Well we attended our first day at MICE 2014 today, wow four days showcasing around 150 exhibitors, what a great colabiration of all things coffee (and tea) . It was a lot to take in on our first lap around the expo, shiny machines, little roasters, big roasters every grinder you can think of and lots lots more. Espresso shots, filter coffee, pour overs, cold drip, coffee pods, cupping sessions, green beans and the aroma of fresh brewed coffee permeating through the entire building, I think one could become over caffeinated just through absorption .
After recovering from the inital overload to our senses we started delving a little deeper into what was on offer. All the major players in coffee are represented here from machine manufacturers like LaMarzocco, Slayer, Expobar, SanRemo and the list goes on. Probat, Diedrich, HasGaranti and IMF. Mazzer, Mahlkonig, Anfim and plenty we have never heard of before. Alongside all the equipment manufacturers are the coffee producers from the wholesalers to roasting companies and large coffee shops, I estimate in 80% of the booths you could get a coffee of some sort, we behaved ourselves and only indulged in 5 espressos, 2 pour overs,and 1 cold drip ( must confess had a double shot mac at Dukes with breakfast then another double at Market Lane before arriving at the expo) Why are my hands shaking
As well as all the great coffee and equipment add in the World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits and World Cup Tasters Championships in conjunction with the AASCA coffee championships, as well as the Australian Barista Championship, and other events, the expo is packed a plenty with things to see, taste and play with.
Tomorrow we are going out for breakfast again then returning to the expo, I have a date with a Slayer that is demanding my attention. Will take some photos and post up for those that are interested. Let me know if anybody has something in particular they want to know about or a picture of something special they want to see.