Along with this look at Asia, the forum gave participants the chance to hone their technical skills with the help of coffee luminaries like Stefanos Domatiotis, this year’s World Brewers Cup Champion in the photo above, and Hidenori Izaki, the World Barista Cup Champion. Business and origin session rounded out the forum.
While all of this education was happening, the Seoul International Café Show was taking place, drawing in tens of thousands of Korean coffee enthusiasts. Coffee cultures develop organically, but often the big push to a greater level of enthusiasm and expertise is an event that can bring in the best of the best.
—Photo courtesy World Coffee Leaders Forum.