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We’re thrilled to announce that the World Coffee Innovation Awards have returned! We will soon open entries for the latest groundbreaking coffee concepts, technologies and innovations worldwide. It’s that time of the year when the innovators and movers in the coffee industry compete and showcase their contributions to raising the bar in the coffee experience.

The 2023 awards saw innovations from all over the globe compete for the accolade of the world’s best. Raw Material was one of the successful entries and won in both Best Sustainability Initiative and Best Ethical Initiative categories. The full list of winners from last year was published in Refreshment magazine’s issue 32.

This year, we’re excited to introduce new categories where industry pioneers can participate and present their creations.

Barista Tool/Equipment:

This category is designed for new-age coffee technology, tools or equipment, whether for domestic or commercial use, that enable the making of the perfect cup of coffee. Innovations that redefine efficiency, design and usability in the barista scene will be honoured within this segment.

Functional Coffee:

In today’s market, coffee isn’t just about getting that caffeine hit. It’s also about enhanced wellbeing benefits. So, for all the health-conscious coffee enthusiasts out there, we are now celebrating innovations in functional coffees – innovations that marry coffee with wellness through the inclusion of ingredients that provide extra nutritional perks.

Technology Innovation:

Finally, if you have devised an innovative coffee-making process, created an advanced machine-learning coffee roaster, or simply applied tech to revolutionise coffee brewing methods or the coffee supply chain, this category is for you.

View the full list of categories on the FoodBev Awards website

Returning to the judging panel for 2024 is Erwin Wetzel, who brings his expertise as the director general of the European Vending & Coffee Service Association; and Francois Knopes, manager of the Independent Coffee Lab in London, and a freelance coffee quality consultant. More judges will be announced in the following weeks – make sure to sign up to FoodBev Awards’ coffee awards newsletter to be the first to know.

The global stage awaits your innovations, and this year, we once again have the pleasure of partnering with Caffè Culture Show to present our 2024 winners ceremony. Caffè Culture Show brings together over 3500 visitors to network and expand their knowledge through industry talks and presentations.

This year, FoodBev Awards has taken the World Coffee Innovation Awards to the next level and is excited to present shortlisted companies with the opportunity to exhibit their products at the Caffè Culture Show in the dedicated World Coffee Innovation Awards feature area. This provides a physical platform to showcase, network and celebrate their innovations.

The World Coffee Innovation Awards spotlight remarkable, groundbreaking contributions to the global coffee industry. This is a platform for inventors, developers and innovators in the world of coffee to showcase their original work and take the coffee culture forward.

Whether you’re a veteran coffee entrepreneur or a start-up passionate about making a difference, our judges can’t wait to see what has been brewing behind the scenes. Entries will open 11 March 2024.

World Coffee Innovation Awards: 2024 dates announced

Dan Bunt

12 February 2024

World Coffee Innovation Awards: 2024 dates announced

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