2023 season

Participant Page

This page has all of the information that you need for the 2023 WAC World Final and your big trip to Melbourne, Australia. We will be updating this page regularly and notifying competitors of changes by email.

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can access it whenever you need.

Congratulations, Champ!

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If you're reading this, then you brewed the best AeroPress coffee your country has to offer - colour us impressed!

Out of thousands of competitors worldwide, you are one of only 60 being invited to Melbourne to represent their country in the 2023 World AeroPress Championship.

If you have questions about things not covered here, please check the FAQ section below, or reach out to us directly at the email below.

Otherwise we’ll see you in Melbs!

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The W.A.C Team

Information to share with your friends and family back home.

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WORLD FINAL DATE
December 2, 2023

VENUE ADDRESS
14 Duke St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS
Spectator Tickets are on sale at the World Final page.

WHERE TO WATCH THE LIVESTREAM
On the World Final page or on the WAC YouTube page.

CAN I POST THE '23 POSTER ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Click the link below for the poster and social-media friendly sizes (labelled 4x5). Be sure to tag us on Instagram at @aero.press

Official WAC Welcome Party

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You, your coach, friends and family are invited to the Official WAC Welcome Party, where you can meet your fellow champions from around the world and diehard WAC fans at one of the hottest venues in Melbourne. Tickets include free bowling, free drinks and free food!

WHERE
The Keys Leisure Centre

Address: Unit 1/188 Plenty Rd, Preston VIC 3072, Australia

WHEN
Thursday November 30th
3PM - 7PM

TICKETS
$50 AUD

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
Open lanes for bowling, open bar for drinks, and heaps of food from the kitchen. It's a heck of a deal!

pre-event

Before You Arrive

Visa Arrangements

Not every person entering Australia needs a visa, but every country requirements are different. Make sure to read the following carefully. You don't want to be turned away at the border before your big day.

CAN I ENTER AUSTRALIA?

Read about eligibility to entering Australia here.

EXPLORE VISA OPTIONS TO VISIT

Find the right visa for your travel here.

REQUEST A VISA SUPPORT LETTER FROM WAC

Please note, while we’ll help where we can, we have no influence over the granting of visas.

Where to Stay

Melbourne is an incredibly accessible and easy to navigate city. If your host books yout accommodation anywhere in 'downtown' Melbourne, it should only be a 10-15 minute travel time to the venue.

We are especially fond of the neighborhoods Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood.

What to bring

If you like to travel light, all you really need to bring is an AeroPress and a dream. For a detailed list of what we'll provide, consult our "what we provide" section below.

That said, some extra items that you might want to consider bringing with you are brewing pitchers/carafes, hand grinders (no electric grinders, we’ll provide those), thermometers, stirrers, fines sieves, and a bunch of friends to cheer you on.

Oh and if you do want to bring your own electronics, please make sure that they are able to run on Australian Power (220V). Please bring any adaptors you require.

What we (WAC) Provide

We get it, travelling across the world to compete on the world stage can be nerve-racking. And in the midst of nerves, you can forget to pack things. Thankfully, we've got most of it covered!

All competitors will have free use of the following equipment

Practice Area

  • MACAP LABO 70 grinders
  • Brewista Artisan Gooseneck kettles
  • Brewista Ratio Scales
  • Brewista cupping spoons
  • Brewista x-series decanters
  • Competition-grade water by Perfect Coffee Water
  • Towels
  • General cleaning items


On Stage

  • Brewista Artisan Gooseneck kettles
  • Brewista Ratio Scales
  • MACAP LABO 70 grinders
  • Towels
    General cleaning items

You are welcome to bring your own hand grinder, however electric grinders are not permitted.

The Competition Coffee

This is really important! We are not sending out practice coffee before the competition.

In previous years, around 30% of the practice coffee never arrives to competitors. To make it fair for everyone, all competitors will receive their practice coffee one day before the World Final during practice time.

No exceptions, sorry.

This year's coffee will be sourced by Cafe Imports and roasted by none other than Fieldwork Coffee. You'll get your hands on this beautiful, compostable bag by EcoBarista and discover what coffee you'll be brewing on Friday, November 1st.

The Competition Grinder

The official grinder of the '23 WAC is The Macap LABO 70. You can still bring and use your own hand grinder, but we'd recommend the Macap Labo if you'd rather use an electric grinder for your recipe (every second counts, right?).

The grinder features 70mm flat burrs @ 1400RPM, a 900W motor, and a stepless micro-adjustment grind size dial.

