The 2017 World Barista Championship Rules & Regulations features substantial format changes aimed at progressing the future of the WBC. Members of the WBC Evolution Working Group, including past champions and long-time judges, will be on hand in Budapest for a live Q&A session to explain motivations behind the changes, give insight into where the competition is heading, and announce the composition of the teams for the 2017 World Barista Championship Teams Competition.
Honoring the tradition and history of one of the oldest forms of coffee preparation is at the very heart of the Cezve/Ibrik Championship. Seeing the varied and modern approaches taken by the nineteen competitors at the 2016 Cezve/Ibrik Championship in Dubai reinforced the positives of embracing the nuances in preparation styles of different cultures around the world.
In reflecting the ethos of the competition, and with the intention of making the Championship more accessible, the Cezve/Ibrik Working Group have carefully reviewed the Cezve/Ibrik Championship Rules & Regulations for the 2017 event in Budapest.
Hey coffee fans all over the world, we are thrilled to have recruited the water optimisation specialist BWT water+more again as event host and sponsor for the World of Coffee in Budapest! The water professionals have a pure and clear vision when it comes to treating water for best results when making coffee. Exactly right for THE event of the year in the coffee business.
BWT water+more has been supporting the international barista scene for many years in various ways, investing valuable know-how in water optimisation, offering sponsorship and, first and foremost, keeping its eyes and ears open to the interests of the coffee professionals and to the standards they require for the perfect barista job.
Don't miss the treats prepared for you by our long-standing cooperation partners and friends at their stand C5! You will learn all about BWT's ground-breaking magnesium technology, for example, which is about bringing out the best in any water. Experience the fantastic taste of perfectly mineralised water – and then taste the coffee prepared with it. Or take it to the next level and surprise your taste buds with a blind date in the cupping experiment run by BWT water+more. It's sure to be exciting. BWT water+more will be raising the cups in Budapest – come and raise a cup with us!
From cutting edge graphic design to clubbing amid the ruins, the Hungarian capital is full of surprises explains Ben Olsen
Dissected by the Danube, blessed with more than 80 geothermal springs and its Castle Quarter, which boasts some of Europe's most stunning spires, Budapest has always made for a sophisticated city break. In early autumn, Hungary's capital comes into its own as the long evenings and pleasantly warm temperatures make it perfect for exploring the city's alfresco café and bar scene. The local people come out on to the streets long into the evening and a packed cultural agenda and wealth of outdoors options mean there's rarely a better time to plan a trip to the city. Here are High Life's key experiences to be had this autumn.
1. Take an Outdoor Dip
With Budapest's warm autumn days, open-air swimming is a delight. A wealth of city beaches, or strand, are worth making a trip to - one of the best is Palatinus Strand on Margaret Island. The city's outdoor pools are also open in September
2. Dine with the Locals
Budapest's Eat & Meet pop-up super club has been serving outstanding Hungarian cuisine to city visitors in an informal setting since the start of 2015. Expect to get to know your fellow diners over courses that may include the likes of paprikash, curd cheese and sour cherry pie.
3. Meet Next-Generation Designers
The Budapest Design Week (23 September - 3 October) brings together up to 60,000 aesthetes each year and showcases the country's long-standing affinity with the visual arts, from graphic design to architecture, with hosts of events, tours and open studios.
4. Get out on the River
What better way to take in Budapest's Unesco-worthy cityscape than from the River Danube? Float past the likes of Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament an Matthias Church on a journey that differs significantly from day to night.
5. Sample Hungary's Finest Wines
Still under the radar internationally, Hungary's winemaking heritage is a national source of pride. As harvest season begins, seek out a bottle of something local - including the Tokaj are'a famous aszú wine - at the Budapest Wine Festival at Buda Castle from 7-11 September.
6. Escape to the Buda Hills
For a break from the city centre, take a picnic up to the Buda hills, which are accessible via a wonderful archaic cog railway and rise to a height of 527m. A wide variety of hiking routes exist, as well as several caves and a chairlift for those in search of an easier ascent.
7. Explore the Ruin Bars
Budapest's buzziest nightlife options are often found in Romkocsma, or ruin bars, a scene that sprang up a decade ago in the city's abandoned industrial buildings. Expect affordable drinks, striking street art and eclectic décor.
8. Cycle the City's Top Spots
With around 124 miles of bike paths crisscrossing the city, hitting the streets on two wheels is a bracing way to see the sights at speed. For those feeling even more adventurous, a journey to the artsy town of Szentendre, which lies just 12 miles outside of the city, is worth a trip.
9. Get Lost in Memento Park
One of Hungary's standout attractions is this open air museum-meets-sculpture park to the southwest of the city. It has a motley collection of Communist statues and propaganda artworks to guide visitors to guide visitors through the country's momentous historic moments.
10. Embrace the Many Thermal Baths
Hungary's relationship with thermal baths is world-famous and one of Budapest's most beautiful is the 16th-century Rudas Thermal Bath, which sends those in search of wellbeing through waters varying from hot to ice-cold - all guaranteed to nourish the soul.
Dublin, Ireland 25 June 2016 – They came in their thousands to follow the hugely successful World of Coffee to Dublin for the first time ever. Over 6,500 people met with more than 1,500 exhibitors at 250 stands over the 3-day event at the 10,000sqm RDS Simmonscourt venue. The World Barista Champion and the World Brewers Cup Champion were both crowned, thousands of coffee professionals were educated and inspired and the parties will go down in World of Coffee history as some of the best nights in Dublin!
Organised by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) and sponsored by BWT water+more, World of Coffee Dublin combined an interactive exhibition which even had a silent disco! There was also an expansive programme of educational seminars, talks and cuppings and the first ever Sustainability Forum which proved a very successful addition to the event. The SCAE Excellence Awards, sponsored by OikoCredit, the New Product of the Show Awards and the SCAE Photography Awards were all given to worthy winners and the second year of Re:co the Speciality Coffee Symposium, where delegates discussed innovation and strategic development within the industry, was another great success.
The Winner’s Enclosure!
Everyone cheered as the two new world champions were crowned after three days of intense competition: