2015 Austrian AeroPress Championship – results


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.



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.
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

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


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



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


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


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!

2015 World AeroPress Championship Competitor Information


Hello competitors!

So that you’ve got all the information you need and you’re not freaking out that you’re not going to be able to make me coffee, here are the nuts and bolts you’ll need to lock down:

Date / Thursday 9th April from 6:00pm
Location / WithinSodo – 2916 Utah Ave South, Seattle (Google Maps)

Partners / Cafe Imports, Bonavita, Uppercup, Sprudge, La Marzocco
Supporters / Baratza, Everpure, Mahlkonig & Intelligentsia

Timing / Please ensure you arrive to WithinSodo at 3:30pm sharp. It’s probably a city you’ve never been to, so ensure you make enough time for travel.

3:30pm Competitors Arrival & initial briefing
4:00pm Competitors Practise Time
5:15pm Competitors Practise Time shutdown
5:30pm Mandatory Competitor Briefing
7:00pm Competition Starts

Rounds / The competition rounds will run to the following format:

Round 1: 12 rounds of 3 competitors each. 12 winners will proceed to the Semi Finals
Semi Finals: 4 Rounds of 3 Competitors. 4 winner.
Grand Final: 1 Round. 4 Competitors. 1 winner.


Complete draw and competitor timings will be available approx. 1 day prior to the competition, and will be announced ASAP.

Coffee / La Perla Del Cafe – SL28, Finca Chispita, Fully Washed from Cafe Imports.

The first batch of coffee you receive will be a sample roast, giving you an overall idea of the coffee itself. This is not the roast you will be competing with! On the day of the event, you will be provided with a fresh bag of coffee, roasted by Elm Coffee Roasters in Seattle. It’s the same coffee, but roasted locally and to a slightly different profile. The sample roast will be shipped early this coming week.

If you have do not receive a sample of the coffee, we will have some to collect in Seattle. Details of this to come. Please get in touch with us if you need to collect some. Coffee will only be available to those who have not received any.

Rules / The rules are the same as per the Rules page, but essentially:

The required volume of the drink is 200ml, which must be served in the supplied cup. 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 Head Judge – this will not be considered in judging, but must be given to the Head Judge before your round begins.

Once your round is complete, please ensure your podium is cleared and cleaned. There will be an area for storage of competitors equipment. There will be an 1 hour opportunity for practise brewing before the competition starting at 4pm, and finishing strictly at 5pm.

Equipment / Each competitor podium will be stocked with the following equipment:

  • Bonavita 1.0L Variable Temp Gooseneck Kettles
  • Bonavita BV2000SC Scales
  • Mahlkonig EK43 Grinders with Coffee burrs

Each competitor will be given an Uppercup on their station to pour the final brew into. Competitors are expected to bring whatever brew gear they require such as:

  • Aeropress, and paper filters
  • Jugs to brew into

America runs on ridiculous 110V power. Your electrical equipment MAY NOT WORK, please be wary of this. We will not have adapters.

Please label all your gear carefully with your name in case you lose it. We’d also recommend packing it in a box with your name on the outside. No responsibility will be taken for lost or damaged gear.

Water / WBC spec water supplied by Everpure.

Judges / Eden-Marie Abramowicz, Erin Meister, Amanda Juris, Anne Lunell, Katie Carguilo & James Bailey, Noah Namowicz, Tim Wendelboe, Mike Phillips, Stephen Morrissey.

The format for judges has changed this year. The fundamentals are the same; three judges per round, but the judges selection process is new. Details on this to come, but it’s not really something you’ll need to consider.

Finally / Please remember this competition was designed to be simple and fun, please be present with this spirit. We will be doing our best on the night to make this a great event for all, so please be prepared, be patient and most of all have fun!

2015 Northern Ireland AeroPress Championship – Results!


Northern Ireland’s inaugural Aeropress Championship took place in Established Coffee, Belfast on March 19th. Jonathan Hickinson who works at Established triumphed on an exciting night for the growing coffee community in Northern Ireland. The competition was judged by James Bailey from Workshop Coffee, Bridgeen Barbour from Established Coffee, Daniel Henderson from Lost & Found, with Jan Komarek from Bailies Coffee acting as head judge.

The twenty four competitors travelled from all around Northern Ireland to take part and brew up their tasty Aeropress recipes for the judges. The coffee they used was Colombia Tolima Gaitana provided by event sponsor Bailies Coffee who had this to say;

“Competitors should be aware this is not a primarily aromatic coffee like you might be expecting; the flavours are subtle yet remarkably refined. But rather than steer competitors in a particular direction by providing cupping notes, we’re looking forward to seeing which notes and tones they choose to bring out most through their brewing skills.”

