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Training Log by Muhammad Fakhri - How to understand Customer Service in Brewers Cup

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How does a Homebrewer like me learn aspects of customer service in the Brewers Cup? Because I have never worked as a barista (until now), I have never known what basic services should be provided to customers, so they feel comfortable. And when I decided to enter the competition, I was a little confused when learning the Customer Service aspects because I had never felt behind bars before. Even friends often scare me that it will be difficult to get a good Customer Service because I have a scary face, rarely smile, like to frown, etc. Then in order to get good results in this aspect, I tried to go around the coffee shop and sit in front of the...

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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 Giorgio Bernardo - My current competition brewing recipe

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How I want to approach how I brew and how I prepare for the competition is through this recipe and roast approach. For my brewing approach;I’m using 20 grams of ground coffee and 260 ml of water as I find this recipe my favorite with how I want my coffee to taste and I’m using a medium grind size of 24 clicks on a Comandante Hand Grinder to produce the most complex sensation of all the flavors by achieving a clear profile of the origin character of my coffee. My target TDS is at 1.4 to have a perfect harmony of body and flavors from this coffee using a 1gram is to 13ml ratio.I roasted this coffee 4 hours ago and...

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Training Log by Niall Curran - How expensive is it to compete?

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My first introduction to competition was the 2017 Irish Brewers Cup Championship in Dublin Ireland. While I never placed in this competition, it was a strong introduction to what it takes to be a champion. I will always remember the performance by Stephen Houston, his presentation and his performance while brewing but also his humility and friendliness offstage.   One of the significant reflections on my first run at Brewers Cup was the financial investment that is required. I recommend all who wish to compete to consider the financial elements of this event. I often found myself in a constant state of catch up. “How much can I spare this week?” was a common question.  For me, the investment was not...

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Training Log by Lisa Zancanella - My current competition brewing recipe

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In the past weeks, I’ve been training on different recipes, identifying the following variables: coffee/water dosage Water temperature Total brew time Grind size Method Number of pours Water quality I’ve been using the same coffee for all the training, in order to have always the same taste reference as a base, also, the same water, method (v60) and roast profile. The only variables changing were the dose of coffee and water, grind size, water temperature, and total brew time. The starting point for every recipe was to decide which variable gives strength and which gives clarity to my coffee: Where does the strength come from? Where does the clarity come from? I’ve been practicing with a Colombian Pink Bourbon from...

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Training Log by Erik Liao - How expensive is it to compete?

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How expensive is it to compete? I’ve competed three times in brewers cup. Brewers cup may not be the most expensive competition, but it still can be very costly. The following, I’m listing down my expense. Coach: 1000USD Cups, Kettles, Drippers: 500USD Green Coffee: 120USD/kg* 15 : 1800USD Competition Register Fee: 170USD Commandante Grinder: 265USD This is just some expense that I can recall, but I’m pretty sure there is more expensive. However, I think that what I gained from the competition worths way more than the cost.

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Training Log by Muhammad Fakhri - How Expensive is it to compete?

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How Expensive Is It To Compete? At the end of 2016, when I decided to join the IBrC (Indonesia Brewers Cup). I realized that as a homebrewer, we must have our competition tools because it is different from a barista who can use the equipment in his shop to be used in competition. Then I started to save money and every month when I got my salary I used to buy equipment one by one. From the start of purchase kettle, dripper, then scale, to hand grinder like Comandante. The total price of all the tools that I have is around 1050 USD. For approximately 1.5 years, I used to buy the tools needed in the competition. Even when I...

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Training Log by Muhammed Fakhri - What is your favorite Brew Method?

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What is your favorite Brew Method, and why?My favorite brewing tools are Hario V60 and Kalita Wave. I like V60 because this dripper can distribute water more evenly and centrally so that extraction can be more maximized and the resulting flavor becomes more clean, complex, and pronounced. I also liked Kalita Wave because this dripper has an immersion function so that it can maximize extraction and consistency when it is Brewing. The shape of the Kalita filter paper like cupcake also helps to prevent the coffee powder from coming into direct contact with the dripper wall so that thethe temperature of the water used remains hot.What do you recommend a Home Brewer should think about if they want to make...

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

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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 Hannes Fendrish - How expensive is it to compete?

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Green Coffee Selection for competition To me, one of the best things about competing are the quest to find the best green coffee. During my work almost every week we are coming across very unique green coffees and whenever I have something striking I ask myself if this could be a coffee to be used for Brewers Cup competition. Making a selection for a competition is influenced by multiple questions: Is this green coffee standing out on a cupping table? How does the coffee fit into the competition score sheet? Does this green coffee, respectively the producer, offer an interesting story that I want to support through my competition participation? Also financial and availability questions matter: Is this green coffee affordable...

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