Coffee lovers can pour over the 2022 return of the New York Coffee Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. The annual event, which was put on hold in 2020 and 2021 due to the global pandemic, will take place from Friday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9.
Started in 2015, the New York Coffee Festival will feature unlimited tastings and presentations from more than 100 exhibitors preparing coffee, tea and other related products. Along with tastings, the three-day festival will present The Lab program consisting of interactive demonstrations, educational workshops, talks and tastings.
According to Jeffrey Young, the festival’s founder, this NYC event followed after a similarly successful show called the London Coffee Festival. It began in 2011.
“New York–the city that never sleeps–and literally runs on caffeine each and every day–was the obvious place to launch, ” said Young, who is also the CEO of Allegra Group, a consumer business consulting firm which includes the festival.
Over time, the New York Coffee Festival has grown to include a roster of participants of coffee operators, talented baristas, educators, plus vendors and local roasters. The festival took place every year up to 2019 and then underwent a two-year hiatus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022 festival will have some additions. Coffee Masters NYC, a prestigious barista competition, will return to New York City after having been held at counterpart coffee festivals in Los Angeles and London. The 12-person barista lineup is split between contestants being half from the US and the other half outside of it.
“This showcases baristas from New York and all over the world and tests their ‘real’ coffee making skills in a highly dynamic, unpredictable and fun environment,” said Young.
Music will also be part of the New York City Coffee Festival’s programming. The Coffee Music Project Music Stage will present a host of performances by musicians, with some being from New York. As another source of coffee creativity, The Coffee Art Project will showcase the talents of emerging and established artists.
More than 30 leading guest speakers will inspire curious coffee enthusiasts in the conference program taking place in what’s known as The Lab.
Other scheduled offerings extend to Latte Art Live, an interactive zone on this coffee craft; The Coffee Cocktail Bar, which is run by Mr Black Spirits, a coffee liquor company that is also the event sponsor; and The Village, a showcase of event participating vendors. Also, The Sensory Experience will contain a series of unique experiences and discover flavors designed to test your senses to the max.
All proceeds from the New York Coffee Festival will go to Project Waterfall, an organization partnering with charity: water to deliver life-changing water projects in coffee-growing regions. The Metropolitan Pavilion is located at 125 West 18th St. For tickets and more information, visit the festival’s website.