3rd India International Coffee Festival

7 October 2009

The Executive Director, Mr Néstor Osorio, was invited to give the keynote address at the 3rd India International Coffee Festival. The Festival took place in Bangalore, India from 7 to 9 October 2009 on the theme of ‘One nation, a billion tastes: Brew your coffee business’, and was attended by over 500 delegates from 17 countries. In addition to an exhibition and workshops, the Festival included a conference chaired by Mr G. V. Krishna Rau, Chairman of the Coffee Board of India, dealing with topics such as Coffee Vision 2020, the coffee market in India, sustainability of coffee farming, packaging for coffee, and Coffee and Health: new findings. Dignitaries attending the inaugural ceremony included Shri Anil Kumar Bhandari (Convenor and Coordinator, IICF 2009), Shri S.V. Ranganath (Chief Secretary of the State of Karnataka), and Shri G. Siddartha (Chairman, ABC Trading Co. Ltd). In his presentation to the Conference, Mr Osorio gave an overview of the world coffee market and analyzed recent trends in supply, demand and prices, the impact of the current economic crisis on the coffee sector, and the potential of domestic consumption in India. The Festival included an awards ceremony at which achievements in five categories were recognized: Curers, Roasters, Importers, Latte Art and Cafe Awards. During his visit, the Executive Director was invited to address a meeting of 1,500 coffee growers in Chikmagalur, Karnataka State, on demands and challenges facing the coffee sector, and developments in world coffee production.

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