2015 World AeroPress Championship thank you

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Well, there we have it. By far the most successful World Aeropress Championship to date. 35 nations competing head-to-head for the chance to take home the ‘bronze piston’. According to the clicker at the door we had over 400 people come to enjoy the jamboree of competition and disco music. The atmosphere was electric during the competition; the level of ability impressive. We’ve had amazing support from a truly generous bunch of individuals and companies. Without them, there is no way we’d have been able to put on such a spectacle for people.

CI_Logo_2015_2_color bonavita new logolm logobaratzaeverpure2intellisprudgeFirstly, CafeImports. So big-hearted, so wonderful to work with. They sourced us an incredible coffee from Costa Rica, roasted it and shipped it all over over the World to all 35 competitors. We also had the cupping talents of Noah Namowicz & Meister as part of the notable judging panel. So much love from them.

Boni-avita, at least that’s what they could be called. Marcus Boni of Bonavita lavishly gave the competitors the tools to perform on the night and kettles and scales to take home for the top 3 place getters. Another dream to work with.

Intelligentsia came to the party too making sure all the required elements for a great party were there : beer and awesome limited edition Aerobie flying rings. Stephen Morrissey himself was there to judges through some rounds and projected his own jolly vibes onto the room.

La Marzocco, a long time supporter of the WACs, once again came to reinforce the event with an amazing price pack for the winner and  lots of love from Italy.

Baratza, practically a member of the sponsorship family now, donated a Forte, Vario W and Preciso grinders for the winners. Year after year, they’ve been there for us.

Those guys at Sprudge, our official media partners, propping us up with extra coverage of the National AeroPress competitions and making sure the World Championships were in the limelight.

Those 2 beautiful ladies on top of the back bar, were a couple of Mahlkönig EK43s, so thanks to Gary at Mahlkönig for hand delivering them to the event.

We had some competition grade water from Everpure USA for the competitors, of which practically every last drop was used to ensure their coffee tasted and extracted beautifully.

And what goes without saying, the lovely people at Aerobie, incredibly supportive, incredibly generous and true lovers of the World AeroPress Championships. Stay tuned for more reports, recipes and more photos!

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Oh my! You could judge the WACs!

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This amazingly ‘Wheel of Fortune’ style spinning wheel will give you the chance to judge a round at the 2015 World AeroPress Championships if you land on ‘Lucky You’. A randomly selected spectator will have a ‘Price is Right; Come on down!’ moment to join the MCs on stage to spin the wheel 3 times to select the 3 judges for each round. If you land on ‘Coffee Time’, you’ll get a very special swag of WAC goodies!

Spinning the wheel isn’t your only chance to pick up the official WAC merchandise, thankfully. Manning the Merch Desk will be David Salinas of Department of Brewology, who created the exhaustively laboured over and staggeringly awesome artwork of the WAC poster. We’ll be stocking just 75 A1-sized prints on 100lb speckletone white French paper, and it’s strictly first in, best dressed. Thirty-five dollars, please.

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There are totes, t-shirts and the uber exclusive WAC comp coffee.  It’s an incredible coffee – an SL28 variety selection, grown and produced by Don Carlos of La Perla del Cafe in Costa Rica, and donated by our esteemed coffee partners, Cafe Imports. Don Carlos was the first to get  SL28 seeds into Costa Rica and gave them away selflessly to his fellow producers to help everyone improve their coffee quality. Roasted by the fine folk of Elm Coffee Roasters here in Seattle. It’s bloody yum.

And once again, the incredibly popular Aerobie Flying Discs will be flying about…

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Make sure you bring cash for the sweet, sweet merch! And make sure you have a ticket, because without a ticket you’ll be forced to go to one of the other lesser fun parties…

2015 US AeroPress Championship – results

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The 2015 United States AeroPress Championship hosted by Underline Coffee at 511 W 20th Street in New York, NY on Sunday March 29th at 6:00PM. Coffee professionals and enthusiasts battled it out to determine the best U. S. AeroPresser. Sweet USAC teaser poster by the SPRUDGE massive.

Aerobie will fly the winner to Seattle, WA to represent the US in the 2015 World AeroPress Championship held at WithinSodo on Thursday April 9th at 6:00PM.

The Sponsors, Counter Culture Coffee, Aerobie, Baratza , Bona Vita , Monarch Methods , City Cakes , Hario , and host Underline Coffee all worked to pull the event off.

Brandon Tully of Underline Coffee Emceed.

The judges: Cora Lambert (Box Kite), Deaton Pigot (Toby’s Estate Brooklyn), Erin McCarthy (Counter Culture Coffee) and Teresa von Fuchs (Irving Farm) all worked tirelessly (if a little overly caffeinated) through the night to determine the winners.

