Winners of 2019 UAE National Coffee Championships revealed
The Specialty Coffee Association – UAE Chapter has revealed the winners of the 2019 UAE National Coffee Championships, which took place at Gulfood 2019.
Two official competitions certified by World Coffee Events (WCE) and sanctioned by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), took place at the exhibition.
In the 2019 UAE Cup Tasters competition, the winner was Mark Uy from Gold Box Dubai. The first runner up was Kim Laguador (To The Moon And Back Café) with the second runner up awarded to Cris John Benavente (Blacksmith Coffee).In the 2019 UAE National Cezve/Ibrik competition, Peter Festin (Gnad Café, Sharjah) was crowned the winner, followed by Drew Dennehy (London Dairy Café) as first runner-up and Geoffrey Matheka (Royal Purple Roastery) as the second runner-up.
Both Uy and Festin will now go on to represent the UAE at the World Cup Tasters Championships and the World Cezve/Ibrik Championship respectively, during the 2019 World of Coffee event in Berlin, Germany, from June 8 to 10. Return flight tickets and hotel accommodation will be provided by the SCA-UAE Chapter.