The European Coffee Symposium took place November 20-22 in Amsterdam. The event—a sort of TED Talks for the European coffee market—is organized by Allegra Strategies and annually welcomes around 500 leaders from the specialty coffee industry to gather for in depth discussions of trends, finances and innovation involving the coffee market.
One of the highlights of the Symposium is always the European Coffee Awards, which recognize companies and individuals who have made the most outstanding contributions within the European coffee shop and food-to-go markets.
Allegra invited more than 10,000 industry executives to nominate, through a targeted campaign. The awards winners are the companies and individuals who received the most nominations within each category.
More than 350 senior executives from across the coffee and food-to-go sectors gathered for a night of celebration on 21 November at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, where the award winners were honored during a black tie gala dinner and ceremony, featuring very special guest host BBC comedian Henning Wehn.
Here is a list of some of the winners:
Best Independent Coffee Shop
Winner: Prufrock Coffee
2nd Place and Runner up: Workshop Coffee Co.
3rd Place and Highly Commended: Elbgold
Best Coffee Roaster
Winner: United Coffee
2nd Place and Runner up: Lincoln & York
3rd Place and Highly Commended (joint): Has Bean Coffee and Tim Wendelboe
Best Coffee Equipment Supplier
Winner: La Marzocco
2nd Place and Runner up: Thermoplan
3rd Place and Highly Commended: La Cimbali
The following people were recognized at the awards ceremony for their contribution to the coffee industry in their country or across Europe.
‘Outstanding Contribution to the European Coffee Industry’
Matts Johansson, CEO, da Matteo
Colin Smith, Founder, Smiths Coffee Company
Johanna Wechselberger, Owner, Vienna School of Coffee
Henk Langkemper, Managing Director, Espresso Service West
Moniek Smit, Founder, Coffee Consulting
Vicki Fuller, Senior Director, McDonald’s APMEA
Julian Metcalfe, Co-Founder, Pret A Manger
Louie Salvoni, Managing Director, Espresso Service