And the winners and their recipes are:

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2015 Austrian AeroPress Championship – results

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Sunday March 15th Austria arranged the 2nd National AeroPress Championship, this time in Vienna, in the awesome Ottakringer Brewery, known by most people from the great WBC 2012 Barista After Party. Arranged by Nikolaus Hartmann (Süssmund Roaster in Vienna), Klaus Triffich (poster designer and 2014 austrian Cuptasting Champion from Salzburg), Michael Manhart (trophy designer from Salzburg) and John Arild Stubberud (Kaffee-Alchemie in Salzburg).

The event was sponsored by:

24 competitors signed up within hours and Johanna Wechselberger from Vienna School of Coffee / Die Rösterin sponsored a splendid Cup of Excellence Costa Rica coffee for the competition, and this was distributed to the competitors.

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Ottakringer Brewery opened up their very nice ‘Goldfassl’ room for us, and next to the busy bar serving beer, booths served espresso drinks and a full brew bar. Felix Teiretzbacher from Felix Kaffee in St. Pölten is Austrias Coffee Scene’s Emcee, and he said ‘yes’ to moderate the event.

Judges were

  • Björn Dietrich from Hamburg
  • Storm C Lunde from Oslo
  • Johanna Wechselberger from Vienna
  • John Arild Stubberud as Head Judge

Beer and coffee was enjoyed (the Kaffee-Alchemie girls Victoria and Bianca prepared Irish Coffees), and everyone seemed to have a ball.

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19 year old Chantal Schlacher from Viennas ‘Kaffemik’ coffeeshop took home the trophy and is heading to Seattle to compete April 9th.

Her Winning Recipe:

  • Two AeroPress on top of each other (funnel inbetween), the upper with metal filter, the lower with paper filter
  • 20 grams coffee, coarse grind
  • 250 ml Water 89°C
  • 30 seconds pour
  • 30 seconds brew
  • 30 seconds plunge brew through metal filter
  • remove top AeroPress
  • 30 seconds press through paper filter

2nd Place Winner Philip Feyers recipe:

  • Inverted Method
  • 18,5 grams coffee
  • 240 grams Water, 86°C
  • Pour 50 grams, let bloom 30 seconds
  • Stir gently three times
  • Pour remaining 190 grams of Water until 1 minute
  • Turn around (invert) and plunge slowly for 45 seconds
  • Pour back and forth between two flasks four times to cool down

 

2015 Hungarian AeroPress Championship – results

The Hungarian AeroPress championship was a huge success with 35 competitors from all over the country. Congratulations to Szabolcs Schubert, who will represent Hungary at the World AeroPress Championship in Seattle on 9th April 2015.

The competition coffe was:  Kenya Kegwa AA Plus from Ngiriambu region roasted by Lucky Cap.
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Congratulations to the winners:
1st place:  Szabolcs Schubert (Madal Cafe, Budapest)
2nd place: Gergő Horvath (Madal Cafe, Budapest)
3rd place:  Levente Onczay

 

Judges: Sandor Toth / Adam Torok / Gergely Boross

Szabolcs Schubert’s winning recipe:

– 16,5g coffee
– Grind: Guatemala 5 – 5,5 setting
– 85c water
– water: Norda
– standard method
– 40g water, 25 seconds blooming, stir 10 times
– 190g water pouring until 1:10 while making sure that it circulates within the AeroPress as much as possible
– Stir again between 1:10 and 1:25
– Press slowly with minimum pressure until 2:40

Sponsors:
Reflexshop Kft. – http://reflexshop.hu
Lucky Cap Micro Roastery – http://www.baristaszakuzlet.hu/gyarto.php?id=52
Brewing People – https://www.facebook.com/brewingpeople
KávéBár Bazár – http://www.kaveforum.hu/
COMPAK – http://www.compak.es
Able Brewing – http://ablebrewing.com/
Aerobie – http://aerobie.com/
Keep Cup – http://www.keepcup.com/
My little Brew Bar – https://www.facebook.com/mylittlemelbournebrewbar
AeroPress Hungary – http://aeropress.hu/
Official site of the championship: http://aeropress.hu/hirek/

2015 Mexican Aeropress Championship – results

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The first Mexican Aeropress Championship took place on Saturday 28th, from 9am to 6pm – a full day of festivities. The coffee used was a washed coffee from Yucuiti, Oaxaca. The variety was 100% Typica from the producer Joel Vázquez López.

1st place   Ximena Rubio
2nd place  Shak Zapata
3rd place  Diego Marroquin

The most interesting thing to note is that Mexico is investing in their barista future by adding a parallel event for kids! There were some very enthusiastic minors interested, the underage event, with 6 kids competing aged from between 14 to 16 years old, managed to display some great skills with excellent results in the cups.

