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No Filter Espresso Fest

A man pours coffee from a glass pitcher into a small cup for a festival attendee.

The most important espresso gathering within the Southeastern U.S. returned to caffeinate the Carolinas.


Images by Emily Moss 

No Filter Espresso Fest, the biggest espresso gathering within the Southeastern United States, returned in late September for its 2022 version. The pageant began out with principally native Charlotte, N.C.-based roasteries, however attendees now discover their new favourite drinks from cities throughout the Carolinas, from the mountains of Asheville, N.C., to the coasts of Charleston, S.C. Some distributors come from so far as New York, and even larger firms like Rishi Tea now make an look.

Speedy Development

The magnitude of No Filter Espresso Fest’s progress since its debut in 2016 is spectacular. It began out modestly with a dozen distributors, and there have been over 60 at this 12 months’s providing. No Filter has been going robust for six years, minus a couple of bumps alongside the way in which (i.e., 2020); it has all the time tailored and are available again stronger than in earlier years. 

A twenty foot long rainbow made from colored balloons, with white balloons forming a cluster of clouds at the bottom of the arch.
The 2022 No Filter Espresso Fest was sponsored by Third Wave Water.

This was my third 12 months attending, so I drafted my providers as a volunteer for the occasion. Workers was unimaginable of their communication months prematurely, leaving nothing in query on the day of the pageant. A smooth-running occasion from behind the scenes matched the view from an attendee’s perspective.

Give attention to Water Remedy and Recycling

Viewing the spectacle from either side, first as a volunteer after which as an attendant, my appreciation has grown exponentially, particularly within the waste and water therapy aspect of manufacturing. This 12 months No Filter partnered with an area composting firm, Crown City Compost, to correctly eliminate and reuse all of the grounds from the espresso consumed. (That is one thing that isn’t usually a priority in your common pageant attendant, however extremely appreciated.)

No Filter Coffee Fest attendees mill around the convention center tasting the wares.
This 12 months’s No Filter Espresso Fest featured over 60 distributors.

Together with recycling, water therapy was a distinguished theme on this 12 months’s occasion, which was sponsored by Third Wave Water. The corporate additionally held a serious time slot within the occasion’s Studying Lab seminar block. Along with a number of panel discussions, attendants had been handled to a wide range of espresso gear demos hosted by some huge names in brewing, corresponding to Baratza. When you had been fast sufficient to get passes, VIP ticket holders obtained entry an hour sooner than customary ticket holders. Native roasteries and sponsors additionally gave out goodies as further incentives for getting in as VIPs.   

The pageant started with a latte throwdown sponsored by Summit Espresso and ended with an afterparty sponsored by Hex Espresso.

Bookended with Enjoyable

With a weekend stuffed with leisure, locals had their fill of coffee-fueled enjoyable. The No Filter Espresso Fest was preceded by a pleasant latte artwork competitors, hosted by vendor Summit Espresso, the place novices and professionals alike joined in on the festivities. Put up-event was a pageant first: an afterparty for all folks within the espresso enterprise spectrum. Hosted by Hex Espresso, the afterparty was a spot for enterprise house owners new and previous to attach, and an opportunity for café house owners to fulfill with roasters to kind future connections.

With over 700 tickets offered, this was the biggest No Filter Espresso Fest in attendance to date, in each distributors and ticket holders. The occasion’s management is altering fingers after this 12 months, so will probably be intriguing to see how No Filter will develop with future endeavors.          


A multi-generational native of North Carolina, Zechariah Moss give up the restaurant trade after a decade to pursue his love of inventive writing. Whereas unable to flee his love for espresso, he moonlights as a contract copy/ghost author for mates and companies. His workplace may be present in a number of espresso retailers throughout the Carolinas. 


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