February 05, 2018
 

The festival is focused on coffee tourism, returns to Bangalore after four years and will be held
at the Lalit Ashok Hotel from 16 – 19 January 2018 .

The India Coffee Trust (ICT), in association with the Coffee Board, announced the 7th India International Coffee Festival (IICF)
from 16-19 January, 2018. At a curtain raiser held in the Lalit Ashok Hotel recently, it was announced that the event would return to Bengaluru after four years and will be held at the Lalit Ashok Hotel.

The Minister for IT, BT and Tourism Government of Karnataka, Priyank Kharge was present to grace the announcement with Jagdish Patankar, Executive Director; Anil Kumar Bhandari-President of ICT; Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, Secretary, Coffee Board of India, Government of India and Sanjiv Sarin, CEO of ICT.

The various activities conducted during the IICF are aimed at empowering the coffee sector with new ideas and technologies and promoting domestic coffee consumption. Coffee tourism and coffee entrepreneurship will also be part of the objectives of the event.

The event will have skill building workshops, international conferences, coffee expo, coffee awards, coffee quiz, café crawl,
coffee trails and golf championship.

The winners receive the awards on the basis on online voting. The idea behind this is to make coffee as a preferable drink and eliminate the mediators between farmers and the industry and create a healthy standard in the coffee world.

Priyank Kharge said, “The Department of Tourism hopes to leverage IICF to promote Coorg, Chikmagalur and Sakleshpur as not only coffee growing district and also as tourist destinations as these districts have a great landscapes with unique culture and cuisines that can be experienced through homestay. We are supporting many startups which are offering unique coffee delivery and consumption platforms through the startup pavilion at IICF 2018.”

Srivatsa Krishna said, “IICF is an excellent platform to showcase the coffees of India to the global coffee buyers. I also believe that new technologies like block chain, analytics and artificial intelligence based disease detection visually, bean to cup trace ability and IVR based extension service can play a significant role in the coming future of the coffee sector and we are already looking at this with great interest.”

Anil Kumar Bhandari said, “The conference this year will be addressed by a plethora of international experts coming from countries like Brazil, UK, USA, Columbia, Italy, Thailand, Switzerland, Germany, besides India. Global coffee leaders like Jose Sette, Executive Director, International Coffee Organization, Roberto Velez, CEO, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, Sanjiv Chopra, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and renowned motivational speaker are some of the key personalities addressing the conference.”

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