By Devina Divecha
Seventh edition of The International Coffee & Tea Festival to feature new international brands, innovative products and equipment from 11-13 November 2015
The UAE has registered nearly 2,200 new café licenses in the last two years while more than 90 in-shop and large-scale coffee roasters are planning to open for business in the next 24 months.
The country’s traditional coffee culture and an expanding tea market complement increasing investment in the café, coffee and tea businesses estimated to be worth between US $350 million and US $400 million.
Ryan Godinho, UAE’s National Liaison for World Coffee Events and special events coordinator (training & championships) with the International Coffee & Tea Festival, said: “The International Coffee and Tea Festival will be back again to address the challenges and strengths of the region’s growing coffee and tea industry. Only through exposure and competition will the quality of product and delivery improve.
"We need to more than double our efforts in bringing products that are constantly evolving as a result of ongoing research and development within this sector, into the region. Within the foreseeable future, Dubai will play a more active role in the world of coffee and tea.”
“The Coffee & Tea Festival will also continue to focus on the career advancement of people working within the tea and coffee industry and at the same time provide entrepreneurs a platform to explore business opportunities within this lucrative industry,” added Godinho.
The International Coffee & Tea Festival is supported by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and World Coffee Events (WCE).
The International Coffee & Tea Festival will be back again after a successful sixth edition in 2014. Organised by International Conferences & Exhibitions LLC, the seventh edition of the show will be held from November 11-13, 2015 at The Meydan Gallery and Convention Centre in Dubai.