The 31st edition of Maestri dell’Espresso Junior kicks off

With the start of the new school year and the reopening of the institutesillycaffè and Gruppo Cimbali start the 31st edition of Maestri dell’Espresso Junior, the coffee competition dedicated to professional hotel and catering institutes. A project that boasts a long history of success, the result of close collaboration between the Università del Caffè, illy’s competence center created to spread the culture of sustainable quality to producers, baristas and catering professionals and consumers, and the MUMAC Academy, the Cimbali Group Coffee Machine Academy for training of professionals and coffee lovers and promotion of coffee culture.

Maestri dell’Espresso Junior is a concrete example of the commitment of the two companies to support schools and train young professionals entering the coffee sector. Indeed, the competition gives fourth grade students the opportunity to integrate educational programs by professionalizing courses on various aspects of the coffee world and to demonstrate their skills in the field, receiving prizes and scholarships.

To participate in the competition, institutes must submit their request no later than 31 October 2022 on the website by simultaneously registering a teacher and students interested in the online course promoted by the initiative. After a first phase of theoretical test for students and a preliminary technical selection, through videos of the candidates, the 8 semi-finalists will be identified who will be able to access the final phase and challenge each other in the practical test that will take place on May 19, 2023 .

The participation of Alproa company specialized in vegetable products, with the aim of integrating more and more students’ educational path and putting them to the test with the design and realization of a recipe based on espresso and vegetable drinks, a trend that is increasingly establishing itself in the modern cafe world.


The final prizes of the Junior Espresso Masters Technical Jury allow the winners to get more specialized training in the world of coffee by getting in-depth contact with the two companies. The winner wins internship in 10 working days and the runner-up wins participation in a training course. The award activities take place one year at Gruppo Cimbali’s MUMAC Academy and one year at illy’s Università del Caffè: the final competition for the 2023 edition will be hosted by Gruppo Cimbali while the internship and training course for the winners will take place at illycaffè.

The winning institutions received a machine or 3 coffee grinders from Gruppo Cimbali and a delivery of coffee from illy. These awards also for this edition are accompanied by the award from the journalistic jury that will evaluate the finalists in the presentation and creation of an espresso-based recipe and a vegetable drink developed with Alpro products.

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