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Training Log #4 by Adrian Berg - Roasting Coffee at Home for the Competition

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Home roasting for a competitionDuring my first few years competing in the Norwegian Barista Championship, I always selected my competition coffee based on whatever was in stock at whichever coffee roastery I worked with at the time. I did this out of a sense of loyalty, without ever considering that the coffees I selected were somehow not suited to a competition format. After all, they tasted good to me.This led me to make many mistakes year after year. I was settling for less-than-great coffees because they were what I had available, trying to make the most out of coffees I wasn´t 100% happy with. Playing it safe and only having one roast profile to work with. A few years ago,...

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Training Log by Adrian Berg - My current competition brewing recipe

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Espresso recipe: For my espresso recipe, I want to explore how we can go about achieving the tastiest espresso with a high brew ratio.   When I first started competing, I had a minimal understanding of espresso recipes. For my first national competition, I used a ratio of 1,6 with 18,5g in the basket and 30g yield in 30 seconds. It was a very compact espresso because that´s how I thought it was supposed to taste. It was only later that I learned that each coffee has its specific sweet spot and that a barista can alter the flavour expression of espresso simply by adjusting the yield.   From my first, syrupy espresso recipe, I´ve moved in the direction of...

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Training Log by Adrian Berg - How expensive is it to compete?

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The cost of competing: Competing in a barista competition can be very expensive, and unfortunately, it tends to end up costing more than you think. But that doesn´t mean that it´s impossible to compete on a budget. When I became Norwegian Barista Champion in 2019, I didn´t have a lot of money to spend on my routine and used mostly second-hand equipment and glassware. I roasted the coffee myself and had one of the cheapest routines in the competition. Michalis Dimitrakopoulos who became the runner up in the 2019 World Barista Championship finals also stated in his post-presentation interview that his equipment and tableware were borrowed from his workplace. Nothing had been purchased specifically for the competition. Let´s break down...

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Training Log by Adrian Berg - What is your favorite Brew Method?

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What is your favorite Brew Method and why?    For competition, I tend to use the Hario V60 for the clarity and cup quality it yields, but my all-time favourite brewing method is the Aeropress. Not because it gives a perfect cup every time, but because it allows complete freedom in how I want to approach my brewing. With conventional filter methods, the grind size, brewing time and extraction are all interlinked, and changing grind, for example, will affect everything else. With the Aeropress, if your brews lack sweetness, you can decide to extend the brewing time by one minute, without having to change the grind or recipe. This freedom to experiment with one variable at a time makes the...

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