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LIST: Manila Coffee Festival Brews, Contests, Music, Art, & Talks

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Coffee enthusiasts meet growers and industry experts in the 3-day celebration of Philippine coffee. MCF photo.

Here is the list of events you can check out at the Manila Coffee Festival 2023, a three-day in-person gathering of coffee enthusiasts to showcase local brews, participate in contests, enjoy music and art, and engage in talks about the Philippine coffee industry.

The celebration of Philippine coffees, Filipino coffee growers, and Filipino coffee culture is happening over three days – March 17, 18, and 19, 2023 – at the MGBX Convention Hall at the Manila Marriott Hotel of Newport World Resorts in Pasay City.

Featured events include experiencing how to make latte art, free coffee tastings, watching live coffee competitions, listening to stories of people shaping the future of Philippine coffee, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the fascinating work people are doing for a better coffee future.

Manila Coffee Festival exhibitors include coffee growers, professional baristas, coffee roasters, café and restaurant owners, industry experts, innovators, and food artisans.

Interactive workshops, pottery and ceramic artisans, eco-friendly advocates, specialty coffees, coffee cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibit, visual artists, cultural performers, theater performers, riders, cyclists, and many more industry stakeholders welcome coffee enthusiasts.

Check out these events at the Manila Coffee Festival 2023:

  • Single Origin Bar

The Single Origin Bar is the heart and soul of the Manila Coffee Festival. The Bar is more than 20 feet long bar divided into multiple brewing stations and serves free unlimited cups of the Philippines’ finest regional coffees, giving attendees the opportunity to try new origins and discover new favorites.

The coffee growers themselves serve their coffee at the bar allowing a rare meet-up of coffee consumers and producers in one event.

  • MCF Theater

Throughout the weekend, festival-goers will be treated to demos and workshops by experts in the coffee industry sharing valuable knowledge and insights into the coffee-making process, as well as the latest industry products, trends, and innovations.

It’s also a great opportunity to discover new coffee-related products including equipment, accessories, and merchandise, and learn about how they can enhance your coffee experience. The theater will also host exciting coffee competitions and daily live musical performances by local artists at the MCF Theater.

  • MCF Art Hall

This year’s art exhibit feature works from the Association of Coffee Artists of the Philippines and Kape, Sining at Kultura groups. The MCF Art Hall will showcase an engaging number of visual art in different styles from local and national talents. This 200-foot art hall will definitely be a visual feast for the eyes. Part of the proceeds from the coffee art exhibit will go to the benefit of local coffee farmers.

  • MCF KTalk

Want to know more about the current and emerging trends in the coffee industry? Want to hear inspiring stories shared by people who are shaping the landscape in their chosen passions? These are just some of the things we’ll hear at the MCF KTalk sessions.

As people’s preferences and attitudes continue to evolve, it’s essential for coffee brands and coffee businesses to stay ahead of the curve and offer products and services or adapt one of many ecologically friendly practices that meet the changing needs and expectations of their consumers.

The MCF KTalk is an informative experience for all and a great platform for coffee professionals, industry stakeholders, and enthusiasts to come together, connect, and exchange ideas.

  • Double Shot Bar

If Single Origin Bar is the heart and soul of the event, the Double Shot Bar is undoubtedly its “spirit”. The Double Shot Bar presents local coffee mixes that are carefully curated and created exclusively for the event by some of the country’s best.

  • “MOVE” Pavilion and Eco Pavilion

Sustainability, health, and wellness have always been permanent features of the Manila Coffee Festival. This year, the event is presenting its showcase for alternative modes of transport curated by the “MOVE” organization advocating for alternative mobility movement and lifestyle. “MOVE” will be featuring a wide array of bicycles and e-scooters in different styles, materials, and other related products.

MCF2023 takes a mindful approach to its carbon footprint and partners with Eco-Nest + Greenspace for its sustainability programs, activities, and services. The Eco Pavilion will also launch a variety of innovative sustainable products for both commercial and home use. This is in response to coffee consumers becoming increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their choices, and for those who are looking for coffee-related products that are sustainably sourced, packaged, and processed.

According to Rich Watanabe, MCF2023 festival director, “This year’s Manila Coffee Festival at the newest events venue – the MGBX Convention Hall, Manila Marriott Hotel, Newport World Resorts is not only a bigger and better presentation of Philippine single origin coffees but more importantly, it is Coffee Heritage Project and Newport World Resort’s gesture of acknowledgment to the great work of our Filipino coffee farmers producing one of the best coffees in the world as the true artisans of the Philippine coffee industry.”

Tickets for the festival are available at PouchNATION, at the price of Php300 for regular one-day passes and Php1,800 for expresso passes. Students can also avail of a Php200 discount onsite with the provision of a valid ID.

Regular passes include access to exhibitor booths, free unlimited Philippine coffee, live performances of local artists, a live mural art competition, and other perks. The expresso pass has the same inclusions but has additional access to free unlimited coffee cocktails as well as the KapeTalks sessions, which are discussions featuring seasoned experts and professionals in the coffee industry.

The Philippine coffee industry has been predicted to become Southeast Asia’s tiger, regaining international attention to its specialty coffees, and receiving awards for its Arabica and Liberica coffee varieties, as well as the production of coffee growers in Sagada and Bukidnon.

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