Last weekend was the weekend a lot of Dutch coffee lovers had been looking forward to for months. The 2015 edition was great but it couldn’t hold a candle to the 2016 edition of the Amsterdam Coffee Festival.
In 2014 and 2015 the Amsterdam Coffee Festival’s venue was the NSDM Werf in, you guessed it, Amsterdam. The venue then was much larger and the festival really only used part of it. This year the festival moved to the Westergasfabriek complex, using the Gashouder and the Transformatorhuis buildings. Both buildings are larger than the area reserved for the festival at the NSDM Werf. Even though overall there was more floor space there seemed to be less space to walk, in part due to the larger number of stands. The festival also attracted a lot more people, which was very noticeable on the events second day (Saturday) when both buildings were filled to the brim with people. The Amsterdam Coffee Festival is a great place to meet people with similar interests from all over the world. I personally met Barista Buddy, Dritan Alsela and saw James Hoffman taking his time explaining some concept to another visitor.
Amsterdam Coffee Festival 2016 photos!
This years event was much larger than I anticipated, but also drew in a larger crowd. I met a few great people and reconnected with some old friends. I also saw a lot of new machines and tools and got to try a few of them.
The Amsterdam Coffee Festival also hosted the SCAE NL Championships. The Dutch Barista Championship crowned its winner Lex Wenneker, the Dutch Brewers Cup Rob Kerkhof and the Dutch Cuptasting Championship Frans van den Berg.
All in all it was a crowded but exciting event, let’s hope for an even better one in 2017!