The South African National Coffee Competitions are happening in just over a month! This is the time of year that competitive coffee professionals from across the country go head to head to win the chance to represent South AFrica on the World Stage!
The Barista Champ wins a ticket to Boston, USA in April and the Latte Art and Cup Tasters Champs are heading to Berlin, Germany at the beginning of June. So there is everything to play for!
You can find the schedule here.
You can find out more about the competitors in the series of Barista Profiles here.
It's almost time for the 2018 World AeroPress Championship in Sydney! One more sleep and we will have a new champion.
A year ago, Paulina Miczka got kicked out at a preliminary round, but got back into the competition when her name was randomly selected for a wildcard round. She then went on to win the 2017 World AeroPress Championship in Seoul!
Her advice for competitors this year - "Keep an eye for details and make sure you stay until the end of the competition - you never know, maybe you could be the wildcard winner too!” - Paulina
Will there be wildcard entries this year? Which country will take home the championship? All will be revealed soon.
In addition to the championship, in true Aussie spirit, a sausage sizzle will round out the event, and this one goes to town with ‘world sausages’ created by some of Sydney's best chefs. Pick from an array of global inspirations including Rising Sun Workshop’s shoyu glazed hotdogs with wasabi slaw, bulldog sauce & smoked bonito, Boon Café’s Nahm Jim Jaew-inspired grilled long eggplants with crisp rice & Boon Luck Farm Salad or the Pork Sausage, Smoked Maple & Spent Coffee from the Rocker crew’s collaboration with LP’s Quality Meats. What a spread! To finish off, Cow & Moon will be dishing up gelato pavlovas for a spin on the iconic BBQ dessert. Drooling yet?
We had a great time at the Labia Theatre watching the newly released AeroPress Movie from European Coffee Trip!
Over 100 people turned out to watch the movie, including 3 SA Aeropress Champions, Winston Thomas (2016), Khan Chang (2017) and Romeo Chimunya (2018) as well as many coffee friends and some folks who, well, just love the Aeropress!
Watching the movie it was easy to see why this little gadget has created such a cult amongst coffee lovers all over the World, and we were so proud to be able to be the first Country in Africa to show this documentary, literally a week before World Aeropress Champs 2018.
A huge thanks must go to our Sponsors -
Moreflavour - the company that distributes Aeropress in SA. Big thanks to John De Rooy and Edwin.
Brita (the official Global Sponsor of the Movie) and Ultipure, distributors of Brita in SA. Huge thanks to SM and Brand.
Devils Peak, for the beer - Dino and Elizane (and to Andrew Boltman for organising)
West Coast Coffee - to Greg and his team for supplying coffee on the night!
We're so looking forward to celebrating this quirky and fun method of making coffee with you all! It's been a year or so in the making and finally the film is ready!
Come join us for a fun evening of coffee, beer, popcorn and a movie about the strangest looking piece of coffee equipment in your kitchen, The AeroPress!
Venue: Labia Theatre, Cape Town
Date: 7 November 2018
Time: Doors open 6pm for AeroPress demos, tasting and beer drinking, Film starts 7.30pm
Cost: R75 (seating unassigned)
Limited tickets available. Bookings open below.
If you have any queries of would like to book tickets via EFT, please email KIm at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sunday, September 2, 2018 @ 11am. General public attendance is free.
Location: Espresso Lab Microroasters, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Coffee: El Mango, Rivense del Chirripo, Costa Rica. A black honey processed coffee of Catuai variety, showcasing taste notes of red berries and tropical fruit.
Competition rules: The rules are pretty straight forward. The judges will evaluate (blind) purely based on taste. The competition is as transparent, fun and freestyle as possible.
Each competitor will get a bag of coffee to practice with, and will receive another bag on the day of the competition.
Competitors are welcome to bring their own grinder, kettle, scale, water and/or other equipment, however a set competition kit of Baratza grinder, Brewista kettle, Brewista scales, and of course Aerobie AeroPress will be available for all competitors to use on the day of the competition. Competitors are welcome to bring their own non standard filters (paper or metal). No modifications to the AeroPress allowed.
There will be 18 competitors. 6 rounds of 3 competitors per round in the preliminary rounds. 1 winner from each round will go through to the semi-finals. There will be 2 semi-finals with 3 competitors in each round. The 2 winners will go head to head in the final round.
The running list of competitors will be selected at random and will be announced on the day of competition.
