Bengaluru to Host the 7th edition of the prestigious India International Coffee Festival

Left to Right – Panel releasing the IICF 2018 Brochure: Jagdish Patankar, Co-Founder & MD, MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications, Anil Kumar Bhandari, President, Coffee trust, Priyank Kharge, Hon’ble Miniter of IT, BT and Tourism, Govt of Karnataka, Srivats Krishna, Secretary, Coffee Board of India, Govt. of India and Sanjiv Sarin, MD, TATA Coffee

Bengaluru, December 21, 2017: India Coffee Trust in association with the Coffee Board announced the 7th Edition of India International Coffee Festival, 2018, to be held from January 16th to 19th, 2018. The prestigious flagship event is back in NAMMA BENGALURU after four years and is bigger, better and promises a lot more than just a brew for your business.

It will host giants of the national and international coffee industry, policy makers, industry captains, exporters, manufacturers and host of other luminaries associated with the coffee industry. The festival will be held at The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru. 

At the curtain raiser program held at Bangalore today, Shri Priyank Kharge, Hon’ble Minister of IT, BT and Tourism, announced the commencement of this much-awaited festival, unveiling this year’s theme, “Express yourself with Coffee”.  

Shri. Priyank Kharge, Hon’ble Minister for IT, BT and Tourism, Government of Karnataka, said,”I am glad that India International Coffee Festival is being hosted in Bengaluru - the true home state of Coffee. Government of Karnataka is proud and privileged to host the seventh edition of IICF, which will help us enhance our reputation as one of the best coffee growing states in the world.  

Department of Tourism hopes to leverage IICF to promote Coorg, Chikmaglur and Sakleshpur as not only coffee growing districts and also as a tourist destinations, as these districts have great landscapes with unique culture & cuisines which can be experienced through homestays.  

For this reason, we are committed to develop the ecosystem for experiential tourism thorough Coffee trails and homestays. We are supporting many Start-ups which are offering unique coffee delivery and consumption platforms through the Start-up pavilion at IICF 2018,” he further added. 

Shri. Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, Secretary, Coffee Board of India, Govt. of India, expressed his views, “The initiative of India International Coffee Festival which was taken jointly by the industry with the support of the Coffee Board of India, way back in the year 2000 has now become a major platform for the coffee industry. Coffee board of India is committed to promoting coffee consumption in India and towards that end; we are taking many a steps. 

In addition, IICF is an excellent platform to showcase ‘Coffees of India’ to the global coffee buyers. I also believe that new technologies like ‘blockchain’ “Analytics, artificial intelligence based disease detection visually, bean to cup traceability and IVR based extension services” can play a significant role in the coming future of the Coffee sector and we are already looking at this with great interest. 

I am also happy to share that Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Commerce and Industries, will inaugurate IICF 2018. The Coffee Board of India and Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India is glad to extend its whole-hearted support to IICF 2018.” 

On this occasion, Shri. Anil Kumar Bhandari,President, India Coffee Trust, saidTrueto its theme this year - which is ‘Express yourself with Coffee’,IICF 2018 will continue to be the premier platform for the Coffee and alliedindustries to express and explore new and game-changing ideas and solutions. 

The Conference this year will be addressed by a plethoraof international experts coming from countries like Brazil, UK, USA, Columbia,Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, besides India. Global Coffee Leaderslike Mr. Jose Sette, Executive Director,  International CoffeeOrganization, Mr. Roberto Vélez, CEO, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation , Dr.Sanjiv Chopra, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School & renownedMotivational Speaker are some of the key personalities addressing theconference. The Skill-building workshops will provide coffee enthusiasts andcoffeeprenuers training in coffee roasting and brewing through sevensessions.  

The large expo at IICF will provide an excellentopportunity for start-ups and leading Indian brands like HUL, Tata Coffee, CCLas well as International brands like Astoria, Probat, Buhler and so on toshowcase their latest products.” 

The primary focus of IICF is promotion of Coffees ofIndia across the globe. It also serves as a platform to connect and createmeaningful interaction of the Indian coffee planters with the InternationalCommunity. The various activities conducted during the IICF are aimed atempowering the coffee sector with new ideas and technologies and promotingdomestic coffee consumption. The event also aims at promoting Coffee Tourismand Coffee Entrepreneurship. 

The 4-day festival will comprise of International ConferenceExhibition for all things coffee, Skill-building workshops, Product launches,Coffee Quiz, Coffee Awards, Golf Championship, Café Crawl and a host of otherexciting activities. 

Through several sessions the Conference willaim at capturing prevailing trends in Production and Scientific Techniques,Trends in Coffee Consumption, Coffee Marketing and Advertising Trends,Alternate Techniques of Brewing, Coffee Tourism and so on. Speakers fromcountries like Italy, Brazil, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Columbia,Thailand, and Singapore and of course India will address the delegates. 

This year, seven Skill-building Workshops inRoasting, Brewing and Post-harvesting Technology will be held to provide coffeeenthusiasts – professionals & amateurs – hands-on. Experts from all acrossthe world will conduct these workshops. 

The Exhibition at Coffee festivalwill provide a platform to many coffee growers, Roasters, Retailers, Equipmentsuppliers, Researchers and entrepreneurs to showcase and launch their products.Visitors will get to enjoy coffee tastings of brews from all over the world, aglimpse at the Latest Coffee equipment and technologies, a preview of thelatest products and so much more. 

This year the event is expected to bring 500+delegates for the conference and skill building workshops, more than 60companies will exhibit in the Coffee Expo attracting 10,000 visitors. Leadingbrands like Hindustan Uni Lever, Tata Coffee, Nestle, Consolidated CoffeeLimited, Astoria, Buhler, Kaapi Machines, Coffee Board of India, MK Associates,Swiss Pack, Bunn-O-Matic, Kuraray, Diedrich, CMA, Probat, Kaapi Machines,Eltex, Bayers, Birla Corporation Ltd, Hatti Kaapi, SLN Coffee, Araku Aroma,Sanvi Trade, True South, Red Bee Machines etc. have confirmed theirparticipation in the festival. The Exhibition will also have a Start-uppavilion this year. 

A new feature at IICF 2018 is a GolfChampionship for some of the key delegates and speakers and specialinvitees.  The tournament will be held at the sprawling and serene courseof Bangalore Golf Club, which is also within a stone's throw distance from theevent venue.  

Last few years have seen a quantum growth in CoffeeTourism and this has opened new avenues for the Coffee Planters. TheCoffee districts of Coorg, Chikmaglur, Sakleshpur and Hassan in Karnataka havebecome popular holiday destinations for travelers from across India and theworld, thereby spreading the aroma of Indian coffee far and wide. CoffeeTourism will be a major focus this year in the festival. This is in line withGovernment of Karnataka’s vision to promote Eco-tourism as well as ‘AdventureTourism’. Government of Karnataka has already announced this year as the ‘Yearof the Wild’.

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