Friday started extra early for me. I had set my alarm clock for 7.30 the night before, but had beat the annoying jingle to the morning.
A familiar feeling crept up on me. It felt like I was 9 again and my dad was about to take me to an amusement park. With that same childish giddiness I rushed to catch my train. No thrill rides and sugar rushes for me, but a weekend of caffeine and awesome inspirational people awaited! I simply couldn’t wait until I passed the doors of the Amsterdam Coffee Festival 2015 and after two long… very looooong hours I finally did.
Like last year, the ACF was hosted at the NDSM-dock in Amsterdam. It was such an awesome location for a festival like this.
Walking in, one of the first things that stood out was the La Marzocco stand. The public was greeted by three covered machines. Eagle-eyed coffee fanatics already knew this was about the unveiling of the new La Marzocco Linea Mini. A shiny new machine, yet inspired by a true classic, for the very enthusiastic home baristas among us
I also got to listen to an enticing talk by Jeffrey Young, as he laid out a full coffee market report. A presentation about today’s coffee scene. He talked about how he has been saying “branded chains are on the rise” for years now, and how that still holds true. Next to that, he also mentioned the blossoming artisan coffee culture. He even went as far as calling Amsterdam one of the most exciting coffee places of Europe. He also explained how we’re starting to see a lot of specialty coffee pop up in combination with other ventures (coffee and ‘vintage’ anyone? ;))
What I took away from Friday is how unbelievably passionate and sharing the people at the ACF were.
Fortunately for me this was day one of two I got to run around a caffeinated fool in Amsterdam!
In the next part I’ll discuss my runnings about on the Sunday… And what finally decided to take home with me from the ACF 😉
See you at the next shot!