World coffee champion revealed at Gulfood, Dubai

The overall winner and top six participants of the world cezve/ ibrik coffee championship were crowned yesterday at Gulfood 2016

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The winner of the 2016 world cezve/ ibrik coffee championship was announced yesterday, February 24, at Gulfood.

The ninth annual world cezve/ibrik competition, held this year for the first time in Dubai, saw 19 competitors whittled down to six finalists. The six finalists each competed in the final round of the competition yesterday.

They were ranked from first to sixth place in a prize giving event, held in the evening at Gulfood yesterday.

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Speaking at yesterday’s prize giving David Veal from the SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe), which has been responsible for bringing the competition to the UAE, described the Dubai event as the ‘biggest and best’ cezve/ ibrik championship event to date.

The overall winner and 2016 champion was Konstantinos Komninakis, representing Greece, the original birthplace of the ibrik coffee pot.

Second place went to Turkish contestant, Hazal Atesoglu.

Third place went to Karthikeyan Rajendran, the UAE’s current national cezve/ ibrik champion.

Fourth place went to Ecaterina Szasz from Romania.

Fifth place went to Jerome Jumawan, representing the Philippines.

Sixth place went to Sara Al Ali, representing KSA. Al Ali is the first ever Saudi contestant in the competition.

Speaking exclusively to Caterer Middle East, Al Ali revealed she is not currently affiliated to a company, but is working on plans to open her own coffee business in KSA in the near future.


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