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Konstantinos Komninakis of Greece Wins World Cezve/Ibrik Championship

From left to right, World Coffee Events photo.

Hazal Atesoglu, Konstantinos Komninakis and Karthikeyan Rajendran. SCAE photo.

Konstantinos Komninakis of Greece has been named the 2016 World Cezve/Ibrik Champion following four full days of competition among 19 national winners at the Gulfood event in Dubai, UAE.

This was the ninth version of the Cevre/Ibrik Championships, celebrating the traditional manual brew method in a competition format that involves preparing two drinks — a traditional cevre/ibrik drink and a signature cevre/ibrik drink — for a panel of sensory and technical judges. Competitors are encouraged to highlight cultural twists on the brew method.

Komninakis was a first-time coffee competitor heading into the Greek championships, and he showcased a coffee from renowned Panamanian agronomist and producer Graciano Cruz.

Here are the six world championship finalists, in order of their finish:

1: Konstantinos Komninakis, Greece

2: Hazal Atesoglu, Turkey

3: Karthikeyan Rajendran, UAE

4: Ecaterina Szasz, Romania

5: Jerome Jumawan, Philippines

6: Sara Al-Ali, Saudi Arabia

The World Cezve/Ibrik Championships are presented by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe.

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