New York Coffee Festival returns and Coffee Masters NYC contestants announced

The New York Coffee Festival is celebrating its seventh year in the City, taking place 6-8 October 2023 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

As New York City’s flagship coffee event, the festival brings together the best that the city has to offer in coffee, food, cocktails, live music, art, and more. Coffee beginners and aficionados alike can look forward to unlimited tastings and presentations from over 100 exhibitors in coffee, tea, and chocolate, including: Parlor Coffee, Blueberry Roasters, Blank Street, Rishi Tea, Matcha Direct, De’Longhi, Bodum, Oatly, Raaka Chocolate, Aeropress, and so many more.

The three-day festival will also feature The Lab programme with an exciting line-up of interactive demonstrations, educational workshops, talks and tastings, The Coffee Music Project featuring the best acts from NYC and beyond, and The Coffee Art Project showcasing the creativity and talents of emerging and established artists. Also returning this year are The Coffee Cocktail Bar, The Sensory Experience, Latte Art Live, The Street Food Market, as well as Coffee Masters NYC, which has now announced this year’s contenders:

  • Mitchell Celicious, The Coffee Movement
  • Sum, Coffee Project New York
  • Joshua J. Nowland, Little Wolf Coffee
  • Nophadon Kantaros, Caravan Coffee Roasters
  • Angela Wang, Self-Employed
  • Francesco Luminati Tonelli, Likuid Element
  • Casey Wilson, Boxcar Coffee Roasters
  • Meg Skop, The Coffee Movement
  • Alejandro Griffin – Diaz, JACOB ALEJANDRO
  • Kayla Baird, Dayglow / Niteglow Brooklyn
  • Reef Bessette, The Coffee Movement
  • Vladyslav Demonenko, kolo coffee

Baristas in Coffee Masters NYC will be judged by a panel of industry figureheads across a broad range of disciplines including: Cupping, Brewing, Latte Art, The Order, and, for those who make it to the semi-finals, Espresso Blend. Contenders will also be tasked with replicating the Signature Drink presented in their online submission video, which will be judged on taste, creativity, consistency, and presentation.

This year’s competition, the theme of which is “Unusual Pairings”, will be judged by Anna Lunell (Koppi), Tymika Lawrence (Atlas, Specialty Coffee Association, Sprudge), David Donde (Truth Coffee), and Juan Carlos De la Torre (Café Avellaneda, Café con Jiribilla, Ratiorama), and hosted by MCs James Wiise (winner, Coffee Masters London 2017) and EV (winner, Coffee Masters NYC 2017). Guest judge for the quarter finals will be Coffee Masters NYC 2022 winner Davide Orazi. Sponsors include: Slayer Espresso, Fiorenzato, Pietro Grinders, East One Coffee, Bonavita Brands, ACME, Eight Ounce, and Battenkill Valley Creamery.

Attendees to the New York Coffee Festival can also look forward to several new features this year as well, including a Cocktail Masterclass, Roasters Village, and The Latte Art Tournament.

100% of profits are donated to NYC-based Charity: water partnering with Project Waterfall to deliver life-changing water projects in coffee-growing regions. Since 2011, Project Waterfall has raised over $2 million, bringing clean water to more than 80,000 people across seven countries. Find out more about Project Waterfall at and charity: water at

On this year’s festival, Allegra Group CEO, Jeffrey Young shares, “The New York Coffee Festival is back to give festival goers their yearly dose of caffeine over three flavour packed days with unlimited free tastings, live demonstrations, workshops, talks, masterclasses and much more. An extravaganza to behold, come and immerse yourself in the vibrant world and community of coffee and indulge your senses through music, caffeine, and food.”

Tickets for The New York Coffee Festival are now available at: For coffee connoisseurs and foodies alike, this event is bound to give New Yorkers and global attendees a truly exciting break from the daily grind.

WHAT: The New York Coffee Festival
WHEN: Fri., Oct. 6th – Sun, Oct. 8th 2023
Friday, Oct 6 – Trade Day – 11am-6pm
Saturday, Oct 7 – Morning Session – 9:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday, Oct 7 – Afternoon Session – 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Saturday, Oct 7 – Late Session – 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Sunday, Oct 8 – Morning Session – 9:30am – 1pm
Sunday, Oct 8 – Afternoon Session – 1pm – 4:30pm
WHERE: The Metropolitan Pavilion | 125 W. 18th St. | New York, NY 10011

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