FOOD & DRINK

Coffee lovers in for a treat as top brewers do battle

Bethnal Green will be venue for competition featuring brewing experts from around the world

If you love your coffee an event is coming up in Bethnal Green which may be just the thing for you. The Oval Space in E2 will host a coffee-making competition from 3pm on Sunday, November 24, which will see some of the globe’s best coffee brewers battle for the title of 2019 World AeroPress Champion (WAC).

It will be the first time the contest has been staged in the UK since 2010.

Attendees will be at the heart of the action, getting the chance to taste the competing brews at the end of each round.

This global championship and its cult-like following centres on coffee brewed with the AeroPress, the plunger-style device adored by coffee fanatics, which retails for around £25.

Having defeated thousands of counterparts in their home countries, national champions from as far as India, Australia, Timor Leste, Chile and Iran will compete to see whose coffee brewing reigns supreme.

It’s serious business, but all in good fun, with the perfect blend of skill and luck needed for a win.

So how does the madness work? The WAC is a multi-round, elimination tournament of competitive coffee-making. Competitors have just a few minutes to brew a single cup of AeroPress coffee and present it to a panel of judges, who blind-taste each coffee and pick the cup they find the tastiest.

In each round of three, the competitor with the tastiest brew moves on through the tournament until just one competitor remains.

This year’s competition coffee will be kept secret until just before the first round starts. Competitors will have just four hours to taste the coffee and perfect their recipe before taking to the stage to brew in front of an eager crowd.

At the end of each round, competitors will make their way to the Competitor Brew Bar where they’ll brew their recipes for the audience.

This is a unique chance to taste coffee prepared by the world’s best AeroPressers, all under one roof. The competition coffee will be also be available for attendees to try as an espresso or oat m*lk latte. In addition to plenty of the world’s finest coffee, there’ll be a fully-stocked bar and a selection of the capital’s best street food vendors to keep spectators hydrated and nourished.

Who will have this year’s world title to add to the trophy cabinet at the end of the night? No matter the outcome, this celebration with like-minded coffee fanatics from more than 65 countries is a sure-fire win.

Early bird tickets are £13 and general admission starts at £17. For the full ‘access-all-areas, drink-for-free’ deal, VIP packages are £42.50.

About WAC: In 2008, a good and simple idea came to two coffee lovers: “Wouldn’t it be fun to see who could brew the best cup of AeroPress coffee?” And with that simple idea, the World AeroPress Championship was born.

The first competition took place in a small room in Oslo, with only three competitors – a modest and understated affair. Like many ideas good and simple, the competition has since grown organically, and now spans 160+ regional and national events taking place in more than 65 countries.

Each season now sees more than 3,500 competitors getting involved, and yet, despite its size, the competition remains a fun, inclusive and light-hearted pursuit. The World AeroPress Championship is organised by a small team in Melbourne, Australia.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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