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Posted by GenovaWebArt Collaborator on
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,...
Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on
For the World Brewers Championship in Boston earlier this year I roasted my competition coffee using an Ikawa Roaster, a great little roaster that worked out very well. For future competitions, I am back exploring "Competition Roasting" on our 15Kg Loring Falcon Smart Roast. I recently attended a "Loring Certification Workshop" hosted by Rob Hoos and Michael de Renouard at the Loring Showroom in Copenhagen. That workshop gave me some new insights and ideas regarding roasting smaller batch sizes on the machine, something I haven't done before (at April and Sustainable Profile we are roasting 12kg batches exclusively). There are a few things that are important to consider when it comes to roasting smaller batch sizes, in this case, 20% capacity or...