Baristas will go head to head this week at at the Speciality Food Festival 2016's MENA Cezve/Ibrik Championship, which is organised by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).
More than 10 baristas will prepare cezve or ibrik, commonly referred to as Turkish coffee, utilising the centuries-old art of brewing coffee in a small, long-handled pot.
An independent panel of judges, led by Konstantinos Komninakis, the ninth Cezve Ibrik World champion, will assess competing baristas’ brews based on criteria including taste, beverage presentation and technique.
The winner of the MENA Cezve/Ibrik Championship wins a place at the World Championship 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.
“Having debuted last year, the MENA Cezve/Ibrik Championship has emerged into a highly sought-after accolade for regional baristas. It’s very apt the competition has taken on such significance as the traditional Ibrik method of coffee preparation actually started in this region back in the 14th century,” explained SCAE executive director David Veal.
The Speciality Food Festival, taking place from November 7-9 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), will bring international coffee, gourmet and organic food suppliers together.
It is one of three B2B food shows running at DWTC this week, the other two being Yummex Middle East and Seafex.