NEW ORLEANS – The NOLA Coffee Festival is set to bring together more than 50 leading industry exhibitors, including 25 innovative coffee roasters and brands from across the Gulf South, for its inaugural industry trade show and consumer festival at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Sept. 15-16.
The two-day event opens to trade and industry attendees on Friday, Sept. 15, when exhibitors from across the globe will gather in New Orleans to share the latest in new coffee products, equipment and brewing techniques. Industry speakers and special skills classes will be offered throughout the day, affording attendees opportunities to gain education not readily available to regional professionals. Epicurious consumers are welcome on Saturday, Sept. 16, when they’ll have the chance to sample coffee from more than two dozen of the south’s greatest roasters, take part in special home-brewing classes and spectate elite barista competitions.
Notable scheduled events include more than 60 hours of free coffee education valued at $1,000, a coffee crop showcase by farmers from countries of coffee origin, hands-on experience in the La Marzocco equipment playground, Barista Skills and Latte Art competitions, a Barista Art Gallery and complimentary coffee tastings. American Barista Champion Andrea Allen, cofounder of Onyx Coffee Labs, will also be in attendance to teach classes and showcase her recent docuseries, The Road to Milan.
Single-day tickets start at $15 for industry professionals and consumers alike, and VIP tickets are available for $30 each day.