There’s a growing specialty coffee scene in Slovenia and at the center of it all is Ljubljana, much of which has been covered here on the virtual pages of Sprudge. And now, the capital city is looking to push their coffee culture even further with the inaugural Ljubljana Coffee Festival taking place October 5th and 6th.

Taking place at the City Museum, the Ljubljana Coffee Festival may be in its first year but you wouldn’t know it by everything they have planned. The two-day festival is chockfull of sensory cuppings and lectures by industry leaders from around the world, many given in both English and Slovenian. Lecture topics will include Home Brewing, Cascara, Career Development with Swedish Barista and Brewers Cup Champion Alexander Ruas, and a talk with 2016 World Cezve/Ibrik Champion Konstantinos Komninakis.

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And if competitions are more your bag, the Ljubljana Coffee Festival has you covered. Along with the 2018 Slovenian Latte Art Throwdown—where the winner earns a training session with current World Barista champion, Coffee Masters London champion, and World Latte Art finalist Agnieszka Rojewska—the festival will also play host to the third annual Barista Battle Challenge. The multidisciplinary contest will put barista through the proverbial ringer, all to be judged by Polish and Slovakian National Barista Champions Natalia Piotrowska and Veronica Galova Vesela, respectively. But whoever makes it out the other side gets to take home a brand new La Marzocco Linea Mini.

Of course, there will be coffee. The Ljubljana Coffee Festival has teamed up with La Marzocco for the True Artisan Café, a rotating pop-up to highlight roasters from around the world. Making appearances at the café this year will be: OmniBus (Japan), George Howell (USA), Origin Coffee (England), Bonanza (Germany), Taf (Greece), The Coffee Collective (Denmark), and Bocca (The Netherlands).

Tickets for the Ljubljana Coffee Festival cost €10 for a day pass and €15 for a weekend pass and can be purchased here. For more information on everything going on the festival, visit the Ljubljana Coffee Festival’s official website.

Get ready, Slovenia, on October 5th and 6th you’re going to be the center of the coffee world.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

Top image via the Ljubljana Coffee Festival

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