Coffee Brewing Battle

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.

18 competitors in Atlanta squared off against each other and against 19 competitors in Olympia. Competition was fierce from the get-go.

Baristas from all over the Southeast plied their skills and brewed their best. Some of these brewing methods may be familiar to our readers from previous posts, while others will be strange and new.

There were oohs and ahhhs as each competitor came and brewed while the rest circled around to see what in the world would come next. We came next.

And we brought our A game. It helped that we had been practicing for our Brewing Methods event (which will be blogged about soon) so our skills were sharp and we were prepared.

Weapon of choice? Hario woodneck cloth filter brewer.

When all was said and done, the judges compared scores over live camera and delcared the winners. The result?

We managed to squeak in a second place victory! We also got some fun coffee toys to take home.

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.

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2 Responses to Coffee Brewing Battle

  1. Clinton White says:

    Way to go Champ!

  2. Pingback: Roaster’s Table: Brew Methods | Cup to Cup

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