The Competition Water

The official water of the '23 WAC is Perfect Coffee Water. You can still bring and use your own water, but we love it, and think you'll love it too.

INGREDIENTS:
Sodium Bicarbonate,
Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Chloride

COMPETITION WATER SPECS:
TDS (Total dissolved solids): ~110 ppm
Alkalinity ppm as CaCO(3): ~50ppm
Total hardness ppm as CaCO(3): ~100ppm
pH: ~7.5

The Competition Kettle

The official kettle of the '23 WAC is the Brewista Artisan Gooseneck Kettle. We are big fans, and think you will be too.

The kettle is mandatory use, so you must use the Brewista kettle on stage. You will be able to warm up your kettle to your desired temperature backstage, so that it's hot and ready to go when you walk on stage.

What's really cool, is that every competitor at the event will have a limited edition, custom WAC x Brewista kettle to take home.

schedule

The WAC 2023 Schedule

Thursday, November 30th: Official WAC Welcome Party

The official welcome party of the WAC weekend. Open lanes, open bar, free food and a chance to meet your fellow competitors and the WAC crew in a retro-themed bowling alley.

When:
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where:
The Keys Leisure Centre — Unit 1/188 Plenty Rd, Preston VIC 3072
Tickets are required for this event

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Friday, December 1st: Practice Time

The competition coffee will finally be revealed. Green coffee sponsor Cafe Imports will present the coffee, and you’ll be given practice time to get to know the beans.

Coffee Presentation
When:
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Cafe Imports @ 26 Bond Street Abbotsford 3067

Competitor Registration
When:
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
14 Duke St., Abbostford VIC 3067

Competitor Practise Time
When:
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where:
14 Duke St., Abbostford VIC 3067

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Friday, December 1st: Australian AeroPress Championship

Come and witness history as we unveil a new format of AeroPress Championship and the Australian state champions embark on a new, points based, multi round format.

When: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where:14 Duke St., Abbostford VIC 3067

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Saturday, December 2nd: The World AeroPress Championship

The big event and the moment you’ve been waiting for your whole life.

When: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: 14 Duke St., Abbostford VIC 3067

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Saturday, December 2nd: The Afterparty

Drinks, dancing, and merriment. Competitors, coaches and crew will get a wristband to get a few drinks on us.

When: 7:00 pm - late
Where: Lulie Tavern — 225 Johnston St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

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Sunday, December 3rd: The Roastery Tour

This event is for the hyper nerdy, and roasting obsessed. Visit the new Fieldwork Coffee HQ, get a sneak peek at the new space and learn about the new SOVDA Pearl Mini.

When: 12:30 pm
Where: Fieldwork Coffee — 336 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
☞ ** RSVP now closed **

Equipment


When packing your bags, please ensure:

Your equipment is safe and in good working order. Unsafe equipment will be disallowed.

Please know that all equipment is brought at your own risk. We cannot accept any responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment.

Competitor Brew Bar

This is your (other) time to shine! We trialled it in Sydney, and it was a big success, so we’re bringing back the Competitor Brew Bar and giving spectators the opportunity to try your winning AeroPress recipe! 

Once your round on stage is over, the two competitors who did advance in the round will head to the Competitor Brew Bar, where you will get to brew your recipe for event attendees to taste. 

We’ll do a complete walkthrough with you on the day to show you how it’ll work.

the boring but very important stuff

Official Things

Official Rules

Regardless of the rules that applied during your national competition, below are the official rules for the 2023 World AeroPress Championship:

Code of Conduct

The World AeroPress Championship exists to bring coffee-loving people together in an open, inclusive, and fun environment. By taking part, you agree to uphold this mission and adhere to our Code of Conduct.

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We believe that everyone involved has a right to feel welcomed and valued in our community, regardless of gender, religion, race, age, ethnicity, appearance or sexual orientation.

Behaviour, whether intentional or not, that causes other participants to feel uncomfortable, harassed, or victimised will not be tolerated by the organizers.

We expect that members of the W.A.C community be genuinely considerate of others at all times, without exception. Failure to meet this expectation may result in expulsion from an event, without notice or refund.

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If you are made to feel uncomfortable, or experience it happening to someone else, please notify a volunteer or organizing staff immediately.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

you made it to the end

Still have questions?

If you have any questions that haven't been answered above or require any extra assistance, please reach out to us by email.

Competitor questions will not be answered unless they are emailed to us.