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Winners of European Coffee Awards 2018 were announced yesterday evening in Milan

MILAN – The European Coffee Awards are a prestigious accolade in the European Coffee and Food-to-Go sector. Now in their 11th year, the awards recognise and promote company and individual excellence across the sector.

Companies are first shortlisted based on research from Allegra Strategies World Coffee Portal and industry experts, then voted for by members of the industry.


This year’s winners were announced at the prestigious European Coffee Symposium awards evening at Hotel Melià in Milan on Thursday evening.

On Thursday evening, almost 400 guests attended the Gala Dinner offered by Lavazza and being served by Spanish chef Ferran Adrià.

At the end of the dinner, an excellent espresso was offered by the Lavazza team using a Faema E71E. The coffee served was Lavazza’s Kafa Forest.

The Awards Ceremony

The President of Nuova Simonelli Nando Ottavi received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Italy’s three-time barista champion and owner of Ditta Artigianale Francesco Sanapo won a Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.

Lavazza won the Prize for Most Ethical Brand – Europe. The Prize was received by the vice president of Gruppo Lavazza Giuseppe Lavazza.

La Marzocco won again the prize Best Coffee Equipment Supplier – Europe. La Marzocco’s CEO, Guido Bernardinelli, Board Member & Advisor, Kent Bakke, President of the Board, Chris Salierno – also this year’s European Coffee Symposium panelist – and General Manager at La Marzocco UK & Ireland, Paul Kelly thankfully accepted the prize on behalf of global staff and partners.

Starbucks won again the prize for Best Coffee Chain — Western Europe. The prize was received by the General Manager of Starbucks Italia Giampaolo Grossi.

And finally, illycaffè received the Award for Best Coffee Roaster – Europe.

Here below is the list of all winners