2016 Dutch AeroPress Championship

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George – “What is Holland?”
Jerry – “What do you mean: “What is it?”. It’s a country, right next to Belgium.”
George – “No, that’s the Netherlands.”
Jerry – “Holland is the Netherlands.”
George – “Then who are the Dutch?”
The Butter Shave episode, Seinfeld, sometime in the 90s.

Coffeecompany will be hosting the Dutch Aeropress Championship for the third time this year and it’s promising to be the biggest and funnest ever. The event draws more coffee lovers each year and has grown into one of the most important in the Dutch coffee scene. On 19 March 2016, during the weekend of the Amsterdam Coffee Festival, the competition will take place at the Oosterdok flagship location in Amsterdam. The Dutch Aeropress Championship is arguably the most popular coffee competition in the Netherlands, with over 180 people showing up last year.

Poster was designed by Dutch graphic designer Vincent Meertens. Elements from the Aeropress and the rich history of Dutch Design were combined and form a layered mix of forms and typography.

 

Competition: Netherlands
Hosted By: Coffee company
Where: Oosterdokskade 137
Amsterdam 1011DL
Netherlands
When: 6:30pm, Saturday 19 March 2016
Competitors: 27
Cost: 25 euro
Entry: coffeecompany.nl
Sponsors: Britt
De Prael
KoffieTCacao
Judges:  Måns Akne Andersson
Damien Durda
Jasper Uhlenbusch
More information…

 

2016 South Australian AeroPress Championship

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The next of the five Australian regionals, is the South Australian AeroPress Championship hosted by Exchange Specialty Coffee in Adelaide. Recently turned coffee-maker turned wine-maker turned coffee-buyer, Eileen Kenny will be judging along with Adam Metelmann and Dom Ossa. It’s always good to know $3 beers will be on offer from Pikes Brewery. Snacks will be supplied too – which I’m assuming will be cheddar cheese and cabana sausage on toothpicks. Get down there Adeladistas!

 

Competition: South Australia regional
Hosted By: Exchange Specialty Coffee
Where: Shops 1&2
12-18 Vardon Ave.
Adelaide
When: 7pm, Friday 26 February 2016
Competitors: 15
Cost: $20
Entry: saaeropresschamps@gmail.com
Sponsors: Exchange Specialty Coffee
Dawn Patrol Coffee Roasters
Pikes Brewery
Pullman Espresso Accessories
Judges:  Eileen Kenny
Adam Metelmann
Dom Ossa
More information…

2016 New South Wales AeroPress Championship

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Time to announce the first of the five regional competitions in Australia, the 2016 New South Wales AeroPress Championships. Following on from this, will be the Victorian, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australian competitions. For now though, the fantastic people at Single O Roasters have put  together the NSWACs and an amazing monkey enjoying a coffee waterslide poster, naturally. Karatu AA all the way from Kenya via Dormans will be the competition coffee. Exciting!

 

Competition: New South Wales regional
Hosted By: Single Origin Roasters
Where: Single O Roast Works
28b Cranbrook Street
Botany
Sydney
When: 5pm, Saturday 27th February 2016
Competitors:
36
Cost: $25
Entry: Eventbrite
Sponsors: La Marzocco
Dormans Coffee
4 Pines Beer
The Tuckshop
Judges:  Tim Varney
TBC
TBC
More information…

 

2016 Irish AeroPress Championship

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This’ll sort of be a dress rehearsal for the World AeroPress Championships in June. Important data on the partying habits of the Irish will be transmitted to the WAC headquarters for appraisal – from here, we’ll know just how much “party supplies” will be required. Then we’ll double the order.

We love that The Barn’s Ralf Rueller will be joined by Ireland’s finest – a barista champion and a former AeroPress champion. Ralf is a tough cookie to impress, so get practising Ireland. We’ve also heard a 15 year old has signed up to compete, so we might see our youngest ever champion!

Competition: Ireland
Hosted By: First Draft Coffee
Where: The Fumbally
Fumbally Lane,
Dublin
When: 6:30pm, Thursday 14 April 2016
Competitors: 24
Cost: €25
Entry: https://goo.gl/l2FDU6
Sponsors: First Draft Coffee
Made by Knock Grinders
Standart Magazine
Re;Co
The Barn
Marco
Judges: Ralf Rueller
Irish Barista Champion (TBC)
Irish AeroPress Champion (TBC)
More information…

2016 New Zealand AeroPress Championship

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The legends at Ozone Coffee Roasters are taking on the 2016 New Zealand AeroPress Championships again, and we’re really pleased about it. Once again, their poster is fantastic. For those of you based in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Whangaparoa Bay then make a weekend of it, and visit the Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden (we can’t promise the flowers will be in bloom at the time of publishing this article).

