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Training log #5 by Niels te Vaanhold - Training for Compulsory round

Posted by Bhavin​ Metizsoft on


Training for compulsory Every month I get a new bag of April coffee. With this coffee, it is now time for some training. In November the competition will start with the compulsory round. For this, I think it is good to do some training. So for me, the best way to start is to find out what brewing device I would use., Last two years, I used Kalita wave 185 with a 1:15 ratio. I found out this worked well, and I made it into the finals two times, but I also found out that my score was not high enough. Time for a change This year I want to score more points, so that means I have to train...

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Training Log by Niels Te Vaanhold - How expensive is it to compete?

Posted by Bhavin​ Metizsoft on


How expensive is it to compete in a coffee competition? For myself. In the first years where I was competing in a lot of small competitions and also for the first time in the nationals it was really expensive. At that time I didn’t know a lot of coffee people, so I had to buy all the things for myself. Now a few years later, I work for a big coffee roastery in the Netherlands, and they support me when I compete. Also, I have some sponsors that help me with equipment. But let's go back to my first big competition the brewer's cup, the first year I competed I bought a lot of stuff that cost me a lot...

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Training Log by Niels te Vaanhold - What is your favorite brew method?

Posted by Bhavin​ Metizsoft on


What is your favorite Brew Method, and why?  My favorite brew method is Kalita wave 185. Because I believe with a flatbed brewer, you can create a better balance in the body. And also if you do a 1.15 ratio, it is easy to control. I always aim for a brewing time of 3.30 minutes. Making my pour in 3 times. 50 grams of water with a bloom time of 45 seconds, then pour to 150 ml ending time 1.00 minute and the final pour up to 250 ml starting at 1.30 minute and end at 1.45 minute. When you can create a total brew time of 3.30 minutes, the TDS is always in the right spot. (1.35 - 1.40)...

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Training Log by Niels te Vaanhold - My Gesha Village Brewing approach

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


What a great start of the day! I just received the geisha village last week, one of my Absolut favorite coffees. Two years ago was my first time tasting this amazing coffee in Amsterdam at 4850. Now having it on a filter for the second time is even better. I prefer to use Kalita wave 185 for my filter coffees. I found that with this flatbed brewer I get more body in my coffee. I always use the same recipe because I think you have to focus on brew time and TDS. The recipe I always use is pretty simple, 1:15 15 grams of coffee (EK 43 Grinder, size 6-7) 250 grams of water With a temperature of 92-96 degrees....

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Training Log by Niels te Vaanhold - reflecting on the past and getting ready for the future

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


For a few years, I am competing in coffee competitions. In 2018 I competed in the brewers' cup, and I became 4th. I was a little disappointed that I did not make it in the top 3. Two days later was the Dutch cup tasting championship, I signed in, and for me it was about the fun, competing with My friends and making jokes about How many good sets we could get. In my run, I had 6 out of 8.I was happy, but I was also sure that it was not enough, with 2 more rounds to go I was number 8 and only 8 went through the next round. I decided to go outside and have some lunch...

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