Trieste Espresso Expo 2008

The 2008 edition of the Trieste Espresso Expo is drawing closer: Organised by Fiera Trieste Spa in collaboration with the Caffè Trieste Association, it is to be held at the exhibition complex of Trieste from 13 to 15 November. The event opens on 12 November at the city's Stazione Marittima with a conference on the topic "The rise of world consumption and the future of coffee production: a critical balance", where participants will include leading producers of green coffee as well as many distinguished speakers.

The fourth edition of the trade fair, officially accredited last year as an international event, is now a worldwide reference point for the whole of the so-called green gold industrial chain.

This year's appointment is literally being taken by storm, such that Fiera Trieste has had to make major structural modifications in order to provide a better experience and improved services for exhibitors.

The fair exhibition complex is almost fully booked already, with exhibitors occupying 10,589 m2. The pavilions this year will be entirely dedicated to the stands, while the service areas will be set up under special marquee structures.

In the show's central piazza a restaurant is to be created, of about 400 m2, while the entrance, reception and accreditation zone will be located in a marquee area located opposite the complex entrance, in order to make full use of all the space available.

Pavilions G, F, E and B will be linked up by tunnels in which other exhibitors will be installed. In addition, on the occasion of the Trieste Espresso Expo, the new panoramic external lift will be inaugurated – this will connect the ground floors with the upper levels.

This year, the various components of the industry chain are fully represented, with a good balance: 15% coffee machines and spare parts, 17% roasting, 11% machines for roasting and packaging, 10% machines and pods for automatic vending, grinders and dispensers, 6% coffee cups and porcelain products, 7% packaging machines, and 6% coffee importers and distributors; the rest represent the specialist press, associations, and merchandising.

The event is to host foreign exhibitors from Belgium, Colombia, Croatia, the Philippines, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, China, UK, Russia, Greece, Poland and Romania.

This year's edition will also feature the third edition of the European Team Coffee Challenge - ETCC, an event within an event which will involve numerous teams of professional baristas from the whole of Europe who will challenge each other head-on in competitions regarding selection of green coffee, roasting, transformation into the various drinks. And in addition, a team of chefs working alongside these baristas will be put to the test to produce coffee-based dishes.

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