The World Cezve/Ibrik Championship goes to Budapest in 2017!

The World Cezve/Ibrik Championship showcases the Cezve or Ibrik preparation of brewing coffee, set in a competition format that celebrates this cultural tradition. Competitors are encouraged to bring their own style or cultural element to their performance to showcase what is one of the oldest forms of preparing coffee. Challenging centuries-old traditions in a way that makes it suitable for modern day coffee habits, the championship goes to Budapest in 2017, where it will welcome competitors from all over the world, battling for the 2017 World Cezve/Ibrik Champion title!

See you there, to either participate or witness both tradition and innovation at this SCAE event!

Karthikeyan Ranjedran wins MENA Cezve/Ibrik title 2016


Karthikeyan Ranjedran in action.

Karthikeyan Ranjedran, a UAE-based barista of Indian origin, won in the second MENA Cezve/Ibrik Championship at the Speciality Food Festival (SFF) last month. SFF was one of three niche food events that ran from November 7-9 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Ranjendran, whose regional title follows an earlier victory in the inaugural UAE Cezve/Ibrik Championship at Gulfood in February, impressed the judges with his signature blend.

This included balsamic vinegar, cocoa reduction, vanilla raspberry tea and gelatine solution. The judging panel comprised Konstantinos Komninakis, the Cezve/Ibrik world champion in 2016; Stavros Lamprinidis, the 2014 world champion; and experts from across the UAE coffee industry.

As the MENA Cezve/Ibrik Championship winner, Ranjedran will represent the region at the World Championship 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

“I am extremely excited and happy to have won this prestigious title and would like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey to the top,” he commented.

With the aim of promoting excellence in the centuries old art of brewing Ibrik coffee — the traditional technique of using a small, long-handled pot that is famously known as Turkish coffee — the MENA Cezve/Ibrik Championship was organised by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).

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The 9th World Cezve/Ibrik Championships are taking place at the Gulfood event in Dubai, UAE. After four full days of competition and performances from 19 international competitors, the judges have confirmed that Konstantinos Komninakis of Greece is the World Cezve/Ibrik Champion of 2016. He takes home the trophy provided by our Awards Partner, Soy Turkiye, who handmade the award from 100% silver.

In 2nd place was Hazal Atesoglu of Turkey, followed by Karthikeyan Rajendran in 3rd place, each of whom also took a handmade trophy home provided by Soy Turkiye. Ecaterina Szasz of Romania, Jerome Jumawan of Philippines and Sara Al-Ali of Saudi Arabia finished in 4th, 5th and 6th place respectively.


Having taken a few moments to soak up his success, Konstantinos remarked “The National Greek Championships were my first time competing and to go on from there and to win the World title is an amazing feeling. I am honoured and after a lot of hard work, I must thank my team, Antonis Kargiotis, George Bournelis, the farmer Graciano Cruz, and of course my inspiration to compete, Stavros Lamprinidis.”


The day began with the 6 finalists that qualified after three days of heats, with Karthikeyan Rajendran of the United Arab Emirates performing first and demonstrating to the audience just how fierce the competition is at this level. Next up we saw an impressive performance from Ekaterina Szasz of Romania, before Konstantinos Komninakis of Greece delivered his presentation to an audience growing in number. Jerome Jumawan of the Philippines was the last of the male finalists to compete, before Hazel Atesoglu of Turkey and Sara Al Ali of Saudi Arabia rounded off the day’s action.

There was little time to waste as the judges deliberated the results before announcing the winner. 2015 Champion, Davide Berti of Italy was in attendance having judged during the heats. “Being the World Cezve/Ibrik Champion in 2015 was a privilege and I am pleased that this time honoured tradition is maintained at this high standard. I have been very impressed by the number of competitors who entered the competition and the reception from the crowd is the best I have ever seen” he said.

Organised by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), and supported by sponsors Gulfood and Loumidis, the World Cezve/Ibrik Championships is an annual event that celebrates the world’s most traditional brew method in a competition format.

SCAE Executive Director, David Veal remarked “Hosting the World Cezve/Ibrik Championship here at the Dubai World Trade Centre during the Gulfood event was an easy decision for us to make and gives us a fantastic opportunity to promote speciality coffee in this region. The support from the venue has been second to none, and with the additional support for our returning sponsor Loumidis, we knew the event was destined to succeed. The response we’ve seen from the audience here is overwhelming and it’s quite evident Ibrik’s growth in popularity is continuing.”

The World Cezve/Ibrik Championship was transformed into a festival atmosphere, with a whole host of additional features taking place throughout the event, including seminars from guest speakers such as Morten Munchow, Panos Konstantinopoulos and Michael McCauley, as well as the SCAE Brew Bar and some traditional dance performances.

SCAE would like to thank the sponsors, all the equipment suppliers, and the organisers of the entertainment, for their support and help in making this our most successful World Cezve/Ibrik Championship to date.


The 9th World Cezve/Ibrik Championships are taking place at the Gulfood event in Dubai, UAE.  After three full days of heats and performances from 19 international competitors, the judges have confirmed the six finalists that will compete to become the next World Cezve/Ibrik Champion on Wednesday.