Prizes for the winners included Aerobie flying rings which also fizzed around the room all night, a Twelve Month Coffee Subscription for third place, a Baratza Encore grinder for second place and the big prize money of £1000 and a place at the World Championships in Seattle for the winner.

Prior to the competition, detailed updates about the judges, competitors and sponsors had been posted on their own webpage; http://www.niaero.press/ and during the event, all the action was live-tweeted and live-streamed online… is that an Aeropress Competition first?

As well as beer, pizza and sound & lighting the competition included support from TKC, Marco, Ground Espresso Bars, Coffee NI, Prohibition, Baratza & Little Wing Pizzeria.

And the results…

1st Place: Jonathan Hickinson, Established Coffee
2nd Place: Stephen Arnott, Common Grounds
3rd Place: Rachel Snowden, Established Coffee
The Recipes:

3rd Place: Rachel Snowden

  • 16g of coffee (EK43 grind at 11.5)
  • 240g Water
  • Fill pour over kettle with water at 75 degrees celsius,
  • 1 filter paper rinsed
  • Preheat aeropress and serving vessel
  • Preinfuse coffee with 50g of water and bloom for 40 seconds, stirring 6 times
  • Add additional water to 240g, stir twice, secure filter cap and allow to brew until 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Discard the water that was preheating and flip the aeropress on top of it.
  • Slowly plunge for 30 seconds
  • Total time: 2 minutes (stop plunging before a hissing sound occurs).
  • Decant, serve and enjoy!
  • Rachel used the inverted method!

2nd Place: Stephen Arnott

  • 16.5g coffee (EK43, Turkish burrs)
  • 240g water
  • Sort through beans and remove any broken or tiny ones
  • Rinse aeropress and filter paper, also run water over rubber bung at sink!
  • Add coffee and level out.
  • Add 30g water, stir briefly and wait to 30s
  • Slowly add further 210g water until 1 minute, stir briefly
  • Plunge for a further 50s
  • Leave 30ml in Aeropress
  • Decant
  • Stephen used the non-inverted/standard method!

1st Place: Jonathan Hickinson

  • 16.5g coffee (12.1 on EK43 Coffee Burrs)
  • 260g water
  • Pre-Wet Filter Paper
  • 40g water at 82C for 25s bloom
  • Stir 7 Times with bamboo paddle
  • Add 210g Water at 79C
  • Plunge for 50 secs for total contact time of 2min 40s
  • Jonathan used the non-inverted/standard method!

Choice Swag! Choice, I Say!

Hold onto your hats, it’s a World AeroPress Championship first! After years of asking, the majesty of the competition poster is now yours to take home! That’s right, at this year’s event we’re going to be selling copies of our poster, which features the exhaustively laboured over and staggeringly awesome artwork by David Salinas of Department of Brewology.

We asked that David draw each and every poster by hand, for that really authentic ‘touched by the artist’ vibe, but at over 150 hours of work for the design, we were likely to run out of time to get a hundred made. So, the posters are printed in water-based black ink instead, but David is going to be on hand to sign posters and rest his arm gently around your shoulder while you get your photo taken with him. How’s that for touched by the artist?

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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.

Now, what do you notice about this shirt? Take a good look.


That’s right, it’s being worn by a total hunk — check please! But that fact aside, it’s also the first ever, extremely limited, available exclusively in Seattle, World AeroPress Championship tee shirt…

Printed on light-grey, 100% cotton crew neck tees there are just 100 shirts being made, and only 75 being offered for sale. They’d be a bargain at twice the price, but can be yours for just twenty-five of your American dollars. Not a tee shirt kinda girl or guy? That’s OK — we’ve got you, too.

And in another World AeroPress Championship first, you can recreate the dizzying highs, terrifying lows and creamy middles of competitive AeroPress brewing by buying a bag of the competition coffee — the exact same batch that the champions will be competing with!

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. Not content to provide us with an amazing coffee, Cafe Imports bought this selection a one-way ticket on the Condor Airways flight out of San Jose, stowed it securely in the overhead compartment and got it up to the U.S. of A. in record time. Good work, chaps. Twenty dollars and a bag of it can be yours (ten dollars of which will go straight to a charity initiative in a producing country*).

But how are you going to carry all this choice swag home? You need some kind of 100% cotton, handled carrying device, resplendent with artistic adornment also. Wow — you are in luck, friend!


Fifteen dollars, can’t say fairer than that.

So, here’s the wrap. Before the emails flood in, this is what you need to know…

We’re sorry, but no. You can’t buy these online. No, sorry, we can’t mail you one, especially. You have to come to Seattle on the evening of April 9th, and buy one in person**. Antiquated and backward, we know, but that’s just how we like it.

See you in Seattle.




* Which charity initiative is still to be decided, we’ll keep you posted.
** If there’s any left over, we’ll look at putting them online somewhere, but no promises.