Published On: Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018

India International Coffee Festival 2018 concludes on a high note

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Bengaluru, January 19, 2018: India International Coffee Festival 2018, jointly organized by the India Coffee Trust and Coffee Board of India, concluded today in Bengaluru. The four day long festival attracted more than 5000 local, national and international visitors, enthralling them with informative workshops, fireside chats with some of the best known exponents in the trade and keynote addresses by renowned speakers representing different industry sectors. Over 40 national and international exhibitors participated in the festival this year. The event provided a platform to unveil some outstanding coffees and blends, cutting edge technologies and products and equipment for brewing, roasting, packaging, barista & coffee machines, and farm equipment.

Thematic keynote sessions focusing on coffee marketing and retailing, latest trends, cutting edge developments in coffee technology and demonstrations by globally renowned experts were conducted. The Conference brought to light the changes that are taking place in the coffee sector and held discussions on issues such as, Broader focus on the coffee industry, Issues faced by the small growers, Plantation to the consumer supply chain, Start-ups for coffee consumers were discussed at length.

 

Eminent speakers such as Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School emphasized on the strong benefits of coffee, and how coffee consumption is instrumental in reducing risks of liver diseases including cancer. He also went on to elaborate on the research that has indicated how coffee might have a positive impact on health and can be incorporated as part of a healthy diet.

Sharing his thoughts on how the climate change affects the coffee, Dr. Peter Baker, Director, Climate Change UK said, “The ends of coffee industry are being increasingly divergent. Different type of climate change is having an impact on coffee production. In India, the temperatures have been rising and this is projected to continue for the next 20 or 30 years. This would have an impact on quality and yield of the coffee overall.”


Dr. Baker further said, “The change in climate is mostly affecting coffee through extreme events. Farmers need to think strategically about diversification while coffee institutions need to act strategically on climate change.”

Mr. Brijesh Balakrishnan, Associate Vice President & Head – Blockchain Infosys Limited in an interesting session about Blockchain-powered Coffee, highlighted how blockchain links anonymous entities to form a trust, which helps the industry to move to a next level.

Another thought-provoking session was conducted on the last day of the festival on Transforming India into Coffeenation with Mr. Sumitro Ghosh, CEO, Tata Starbucks, Mr. Sanjay Khajuria, Senior Vice President (Corporate Affairs), Nestle India and Mr. Rishi Saikia, Head Coffee Category, HUL where they highlighted their perspectives on turning India into Coffeenation. They also reiterated the important measures that should be taken to increase consumption of coffee in India, especially amongst the middle class, which makes up for the larger part of our population. Increase in the consumption of coffee is the only way towards overcoming the hurdle to recognize coffee as a popular household beverage.

Commenting at the valedictory function, Mr. Anil Kumar Bhandari, President, India Coffee Trust said, “The success of the IICF 2018 shows a steady rise of interest and demand for coffee in India. We got some amazing feedback from everyone who was a part of this festival and this edition was by far the best since its inception in 2002, with eminent speakers and interesting reactions from the Minister of Tourism. Some exciting initiatives were discussed during the event and we will take them up to make World Coffee Congress in 2020, an even bigger success.”

With the success of the 7th edition of IICF, we are positive about the game changing ideas that that were brought to the fore by industry experts and eminent speakers. Through IICF, we are committed to bring path breaking innovation to coffee and allied industries, farmers and most importantly to the consumers.”

During the valedictory function on the final day of IICF, 2018, Mr. Jose Dauster Sette, Executive Director of International Coffee Organization said, “The 7thEdition of the IICF 2018, has been a magnificent event and I congratulate all the sponsors, exhibitors and coffee enthusiasts who were involved to make this a huge success. It was an event of the highest caliber and I am confident that our next big event, World Coffee Congress 2020, will be even more successful.”

Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, CEO & Secretary, Coffee Board of India said, “I am pleased with the conversations we have been able to create with IICF this year. The last four days have been thought provoking and stimulating at the same time and it augurs well for the industry in general. The board on its part will continue to strive to bridge the earning gap between the growers and retailers. We continue to endeavor enabling our planters and small growers.”

The India International Coffee Festival 2018, with the participation of nearly 400 delegates and 30 speakers, aimed to raise awareness of preserving and promoting the values of coffee culture in India.

About India Coffee Trust:

The India Coffee Trust (ICT) is a not-for-profit organization formed by various stakeholders of the Indian Coffee Industry. The primary mandate of ICT is to promote coffee consumption in India and to generally promote the coffee industry. The idea of the trust originated in 2008 and the operations formally commenced in 2011.

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