The tenth edition of TriestEspresso Expo has finished

Sustainability, energy costs and raw materials. The tenth edition of TriestEspresso Expo opened with a conference entitled "From coffee to espresso between sustainability and rising energy and raw material costs". The Expo, which has been ended on 29 October, is a biennial event organised by the Venezia Giulia Chamber of Commerce through its in-house company Aries, with the joint organization and contribution of the Municipality of Trieste, the Convention and Visitor Bureau and in cooperation with the Associazione Caffè Trieste.

Exhibitors came from Italy, Tanzania, Spain, Slovenia, Germany, Malta, Ethiopia, South Korea, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey and Brazil, with a total of 160 booths distributed between 8,000 square meters Tcc and 2.6 thousand square meters created with awnings outside the Trieste convention center. Visitors from 42 countries showed high hopes aroused by the TriestEspresso Expo and the new venue that hosted the global coffee economy for three days in Trieste.

Fabrizio Polojaz, Chairman of Associazione Caffè Trieste, recalled that in recent years coffee quotations had remained essentially stable until the autumn of 2020, since which time they have started to increase dramatically, still placing both arabica and robusta among the highest levels of the last ten years. The reasons were varied, partly based on differences in expectations of supply and demand that arose with the pandemic crisis and its aftermath, although financial speculation played a good role. It is indispensable to read not only the data offered by the market, but also the news about coffee and the contexts in which it is found. What is needed is a stock market regulation that protects the economic operators in the chain by giving them priority over the financial ones."

For Omar Zidarich, Chairman of Gruppo Italiano Torrefattori Caffè, "the price per cup will rise and we mere mortals will be forced to pay a higher cost due to heavy increases. Coffee roasters use 'gasivorous' systems, but the repercussions are felt throughout the supply chain: from the bean to the cup. Two years ago, the price of electricity was 125.6 euro per megawatt-hour, today it is 436.28 after a peak of over 540 euro. Jute has risen by 70%, pallets by 300%, 500 kg containers for coffee roasters by 44%, ceramic cups, baked in 'gasivorous' ovens, have increased in price by 28%, packaging per kilo has risen from 0.07 cents to 0.56 cents, coffee machines - in addition to increases in raw materials and delivery delays - have a production cost of +150%. Our advice is to increase the price of the cup: we all have to be willing to pay a few cents more to keep up the quality of Italian espresso, recognised all over the world as a quality beverage, but in Rome with the price increase there has been a drop in sales of -28%, so we have a problem throughout the supply chain."

In the afternoon, among the events held in the exhibition centre, the presentation dedicated to Brazilian products was of particular interest.

Brazil is traditionally the world’s largest producer and exporter of coffee, a crop and culture that symbolises the excellence of the Brazilian agri-food sector. It is the product “made in Brazil” with the highest number of geographical indications (GIs) registered with the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). The speakers included Marcos Matos, Executive Director of the Council of Coffee Exporters of Brazil (CECAFÉ), who presented “Coffee from Brazil: Quality, Sustainability and International Trade", and Alessandra Almeida, Executive Director of the Santos Coffee Museum, with “Journey to the Land of Coffee”.

As part of Coffee Today, the discussion focused on the role of women.

“Women in coffee: the female point of view as a driving force for the development of the sector” was the title of the round table organized as part of the Coffee Today events and which featured a number of prominent women engaged in different roles within the supply chain. Speakers included Giulia Camparsi from Fairtrade Italia, Theresa Sandalj from the Sandalj Trading Company, Francesca Oberti from BWT Italia and Arianna Mingardi from Amigos Caffè. The meeting was moderated by Paola Campana, founder of the Campana caffè brand and columnist for Coffee Today.

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