Wega – official partner of a very successful Triestespresso!

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Wega took part in Triestespresso Expo 2016 from 20th to 22nd October. The exhibition space of the tricolor brand was, as always, a blaze of light and colour, packed with clients and coffee lovers at every moment.

The Wega team was made up of Emilio Tufano, Wega’s official barista and finalist in the Espresso Italiano Champion contest, and Stefano Gava, a key member of Wega’s Customer Service team and the undisputed star of the “How To…” video tutorial series.

Visitors to the Wega stand had the chance to admire the My Concept machine in the three group version in Total White; the IO, in the Compact version in acid green; the Vela Vintage with lever-operated groups in a chrome finish and the switch-operated Mininova Classic with stainless steel bodywork. A great selection of machines, demonstrating the versatility of the Wega range.

Now, if you’re thinking there’s something missing you’d be right: the Polaris was there too, in the Italian Espresso National Institute (INEI) exhibition area, where the final of the third Espresso Italiano Champion contest – now an internationally-renowned competition – took place.

Wega was in fact an Official Partner of the championship and had created a fully-equipped station for use by the determined competitors, who had earned the honour of a place in the semi-finals in the magical setting of Trieste after battling it out over 30 rounds, with more than 300 entrants from around the world.

The competition had everyone on tenterhooks for two days: the semifinals were held throughout the day on Thursday 20th and the morning of Friday 21st, with the grand finale taking place in the afternoon.

The challengers were all professional baristas of the highest level, and they gave it their all, making the task of choosing the ultimate winner very hard. The two technical judges and the sensory panel (made up of four experts who voted “blind”) were finally ready to announce the best of the best: Korean Park Dae Hoon, a specialist in Italian espresso and cappuccino following courses with the International Institute of Coffee Tasters (Iiac) and the Italian Barista School (at which he is also a trainer).

Our very own Emilio acquitted himself honourably to receive a very well-deserved second place, shared equally with Riccardo Palazzesi.