2015 English AeroPress Championship – Results!

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The results are in for the 2015 English AeroPress Championship!

1st Place – Paulina (Kaffeine)

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  • 15,5 g coffee
  • 85C water temperature
  • Inverted method
  • Paper filter
  • 0-0:30 s Add 50 g of water and stir 3 times
  • 0:30- 1:00 Pour water to 100 g and stir once
  • 1:00-2:00 Add 135 g put the lid on top and push out the air
  • 2:00-2:30 Flip aeropress and push gently for 30 s

2nd Place – James (Workshop Coffee Co.)

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  • Religiously sort through your coffee (discard pales, insect damaged beans, chipped/nicked beans, smaller sizes and so on
  • Pre-heat Aeropress chamber
  • Load two paper filters into cap and rinse thoroughly
  • Fill your Bonavita kettle with SPA water, and set to heat to 95C
  • Weigh out 60g coffee
  • Thwack the grinder to remove anyone else’s chaff and whatnot
  • Set the dial to give you a medium-to-coarse grind size (EK43, coffee burrs)
  • Grind a small handful of beans through, but don’t thwack, leave the motor running
  • Grind your dose, catching it with a large paper cup, leaving the final few grams of coffee grounds to fall onto the table (of course,sweep them up once you’ve brewed your coffee!)
  • Transfer the grounds into another large paper cup, leaving any fines and chaff sticking to the walls – don’t tap the bottom or thwack the grinder!
  • Tip the grounds into a large mesh sieve resting atop a fine mesh sieve (again, don’t tap the bottom of your cup, leave the stuff that clings to the walls behind)
  • Start sieving, catching the grounds that make their way through the top sieve in the bottom sieve
  • The aim here is to remove boulders by discarding grounds left behind in the top sieve, and to remove fines by sieving them out of the bottom sieve (it is courteous to lay down a tea towel and sieve away from other competitors, in case there’s a slight breeze in the room)
  • Once you’re happy the boulders are isolated, and you’re no longer peppering your tea towel with fines, you are ready to brew (this should be at around 2 minutes into your 8 minutes prep/brew time)
  • Add 21g coffee to the pre-heated Aeropress, assembled in the inverted position
  • Add 50g water at 95C and stir steadily for 20 seconds (use a paddle with a sharp point to make sure you can get into the corners – you don’t want grounds sticking to the rubber bung)
  • Top up to 240g total water weight by 40 seconds and stir for another 20 seconds
  • Screw the cap into place, and squeeze the chamber down to remove any air – you should see oils and water start to bead on the cap (wipe this away with a clean towel)
  • Carefully flip the Aeropress onto a clean, glass decanter (don’t pre-heat this)
  • At 1:30 start to plunge very, very slowly
  • You want to get down to the oils on top of the brew slurry at 2:30, and try to avoid pressing them through into your decanter
  • Push the plunger back up half a centimetre, to avoid dripping out the side of the brew chamber when removing the Aeropress
  • Gently stir the brewed coffee and taste (if it’s no good, start again immediately; if it’s good, carry on)
  • You need to serve 200ml coffee to the judges, and so will need to dilute with at least 10g more water
  • Transfer into another clean and cool glass decanter, weighing as you go
  • Top up with your SPA water to 200g beverage weight, and taste again
  • Dilute to taste (in 5g increments) aiming for a prominent sweetness, defining and characterful acidity, a juicy mouthfeel and a good intensity and vibrancy of flavour (remember your judges are drinking lots of coffee – don’t go too subtle and diluted)
  • When happy with the flavour, transfer into a clean cupping bowl
  • Use your final 2 minutes to clean down and restart the bench for the next competitor

Third Place – Veronica (Bulldog Edition)

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  • inverted method,
  • sort the beans and get rid of quakers and defects,
  • 14g of coffee at 6,5 grind on the ek,
  • waitrose essential water at 85 degrees,
  • 50 grams of water in,
  • stir NSEW method,
  • 30 sec bloom, then rest of the water in (its altogether 230g of water),
  • stir again, then wait until 1:15
  • do 30 sec plunge so it is finished at 1:45.

Both Square Mile Coffee Roasters and Workshop Coffee Co. put on a fantastic event, with the demolition of 12 kegs of Kernel Brewery Pale Ale, and many, many kilograms of Miss P’s BBQ.

2015 United States AeroPress Championship

After much back-and-forth, to-and-fro, the homeland tournament of the AeroPress itself is finally confirmed!

