Fabio Dotti is the 2017 Italian Espresso king

Fabio Dotti, 21 years old, is the winner of the fourth international edition of the Espresso Italiano Champion, the barista competition organised by the Italian Espresso National Institute (Inei). After an entire year of challenges in eight countries around the world (Italy, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Bulgaria and Germany) involving over 400 baristas, just four professionals made it to the final: Sun Lei (China), Ruffy Chan (Taiwan), Piyaphong Sihawong (Thailand) and Fabio Dotti (Italy). 

The young professional barista and trainer won the Espresso Italiano Champion title by setting the perfect grinding and subsequently preparing four espressos and cappuccinos with a blend approved by the Italian Espresso National Institute (Inei). A race against time (just 11 minutes) and under the watchful eyes of the technical judges and subjected to the ruthless blind verdict of the sensory judges from the International Institute of Coffee Tasters (Iiac).
“The Espresso Italiano Championship is a relevant competition as it regards the daily tasks and commitments of a barista – Fabio Dotti said – The beauty of this competition is that its complexity puts you to the test: you must manage your emotions and equipment impeccably in order to deliver the perfect espresso and cappuccinos”.
“The competition continues to grow and reaffirm its distinguishing character. It is far more than a just a competition, but a real training opportunity that enables us to transfer our knowledge of Italian espresso to the world – commented Paolo Nadalet, Chairman of the Italian Espresso National Institute (Inei) – The competition’s prominence is reflected by the rising number of participating baristas year-on-year and the glowing support from its followers”.   
“The key element of the Espresso Italiano Champion’s success is encouraging the baristas to be ambassadors for Italian espresso all over the world and to become role models for their colleagues – stated Luigi Odello, General Secretary of the Italian Espresso National Institute (Inei) – For the tradition to be kept alive, even innovated, it must be continued by highly-skilled and motivated professionals, like the ones we met within this edition of competition”.
The international final was hosted at Host 2017 by Wega Coffee Machines. The international semi-finals were hosted by La Genovese, Dersut Caffè, Essse Caffè and Mokador. 
Past Espresso Italiano Champions have been Filippo Mezzaro from Italy (2014), Giannis Magkanas from Greece (2015) and Park Dae Hoon from Korea (2016).
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Sensory analysis of the Italian espresso at Host 2017 with the International Institute of Coffee Tasters (Iiac)

The International Institute of Coffee Tasters (Iiac) is at Host 2017 with a series of events devoted to the Sensory analysis of the Italian espresso. At Host 2017, in Milan from 20 to 24 October, the International Institute of Coffee Tasters (Iiac) offers three events devoted to the Sensory analysis of the Italian espresso, in collaboration with three different partners.

The first is a seminar dedicated to Italian espresso tasting, which will be held on Friday 20 October from 2 pm to 2.45 pm as part of Cafe Chronology, a show organized by Specialty Coffee Association (Sca) and World Coffee Events (Wce) in partnership with MUMAC. An opportunity to discover the Iiac tasting method, the same used in Italian Espresso National Institute (Inei) certification. The seminar will be conducted in English by Carlo Odello, Iiac member of the board.

Iiac will also provide scientific support for Caffè Milani in its historical tasting sessions throughout the whole fair. Today’s espresso does not have the same aroma as the espresso sipped by our grandparents and great-grandparents. What was the coffee profile of the past and what will it be in the future? To answer this question, Caffè Milani restores and displays coffee machines from three different eras, with the recreation of the blends used in the past and a guide available for visitors.

On Monday 23 October, from 2.30 to 3.30 pm, IIAC will be the guest of Mumac Academy, with a new seminar on sensory analysis, taking advantage of the opportunity to study in more detail certain technical points tied to the psycho-physiology of the sensory analysis of our coffee. In particular, it will focus on the function of the olfactory system and on the olfactory components of a cup of Italian Espresso. The seminar will be conducted in English by Carlo Odello.

Again at Host 2017, IIAC presents the new edition of Espresso Italiano Tasting at Stand T32 in Pav. 22. This book has been an essential guide for numerous operators in the coffee sector in their training on Italian espresso tasting. The previous edition of 2002 was a bet that paid off for Iiac, who translated it into 11 languages, intended primarily for its own community of associates (more than 10,000 in over 40 countries around the world) and, naturally, for whoever wishes to learn more on the subject.