A Shot in the Dark

Welcome to A Shot in the Dark 2019!

A Shot in the Dark is South Africa’s only coffee roasting competition. Roasters from around South Africa are invited to test their skills in roasting the supplied specialty coffee beans to achieve the most desirable flavours. This competition ran for the first time in 2018, with 12 invited Roasteries entering. This culminated with the Finals being held at Creative Coffee Week and judged by 2 International Coffee Professionals.  In 2019, A Shot in the Dark will be open to everyone in South Africa (and around the world!). 

Registration from 1 Feb 2019 – 1 March 2019.

Every Roaster that wishes to enter A Shot in the Dark, needs to fill out the attached form (online or physically) and pay the Entry Fee. Included in the Entry fee is the competition speciality (80+) green coffee, the competition entry coffee bags, a roll of A Shot in the Dark stickers, a tee-shirt and information on how the coffee will be judged. One Full Event Pass to Creative Coffee Week (valued at R2500) is also included. These items will be delivered to the premises indicated on the competitors entry form.

In 2019, A Shot in the Dark will have 2 Rounds: A Preliminary Round and a Finals Round.

Preliminary Round: Green Coffee will be sent out to all competitors at the same time (mid-March).

Competitors will submit their 500g roasted coffee to the judges via courier with their roasting notes by 30 April. All coffee will be blind judged. Finalists (Top 10) will be announced by early May and receive coffee for the finals round. All competitors will receive the judges’ scoresheet and feedback on their entry.

NOTE: Competitors only need to submit 500g for judging  - the rest of your competition coffee is for you to label with your special Shot in the Dark stickers and sell to your customers as a limited edition batch, thereby recouping your entry fee!                                                                                         

Finals Round: (Top 10 qualifiers from Preliminary Round) 26-28th June at Creative Coffee Week 2019 in Durban.  Competitors will present their roasted competition coffee(s!) to the judges at CCW.

Enter now!
Fill in the Entry Form below to enter A Shot in the dark 2019 


A Shot in the Dark 2019

R3000 for 10kg
R5000 for 20kg
R10 000 for 40kgs