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The 2015 United States AeroPress Championship is the hunt for the US Champion to represent both stars and spangles at the World AeroPress Championships in Seattle on April 9th 2015. Shrouded in glory, praised in hushed whispers — will you be the one?

The competition is taking place on March 29th at 6:00pm, at Underline Coffee, 511 W 20th Street, New York (that’s underneath the High Line, ya dingus). Competitor registration is on the Underline website, and once entered, you will be sent a confirmation email and soon thereafter, competition rules.

With coffee, beer, toast, cakes, music and a special guest coffee celebrity judging panel of Cora Lambert, Deaton ‘Notorious PIG’ Pigot, Erin McCarthy and Theresa von Fuchs, this United States AeroPress Championship is the place to be.

2015 Austrian Aeropress Championship

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The 2nd Austrian AeroPress Championships (no kangaroos) will be arranged Sunday March 15th in Vienna!
The venue will be the Ottakringer Brauerei (famous for the 2012 WBC Barista After Party).
There will be public cuppings and lots of coffee tastings for the crowds:
SCAE Austria has a booth with an espresso machine and amazing baristi
So far 24 nerds have signed up for the Competitions.
Judges come from Hamburg, Oslo, Vienna and Salzburg.
Bestbrew, the provider for AeroPress in this part of Europe has sponsored the ticket for the winner to Seattle in April.
We’ll have barrelloads of beer for a nice price, Irish Coffees from the baristi who are pissed there was no Coffee In Good Spirits in Austria this year and a DJ playing Mozart.

Things kick off  at 12:00, at “Goldfassl Magazin”, ottakringer platz 1

All this and more possible because these awesome sponsors like us (a lot):
Süssmund Rösterei’, Bestbrew, BWT, ‘Die Rösterin’, ‘Kaffee-Alchemie’, Ottakringer Brauerei’, ‘La Cultura de Caffé’, ‘Felix kaffee’ and Independent Cupping Vienna!
(Thanks to Klaus Triffich for an awesome poster!)

2015 British Columbia Aeropress Championship

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Date: March 28th
Location: Elysian Coffee 7th Avenue (2301 Ontario St.)
Time: 4pm doors (Free Entry)
Registration: Contact bcaeropress2015@gmail.com for automatic competition details and competitor registration.
Judges:
1) George Giannakos, Revolver Coffee
2) Aaron Braun, Swiss Water Decaf
3) TBA
Head Judge: Chris Rodgers, Elysian Coffee
The competition coffee from Elysian Coffee Roasters will be announced soon..
Competitors will get sent one 12oz bag of coffee a week before the competition, for brew development. Competitors will also have access to a Bonavita Variable Temp Gooseneck Kettle, as well as a Mahlkonig EK 43.
Organisers: Elysian Coffee, Notch Coffee, Chef Annabelle Choi
Sponsors: Elysian Coffee, Notch Coffee, Revolver Coffee, Campagnolo Upstairs, Strike Movement, Meat & Bread, Union
Wood Co. Brassneck Brewery, Chef Annabelle Choi, Culver City Salads, The Pie Shoppe, Walrus Design Inc.
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2015 Polish Aeropress Championship results

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72 competitors people. 72 competitors!

72 competitors in 5 hours, faster than any other anything with 72 people involved. Next year there will be some regionals, thankfully!
Congratulations to the top 3:
1. Justyna Urbańska (Cafe Sztuczki, Wroclaw)
2. Filip Ślęczek (Cocofli, Wroclaw)
3. Marcin Ratyński (Warsaw)
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The competition took place at Comedy Club in Warsaw, place where we as a Forum have our Pop Up Coffee Shop. Competition coffee was Sehe from Burundi supplied by Koppi.
Justyna has won:
– the Aeropress Trophy or “bronze piston” signed by Mr. Adler
– flight and accommodation to Seattle (sponsored by Freehand Coffee Roasters)
– trip to Nouva Simonelli factory (sponsored by Bean Brothers)
– signed copy of James Hoffmann’s World Atlas of Coffee
– products form Aerobie, Hario, KeppCup, VST (supplied by Coffee Desk and Bean Brothers)
More images here.
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2015 World Aeropress Championship – April 9th.

Do you remember that time on the beach in Rimini? The sun… The sun was so sweet. And as we drank vaguely warm lager, wiped down our Aeropress and looked at each other, we knew without even saying it; ‘Baby, life will never get any better than this…’. God, we were so wrong.

