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We celebrate the art of pour-over coffee brewing! We host local brew competitions to bring coffee lovers together and encourage everyone to play with their coffee and share their experiences. Since the pour over method is truly the trendiest brew method and that there are so many tools to choose from, we thought it would be fun to pit all of them against each other and leave it to the judges to determine the best cup.
Competitors will be judged in two rounds by skilled coffee tasters - Chefs Chad White, Molly Patrick, Douglas LaBar.
The first round is a blind tasting, the competitors all brew the same coffee on their chosen manual pour-over devices. The top six competitors will advance to the second round where they will brew and present their finished cup coffee to the judges’ panel. This competition is open to a maximum of 12 competitors.
Stine Hansen, the winner of our last brew competition, Oct. 2015, shared the following about her experience competing:
I’m a creature of habit. And like most creatures of habit, I take joy in ritual. And the coffee making ritual is one of the first undertakings of my day.
Like most of us, I need my coffee, but that need brings a multitude of sensory gifts that come with the brewing ritual. I love the sound of the grinder, the smell of freshly ground beans, steam rising from a kettle, the aroma as my cup brews, the anticipation of that first sip. It all feels sacred.
When I first read of the October Brewer’s Competition at Roast House, I had my reservations. I am not a barista, and while my culinary background finds me well-informed on some of the theory behind brewing a great cup of coffee, I don’t consider myself a full-blown coffee geek. Like I said, I need my coffee, and rarely find myself using a scale, a timer, or a thermometer when making my cup. So why would I immerse myself in coffee geek culture and try to compete? Why would I take the somewhat intimate process of my morning ritual out into the public realm?
Free Stuff, people. A chance at free stuff.
So I signed up, got my pound of delicious “practice” coffee, and decided that I would approach the competition with what I call “Intentional Brew Method.” IBM is about paying attention. IBM is about really wanting that coffee, but also really showing up for the process, with a basic understanding of what coffee needs (proper temperature, some kind of timing). While I’d initially set out to employ some crazy time parameters for each step of my process, at the actual competition my nerves got the best of me. There were competitors! There were timers, and scales and thermometers. There were people there. They were watching. It was actually a pretty great party. So with all that going on, I had to find my center and chill a bit. it was strangely similar to my usual 5:15 am cup, where maybe I’m not quite awake enough to have everything totally on point, but I’m into it, I’m paying attention, it’s what I’m doing.
And the key to pulling this off, really, is having some amazing beans to brew. Ultimately, I feel like my first-place finish in the October competition had everything to do with what a great job Aaron did dialing in and roasting El Limonar, and the fine quality of those beans. It didn’t hurt that I’ve learned a thing or two about brewing from my visits to the tasting room.
The Aeropress? Yes, that absolutely played a role — it always produces an exceedingly smooth, balanced cup with good body. And maybe it was that second paper filter I used, in my quest for suave. Or the way I accidentally didn’t wait for the water to cool down. Or the way I stirred it for a bit too long. Or maybe it was…the force.
Will I compete in March 24th?
You bet I will.
If you are going to compete give us a call to register
to assure your place.
If you just wanna watch, feel free.
In addition to prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners,we’ll have a door prize for attendees too!