 

Competition: New Zealand
Hosted By: Ozone Coffee Roasters
Where: Ozone Coffee Roasters
47a King Street
New Plymouth, Taranaki
New Zealand
When: 5:00pm, Saturday 2 April 2016
Competitors: 27
Cost: NZ$60
Entry: aeropress@ozonecoffee.co.nz
Sponsors: Ozone Coffee Roasters
King & Queen Hotel Suites
Macfarlanes Assist
RGB Metal Filters
Judges: Tim Varney – WAC
Jess Godfrey – ACME & Co
Tom Handiside – La Marzocco NZ
Heath Cater – SILO
More information…

2016 Saudi Arabia AeroPress Championship

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Well hasn’t this competition spread far and wide. This is Saudi Arabia’s first AeroPress championship – and they’ve not messed about, there will be Western Division, Central Division and Eastern division regionals. Wowzers. They’ve even got a strategic partner in Eye of Riyadh to help get the competition off the ground. It’s also great to see the community getting together with many of the roasters and coffee shops getting behind the event. We can’t wait to see how the event pans out! Keep an eye on @varietalcafe to get all the updates on the regionals – happening now!

 

Competition: Saudi Arabia
Hosted By: Sulalat Coffee
Where: Camel Step Coffee
Abu Bar St. Exit 6
Riyadh, Riyadh 12816
Saudi Arabia
When: 7:00pm, Friday 11 March 2016
Competitors: 72+
Cost: Free!
Entry: saudiaeropresschampionship.com
Sponsors: Eye of Riyadh
Bonita
Baratza
Espresso Parts
Brew 92
Coffee Talk
Medd Coffee
Caffeine Lab
Roasting House
Camel Step Coffee
Coffee Shrubs Trading
SN Cafe
Varietal Cafe
Judges: Abdulhameed Jamali
Ali Gazzawi
Husain Ibrahim
Ahmad Bajunaid
Osamah Al-Awwam
Abdulkarim Al-Harbi
Abdullatif Al-Oshaigry
Mohammad Al-Twaijry
Wayel Al-Wohaibi
More information…

2016 Danish AeroPress Championships

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We love Denmark, we love The Coffee Collective. Those of you in attendance will be spoilt with some delicious Mikkeller brews and you’ll have overtly beautiful people to mingle with. Maybe there’ll be some coffee cheese on offer? There’s going to be some swell jams on the loudspeaker; the music scene in Denmark is pretty swish. The big drawcard of course is the recently crowned Swedish queen of brewing, Anne ‘Ananas’ Lunell, who’ll be there to answer all of your most probing coffee brewing questions.

 

Competition: Denmark
Hosted By: The Coffee Collective
Where: The Coffee Collective
Godthåbsvej 34 B
Frederiksberg 2000
Copenhagen
When: 2:00pm, Sunday 6 March 2016
Competitors: 18
Cost: DKK 250
Entry: www.billetto.dk/aeropress2
Sponsors: The Coffee Collective A/S
Øristeriet
Mikkeller
Judges: Nicolas Clerc
Anne Lunell
Klaus Thomsen
More information…

You got an AeroPress for Christmas?

“How the hell do you use this?” – I hear you mumbling under your breath.

Having received what looks to be a giant syringe, that according to the packaging makes “the best” coffee around from your coffee fanatic of a cousin, you’re probably needing some guidance. Well, we can definitely confirm it makes coffee – and it makes coffee very well. You’ll need to get the idea of cafe quality cappuccinos out of your head, as trying to recreate what a $20,000 espresso machine handmade in Florence can do at home is most certainly out of the equation. Cafe quality filter coffee though is most certainly achievable, and it’s without a doubt the best and most affordable way to experience your local roaster’s coffee offering.

We’d thought we’d give you 3 of our current favourite techniques for producing a filter coffee even Tim Wendelboe would be happy to drink. The beauty of the AeroPress is how versatile it is; the strength of the brew is in your hands, as is the level of brewing steps. Hopefully with the recipes below, the AeroPress will be part of your morning routine – right after snuggles in bed with a loved one.

The above video is secretly really our favourite, from one of the founders of the World AeroPress Championship. It’s pretty much mostly because of Barry White – watch it!

The current World AeroPress Champion’s recipe by Lukas Zahradnik of Slovakia

We like Lukas’ recipe – it’s fast and simple. It uses fairly cool water, making it ready to drink straight away. It makes a full 220g of coffee – enough to share with that loved one, and get you to work on time.

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20g coffee / medium filter grind / 220g bottled water at 79c / 1:40 brew time / inverted

Rinse paper filter thoroughly in warm water. Bloom, using 60g of water for 30 sec. Swirl the Aeropress to mix the water and the ground coffee. After the 30 second bloom, quickly pour the remaining water to reach 220g. Once all the water is in the AeroPress, attached the filter and press. The entire process should take 1:40. Serve straight away!

3-time United States Cup Taster Champion’s recipe by Ben Kaminsky of the United States

Ben is the darling of the World AeroPress Championship headquarters and our current in-house MC. He’s an incredibly talented coffee taster and boasts fastidious brew techniques. His AeroPress recipe is a little more involved than the the normal methods, so you’ll need to be pretty co-ordinated with both hands on hand. So, if you’re feeling adventurous and are happy to arrive to work a little late, then give this one a go.

