who we are

The World AeroPress Championship is an independently run organization spanning across two continents and three timezones.

Tim Williams

CEO, he/him

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Tim Williams is the owner and chief organiser of the World AeroPress Championship, and founder of Melbourne’s Fieldwork Coffee.

Since the early 2000's, Tim’s worked across a range of roles, including Workshop Coffee and Square Mile Coffee Roasters in London, and Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Los Angeles.

On the sidelines, Tim’s collaborated on a number of coffee initiatives including helping to develop Maison Kitsuné’s ’Cafe Kitsuné, launching the Gitesi Project, and as a founding member of Coffee Common.

Today, Tim lives in Melbourne and divides his time between Fieldwork Coffee, the World AeroPress Championship, running a small charity in rural Rwanda, and raising three kids with his partner, Leah.

Grant Gamble

Creative Director, he/him

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Ad school dropout turned coffee professional. Typically operating behind the scenes, Grant Gamble has been the driving force of countless initiatives and events across North America.

Since delving into the industry in '05, Grant has found his calling in creating public-facing events and educational experiences which are equally focused on professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Alongside his role with the WAC, Grant is the founder of Culture Coffee Project, co-founder of Leaderboard: The Coffee Game, Events Director for the NA division of Allegra Events and the Director of Marketing for the Montreal-based symposium ECCM.

Grant currently resides in Vancouver with his partner Cill and moderately famous toy poodle, Mili.

Christopher Durning

Championship Director, he/him

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Hailing from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Chris Durning has been creating great coffee and cultivating community across Canada for the past 16 years.

Chris got his start in 2006, stamping cups and pulling shots as a barista before going on to manage and consult on some of the country's best coffee programs. In 2011 he began roasting as Head Roaster with Kittel Coffee Roasters, and in 2014 he accepted a position as Director of Coffee with Dispatch Coffee, both in Montréal. Most recently, Chris came to the World AeroPress Championships from Pilot Coffee Roasters in Toronto, where he led new business development.

Chris is quick to point out that he approaches all of his roles in coffee with core values he learned as a barista - building community in service of others. He looks forward to sharing his passion for accessibility and inclusivity with the WAC community, and hopes to see you in Vancouver!

Venice Morales-Vallega

Championship Manager, she/her

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Venice is a familiar face in the Canadian coffee and competition scene, and is our resident expert on the competitor experience of WAC events.

She has been in the industry for over six years working in cafes, curating coffee programs, QC, training, and everything in between.

Every now and again, you can spot her juicing some beans and squiggling milk as the Canadian Latte Art Champion and the country's representative in the upcoming World Latte Art Championship 2022 in Milan!

Venice lives in Toronto and when she isn't competing or training, you can find her alongside her pet hedgehog Buchi.