Het laatste nieuws van Caffènationwww.caffenation.blogspot.com
Belgium Aeropress Championship 2014 : Results and Recipes
Author: Rob Berghmans
Oh yes, yet again the comp was a bit hit. The 4th BAC was a lot of coffee fun.
18 Aeropressers at the starting line. A great coffee. And lots of spectators.
The judges from a country North of Belgium were a the top of their toes and picked these 6 semi finalists :
Sofie from 32 cup : Vice champ last year : she went for a strong full bodied cup with nice acidity. For sure the most extreme drill of the year.
Alex from Caffenation : Light cup, sweet, well balanced. And the only one using the company's competition water. Most contestants prefered Spa blauw or (Sofie) Lidl water.
Charlene from Or : Improved version of Alex her recipe and close by her world championship recipe of 2012 in Portland.
Jeff from Caffenation : Very compact flavors. Sweet. Perfect mouthfeel. The first time you drink this your mouth falls open.
Bert from Caffenation : Comparable cup, but a tad stronger. Clean mean, but just not good enough for the finals.
Isabelle from Coffeelabs : Stellar cup! For me the sexiest cup of the day. Sweet, clean, but with an extra twang - spices, sours. She was also the only one analyzing her first brew and then redialing it the second round. Still waiting for her recipe though.
TOP 3 :
1. Jeff Verellen. Multiple and Reigning World & Belgian Champ : The king is still on his throne
2. Isabelle Verschraegen. Reigning UK Champ and ready to take over next year.
3. Sofie Nijs. Second podium in a row. What a gifted girl.
With 4 out of 6, the women were omni present this year.
No amateurs in the semis this year.
Price for bad luck goes to the 2012 champ Vincent. 2 years in a row it felt to me that he had the best coffee of all losing first rounders. Keep it up 'boyke'; you still got it.Jeff's recipe (in his own words)
Aeropress in regular mode
Cooled almost iced container to brew on.
Rinse the filter with boiling water to open up the paper and clean it.
Picking out lights, quakers, ears anything weird.
Setting 7.6 on EK-43 grinder running.
Don't "twack" the grinder.
Sieving with sowden filter: only very small fines removed. Also using static on the filter to remove chaff and nerves.
Use 17.3 grams of the sieved coffee.
Water at 83-82c to bloom, nicely wet everything, 40 grams or so.
Wait about 30 seconds.
Use a dash of cool water to get the kettle water to 76c
Very slowly pour in the middle of the aeropress to get to about 285 grams total on the scale, take about a minute for this.
30 second plunge.
Leave 1/5 of the brew in the press and discard.
Are you salivating yet?
This recipe sounds easy, but actually it is (to use WAC host TC Varneys words) : a fiddly one to nail.
Sofie's recipe :16,5 gr - fines out - medium to coarse grindinverted240 ml water at 84°pour, stir for 10 secondssteep for 40 secondsflipplunge for 30 seconds
For next year maybe already a good new idea.
If we would have 27 competitors in the first round, 9 in the second and 3 in the finals.... Possible.