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14g coffee / fine filter grind / 109g water off the boil / 1:15 brew time / inverted

Begin by boiling freshly filtered tap water. Invert your aeropress. Apply a paper filter and run it under the tap until its rinsed. Fill your inverted aeropress with boiling water, apply the filter, flip and press the boiling water through the filter to ensure there is absolutely no paper taste and to heat up the system.

Once again, invert your aeropress. The plunger should be about 1cm from the bottom. Grind off your coffee, slightly finer than filter grind (Should be 14g by weight) and put it into your cup or glass. Keep this handy.

Bring your water to a rolling boil. Put your inverted aeropress on a scale and zero out. When the kettle hits a rolling boil, shut it off, open the lid and start your timer. Wait thirty seconds to allow the water to cool a bit.

Add 1dL or ~95g by weight of your water to the aeropress and quickly zero out the scale again. Start your clock and add the 14g of coffee to the water and give the coffee a quick but efficient stir to completely saturate the coffee grounds in the water.

Add the remaining 1dL or ~95g by weight of water to the coffee slurry. The scale total should now read 109g. Wait until the clock reads 50 seconds and then slowly and carefully flip the aeropress back upright. (I would use two hands.)

Begin slowly plunging. This should take about 25 seconds. Plunge until you hear any hissing or air escaping through the coffee puck. Quickly pull the plunger back up and invert your aeropress so it doesnt leak everywhere.

Drink while on the phone to your boss explaining why Ben Kaminsky has made you late for work.

2-time World AeroPress Champion’s recipe by Jeff Verellen of Belgium

Say goodbye to your day with Jeff’s recipe. You’ll need a few extra tools too – a sieve will get rid of the unwanted fines after grinding, a lengthy career in coffee will ensure you know what an unripe coffee bean looks like and a ph meter will ensure your water has has the correct ph level.

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17.5g coffee / 7.3 EK43 grind / 270g spa blue, soft 33 dry rest mineral water, ph 6.6 at 82℃ & 76℃ / 2:00 brew time / non-inverted

Inspect your coffee beans; remove unripes, oversized or undersized beans and ears.
Sieving: using sowden softbrew filter, banging and shaking it to get rid if the superfines. You can also lose some of the chaff this way.

30 second soft bloom with 40g water at 82c. Ensure you wet all the grounds nice and even, shake lightly around if not all coffee and water is mixed.

1 minute extremely slow pour with 230g water at 76c. Then, 30 second soft plunge. Plunge into a superchilled container to cool your brew to drinking temperature quickly.

Leave enough slurry in the aeropress, about 50g.

Serve while reading the Financial Times – if you’re smart enough to decipher this recipe, then you’re probably smart enough to have invested in renewable energy.

Hosting Applications close 31st October

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This is just a friendly little reminder to get your hosting application in to us before the 31st October! Hosting applications can be made here and we’ve already had some excellent ones, so thank you to those of you who have put the time into the application. To be clear, it doesn’t take that long and the finer details can be worked out down the track.

The results of who gets to host will be announced in mid-November and the 2016 World AeroPress Championship season kicks off on January 1st. More information here.

Ensuring your national Aeropress competition runs smoothy and successfully means fulfilling the global guidelines. It’s important that you’re able to stamp your own personality on the competition by putting on the kind of event that suits your community, however it is equally important that there’s a level of uniformity to the national competitions, and that global requirements are met.

 

Until then, here’s some of the key responsibilities of national organisers:

1. Make It Fast, Fun & Light-Hearted
The whole point of this event is that it’s fun to compete in, to host and most importantly, to watch. Get some sponsors together, get an MC with a big personality, hire a DJ, give street food vendors some space to set up and get a few kegs of beer in to give away. Make it a party, make sure everyone has a good time. (And while all this is happening, run the competition itself.)

2. Make It Fair
The hosting of a national event should be looked at as an opportunity to help bring a coffee loving community together. It’s not an opportunity to promote your company over your competitors. To this extent, national hosts must be prepared to be inclusive, engaging and fair. Hosts putting on events solely to serve themselves will probably not host again.

3. Design A Poster
National organisers must commission and produce a poster for their event and where required, include the official World AeroPress Championship and global sponsors logos. A high definition digital version must be submitted to H.Q., alongside rights for publication, distribution and use.

4. Event Reporting
You’re our eyes and ears around the globe. A thorough report of the event needs to be completed and sent back. This should include a review of the events itself, the top 3 competitors’ recipes and the names and workplaces of all competitors must be submitted. A collection of photography (and video if possible) is crucial to good reporting, so organise a decent photographer!

5. Pony Up For Travel
National hosts must ensure that an appropriate amount of funding is provided for the winner to get to the World AeroPress Championship event. Travel should be by air where required, and hotels should be of a decent standard.

6. Meeting Global Partner Requirements
Where stipulated, national hosts must work in conjunction with arrangements we have agreed with global partners. This may include the use of particular equipment, cups, water, coffee or media reporting. Or it may not. Either way, details will be communicated in good time.

Please Note: All applications to host a national AeroPress competition must be submitted to and approved by World AeroPress Championship HQ.  Hosting one year does not give you automatic permission to host again. If we don’t approve it, it’s not a sanctioned competition, and your winner will not be competing in the World Championship event.