The highly anticipated Manila Coffee Festival 2023 (MCF2023), a celebration of Philippine coffees, Filipino coffee growers, and Filipino coffee culture, is finally happening on March 17, 18, and 19 2023 at the newest event venue in town, the MGBX Convention Hall, Manila Marriott Hotel, Newport World Resorts, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
This year’s Manila Coffee Festival is expected to be bigger and better than ever, with more activities, more exhibitors, more networking and learning opportunities, and just way more interesting things to try, taste, and see for everyone, especially our coffee fans!
Guests will get an opportunity to try their hand at latte art, see demonstrations from the coffee community’s best professionals, watch live coffee competitions, take part in free coffee tastings, listen to stories of people shaping the future of Philippine coffee, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the fascinating work people are doing for a better coffee future.
Every year the Manila Coffee Festival sees thousands upon thousands of local and international coffee lovers attending the event. It features the entire spectrum of exhibitors from the fascinating world of coffee, coffee growers, professional baristas, coffee roasters, café and restaurant owners, industry experts, innovators, food artisans, interactive workshops, pottery and ceramic artisans, eco-friendly advocates, specialty coffees, coffee cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibit, visual artists, cultural performers, theatre performers, riders, cyclists, and so much more.
So, here’s our Complete Guide for the Manila Coffee Festival 2023 to make your visit a truly unique 3-day Philippine coffee experience. Let’s get ready to discover Philippines in cups of coffee!
Single Origin Bar
The Single Origin Bar is the heart and soul of the Manila Coffee Festival. The Bar is more 20 feet long bar divided into multiple brewing stations and serving free unlimited cups of the Philippine’s finest regional coffees giving attendees the opportunity to try new origins and discover new favorites. The coffee growers themselves serve their coffees at the bar allowing a rare meet-up of coffee consumers and producers in one event. This is truly a unique and enjoyable opportunity for both groups to come together and build relationships, share their ideas, experiences, and passion for coffee.
Throughout the weekend, festival-goers will be treated to demos and workshops by experts in the coffee industry sharing valuable knowledge and insights into the coffee-making process, as well as the latest industry products, trends, and innovations. It’s also a great opportunity to discover new coffee-related products including equipment, accessories, and merchandise, and learn about how they can enhance your coffee experience. The theatre will also host exciting coffee competitions, and daily live musical performances by local artists at the MCF Theatre.
MCF Art Hall
Apart from great coffee, the Manila Coffee Festival is a celebration of the arts and culture as well. This year’s art exhibit feature works from the Association of Coffee Artists of the Philippines and Kape, Sining at Kultura groups. The MCF Art Hall will showcase an engaging number of visual art in different styles from local and national talents. This 200-foot art hall will definitely be a visual feast for the eyes. Part of the proceeds from the coffee art exhibit will go for the benefit of local coffee farmers.
Want to know more about the current and emerging trends in the coffee industry? Want to hear inspiring stories shared by people who are shaping the landscape in their chosen passions? These are just some of the things we’ll hear at the MCF KTalk sessions. As people’s preferences and attitudes continue to evolve, it’s essential for coffee brands and coffee businesses to stay ahead of the curve and offer products and services, or adapt one of many ecologically friendly practices that meet the changing needs and expectations of their consumers. The MCF KTalk is an informative experience for all and a great platform for coffee professionals, industry stakeholders, and enthusiasts to come together, connect and exchange ideas.
Double Shot Bar
If Single Origin Bar is the heart and soul of the event, the Double Shot Bar is undoubtedly it’s “spirit”! Quite literally, the Double Shot Bar presents some of the most awesome cocktails one can conjure with local coffees! These mixes are carefully curated and created exclusively for the event by some of the country’s best Definitely, a must-stop at the MCF2023!
“MOVE” Pavilion and Eco Pavilion
Sustainability, health and wellness has always been a permanent feature of the Manila Coffee Festival. This year, the event is presenting it’s showcase for alternative modes of transport curated by the “MOVE” organization advocating for alternative mobility movement and lifestyle. “MOVE” will be featuring a wide array of bicycles and e-scooters in different styles, material, and other related products that go with it.
MCF2023 takes a mindful approach to its carbon-footprint and partners with Eco-Nest + Greenspace for its sustainability programs, activities, and services. The Eco Pavilion will also launch a variety of innovative sustainable products for both commercial and home use. This is in response to coffee consumers becoming increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their choices, and for those who are looking for coffee-related products that are sustainably sourced, packaged, and processed.
The Manila Coffee Festival is an exciting and immersive experience for everyone! It’s a great festival that offers a fun and engaging atmosphere for families, coffee lovers, enthusiasts, coffee professionals with activities and attractions.
According to Rich Watanabe, MCF2023 Festival Director, “This year’s Manila Coffee Festival at the newest events venue – the MGBX Convention Hall, Manila Marriott Hotel, Newport World Resorts is not only a bigger and better presentation of Philippine single origin coffees but more importantly, it is Coffee Heritage Project and Newport World Resort’s gesture of acknowledgement to the great work of our Filipino coffee farmers producing one of the best coffees in the world as the true artisans of the Philippine coffee industry.”