Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival

Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival

A whole weekend full of sipping coffee, coffee lovers, coffee professionals, coffee addicts and coffee newbies. That was were the Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival was all about. In the end I had so much material that I decided to make a special vlog about it and that’s what you can see now. I can only say, the coffee festival was a great success!

IBCF was planned on two days, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 of May. Friday was for professionals and you needed to buy a ticket for this day. Saturday was open for public and it was for free. Like last year, the festival took place in Espacio 88 (where you can also find SKYE Coffee) in Poblenou. I think the perfect location in Barcelona for this festival. But I think next year there need to be a new location, because it was totally packed on Saturday. So many coffeelovers. So happy!

It was the second IBCF and I was looking forward to it. Last year I’ve been at the festival as a visitor. I just started with my blog and making videos and after a successfull latte art throwdown the next Specialty Coffee event was IBCF. I was thrilled. After visiting three of the Amsterdam Coffee Festival’s I was ready for the one in Barcelona. With my new Canon G7x and my best mood I was heading there. Check here the blogpost and my first vlog at the festival (only 1:24 min.). So, one year and 33 vlogs later I was leading the cupping on the professional day. I am pretty happy and proud of it.

My coffee festival adventure actually started on Thursday evening. Well actually it started earlier that week when I started to be nervous already, but let’s leave that aside for now. Back to Thursday. I had a meeting at Espacio 88 about preparing the cuppings on Friday. We more or less prepared some things for the cupping, so we had less work on Friday morning because we had to be there at 07:00.

It wasn’t hard to wake up so early on Saturday morning, because I was really looking forward to it. I’ve prepared already so many cuppings at my job, but still I was a bit nervous because there would be only professionals. But luckily I was with my coffee buddy Ivette and the first cupping went well. There were 22 coffees from 11 (Spanish) roasters. After that we prepared three more cuppings. There were other masterclasses and presentations going on that day, but I haven’t really seen them because I was at the cuppings. When everything was done, it was time for the Oatly Latte Art Throwdown organized by La Cherry. They were looking for some more participants, so I decided to put me on the list. I am happy I did that, because it was a good experience. Check the video to know how good (or how bad) I did it.

Saturday it was the day that everybody was welcome and everybody felt welcome. It was so crowded and I was happy to see that. There were workshops, presentations and lot’s of coffees (espresso and pour-overs) to try. Unfortunately I had to work on Saturday, so I couldn’t stay so long. In the end I didn’t mind because it was so busy and I already had an awesome day on Friday.

Thanks to the organization of IBCF, the people from All Those. Everything went so smooth and it was amazing to be working on the festival. Looking forward to next year!


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