Host 2017 was the most exciting Host exposition since 1999. With more than 140,000 attendees from 135 countries it truly is an international exposition. The exposition encompasses 19 pavilions offering most items for the hospitality industry from furniture, gelato manufacturing equipment, pastry cases, roasting equipment, roasted coffee, Espresso and coffee grinders, Espresso equipment and all the ancillary products including knock boxes, tampers steaming pitchers etc. The sheer size of this exposition is daunting. It is difficult to see the coffee section in in three days and I believe it is impossible to view the entire exposition in the 5 days it is open.
There were many innovative new espresso machines and espresso grinders. I have not witnessed this many new exciting concepts regarding espresso and grinding equipment in a very long time. Many of the manufactures are offering the latest in profiling as well as very hip designs.
The Coffee Technicians Guild was a large part of the buzz at Host. Everyone that we visited showed great interest in supporting the training and collaboration aspect for coffee machine technicians. We had manufactures offer meeting space for the executive council in Barcelona and Italy as well as offer to help move the guild forward.
Shad, Jason, Lorenzo, Damian and Gene visited many Espresso machine manufactures, part suppliers and grinder manufactures to introduce the CTG. All are willing to join and would like to be involved going forward. The response was amazing!
The CTG had Three mixing events at Host. The SCA lounge of Friday, the Astoria booth on Saturday and the Urnex booth on Monday. A big Thank you to all the hosts. It was great to meet new people and introduce the CTG to the event attendees.
The 2017 Host exposition will go down history as one of the most innovative expositions. Hope to see you all there in 2019.
Gene A. Lemos
Nuova Ricambi USA