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Winners of European Coffee Awards 2018 announced in Milan

Now in its eleventh year, the European Coffee Symposium offers a combination of cutting edge insights and unparalleled networking opportunities for top executives from across the coffee shop, food-to-go and foodservice landscape

Simonelli Group President and CEO, Nando Ottavi, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from Allegra CEO, Jeffrey Young

It was a momentous day in Milan as European leaders from across the coffee industry gathered to recognise talent, dedication, innovation and achievement at the European Coffee Symposium awards, 2018. Awardee votes were compiled through an Allegra survey of more than 830 senior industry leaders. Copenhagen-based café concept, Joe & the Juice, snapped up Best Coffee Chain, Europe, while Union Hand-Roasted received Best Specialty Coffee Roaster, Europe. Recognising his incredible half-century career, Simonelli Group President and CEO, Nando Ottavi, received a Lifetime Achievement award.

And the winners are... 


Best Coffee Chain - Western Europe

Winner: Starbucks Coffee Company
Runner-up: Costa Coffee 
Highly commended: Joe & The Juice

Best Coffee Chain – Nordics

Winner: Joe & the Juice
Runner-up: Johan & Nyström
Highly Commended: Starbucks Coffee Company

Best Coffee Chain - Southern Europe

Winner: Coffee Island
Runner-Up: illy Caffè
Highly commended: Caffè Nero

Best Coffee Chain - UK & Ireland

Winner: Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Runner-up: Costa Coffee
Highly commended: Starbucks Coffee Company

Best Coffee Chain - Central/Eastern Europe

Winner: Starbucks Coffee Company
Runner-up: Costa Coffee
Highly commended: Tchibo

Best Coffee Chain - Europe

Winner: Joe & the Juice
Runner-up: Starbucks Coffee Company
Highly commended: Costa Coffee

Best Coffee Roaster – Europe

Winner: illy
Runner-up: UCC Coffee
Highly commended: Lincoln & York

Best Specialty Coffee Roaster - Europe

Winner: Union Hand-Roasted
Runner-up: His Majesty the Coffee
Highly commended: Climpson & Sons

Best Coffee Equipment Supplier - Europe

Winner: La Marzocco
Runner-up: La Cimbali
Highly commended: Faema

Best Independent Coffee Shop - Europe

Winner: The Barn
Runner-up: Cafezal
Highly commended: Tim Wendelboe

Best Food Supplier - Europe

Winner: Cakesmiths
Runner-up: Danish Bakery
Highly commended: Unilever

Best Non-Coffee Supplier - Europe

Winner: Alpro
Runner-up: MONIN
Highly commended: Beyond the Bean

Most Ethical Brand - Europe

Winner: Lavazza
Runner-up: Union Hand-Roasted
Highly commended: Starbucks Coffee Company

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Nando Ottavi​

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

Francesco Sanapo
Paul Kelly
Ian Cranna
Jørgen bodum

Kasper Basse
Dritan Alsela


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