By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
The first ever Manila Coffee Festival 2019 brought together caffeine lovers from all walks of life to celebrate the best of Philippine coffee and lifestyle in a three-day event.
Sponsored by the Coffee Science Center, a coffee institution that explores scientific factors and cultural information on different coffee varieties, the event was held at the World Trade Center from March 7 to 9.
Modeled after its foreign counterparts such as the New York Coffee Festival, the London Coffee Festival, and the recent Amsterdam Coffee Festival, the MCF featured 80 exhibitors including coffee-bean suppliers, local coffee shops, and even coffee machine makers.
Caffeine junkies partook in coffee-related activities such as product demos, mini workshops, and even taste products from a single-origin local coffee bar as well as other major coffee brands.
To help reduce the waste that accumulated from the coffee cups and ground coffee, the organizers of the MCF partnered with businesses such as Earthventure, Inc. to collect the waste and repurpose it to something beneficial for the planet.
With the success of the first Manila Coffee Festival, the organizers, participants, and festival-goers are excited to have another event celebrating caffeine over the coming years.