2016 World AeroPress Championship results

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Firstly, a huge congratulations to Filip Kucharczyk of Cafe Targowa in Wrocław, Poland who has done the 2016 World AeroPress Championship. This was no mean feat, beating 107 other Polish competitors to win his nationals and then the 50 competitors in this year’s WACs is quite an incredible task.

1st place : Filip Kucharczyk of Cafe Targowa in Wrocław, Poland
2nd Place: Jerome Dittmar, a journalist from Lyon, France.
3rd Place: Hugo Sousa Rocco, Moka Clube in Curitiba, Brazil

WigWam proved to be the perfect venue for the World Championship, as the atmosphere was just fantastic. As usual, the spectators early on remained pretty tame and focused mostly on the competitors brews, but once the Metalman beer started flowing and the competitor pool started shrinking, the spectoators became decidedly more excitable. There was fantastic support for many countries competing – plenty of noise was made from the Dutch crew.

Seasoned Emcee Ben Kaminsky was joined by Katie Carguilo, both looked amazing. Ben sported his signature black tux and Katie killed it with a black jumpsuit more than worthy of Ben’s tux. The panoply of judges once again was a massive success, chosen by the amazing judges spinny wheel, which included the ‘Pot’o’Gold’ – a chance for one of the punters to spin, win and slurp on stage.

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There was an wonderful atmosphere down in the basement, where the competitors were practising, sorting beans, exchanging phone numbers and swapping coffee. The competitors at times took things very seriously, but all were there primarily to get into the spirt and have fun – which they did. Some traveled from half way across the world and more to get to the competition, and all seemed over the moon to be there. We had one of coffee’s finest organisers and whip crackers in Jenn Rugolo making sure rounds were sorted – no easy task. She was instrumental.

Set design and staging was magnificently imagined, designed and constructed by the extremely talented Liz Chai. The set perfectly matched the space and complimented the 2016 WAC poster. The merch desk was a great success thanks to the charming Devin Chapman – the super limited edition AeroPress Championship tees, posters, cupping spoons and flying discs were scooped up.

And, finally to our partners, supporters and sponsors – a huge thank you. Without you, this competition wouldn’t be nearly as fun and accessible as it is today. Your contributions have been vital and working with all of you has been a dream. Until next year…

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– 3rd Place –

Hugo Sousa Rocco
Coffee
Coffee
Rio Negro, Huila Colombia from Cafe Imports

Process & Variety
Yellow Bourbon

Roaster
Workshop Coffee

Brewer Setup

Brewer Position
Normal

Type of Filter
AeroPress Paper

Filter Preparation
Rinsed

Water & Coffee

Amount of Water
200g

Type of Water
Brita Filtered

Water Temperature
82°C

Amount of Coffee
27g

Type of Grinder
Mahlkonig EK-43

Grind Size
– 0 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 –
0 = Fine, 10 = Coarse 

Instructions
  1. Add 60 grams of water
  2. Stir for 12 seconds, wait 1 minute
  3. Add 110 grams of water, wait 2.5 minutes
  4. Push for 30 seconds
  5. Top up with water until you have 200 grams of coffee

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– 2nd Place –

Jerome Dittmar
Coffee
Coffee
Rio Negro, Huila Colombia from Cafe Imports

Process & Variety
Yellow Bourbon

Roaster
Workshop Coffee

Brewer Setup

Brewer Position
Normal

Type of Filter
AeroPress Paper

Filter Preparation
Rinsed

Water & Coffee

Amount of Water
230g

Type of Water
Brita Filtered

Water Temperature
95°C

Amount of Coffee
20g

Type of Grinder
Mahlkonig EK-43

Grind Size
– 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 –
0 = Fine, 10 = Coarse 

Instructions
  1. Pour 40 grams of water during 10 seconds
  2. Let it steep for 20 seconds
  3. Pour water til you reach 230 grams during 40 seconds
  4. Push for 40 seconds

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– 1st Place –

 Filip Kucharczyk
Coffee
Coffee
Rio Negro, Huila Colombia from Cafe Imports

Process & Variety
Yellow Bourbon

Roaster
Workshop Coffee

Brewer Setup

Brewer Position
Inverted

Type of Filter
AeroPress Paper

Filter Preparation
Rinsed

Water & Coffee

Amount of Water
250-270g

Type of Water
Brita Filtered

Water Temperature
81°C

Amount of Coffee
35g

Type of Grinder
Mahlkonig EK-43

Grind Size
– 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 –
0 = Fine, 10 = Coarse

