Friday, October 28, 2011

International Coffee Fair 2011 at EXCO - Daegu was filled with the aroma of coffee

Daegu hosted the 1st International Coffee Fair 2011 at Exco from Oct 14 to 16.
Did you know that Daegu is famous for its own coffee brands?

There were a total of 210 booths at the 1st International Coffee Fair 2011.
The event provided Coffee Roasting Seminar, Blending Seminar, Coffee Business Seminar, Coffee Extraction Performances, “I am a Roaster” contest, Coffee bean exihibitions, Coffee goods exhibition, Turkish coffee exhibition, etc.

The ticket price was 5000won on site but I registered online earlier to get in for free.

The reality for coffee businesses in Korea is that both small and large coffee breweries have been fast expanding in a country where coffee has turned into a favored drink for countless people.

Hand drip experience booth was very crowded.

Turkish hand drip was relatively easier than the normal coffee extraction.
I joined this extraction experience and the result was not bad. (as far as I'm concered~^^)
I suddenly thought it could be a great combination of Turkish coffee and Lady Baltimore cake, since Turkish coffee is really strong.

All kinds of coffee beans from all over the world were exhibited on the shelves.

Every coffee had different taste.
KenyaAA coffee has sweet taste and aroma.
Ethiopia Mocha Yigacheffe was very soft and a little sour.
Colombia coffee was deep and strong.
India Monsoon was deep, soft and less sour.
Mandelring was strong, a bit bitter, and less sour.

Seminars were going on at the inward side of the hall.

At World Antique Coffee Collection, so many beautiful antique teacups and other rare coffee goods.

Standing around tables with beautiful teacups and stuff, I felt as though I were at the kitchen of Tasha Tudor, my favorite American illustrator.

Istanbul world institute’s exhibition in the center of the hall~~
Coffee was initially used for spiritual reasons.
source -> “The consumption of coffee seemed to spread wherever the religion of Islam spread. Religions generally bring in aspects of the culture spreading the religion. Slowly, the coffee boom trickled into the highly Catholic Europe through the ever-changing and adaptive Italy. Italian trading routes from North Africa brought the stimulant drink to Europe. Because coffee was seen as a drink of the barbaric Muslims, it was banned and deemed a "sinful drink." Pope Clement VIII (1536-1605) was daring enough, tried a cup of the sinful drink and loved it. Coffee was baptized to take away the sin of Islam from Christianity, and was then accepted throughout Christian Europe as a norm. The smart, prosperous, and lavish Turkish lifestyle made coffee drinking look equally magnificent. Coffee became even more popular with this belief that drinking the once sinful drink would make the drinker look refined and cultured.”

Persians coffee set in 1800s, coffee pots, silver rack for a coffee pot of Ottoman Empire, etc.

There were fermented Korean herbal teas for medicine and health such as platycodon tea and mistletoe tea exhibited as well.

Black tea corner~~

Sooooo cute~~ *O*
Can you believe I bought 35 cupcakes that day??!!  T.T

Sugar craft cakes!!! WOW

The number of visitors to Daegu’s International Coffee Fair 2011 is roughly estimated at 70,000.
I’m already looking forward to the next one in 2012!!
Why don’t you visit Daegu and enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed coffee? :D


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