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The New York Coffee Festival announces Coffee Masters NYC contenders

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NEW YORK, USA – The New York Coffee Festival has announced the contenders for this year’s Coffee Masters NYC competition. Twelve baristas from around the world will compete in a fast-paced, multi-discipline global barista tournament which has taken place annually at The London, New York and Los Angeles Coffee Festivals since 2015.

The competitors have been chosen for their creativity, knowledge, and swish execution – qualities that will be tested throughout the competition. This year’s contenders include:

  • Abner Roldan-Rivera (Café Comunion)
  • Alejandro Griffin-Diaz (Jacob Alejandro)
  • Casey Wilson (Boxcar Coffee Roasters)
  • Davide Orazi (WatchHouse)
  • Francesco Luminati Tonelli (Likuid Element & Carasau Café)
  • Jenna Gotthelf (Counter Culture Coffee)
  • Josh Trathen (Independent)
  • Kasey Headley (Voltage Coffee Project)
  • Meg Skop (Independent)
  • Mitchell Celicious (The Coffee Movement)
  • Rastislav Kasár (Four Boroughs)
  • Reef Bessette (The Coffee Movement)

Baristas in Coffee Masters NYC will be judged by a panel of industry figureheads, across a broad range of disciplines including: Cupping, Brewing, Latte Art, The Order, and, for those who make it to the semi-finals, Espresso Blend. Contenders will also be tasked with replicating the Signature Drink presented in their online submission video, which will be judged on taste, creativity, consistency, and presentation.

The New York Coffee Festival, New York City’s flagship coffee event, will be taking over the Metropolitan Pavilion from October 7th-9th, bringing together the best that New York has to offer in coffee, food, cocktails, live music, art, and more. Coffee beginners and aficionados alike can look forward to unlimited tastings and presentations from over 100 of the most exciting and innovative exhibitors in coffee, tea & more.

The three-day festival will also feature The Lab program with an exciting line-up of interactive demonstrations, educational workshops, talks and tastings, The Coffee Music Project featuring the best acts from NYC and beyond, and The Coffee Art Project showcasing the creativity and talents of emerging and established artists. Other highlights include: Coffee Masters NYC, Latte Art Live, The Coffee Cocktail Bar, The Village, The Movie Room, The Sensory Experience, and so much more.

In addition to offering delicious street food, coffee cocktails, live music and coffee-inspired art, 100% of profits are donated to Project Waterfall, partnering with NYC-based charity: water to deliver life-changing water projects in coffee-growing regions. Since 2011, Project Waterfall has raised over $2 million, bringing clean water to more than 70,000 people across seven countries. Find out more about Project Waterfall at and charity: water at


Tickets for The New York Coffee Festival are now on sale at:, and are expected to sell out quickly. For coffee connoisseurs and foodies alike, this event is bound to give New Yorkers and global attendees a truly exciting break from the daily grind.

What: The New York Coffee Festival
When: Fri., Oct. 7th – Sun, Oct. 9th 2022
Friday, October 7th – 11:00am – 6:00pm | Trade Session
Saturday, October 8th – 9:30am – 12:30pm | Morning Session
Saturday, October 8th – 12:30pm – 3:30pm | Afternoon Session
Saturday, October 8th – 3:30pm – 6:30pm | Late Session
Sunday, October 9th – 9:30am – 1:00pm | Morning Session
Sunday, October 9th – 1:00pm – 4:30pm | Afternoon Session
Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion | 125 W. 18th St. | New York, NY 10011

For the latest on The New York City Coffee Festival, visit:
Official Hashtag: #newyorkcoffeefestival, #NYCF, #NYCF22


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