Mark your calendar, girl. Set your alarm, book your flight and tell the babysitter to settle in for a long evening; on Thursday April 9th, 2015 we’ll be at WithinSodo in Seattle, Washington for the 2015 World Aeropress Championship.

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We have over 3,000 square feet of post-industrial splendour in which to see competitors from thirty-two nations vying for the only title that really matters, master of the plunge, 2015 World Aeropress Champion.

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Libations will be gratis (that means free beer, and is how we speak in England) courtesy of local craft brewers who are still to be confirmed, and some of Seattle’s finest street food purveyors will be parked up out front to keep everyone fed and fuelled until late (but non-gratis, so bring cash).

As WithinSodo is a licensed wedding venue, and has copious experience in performing nuptials, any couples wanting to finally realise their dream of a group wedding held in conjunction with the World Aeropress Championship final — and frankly, who doesn’t? — should get in touch about the very attractively priced spectacle that we can make of your special day.

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With a proper backstage preparation area for competitors (just like a real competition!), live action beamed onto the big screen, the incomparably sweet beats of DJ Taste of Bitter Love coming all the way from London, and more, more, more, WithinSodo will WithoutDoubt be the best World Aeropress Championship venue yet.

Don’t miss it.

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2015 World Aeropress Championship
7:00pm Thursday April 9th, 2015
WithinSodo
2916 Utah Avenue Sth,
Seattle, WA 98134

Located just minutes from I-90, I-5, HWY 99, and the West Seattle bridge, WithinSodo is located in a blossoming industrial area less than a mile away from Century Link and Safeco fields, and just a few minutes in a taxi from Downtown Seattle.

2015 Korean Aeropress Championship results

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2015 Korea Aeropress Championship has completed successfully Feb. 7th -8th at Coffee Libre + Maybell bakery in Seoul. Here are some words from our man on the ground there, Jungho Bang:

“Resuming the KAC competition that discontinued for two years since 2012 has a great meaning. For this competition many businesses, over forty, joined as sponsors and various events helped the completion of this competition.

For two days 45 competitors took part in KAC competition and performed diverse abstraction progresses. The top 3 Aeropress recipes from the 2015 Korean Aeropress Championship.

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The host company DesignCoffee designed and produced official post of KAC and showed various design products. For two days 45 competitors took part in KAC competition and performed diverse abstraction progresses. All related photos and data are available on official homepage of KAC.

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We can’t wait for our swag of official KAC to arrive in the mail! Thanks & congratulations Jungho! How good is the t-shirt detail!?

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2015 Irish Aeropress Championship

Oh boy! Just to keep you guessing, how about a last minute change of venue for the Irish competition? No longer will competitors throw down at Joe’s Coffee, Montague Street, they’ll face off instead at Hatch & Sons, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. 

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Oh my word, they’re coming in thick and fast now.

Not content to co-host just one Aeropress Championship per season, this year sees Workshop Coffee Co. teaming up with Joe’s Coffee, Dublin and TKC Sales to co-host the 2015 Irish Aeropress Championship.

On March 14th at 6:00pm, twenty eager competitors will vie for the title of 2015 Irish Aeropress Champion and the opportunity to represent Ireland at the World Aeropress Championship in Seattle come April. Alongside the obvious glory, the winner will be provided with return flights and accommodation for the event (so be sure you’re able to travel to the USA at short notice!).

Tickets for entering as a competitor are available at www.workshopcoffee.com/IAC2015 for £10 each and purchases are limited to one per person*. Spectator entry is free and in addition to the excitement of the event there’ll be hot snacks and cold beer for all.

Competitors will compete using coffee from Workshop Coffee Co., and will be sent a 250g bag of the actual coffee to practice with ahead of the event. A fresh roast of the same coffee will be available on the day.

Your judges for 2015 — James Bailey (Workshop Coffee Co. – Head of Quality), Mate Szekeres (Joe’s Coffee – Head Barista) and Monika Palova (3FE – Coffee Roaster) –will be blind selecting the most delicious brew placed in front of them each round; not the most technically-proficient or perfect, just the one they’d want to drink.

For further information or questions, contact Stuart Ritson at stuart.ritson@workshopcoffee.com

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2015 Irish Aeropress Championship
6:00pm, Saturday March 14th
Hatch & Sons
15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

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* While competitor places are on a ‘first in, best dressed’ basis, we reserve the right to revoke entries if a particular company is over-represented. Participation, not domination.