Getting Excited? You Should Be…


As the competition draws ever nearer, things are really starting to happen here in Seattle. Team WAC flew into town on Monday and headed straight to Elm Coffee Roasters to get this year’s competition coffee into production. We’re stoked with how it’s cupping, and think competitors are going to love brewing with it.


And as if the venue for the event wasn’t awesome enough, due to huge demand and a forecast f fantastic weather, we’ve decided to open the Within Sodo roofdeck on Thursday night. If you haven’t registered for your free ticket yet there’s only a handful left, and you need one to get in!

And as if all that isn’t enough to get you excited, we have keg after keg after keg of delicious Fremont Brewing beer that’s going to flow all night long.

The 2015 World Aeropress Championship!

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

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

Competitor Registration / Open to all official national Aeropress Champions via here.
Tickets / Entry is free, but tickets are required. Please register for your invitation here.

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

Don Carlos of La Perla Del Cafe was the first to get the SL28 seeds into Costa Rica and gave them away selflessly to his fellow producers to help everyone improve their coffee quality and be leaders in coffee innovation in the region. His work in quality is impeccable as he sees his coffee like wine. He truly only picks ripe cherries or “Sangre de Toro” (Bull’s Blood) as it is coined in Costa Rica and doesn’t let anyone in his drying patio with dirty shoes. This coffee has been specially selected, purchased and shipped around the World extremely generously by CafeImports exclusively for the WACs. Oh, by the way, only 2 bags were produced!

Food & Beer / Tokyo Dog & Fremont Brewing Co.

MCs / David Latourell, Tim Varney & Ben Kaminsky MCs2015

Judges / Eden-Marie Abramowicz, Erin Meister, Amanda Juris, Anne Lunell, Katie Carguilo & James Bailey, Noah Namowicz, Tim Wendelboe, Mike Phillips, Stephen Morrissey. judges2015girls judges2015boys

Forget about the competitors, I’m getting hot under the collar just thinking about the calibre of the judging panel — look at the dreamy smiles on every one of them (except Mike Phillips and Anne Lunell – who are simply looking moody and enigmatic). “10 judges!” – I hear you shout; well we have a little surprise for you on the new, improved and WACkier judging format. The MC’s I could take or leave, but they’ll add a little structure and charm to the evening.

So! For a night of unbridled AeroPressure, register for your free tickets and join us at WithinSodo, Seattle for what will undoubtedly be the greatest World AeroPress Championship to date.

Keep an eye on the official WAC social media outlets from all the updates, images and frothy gossip!

Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / SPRUDGE

2015 US AeroPress Championship – results


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:

USA results

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

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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!