Inaugural NOLA Coffee Festival Set for Sept. 15-16

NEW ORLEANS — More than 50 exhibitors, including 25 coffee roasters and brands from across the Gulf South, will gather for the NOLA Coffee Festival Sept. 15-16 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“Coffee Fest is a great resource for our coffee-loving local residents or those who make their living in the coffee industry,” said Kelly Schulz, senior vice president, communications and public relations at New Orleans & Company, the city’s destination marketing organization. “The inaugural event is another example of how New Orleans & Company is working to help attract, sponsor and promote new events and create reasons to visit, especially in the slower period of September.”

On Friday, Sept. 15, the trade show and consumer festival will showcase new coffee products, equipment and brewing techniques. Industry speakers and special skills classes will be offered throughout the day. 

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On Saturday, Sept. 16, visitors will be able to sample coffee from more than two dozen roasters, take part in special home-brewing classes and watch elite barista competitions.

There will be more than 60 hours of free coffee education valued at $1,000, a coffee crop showcase by farmers from countries of coffee origin, hands-on experience in the La Marzocco equipment playground, barista skills competitions, a barista art gallery and complimentary coffee tastings. 

Andrea Allen, co-founder of Onyx Coffee Labs, will teach classes and showcase her recent docuseries “The Road to Milan.”

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Single-day tickets start at $15 for industry professionals and consumers. VIP tickets are available for $30 each day.

“Travelers and meetings do not just show up,” said Schulz. “Every event, conference, convention and visitor must be fought for and earned, and we can never take their significant economic impact for granted, especially in such a competitive global marketplace.”

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