We're so stoked to be hosting Florida's first Aeropress Competition!
What happens when you combine 1 fabulous brewing method, 18 competitors (with their coffee/recipe of choice), a ton of spectators (or hecklers), and one of your favorite local craft breweries? We're not sure...but it's gonna be fun and you should join us to find out!
Registration is NOW OPEN for the first 18 people to sign up, costs just $25, and gives you the chance to win all kinds of coffee swag & cash prizes - plus COMPETITORS DRINK FREE! Coffee pro's and home brewing hero's alike are encouraged to compete so take the plunge (I know, terrible joke)!
Curious how it all works? Read the rules below, or google some aeropress competition videos and browse away!
The rules are fairly straight forward, judges will evaluate (blind), purely based on taste, the best filter style brew from the Aeropress. This will be a very transparent competition. The best coffee/brewing recipe wins!
General Rules – The required volume of the drink is 200ml, which has to be served in the supplied cupping cup. No added ingredients are allowed. All competitors will have an 8 minute comp time, this includes prep time & brew time – the clock will count down from 8 minutes. Failure to serve the drink in that time will mean disqualification. The technique and coffee used by the competitor must be in writing and given to the judges – this will not be considered in judging.
Judging – There are 3 judges and a Head Judge. There are no official scoresheets or cupping forms used by the judges. The 3 judges will be competent coffee tasters and have a certain level of experience brewing with the Aeropress, and are also competent in assessing extraction via taste.
The competitors must serve the exact same amount of coffee in each of their cups (having a marker in the cups provided is essential) this will ensure equal assessment. Temperature of the drink is not assessed, and the judges will have as much time as required to allow the drink to cool for optimal drinking temperature. Stirring and cooling warmer brews is suggested for the judges to equalise the temperatures. The cups provided will have the competitors name written on the bottom of the cup. Once judges have completed their evaluation, the MC or head judge will count to 3, at which point the judges will point to their favoured cup. The most votes wins. If all 3 judges chose different coffees, the head judge will cup the coffees and have final word.
Judges should be looking for clarity of flavour via good extraction and a distinct representation of the coffee used for the competition. As a guide, judges should be assessing aroma, flavour, acidity & sweetness, body, balance and aftertaste.
Coffee – Wether you're working for a roaster, coffee bar, or just a home brewing enthusiast - it is important that you bring a killer coffee (of choice) to the game. It is helpful for competitors to have consistent access to the coffee for brew development and practice so having the coffee sponsored by a roaster or the like is recommended. Using a high quality, in season, ideally roasted coffee is essential. This is your chance to highlight your company's best or your personal favorite coffee out there!
Equipment – The supplied equipment will be communicated to the competitors. Competitors are welcome to bring their own grinder and water boiler but should be cleared with us ahead of time. Any modifications to the actual Aeropress will need to be authorized as well. Any filters, including metal filters, are allowed.
Water - The cleanest water will be available to the competitors. Competitors are allowed to use any water they wish. Bottled water or water from another location is permitted.
Rounds – There are 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.
For 3rd place, there will be a runner-up round before the final round between the 2 winners of the semi finals. Judges will select the 2nd best coffee from each of the semi finals. This will be done either by the judges have a 2nd round of tasting if they have all selected the 1 winner, otherwise the odd judge out will have automatically selected the 2nd place getter.
After each round, competitors must use the judging time to clear their station ready for the next round of competitors. During which time, the next round of competitors may set up their equipment.
The running list of competitors will be selected at random and the bracket will be announced on the day of competition. We'll be modeling the bracket from the World Aeropress Championship format (pictured below).