Instructions
  1. Pour 150 grams of water for 15 seconds
  2. Stir until 30 seconds
  3. Put the lid on, wait 1 minute
  4. Invert AeroPress, give it a swirl, plunge
  5. Add 100 to 120 grams of water to taste
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2016 World AeroPress Championship prize pool

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A skateboard, a flying disc, a limited edition coffee brewer, a state-of-the-art grinder and a trip to a far away land. The contents of a teenage boy’s rucksack? A coffee enthusiast’s wish list? A prop list from a Back to the Future movie?

Nope. It’s the staggering prize list for the 2016 World AeroPress Champion. Can you be a little more specific please? I imagine you shouting into at your laptop. OK, get a load of this:

1st Place

  • The Golden Piston; a signed, limited edition gold AeroPress – cup included!
  • An Alan Adler signed, limited edition Aerobie Pro Flying Ring
  • A handmade, limited edition La Marzocco skateboard
  • The brand-new, award winning Baratza Sette 270W grinder
  • An all expenses paid trip to Colombia from Amor Perfecto
  • Cover shoot for TIME magazine – pending Annie Leibovitz’s availability 

2nd & 3rd Place

Once again, we’ve our incredible supporters to thank for the amazing prizes. Without Amor Perfecto, Baratza, La Marzocco and Aerobie we’d have an amazing top 3 world AeroPress champions go home empty handed. Thankfully, this is is not the case, and they’ll all be generously rewarded for making it through many, many rounds of World, National and in some cases Regional AeroPress Championships.

Cup Not Included: Sao Paulo, 2015

In celebration of getting this amazing ‘Carmen Miranda’ poster online at CupNotIncluded.com, we’re seizing the opportunity to repost Isso e Cafe’s superlative AeroPress brewing guide.

There must be a thousand AeroPress brewing guide videos online by now, but none quite like this.

And after watching the video, it should come as little surprise that the creators, in conjunction with Gustavo Gialuca, came up with such an amazing poster to announce and promote the Brazilian AeroPress Championship in 2015.

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The idea behind this poster was to use colours and movements that represent Brazil. Carmen Miranda with her cosmic smile symbolises the Brazilian spirit. The typography was all made by hand in order to express the idea of flexibility. Isso é Brasil!

Order your print now, direct from www.cupnotincluded.com!

 

We’re a week away!

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The clock is counting down. 52 national champions have been busy perfecting their AeroPress brew hoping to bring home the Golden Piston at the 2016 World AeroPress Championship.

Tickets are available from our Eventbrite page right now!

Make sure you’ve bought your ticket! There will be free beer all night, amazing music until 1am and loads of like-minded coffee people from all over the globe to canoodle with. We’ll have the amazing poster and bags of the delicious Cafe Imports and Workshop competition coffee on sale at the merch desk.

WigWam, a former nightclub and venue for the 2016 World AeroPress Championship, is right in the heart of Dublin. Expect shoulder to shoulder action on stage, and bum to bum exertion on the dance floor. If there is a coffee party worth going to, then the World AeroPress Championships surely is the event not to be missed!

See you there!!

2016 World AeroPress Championship

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The coffee event of the year is here! All national championships have been fought, competitor coffee has been roasted and shipped to 52 countries and Dublin is just 22 days away!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 World AeroPress Championship and you can secure your place to cheer on your favourite country on our Eventbrite page – ticket includes entry, free beer all night, and the ability to mingle with the coffee industry’s funnest people.

WigWam, a former nightclub and home to Vice Coffee Inc. is the venue for the 2016 World AeroPress Championship, will aid in elevating the Championship to the maximum party vibe: ’11’ or ‘over-extracted’. Expect shoulder to shoulder action on stage, and bum to bum exertion on the dance floor. If you’re saving yourself for just a single night of unhinged debauchery, then reserve it for the 2016 World AeroPress Championship on Thursday 23rd June.

Keep an eye on InstagramFacebook or Twitter for more information!

