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Bengaluru to host World Coffee Conference

International Coffee Trust president Anil Kumar Bhandari, International Coffee Organisation executive director Jose Dauster Sette, Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan, Coffee Board chairman M.S. Boje Gowda, SCI TECH executive chairman (communications) Jagadish Patnakar and Senior Advisor of Coffee Board Raghuramulu at an event to announce the 5th World Coffee Conference and EXPO on Thursday.

International Coffee Trust president Anil Kumar Bhandari, International Coffee Organisation executive director Jose Dauster Sette, Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan, Coffee Board chairman M.S. Boje Gowda, SCI TECH executive chairman (communications) Jagadish Patnakar and Senior Advisor of Coffee Board Raghuramulu at an event to announce the 5th World Coffee Conference and EXPO on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: V Sreenivasa Murthy

The high-profile event will be held between September 7 and 12 in 2020

Bengaluru will host the fifth edition of the World Coffee Conference (WCC), a high-profile international event, between September 7 and 12 in 2020. Earlier editions were held in the UK, Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia.

The six-day event will be put together by London-based International Coffee Organization (ICO), Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Coffee Board of India and India Coffee Trust (ICT), which is a forum for coffee growers and exporters.

ICT president Anil Kumar Bhandari told The Hindu, “The prestigious WCC coming to India for the first time means huge international recognition for Indian coffee. The Who’s Who from the world of coffee will be descending on Bengaluru for this event. This will give a fillip to the Indian cuppa in the global market.”

The participants will include the world’s leading coffee brands and café chains, retailers, roasters, equipment manufacturers, coffee organisations from round the globe, policy makers, industry captains, exporters, manufacturers and a whole host of players associated with the commodity. Around 1,000 international delegates from 80 countries, 2,000 Indian delegates, over 1,00,000 coffee growers & exporters, representatives of HORECA (Hotel/Restaurant/Café sector) and hundreds of coffee connoisseurs are expected.

Speaking at a curtain raiser on Thursday, Coffee Board chairman M.S. Boje Gowda said, “It is our pride that India commands a position in the global coffee marketplace. Our coffee story started in Chikkamagaluru with just seven beans. Today, Karnataka accounts for almost 80% of the country's total production of the commodity. It is our duty to introduce the power of this bean to the rest of the country and the rest of the world.”

Commenting on the increasing share of Asian/Indian coffee in global markets, ICO executive director Jose Dauster Sette said, “Coffee is the world’s most favourite beverage with 2.5 billion cups consumed every single day. It is produced in 78 countries, most of them developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.”

“India is the sixth largest producer of coffee in the world, accounting for about 5% of production. Asia, with countries like India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Nepal, now accounts for almost 33% of the world production. Consumption is growing anywhere between 6% to 15% in Asia as against the world average of about 2%. Asia has emerged as a region of high importance in the global coffee business,” the ICO executive said.

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