This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream, there spread a cloud of dust along a plain. And underneath the cloud, or in it, a furious battle raged. And men yelled. And swords shocked upon swords and shields. And coffee was brewed. Wait . . . no that’s right.
This past Sunday was the first coast to coast simulcasted manual coffee brewing battle, hosted by Batdorf and Bronson Coffee. Their roasterys, one in Atlanta, GA and one in Olympia, WA invited baristas from their area to come and participate. Coffee was provided by PT’s Coffee in Topeka Kansas, and contestants were given a short amount of time to brew that coffee for a panel of judges using whatever manual brewing method they preferred. The judging was done blind, that is that no judge knew who was preparing each coffee or which method was used. The judging was also calibrated between both coasts so there was only one grand prize.
Overall it was a great experience. The coffee community in Atlanta is fantastic and something we hope to work towards building here in Savannah. Big thanks to Batdorf and Bronson, specifically Jason Dominy for coming up with this crazy event and showing everybody what community is about. Peace.