Even for a diehard coffee addict, 1500 cuppa joes is a heck of a lot. But that’s how many free coffees Christian Mitulla and his team from Nespresso plans to pour a day during the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival at European-inspired Koffee Klatch, a traditional café where friends gather to chat and share some java. Some really good java. “We source coffee from one to two per cent of the best coffee beans in the world, from 13 countries. We collaborate with 62,000 farmers,” he says. And every bean has to have a Triple A rating, through Nespresso’s equality, sustainability and quality control program. “Sometimes, it takes years to get all 250 points necessary to get the seal of approval, which gives farmers a competitive advantage in selling their beans to buyers.” For the festival, Nespresso will offer a whole range of coffees, from European-favoured espresso to North American ‘long cups’. “Ninety per cent of North Americans are part of the long cup culture,” he says. “But European options are slowly conquering coffee preferences.” Nespresso’s Koffee Klatch is free to all ticket holders at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.