2016 World AeroPress Championship
Thursday 23rd June / 6pm
WigWam / 54 Middle Abbey St, Dublin / Google Maps

Attendee Tickets / On sale now!

Many thanks to our generous supporters and sponsors for making the World AeroPress Championships happen…

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2016 World AeroPress Championship judges

Just in case you missed Sprudge’s scoop releasing the 11 judges for the 2016 World AeroPress Championship in Dublin on 23rd June, here they are again. From all corners of the globe and from all disciplines of coffee, this selection of multi-talented and lovely people will bear the enviable task of selecting the AeroPress champion of champions.

We’ve an incredibly impressive 52 nations competing this year, from a pool of around 2000 competitors from New Zealand to New South Wales to Wales and from Northern Ireland to Ireland to Iran and via Venezuela to Poland to Greece to China. I may as well just name all 52 countries. Can you even name 52 countries? I hope so. I can… now.

Dan Boobier of Workshop Coffee in London, England

Gilbert Gatali of KZ Noir in Kigali, Rwanda

Amanda Juris of Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California

Robyn Butler of 3FE in Dublin, Ireland

Stephen Vick of Beanstock in Nairobi, Kenya

Jessica Godfrey of ACME & Co. in Wellington, New Zealand

Ari Fasanella of Cafe Imports in Berlin, Germany

Enrico Wurm of La Marzocco in Florence, Italy

Sam Muhirwa of Buf Cafe in Ginkongoro, Rwanda

Anne Lunell of Koppi in Helsingborg, Sweden

Estelle Bright of La Marzocco in London, England

Stay tuned for some pretty exciting news on the 2015 competition coffee from Cafe Imports and Workshop Coffee, tickets for attendees, the 2016 poster, prizes from Baratza, Amor Perfecto and other exciting World AeroPress related announcements!

Insiders Guide to Dublin : Paul Kelly / La Marzocco

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In the first of a series of our WAC Guide to Dublin, we’ve asked native Irishman Paul Kelly to give us a little selection of his favourite spots from those of you who’ll be in Dublin for the World AeroPress Championships on the 23rd June.

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Coffee: The Dublin coffee stop has to be the newly open Proper Order Coffee Co. in Smithfield. Try the Slap and Tickle Latte.

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Drink: Taste the Guinness at Paddy Cullen’s Pub, right next to the WBC, great for a pint and some traditional Irish music.

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Sightsee: If you’re in to your whiskey visit the Teeling Distillery Co. and take the tour, here you can enjoy the true spirit of Dublin.

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Food: If you fancy a great Irish breakfast drop in to Juniors on Bath Avenue. The bacon and poached eggs on soda bread are a must.

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Stay: Just 5 minutes walk from the WBC is the Sandymount Hotel and for those of your wanting to be pampered with ‘understated elegance’ there is the Merrion Hotel.

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Dinner: Working for an Italian company based in Florence I am always looking for the best steak in town, the place in Dublin to get my fix is FX Buckley. Best chicken wings ever has to be Elephant and Castle that’s if you manage to get a seat.

Meet Ryan Wanslow of La Marzocco

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Photo by Liz Chai

In recent years, WAC has gotten quite friendly with Ryan Wanslow – he’s been a brilliant host to us in both San Fransisco and NYC. A gem of a person with a wicked sense of humour, Ryan is one of those people you need to hug properly when you see them. Even without a job title, he is a crucial member of the La Marzocco team. We had a chat with him to try to uncover some of his secrets.

WAC: Who are you? Where did you come from? Where did you get your start?

Wanslow: I’m Ryan. I was born in Louisiana and grew up in the Bay Area.

I got my start around 2007. I’d been working in high-end remodel construction when the housing market took a downturn. There wasn’t a lot of work in my field, so I got a job at Peet’s Coffee. I took a liking to coffee, so I decided to stay. One of my regulars would come in late night and talk about opening his own cafe. He hired me when he opened Haus Coffee, [a multiroaster] which serves Ritual and De La Paz. I was later offered a job at Ritual where I worked as a barista before I was hired to roast. I was with Ritual 2009-2012. At that point I’d been dating my now-wife, Angela, long distance and I didn’t like that, so I decided to move to New York and got a job at Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn doing roasting, QC, green buying, and tech.

