of Occupations (COR)
* 2021 – 2022 – The specialty coffee festival gets a new name, Slow Coffee Festival, and is relaunched with a new visual identity.
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