The Results Are In...
Coffee Fest is excited to announce the competition results from its just completed show that took place June 9-11, 2017 at the Navy Pier. With three days of enthusiasm from attendees, competitors, exhibitors and sponsors, Coffee Fest Chicago was a tremendous success for all. The specialty coffee and tea trade show hosted a series of competitions designed to enlighten, educate and entertain. Below you'll find the winners that were crowned at Coffee Fest Chicago, including the first America's Best Cold Brew Competition in the central region.
Latte Art World Championship Open
Lance Hedrick's winning pour.
The finalists of the Coffee Fest Chicago 2017 Latte Art World Championship Open were:
1st Place: Lance Hedrick - Memphis, TN   
2nd Place:
Takashi Ueno - Hamilton,
New Zealand 
3rd Place: Ryan Soeder - Louisville, KY

America's Best Espresso
Finalists from left: Windmill Coffee, Pilcrow Coffee & Crimson Cup Coffee with Nuova Simonelli sponsors.
The finalists for the America's Best Espresso 2017 Central Region competition were:

1st Place: Pilcrow Coffee - Milwaukee, WI 
2nd Place: Windmill Coffee - Ames, IA 
3rd Place: Crimson Cup - Columbus, OH 
America's Best Cold Brew
The first central region Cold Brew Competition took place at Coffee Fest Chicago and continues to prove cold brew is more than just a trend. Be sure to stop by the competition venue at an upcoming Coffee Fest Show to sample and cast your vote for America's Best Cold Brew! The finalists at Coffee Fest Chicago were: 

Hellion Cold Brew (left) and Colectivo Coffee with their 1st Place Trophies.

1st Place: Hellion Cold Brew - Chicago, IL 
2nd Place: Coma Coffee Roasters - Richmond Heights, MO 
3rd Place:  Sirius Coffee Roasters - Bloomington, IL


1st Place: Colectivo Coffee - Milwaukee, WI
2nd Place:
Kyoto Black - Chicago, IL 

Best New Products
More attendees visit trade shows to see and evaluate new products than for any other reason. At Coffee Fest, new products are judged by industry experts based on innovation and retailer appeal. New products debuted within the past eight months are broken into two categories (consumable and non-consumable) and were recognized and rewarded as follows:

Milkadamia & Silodesign Paris with their 1st Place Trophies.

1st Place Milkadamia - Latte-Da
2nd Place: Vive Organic - Vive Organic 
3rd Place: PG Fondues - PG Fondues 
1st Place: Silodesign Paris - "à la franҫaise" new pour-over systems
2nd Place: Espro - Espro Press P3
3rd Place: It's American Press - American Press

People's Choice Award

The winning Latte-Da product with it's 1st Place ribbons.
Also taking place at the central region Coffee Fest was the chance for attendees to cast their vote for their favorite new product which were displayed in the Product Showcases all weekend. Milkadamia proved victorious with their new Latte-Da Macadamia Milk and second 1st Place ribbon of the weekend. Be sure to cast your vote for Best New Product at your next Coffee Fest!

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