A highlight of World of Coffee was the Irish premiere of The Coffee Man film, Sanremo UK hosted in Dublin.
The film follows the acclaimed Bosnian-born Australian barista Sasa Sestic, around the world. It focuses on his travels to various origins in search of coffee of the highest imaginable quality. As well as documenting his run-up to the 2015 World Barista Championships; including preparation, the competition, and his ultimate victory.
It is the latest in a trend for films about speciality coffee, A Film About Coffee, amongst the others. The plot follows the production of coffee from farms in Honduras and the harvests in Rwanda to its global consumption. In contrast, The Coffee Man hones in on one of the industry’s most compelling figures. Who has both a diverse background and seemingly unquenchable thirst for high quality. Before becoming a World Champion Barista, and the owner of Ona Coffee, he was representing Australia in 2000 Summer Olympics, Men’s Handball in Sydney.
Illustrating the point, when asked what the more challenging moments of filming were, producer Roland Fraval spoke about travelling through Ethiopia, to see local producers and hunt for wild coffee in a Gesha forest. He told Daily Coffee News: “we even had a pair of spy glasses that we had to use in a few situations when we weren’t allowed to film, so it was a bit nerve wracking at times!”
The film really brings all the character and hard work that goes into a really great cup of coffee to life. As the producer commented, through that process “we have fallen in love with the world of specialty coffee.” Hopefully that feeling that will carry over to anyone watching the film, inspiring those with an interest in coffee to explore it further.
The After 'World of Coffee' Party
After the film premiere, Curtis UK hosted a 'World of Coffee' party with Sanremo UK at Dublin’s Two Fifty Square. We tucked into espresso martinis and played on the Curtis Seraphim brewer in true coffee nerd style. Partygoers included UK Barista Champion (2010, 2011 & 2013) John Gordon, Patrick O’Malley, Infusion Tea & Coffee. In addition to other Sanremo SWAT Academy members 2015 Italian Barista Champion, Giacomo Vannelli and Eden Marie Abramowicz, Intelligensia.
Everyone was excited for the World Brewer’s Cup finals, which included Todd Goldsworthy, Klatch Coffee (watch his final performance here!) patriotically supported by Wilbur Curtis. A great evening to weclome in the final exhibition day of World of Coffee and Curtis UK's debut.
Congratulations 2016 WBrC Champion Tetsu Kasuya, whose stunning performance for Japan made him the first Asian winner of the covet award (watch his WINNING performance here!)