Angela decided to finish her law degree in Seattle so we moved back to the West Coast. Since I’d worked in tech, La Marzocco seemed like a best bet. I didn’t get the first position I interviewed for — a phone tech position. Joe Monaghan and John Blackwell (founders LM USA, President and Product Management respectively) thought I would get bored, (and they were absolutely right). After about a year working at a Seattle wine shop, I wanted to get back into coffee. With Scott Guglielmino’s encouragement, I made up a position and pitched it to LM: “I know you’re getting swamped in training – I can set up a tech training system for you.”

The General Porpoise, Seattle, Photo by TheHiddenMug.com
The General Porpoise, Seattle, Photo by TheHiddenMug.com

WAC: So that was / is your position with La Marzocco? What’s your day-to-day like? 

RW: I revamped the tech training program, built out print materials, and conducted trainings. All those things are still part of my position but it has grown into a broader role. I’m “Technical Account Manager” — an outward facing part of the company. I work in tandem with the Sales Directors to support our customers, usually with a technical focus. I pretty much work on everything but Sales. Mostly Level 2 Tech Support, Marketing Events, Educational needs.

I haven’t had two days the same in the 2.5 years I’ve been with LM. I really enjoy that. Nobody seems to be able to generate a job description for me. The job is to reinforce customer relationships through personal contact. It’s continuous troubleshooting and problem solving. The cool thing about working for LM and the leadership we have is that nobody’s really going through what you do with a fine-tooth comb, as long as you’re upholding the spirit of the company. The attitudes of John, Joe, and Kent (CEO) are instilled in you to know what the right thing is and how to handle it. It’s great to work for people who put so much faith in their staff.

WAC: You’ve been a friendly supporter of AeroPress for years now – tell me what makes the competition special? And why does the AeroPress/LM relationship work, when AeroPress and espresso machines are so vastly different? 

RW: It’s fun, that sets it apart. Watching coffee being brewed is not inherently interesting, but the atmosphere of the competition reflects the personalities of those participating (spectators and competitors). The area for entry is so low — if you have an AeroPress you can just roll up and compete. This supports our company culture and how we’d like to engage with the coffee community at large.

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Photo by Liz Chai

WAC: Tell us about how you achieve your fantastically suave look. Who’s your barber?

RW: My barber is one of my best friends, Mike. We grew up in the same town, he was the best man in my wedding, and he’s a professional barber. It was fortuitous – we moved to SF at the same time and reconnected when he was also a barista at Peet’s before going to barber school, and lived in Italy before moving to NYC. So I’ve retained the same barber on two sides of the country.

WAC: What are some of your favorite spots in NYC?

RW: We cook and entertain. Barbecues in the summer, holiday dinners in the winter. We’re big into wine. Reynard at The Wythe Hotel is like my second office and happy place. They have everything – brunch, coffee, wine, cocktails, dinner. Their Cinnamon Toast is delicious — cooked in a wood oven and  the butter fat soaks up the oven flavor.

Save the date!

Wondering when THE coffee event of the year is on? Wonder no more. Stop day dreaming, turn on the internet machine and book your tickets to Dublin – the 2016 World AeroPress Championship is just around the corner. On Thursday 23rd June, 52 national AeroPress champions from all corners of the globe will plunge themselves into Dublin to battle it out for the golden piston.

In 2014, Rimini provided sand between our toes and sun in our eyes. In 2015 Seattle’s weird Starbucks crab lady looked down on us in bewilderment . This year in 2016, Dublin will be host to quite the psychedelic party. From a pool of over 2000 competitors, 52 nation champions will compete; the 2016 World AeroPress Championship will be the most fiercely contested championship to date.

WigWam, a former nightclub and home to Vice Coffee Inc. is the venue for the 2016 World AeroPress Championship, will aid in elevating the Championship to the maximum party vibe: ’11’ or ‘over-extracted’. Expect shoulder to shoulder action on stage, and bum to bum exertion on the dance floor. If you’re saving yourself for just a single night of unhinged debauchery, then reserve it for the 2016 World AeroPress Championship on Thursday 23rd June.

2016 World AeroPress Championship
Thursday 23rd June / 6pm
WigWam / 54 Middle Abbey St, Dublin / Google Maps

Competitor information and attendee information will be posted soon. Keep an eye on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for more information.