I finally feel like it’s time to revive the blog and resume writing. As you might be able to tell, I’m really inspired by recent happenings in my coffee world – my close friend Matt Winton got the gold in Swedish barista championship (I learned a lot from him, and I’m still learning) and at the Swiss championships Emi Fukahori won the gold in Brewer’s cup and Mathieu Thieis won the gold in the Barista category. What makes these achievements feel even bigger is that the three of them work in the same spot – the specialty coffee shop Mame in Zurich. I’m absolutely stoked for them, amazing achievements. Read More
The ultimate collision of coffee expertise and confidence on Swiss territory will be held once again on the 6th to 8th of February 2015 in St Gallen at the Olma Ferienmesse (Splügenstrasse 12, 9008 St. Gallen). Exciting, exciting!
Again there will be the four disciplines – Barista, Brewers Cup, Latte Art and Cup Tasting, for the moment though it seems there won’t be Coffee in Good Spirits Championship. As for the Aeropress Championship I believe it’s going to be separately organised after February. The entry fee for the Swiss Coffee Championship is 100chf, for member of the SCAE – 50chf. The Barista Champion will go to the World Barista Championship in Seattle, USA from 9th to 12th of April 2015, the winners from the other categories will go to Gothenburg, Sweden from 16th to 18th of June 2015 for the Nordic World of Coffee where they will compete in the World Championships.
A brewing workshop with World Brewers Cup Champion 2014 Stefanos Domatiotis
As this year’s WoC was the first the blog ( I ) attended and gained this, uhm…”international exposure” I’ve got to see a lot of exciting things and meet a lot of exciting people. One of the countries that surprised me in Rimini was Greece and more specifically Taf Coffee Roastery based in Athens. After a bit of research on my part I discovered they are one of the leading specialty coffee roasters in Greece and actually are quite known for what they do (and I was just lacking knowledge).
Stefanos Domatiotis from Taf won the first place in World Brewers Cup Championship, participating with a washed geisha from Ninety Plus roasted by Taf’s roast master. Stefanos controlled all the parameters such as the water’s TDS, the grind as well as the water’s stable temperature during the brew and made a perfect cup. And a week ago you could try his coffee at Nora Smahelova’s (since she was judging) café Chapter One in Berlin, it might not be available anymore though. Anyway, I couldn’t see his performance but…
In the Barista category Stefanos coached Chris Loukakis, participant among 54 countries, and he actually got the 3rd place. Chris used three different coffee varieties, for his espressos he used a red catuai from the farm Baquelito in Coban, Guatemala, for his cappuccinos he used a pacamara from Santa Ana, Guatemala – both washed processed coffees. For his signature drink, Chris used a natural geisha from Panama.
Taf is definitely on my list so as soon as I get to Greece I plan to pay them a proper visit!
I had the amazing opportunity to visit Benjamin Hohlmann, Swiss Brewers Cup Champion 2014, who is in the process of preparing himself for the World Brewers Cup Championship in Rimini going to be held in conjunction with World of Coffee in less than two weeks!