This coming October, 2013, there will be a huge global specialty coffee event in Milan. It's called the International Professional Hospitality Exhibition, or simply “HOST” – an enormous hospitality conference for which coffee is just one part. Think 1,600 vendors ranging from breads and pizza to gelatos and pastry, table wear, furniture, and all manners of coffee. HOST happens every other year, and it's important for specialty coffee as a debut showcase for new products, particularly from Italian-based manufacturers. This year, in addition to those exciting product debuts, the World Barista Championship will be center stage at HOST, and Sprudge.com will be there on assignment for the world premiere of WBC All-Stars.
What, pray tell, is the WBC All-Stars? It's a brand new happening brought to you by World Coffee Events, including signature beverage demos, talk show style interviews, lectures, chats, and all manner of interactive specialty coffee geek outs. The All-Star showcase will be broadcast live online, and you'll be able to interact with the stars – and with us, your humble reporter conduits – using the power of Twitter and Facebook. Here's some more information via World Coffee Events:
WCE will also integrate a ‘Coffee Talk Show' segment led by emcee Peter Giuliano of SCAA, inviting the participants to comment and discuss a variety of interesting topics. Also, debuting an opportunity to #askthechampion your burning questions! Join in the conversation on Twitter @WCoffeeEvents using #WBCAllStars #askthechampion.
Rumors are flying as to which WBC All-Stars you can expect to see at HOST, and we'll be confirming names and events when more information is made available. Look to Sprudge for the inside scoops, the live Twitter coverage, and the behind-the-scenes details from WBC All-Stars in Milan. Join us in October for our world-beating coverage from HOST, and expect much more about WBC All-Stars right here on Sprudge in the coming weeks.