BOGOTA – Coffees grown in the different regions of Colombia were put on spotlight at the “Coffees of Colombia Expo 2017,” which began on Wednesday in Bogota and is considered the most important coffee fair in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The fair, which will be held until next Saturday, brings together more than 100 local exhibitors in some 5,200 square meters of exhibition space, according to the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC), which organizes the meeting.
This year, buyers from China, Japan and the United States, among other countries, are expected to attend the event, in addition to about 13,000 visitors.
“The fair aims to give Colombians and the international public the opportunity to come to Colombia, examine the different coffees of the different regions and logically take and buy those products that are unique in the international market, which are the coffees of the Colombian regions,” said Roberto Velez, general manager of the FNC.
The executive explained to journalists that this edition also has an academic agenda that will address issues such as clean production, grain management and its cultivation, among others.
Among different topics that will be analyzed are “Agriculture and precision,” “Benefits from coffee with zero pollution,” “Shade-grown coffee plantations” and “New technologies for the management of coffee spills.”
Moreover, the event will also see several competitions relating to coffee, including the XII Colombian Barista Championship, the VII Colombian Cup Tasters Championship and the II Colombian Brewers Championship.
The fair, formerly known as ExpoEspeciales, first started in 2008 in the city of Neiva, and since then has been celebrated in the towns of Ibague, Pasto, Popayan, Medellin and Bogota, which has hosted it on four occasions so far.