MILAN, Italy – A constant flow of baristas, WLA&WCIGS champions and professionals to Dalla Corte’s booth characterized the three-day World of Coffee event in Nice. Among the many interesting novelties, the most noticeable was the new evo2.
During the three days of the World Latte Art & World Coffee in Good Spirits Championships many well-known faces met at the Dalla Corte booth in the Acropolis Exhibition Centre.
Amongst them three of our coffee pros Troels Poulsen, the authorized SCAE Trainer Andrej Godina who received a special plaque for his work, Fabrizio Sención Ramírez the Mexican champion that came second at WBC 2012 – and tutor of the like named training cube, SCAE Trainer Davide Berti, and of course the whole dalla corte team responding all questions about the dc products and sharing their knowledge in fields of coffee.
But there were also plenty of new contacts thanks to the always fully booked training cube at the booth and certainly also because of the much appreciated new evo2, which could have been tested by everyone.
Paolo Dalla Corte was pleased to see, how the WOC and the linked World Championships developed over the past years: „We are very happy to be part of such a great event and to have the possibility to support the world championships in Latte Art and Coffee in Good Spirits by providing machines and offering training opportunities.“
From France to Japan The venue often reverberated with the applause that accompanied the competitors in the different categories (WLA and WCIGS, but also World Cup Taster and World Coffee Roasting): the stand facing the competition stage with the four stations, each equipped with one dc pro, was always crowded by coffee lovers and fans, who followed the competitions attentively.
On Friday morning, 28 June, World Latte Art finals took place: a wide screen allowed the audience to follow the competition and be amazed by the champions’ skillfully created decorations.
Three drinks had to be prepared in 6 minutes, each in two identical cups: one cappuccino and one latte macchiato in free pour, and one personalized drink. In the afternoon, Coffee in Good Spirits finals took place.
Besides the classical Irish Coffee, innovative and tasty creations were prepared as well – all respecting and exalting the characteristics of coffee, great protagonist of the event.
It was then time of the prize-giving ceremony (the winner of each category was awarded with a mini – the small professional espresso machine by Dalla Corte).
WLA champion 2013 was the Japanese Hisako Yoshikawa who convinced the Jury with a perfect floral pattern, followed by the second placed South-Korean KyeongWoo Jung and the the Spanish Miguel Lamora, the third place winner.
It was then time of the WCIGS, won by the French champion Victor Delpierre, followed by the Polish Marcin Wójciak, and the third placed, the British Gordon Howell.
Victor described the drink that, along with a perfect Irish Coffee, made him win the world champion title: it is called CCC (Cognac, Café, Cigar) and contains espresso, cognac, tobacco liqueur, tobacco flowers liqueur and Grand Marnier.
Once all the ingredients have been poured in a balloon (the typical Cognac glass), this is put under a bell jar linked to a device for smoking food that burns apple-tree wood and orange essence.
“It’s a drink for people who smoke, but are not allowed to do it (in France it is forbidden in public places) and also for those who don’t smoke, but want to enjoy a good cigar, which best combines with a good espresso and a good cognac”.
The six finalists of each category (most of whom participated in the Campus last year – a clear sign that the formula works) and the champions of the various nations that will win future competitions, will be invited to next year’s dc campus, the event organized by Dalla Corte and dedicated to champions who need to train for the 2014 World finals, which are taking place in Melbourne, Australia.