More photos can be seen at the Campeonato Mexicano de Aeropress Facebook page.

2015 Australian Aeropress Championship – results

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Well, this completes the Australian Aeropress Championship circuit for 2015. After 3 hotly contested state competitions in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland the generous folks a Mecca decided they’d have a go at hosting the nationals – and they didn’t disappoint. The atmosphere was electric and somewhat surreal with obscure mannequins and props used to further increase the wackiness of the Aeropress Championships.

Mecca’s new roastery and cafe was an ideal location for the AACs – a sunken “brewodrome” was the perfect setup for spectators to gawk at all the varied methods of Aeropress brewing. Sam Sgambellone had the epic task of putting together the intricate spider web of rounds ensuring advantages we allotted to those who came 1st or placed in their national competitions. Super computers in Palo Alto were required to calculate the rounds fairly.

Judging was considered and accurate. Paul Geshos of Mecca, Wendy de Jong of Single Origin and former Australian Aeropress Champion, Dylan Johnson of Paramount Coffee Project were the chosen 3. Head Judge, Tim Varney, was only required to step in for a single round – thankfully early, before the beer had muddled his tastebuds.

Eventually, a winner was established. Ben Richardson of Pablo and Rusty’s took out 1st place, with 2 votes against 1. Interestingly, in the State Winner round, Mac Dixon came out on top advancing him straight into the Grand Final – he was unable to duplicate his success in the final. Joseph Liu, a home barista and seasoned Aeropress Championship competitor, placed 2nd – proving his superior grasp of Aeropress brewing.

Next year promises to be an even bigger year for the Australian circuit, as whispers of more state competitions have been heard. For now, we congratulate Ben Richardson and wish him all the very bloody best in Seattle for the 2015 World Aeropress Championships.

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2015 Canadian AeroPress Championship – results

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The Canadian Aeropress Championship was a packed affair with 200 plus people, host by Phil & Sebastien Coffee Roasters. Spectators from the food and coffee industry joined together to cheer on friends and family, along with many people who had never seen an AeroPress in their life.

Amazing music by Kinfolk DJs all day long which came with a ton of dancing. Tubby Dog, a local hot dog vendor, served up tacos for us throughout the day. The sponsors came out to support the event as well, and it seemed as though everyone had a really fun time. Free beer from Tool Shed Brewing was flowing all day long.

Spectators who were knew to coffee were shocked by how exciting coffee competition is. The roastery was sardine tin full, making it difficult to move, but it only added to the atmosphere.

The head judge Josh Hockin felt the event was extremely well organized. The structure of the event was heats of 3 except for the heats of 2 due to our number of 30 competitors.

There were 30 competitors from across the country from Vancouver to Montreal, half home brewers and half baristas. This was a really interesting range and made for a memorable competition.

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2015 Russian AeroPress Championship – results

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Russian Aeropress Championship took place during Russian Barista Days event in Moscow on 1st of March 2015. Russian Barista Days hosted finals of Russian Barista Championship, Cup-Tasting, Brewers Cup, Latte-Art and Coffee In Good Spirits. 24 competitors competed to achieve best possible taste in “aeropressed cup”

24 great Aeropress recipes. Many regions of Russia were introduced, apart from Moscow and St. Pete. There were barista from Rostov, Ekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk, Volgograd, Bryansk.
Many thanks goes to our judges! Arkadiy Klimanov(Sweet Beans Coffee, master-roaster and owner), Nikolay Yalanskiy coffee roaster, owner of small and “home like’ coffee shops in St. Pete. Olga Melik-Karakozova well known barista champion, coffee roaster and Tatyana Elizarova also a multiple time Russian Barista Champion, coffee buyer and coffee consultant.

Coffee was provided by Sweet Beans Coffee. Participants had to choose from two samples. Kenya Karinga AA washed and Ethiopia Warka Gedeb Natural. Kenya received slightly more votes and had been roasted for Championship.

All finalists received signed Aeropress by Mr. Alan Adler!

Congratulations to the top 3 competitors:

1st place – Roman Kantola, “City Coffee”, St. Pete
2nd place Anna Svisheva, “Coffee Time”, Volgorad
3d place Ivan Vidishev, “Coffee Time”, Volgorad

Winning recipe from Roamn Kantola

– Inverted method
– 17 grams of coffee (after sieving)
– Baratza Forte 5H grind
– Two paper filters, one metal(metal contacts coffee)
– Pour slowly about 30 ml. wait 25 sec, pour another 190 ml. wait 10 sec, then the remaining 35 ml poured slowly.
– No stirring
– Brewing half way quickly and then slowly
– Pour coffee from pitcher to server and back three times.
– Water was frozen and melted three times – what this means exactly is very intriguing!