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On The Scene: The New York Coffee Festival 2017

Last weekend, coffee lovers and makers gathered in New York City for the third year in a row at The New York Coffee Festival 2017. The festival celebrates coffee and everything that goes along with it. We were on hand at the Metropolitan Pavilion to take in the action.

A big component to the festival is that 100% of the proceeds go to Project Waterfall, an organization which delivers clean drinking water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the world. Of the nearly 12,000 attendees this year, $45,000 was raised for the charity! Our host Damian Emile talks with Will and Laura from Project Waterfall about the initiative.

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Amazing artwork was on display at the festival courtesy of The Coffee Art Project. The competition allowed artists to submit any form of art, including paintings, drawings, photography, film, design, sculpture and conceptual art. The winning artwork received $1,500 and $500 in gift certificates to Blick Art Materials.

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As we wrote about a few weeks ago, 9 finalists from the Coffee Music Project singer/songwriter competition were on hand to perform for attendees. Damian Emile spoke to one singer/songwriter from the competition, Cassandra Nunez. You can purchase/stream Cassandra’s brand new single “Volar” on all major digital music services.

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We had a chance to meet with some very interesting vendors. One would think coffee is as simple as it comes but these vendors take it to another level to deliver the finest coffee through advanced technology, passion, and creativity. If you love coffee and want to get more out of your coffee drinking experience, be sure to check out the vendor list to learn more about what they do.

We didn’t have a chance to see the Latte Art and the Coffee Masters competition but we hear it’s a site to see. We’ll have to save that for next year!

All in all this was an impressive, well run event with some something for everyone and most importantly it was all for a great cause. What’s not to like?! To learn more about The New York Coffee Festival visit their official site. #NXTSTYLING

S.C.

Written By: S.C.