There will be an auction after the competition with amazing prizes/coffee products/experiences where all the proceeds will go towards sending the winner to Sydney, Australia to compete in the World AeroPress Championships. The best way for people to support the competition at this point is participating in the auction which will be held after the competition (unless someone would like to come onboard as a cash sponsor of course, then they can contact us directly). We have some amazing coffee related items at great prices, and all the proceeds will go towards the winners travel and accommodation. The biggest “deals" will be two Baraza Sette grinders (Sette 270 & Sette 270wi valued between (9000-12000) which will be auctioned at more than half the price (starting price 4500-5500)!!
The Free State have been aiming at getting Coffee Competitions started for a while in their province, so we are super excited that this community has come together to finally having it this weekend at the Windmill Casino as part of the Coffee Extravaganza.
Here's what's going down:
• Shortened version (10 min set that focuses on the espresso and milk beverages)
• Standard WBC rules apply
• 2 Sensory judges, 1 Tech judge
SCASA has helped with experienced judges - George Bertolis, Alessandro Morrico (who is also sponsoring the official machine).
Besides these judges they will also have the following locals part of the panel:
Rhona Wessels (FS Ciro office)
Kobus le Roux - independent
They are heavily supported by the following companies:
George Karatzas- Equipment Cafe
Besides these people and companies this would not have been possible without the drive and dedication from:
Marie-Louise Smith - organiser of the Coffee Extravaganza
James Kilbourn - Owner of Stereo Café
For more info on the Bloemfontein Coffee Extravaganza, please contact Marie-Louise: email@example.com
If you are in the Johannesburg area and you love coffee - you are in for a treat over the next few days! From today, Friday 20th until Sunday 22nd July, the CoffeeChoc Expo is happening at Montecasino.
Highlights of the show from a coffee point of view will no doubt be the World Coffee Events All Stars - a selection of 4 International coffee professionals, the Almond Breeze Breezey Masters and the Deaf Barista competition.
WCE All Stars: Fri, Sat, Sun - from 10am -5pm - All Stars Stage
The All Stars for 2018 are WBC 2018 Champ Aga Rojewska (Poland), World Roasters Champ 2016, Aleandru Nicolaie (Romania), World Latte Art Finalist 2013 Esther Maasdam (Netherlands) and WBC finalist 2017 Lem Butler (USA). The All Stars will be doing interactive demos like mystery drink challenges, pop quizzes, on-demand performances and meet & greets, so you can get up close and personal and learn from the best in the world.
Deaf Barista Competition - Fri 20th July: 5pm-9pm - All Stars Stage
The second ever deaf barista competition - this is a really great event! These baristas are all new in the coffee industry and for many this will be their first ever competition. It is quite novel in that all communication is via sign language and visual cues - even the audience - instead of clapping, you wave! Come and learn a few coffee terms in sign language and support these brave baristas!
Almond Breeze Breezey Masters - Sat 21st July: 6pm-9pm - All Stars Stage
This is an international Latte Art competition, being held in SA for the first time. Baristas have 6 minutes to pour 4 designs using Almond Breeze Barista Blend. It;s high pressure, high stakes and high action! The winner gets to represent SA in Australia at the end of this year in the Breezey Masters Global Finals!
The event is by invite only, but there are a few Wildcard slots, so come along to the Almond Breeze stand if you would like to enter as a Wildcard.
We are excited to announce that the Almond Breeze Breezey Masters is coming to South Africa - in fact, the JHB leg of the competition is kicking off this weekend at the CoffeeChoc Expo.
"What is the Breezey Masters?" you might ask... it's a Latte Art competition using Almond Breeze's Barista Blend, where Baristas have 6 minutes to pour a heart, tulip, rosetta and a free-pour of their own.
Breezey Masters at London Coffee Festival. The same format is used around the world.
The Breezey Masters is held all over the World, and the Finals is taking place in Melbourne at the end of this year - which means one South African barista will get to travel to Melbourne to represent SA!
We were lucky enough to be in England for the Breezey Masters London event, which was won by no other than 2018 World Barista Champion Aga Rojewska! The Breezey Masters competition is such a fun Latte Art format, and there is always a great vibe, fantastic skills and, of course lots of prizes and goodies.
Aga receiving her custom tamp and cash prize money from Pete Sullivan of Almond Breeze UK, with the other finalist.
The SA edition of the Breezey Masters will have a JHB, Durban and CT event.