The six finalists are Jerome Jumawan of the Philippines, Sara Al Ali of Saudi Arabia, Konstantinos Komninakis of Greece, Ekaterina Szasz of Romania, Hazel Atesoglu of Turkey and Karthikeyan Rajendran of the United Arab Emirates. Congratulations were offered to all of the competitors for their exceptional performances in what has been the most successful and competitive championships in the history of the event.


Organised by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), and supported by sponsors Gulfood and Loumidis, the World Cezve/Ibrik Championships is an annual event that celebrates the world’s most traditional brew method in a competition format.

Event organiser, Annemarie Tiemes of SCAE said “In recent years the art of brewing coffee in a cezve (ibrik) pot has grown significantly in popularity as more and more specialised equipment has been developed and made available for purchase. In what has previously been an event largely contested by Southern and Eastern Europeans, this year’s championships welcomed competitors from as far afield as the Netherlands and Uganda. Ibrik is enjoying a revival as people look to the next up and coming trends in coffee.”

Competitors are vying for the much coveted title of World Cezve/Ibrik Champion, as well as the trophy that goes with it. Handmade by the event’s Award Partner, Soy Turkiye, the trophy is made from 100% silver and represents the hard work and passion that goes into brewing speciality coffee every day around the world.

In true tradition of the championships, SCAE collaborated with local partners Easternmen Co, Swiss Water Decaf, Karam and the Dubai Coffee Museum to offer a range of entertainment in the form of traditional dance, including performances from Arabian, African and Lebanon performers that entertained the hundreds of spectators and onlookers in attendance.

Khalid Al Mullah, part of the local working group in Dubai, said “So far the World Cezve/Ibrik Championship has received positive feedback and I am truly inspired by the huge presence from different nations. My expectations of this event have proved the capability of hosting bigger events at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the future. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all key stake holders who were involved in making the World Cezve/Ibrik Championships such a great success.”

While the sun sets on a thrilling third and final day of heats, there is a buzz around the event as people eagerly anticipate the final day of competition as we look to crown our 2016 champion on Wednesday 24 February 2016.


Copy of GulFood 2016 Stage schedule Final-22-01


Filip Bartelak on the changes of the Cezve/ Ibrik Rules & Regulations, on behalf of the Cezve/ Ibrik Working Group

The Cezve/Ibrik Championships was established to promote and excel this method of preparation coffee. Cezve and “classical” ibrik are probably the most known methods of preparing coffee in the world. As SCAE, we wish to reward those who use this method properly and by this are promoting high-quality coffee and services around the world.

Recently we decided to review the existing rules and regulations of this championship and we came to the conclusion that some changes are necessary in order to properly evaluate process of preparation and quality of beverages served. Our intention was to keep the familiar language and modus operandi of the competition, in order to make this championship friendlier and more accessible. We have decided to keep the same table setup as for other competitions, as to not create problems with hardware for future organizers of this events.

Read the complete article on the SCAE website.


SCAE are delighted to announce this years’ winner of the Cezve/ Ibrik Championship as Davide Berti, from Italy. The 8th edition of the World Cezve/ Ibrik Championship took place in Athens, Greece on the 6th of February 2015 and was a closely fought competition. The event, held in conjunction with HoReCa Expo Greece and Loumidis Papagalos, gathered 8 participants across Europe.

The semi-final scores were as follows:
8. Reinhard Grebien (Austria) – 201, 5 points

7. Viktor Kuznetsov (Russia) – 335, 5 points

6. Vadim Granovskiy (UK) – 361, 5 points

5. Julia Saichuk (Ukraine) – 403 points

4. Stavros Michael (Greece) – 420, 5 points

3. Ecaterina Szasz (Romania) – 427, 5 points

2. Davide Berti (Italy) – 438, 5 points

1. Hazal Atesoglu (Turkey) – 446, 5 points


The final scores were as follows:

3. Hazal Atesoglu (Turkey) – 405 points

2. Ecaterina Szasz (Romania) – 409, 5 points

1. Davide Berti (Italy) – 422, 5 points


Congratulations to all the competitors for a hugely successful event. The Championship is a wonderful showcase of both tradition and innovation, with a rich and passionate history. Just in case you missed these, here the former two World Champions are giving us the perfect ‘how-to’ brew guide to an excellent Ibrik coffee. Also, here you can find an article about the Ibrik history.

2014 World Cezve Ibrik Champion, Stavros Lamprinidis, Greece

2014 World Cezve Ibrik Champion, Stavros Lamprinidis, Greece

A cezve (also known as ibrik) is a pot designed specifically to make a particular style of coffee that is vastly consumed in parts of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The body can be made of metal, brass, copper, or ceramic but it features a distinctive long handle, and a brim that is designed to serve the coffee.

This event showcases the Cezve or Ibrik preparation of brewing coffee, set in a competition format that celebrates the cultural tradition. In this championship, it is encouraged that the competitors bring their own style/cultural element to their performance to showcase what is one of  the oldest forms of preparing coffee.



2014 Cezve Ibrik Championship Results