2016 Canadian AeroPress Championships Rules


Welcome to the 2016 Canadian AeroPress Competition!  This is the place to show us your skills under “pressure” and “grind” your way to the top!

FORMAT

  • The competition is a multiple round, elimination tournament.
  • Competitors have eight minutes to brew the best cup of AeroPress coffee they can.
  • In each round, competitors brew simultaneously and their drinks are presented in identical vessels to a panel of three judges.
  • The judges will blindly evaluate each coffee and make their own private assessment as to which is the best, definable as “the cup I would enjoy the most is”.
  • On the count of three, the judges point simultaneously to their preferred cup.
  • The winner progresses gloriously to the next round, the losers are eliminated

RULES

  • Competitors must be available in the designated 'pre-stage' area 15 minutes prior their heat.
  • Competitors are allowed to preheat their water in the ‘pre-stage’ area.
  • Competitors must present a minimum of 200ml of brewed coffee, in the vessel provided.
  • Ground coffee and water are the only ingredients allowed to be used.
  • The coffee must be served warm – no chilled or iced drinks are to be served.
  • While small tweaks and hacks are permitted, the brewer used must be a genuine Aerobie AeroPress.
  • All competitors will have eight minutes in which to prepare, brew and present their coffee.
  • The competitors for each round in the tournament will be chosen randomly, and announced by the organizers prior to the competition starting.
  • Beans are supplied by Transcend Coffee
  • Recipe card required day of competition and presented to judges (download sample templates or make your own)
  • Each competitor is required to clean their station at the end of their round.
  • Failure to meet any of the above requirements will result in disqualification.

EQUIPMENT AND INGREDIENTS

  • While organizers will provide clean, fresh, spring water to compete with, competitors are free to bring their own water.
  • While organizers will provide everything necessary to compete with, competitors are permitted to bring their own kettle, scales, water, grinder and other equipment.
  • Any modifications to the AeroPress brewer will need to be authorized by the organizers before the competition.
    • Any filters (paper, metal, cloth) are allowed.

JUDGING

  • Each round is blindly evaluated by three judges, with the competitor’s name being marked on the underside of the vessel.
  • Judges will be looking for aroma, pleasant flavour, sweetness and balanced acidity, good body and pleasing aftertaste.
    • Judges will not discuss the cups presented before choosing the winner.
  • Having tasted the coffees presented, judges will count down and simultaneously point at the cup they deem to be the best, according to the edict “the cup I would most like to drink all of”.
  • After judging, the MC will lift the winning cup, revealing the name of the glorious round winner, simultaneously shaming the losers.
  • In the event of all three judges selecting different winners, the MC or a pre-determined fourth judge will decide the round.
Happy plunging! This is a light-hearted and fun event!