Innovators Honoured at World of Coffee

New Product of the Show Awards Winners

A dripping robot to drip coffee on a pre-settled programme, cacao tea made by the most remote and smallest bean to chocolate bar factory, a new environmentally friendly black paper coffee bag, a brand new milk system delivering barista level foam quality, an advanced press-type coffee brewer and a speciality roaster designed to be suitable for small and high-quality production were just some of the new innovations that were launched in the last year and entered into the New Product of the Show Awards for 2016.

The World of Coffee New Product of the Show Awards are the definitive guide to the hottest new products and services at World of Coffee and shine a spotlight on the most exciting new innovations to enter the market over the last 12 months.


The Dublin World of Coffee New Product of the Show Awards winners are:

Best New Professional Espresso Machine

Slayer Steam and a special mention goes to Gruppo Cimbali SPA for the Faema E71

The jury said: ‘The steam system demonstrates the ability to enhance consumer experience of the final product in the cup.


Best New Professional Small Equipment

Milk Mate by La Cultura del Caffe

The jury said: ‘The Milk Mate provides a compact, practical solution that will improve productivity, speed of service and reduce waste.


Best New Food/Non-Coffee Beverage

Hazel Mountain Cacao Tea with a special mention to Coffee Cherry from Mare Terra Green Coffee

The jury said: ‘This tea, a by-product of the cocoa process, provides a satisfying beverage that is not only sustainable but with a distinctive flavor and aroma in the cup.’


Best New Roasters Product

Coffee-tech Engineering Ltd with the Silon ZR-7

The jury said: ‘A well designed mini roaster that would complement a shop environment and enable a barista approach to roasting.’


Best New Consumer Product

Beans Corp Ltd with the Cafflano Kompact

The jury said: ‘A great, compact coffee brewer displaying high levels of innovation to enable consumers to drink great coffee on-the-move.


Best New IT & Technology Innovation

Artisan Coffee Group Ltd with the Open Cup

The jury said: ‘An easy to use, labour saving software package that enables multiple users to aggregate sensory data in a simple to use format.


Best New Packaging

Ahlstrom with the Green Capsule Top Lid

The jury said: ‘It has the potential to deliver significant environmental benefits in the growth area of single-serve capsule coffee.’


“The New Product of the Show Awards are one of the most eagerly anticipated features at World of Coffee and this year’s competition has proved yet again that innovation is ripe in the coffee and foodservice sectors.  At the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, we are dedicated to inspiring excellence and we are thrilled to honour innovation at World of Coffee each year,” commented David Veal, Executive Director, SCAE. 

This year’s winners were selected by an independent panel of coffee and hospitality experts following an intensive judging process, combining written submissions and videos, ‘Dragons’ Den’-style presentations to the jury, and product demonstrations at the event.  The judges were: 

  • Steve Lovegrove, Head of Business Excellence – Central Marketing Compass Group UK & Ireland
  • Jonathan Morris, Professor of Modern History, University of Hertfordshire and author of coffee related publications
  • Kris Gibson, National Service Manager Operations, WMF Group
  • Ruth Hegarty, Head of Community for Chef Network and owner of egg&chicken food projects
  • Katie Gilroy, food writer and owner of Urbun Café and Buckle Up