The rules are fairly straight forward, judges will evaluate (blind), purely based on taste, the best filter style brew from the Aeropress. We want the competition to be as transparent as possible, with the intention of fine tuning the hugely varied technique used to brew on the Aeropress.
General Rules – The required volume of the drink is 2dl, which has to be served in the supplied cupping cup. It is up to the competitor what kind of water is used, no added ingredients are allowed . All competitors will have a 8 minutes comp time, this includes prep time & brew time – the clock will count down from 8 minutes. Failure to serve the drink in that time will mean disqualification. The technique used by the competitor must be in writing and given to the judges – this will not be considered in judging. If all 3 judges chose the same coffee, the head judge will cup the coffees and have final word.
Coffee - The only condition is that the supplied 2013 harvest of Gitchathaini AB from Nordic Approach. The coffee has been roasted by the World’s leading roaster, Tim Wendelboe. The coffee was roasted on the 9th May. The competition coffee will be available at Market Lane Coffee in Prahran on Wednesday 22nd and Market Lane Coffee in Faraday Street, Carlton on Thursday 23rd from 12 midday. Be aware of opening times of Market Lane. You will be allowed to practise at the Five Senses venue from 4pm until 5pm on Friday 25th.
Equipment – The supplied equipment will be 1 x Uber Grinder, 2 x Mahlköenig Guatemala grinders and 2 x Uber water boilers. Competitors are welcome to bring their own grinder and water boilers. Any modifications to the actual Aeropress will need to be authorised by the Head Judge and if need be, Alan Adler himself.
Water - Double Cartridge Filtered Melbourne tap water will be used via the water boilers. RO water will also be available – not via a boiler though. You are allowed to use your own water, and your own water boiler of choice.
Rounds – There will be 6 rounds of 3 competitors for the preliminary rounds. 1 winner from each round will go through to the semi-finals. There will be 2 semi-finals with 3 competitors in each round. The 2 winners will go head to head in the final round. The running list of competitors will be selected at random and will be announced soon.
After each round, competitors must use the judging time to clear their station ready for the next round of competitors.
International competitors are welcome to enter, using a ’surrogate’ or ’step in’ competitor. It will be their responsibility to find a ‘surrogate’ and to ensure clear brew instructions are provided. We can send you some coffee to practice with in the lead up to the competition.
Show your interest using via the ‘Sign Up’ page. Precedence will be given to the wining competitors from national competitions.
Please note : Once registration is closed, proof of your attendance – in the form of flight booking or hotel booking – will be required to secure your place in the WACs. This is due to “no shows” in previous years.