Belgian Aeropress Championship
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The 9th Belgian Aeropress Championship is hosted by Wide Awake Coffee in Brussels on Friday 24th September. 27 Aeropress wizards will be competing for a ticket to the World Championship.
To participate you need to sign up for one of the regional qualifiers. These will be held in Ghent (09/09), Antwerp (10/09) and Brussels (17/09). For each qualifier, 27 people can sign up (first come, first serve). The 9 best of each region, get a ticket to the Belgian Finals at Wide Awake Coffee.
(tickets available as of July 30th via the links below)
The participation fee is 25€. This includes a free bag of competition coffee and a goodie bag from our sponsors. If you go through to the finals, you get an extra bag of coffee. But there's more, the winner of the Belgian Aeropress Championship will go home with a BIG price. What that is will be announced soon!
Still a secret! We don't wan't to spoil or give anything away yet. Suffice it to say, it will be good :) The competition coffee will be roasted by Wide Awake Coffee and will be used in both the regionals as the final. The coffee will be revealed mid August and will also be available for sale.
Format Belgian Championship.
Both the qualifiers & finals will be physical events. The number of attendants (next to the participants) will depend on government requirements regarding COVID in September. For now only participants are sure of a spot. Of course we would love to have a full room. If the situation allows, we will open a registration page for attendants later.
Participants can sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis to their preferred regional qualifier. Once signed up, you will receive a bag of the competition coffee at home (10 days before the qualifier). In the qualifier, you will compete in heats of 3 participants. From every heat, one winner is selected that will be eligible to participate in the Belgian Aeropress Championship.
The 9 winners of each regional qualifier, receive an extra bag of fresh coffee at the qualifier event. They are now allowed to compete at the final in Brussels. This is again a knockout tournament. In the first round 27 participants compete in heats of 3. The 9 winners of the first round go through to the second round. The 3 winners of the second round compete against each other in the last round. The winner is crowned the Belgian Aeropress Champion 2021.
In line with current COVID government requirements, all qualifiers as well as the finals will have a limited capacity and will require seating at tables. Social distancing will be respected. Based on their venue size, each organizer will determine the amount of spectators that can be allowed next to the 27 participants. Participants will be informed shortly if they can bring visitors and if so, how many. If government regulations and guidelines change in the coming months, we will adapt as needed.
Format World Finals.
The winner of the Belgian Competition gets a ticket for the World Aeropress Championship in Australia in December 2021. Unfortunately, this ticket is very digital... Organizing a physical coffee championship with participants from all over the world is unfortunately not yet possible.
The digital format means finalists will work from the safety of their home on a recipe that produces the most delicious cup possible from the coffee supplied. Competitors will submit their recipe for judging, and the highest-scoring brewer will be deemed the winner. This is how it works.
- The Belgian Finalist will receive a pack of the competition at home.
- Competitors will have a set amount of time to work on their recipes. Competitors submit their recipe using the official online form, that will be provided by the WAC.
- The WAC will appoint a panel of judges with well-known industry professionals and cupping experience.
- The judges will be provided with a number of anonymised recipes that they will brew, taste, and score in accordance with our standardised scoresheet, looking for sweetness, clarity, body, balance, aftertaste, overall impression.
- Recipes will be distributed so that each competitor’s entry will be judged three times.
- On completion of scoring, the scoresheets will be de-anonymised and the results collated. Competitors will be given an average of their three judge’s scores.
All National and Regional Aeropress events follow the rules of the international competition. You can find the full rules here.
This year there is an important change compared to previous years. "Competitors may use a maximum of 18g of roasted coffee in their recipe and must prepare a minimum of 150ml of brewed coffee. Is it more difficult to get a stand-out, sensational cup from 18 grams of coffee when you're used to brewing with 30 grams or more? Probably! But that's what sets a world champion apart, right?"