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Training Log #7 by Simon Gautherin - How expensive is it to compete?

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When deciding to compete this year I wanted to have a lot of transparency with my competition preparation and that includes sharing information about the real cost of competing - especially as an independent.You’re not only investing a lot your time but also a bunch of cash into your coffee, equipment, registration, logistics, etc. For a long time the idea of putting so much money into it sort of put me off but I decided to compete with the idea that I was going to learn a lot during the whole preparation process. Therefore if you look at it this way, your competition spendings go into investing in your education - as someone with two Masters degree, education is something...

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Training Log #6 by Simon Gautherin - Which is your Favorite Coffee Grinder?

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What grinder do you use?When it comes to brewing excellent coffees I always highly value the quality of the grinder. In fact, for a long time, I’ve argued that I’d happily make compromises on the rest of my equipment (kettle, machine, etc.) but the grinder is always the centerpiece of brewing in my opinion.At this stage, there are only a few grinders that I really love using: the Comandante C40 and Kinu M47 for manual grinders and the EK43 as an electric grinder. I like these grinders because they grind coffee is a relatively uniform and consistent way. This means that most of the pieces will have a similar size and shape which will help to create evenness in the...

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Training Log #5 by Simon Gautherin - Preparing for the Aeropress Championship

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Brewing with the Aeropress:As I’m currently preparing the New South Wales regional Aeropress championships, I decided to structure my analysis and improve my methodology when it comes to getting the best out of a brew.I already posted about the framework I use to assess a coffee and which criteria I’m looking at during that assessment.This is how I break down the different variables that I tweak to change the brewing equation when using the Aeropress:-Brew ratio -Dose -Yield -Bypass -Steep time/Blooming-Water -Temperature -Mineral content-Grind -Size/setting -Uniformity/particle distribution/sifting-Turbulence -Pouring agitation -Manual agitation-Miscellaneous -Type of filter -Decanting/double filtrationIt gives us 12 variables to control when we’re brewing with the Aeropress. In general, I wouldn’t advise changing more than one variable at the...

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Training log #4 by Simon Gautherin - My current competition brewing recipe

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My current competition recipe:Transparency is something I find extremely important and I promised myself I’d try to be as transparent as possible with my competition preparation. Here I’ll be sharing the latest brewing recipe that I’ve been using to brew high-end coffee and which I’m considering for competition.I would usually brew according to the coffee itself and more importantly, it's roast and solubility. I like highly soluble, well-developed coffees as they tend to be sweeter and more complex than very light roasted coffees. This recipe works great for any fairly soluble natural processed coffee. I normally use a V60 brewer, a Stagg kettle and a Comandante grinder.I like using finely ground coffee to get more flavors, body, and intensity with...

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Training Log by Simon Gautherin - What is your favorite Brew Method?

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What is your favorite Brew Method and why? I like V60 a lot, having a fast flow rate brewer allows me to grind finer and get more intense mouthfeel and flavours in my coffees while still giving me the possibility to change my pouring flow to control the overall brewing time. What do you recommend a Home Brewer should think about if they want to make competition quality coffee at Home? One of the biggest mistakes I see my friends who are home brewers do is using a low-quality grinder to grind their coffee. That usually results in very uneven grind size and therefore uneven extraction. My advice: spend money on a great grinder. Alternatively, if you have very little equipment available...

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Training Log by Simon Gautherin - What keeps you from doing the thing that really matters to you?

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The Slow Method As I started my practice for the 2020 Brewers Cup, I slowly moved away from drinking espresso to solely focus on filter coffee. I traded my La Marzocco GS3 for an Ikawa Pro and some additional pour-over gears and I started brewing filter every morning before leaving home. A lot of my friends keep telling me that they never have time to brew coffee at home in the morning and that they always get caught into rushing to go to work. Somehow I found a little ridiculous considering that making a filter coffee takes 5 to 10 minutes from dosing to cleaning the gears – who doesn’t have that kind of time in the morning? That made...

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Training Log by Simon Gautherin - Time to get started

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After a few years working in different areas in the specialty coffee industry, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and start competing in Brewers cup for the first time this year. I see in this competition a great way to push my understanding of sourcing, roasting, and brewing and to get to know myself better. I’ve always been a very competitive person: in sports, at school, in games, I love the idea of being challenged and seeing myself improve through hard work and training. The official dates for the French Nationals haven’t been announced yet but it seems like I have between 6 and 8 months ahead of me to get ready. It might seem like a...

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