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Training Log by Michael Manhart - Recalibrating

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


Recalibrating after the last big championship. One of the motivations to proceed is to make a better brew and to try to understand coffee better. Moments sharing ideas with other members of the coffee world is, what makes this so special. So - in place for so many encounters with so many special people - find this picture showing happy faces. We shared ideas about coffee backstage a competition - and obviously, we like this. Let us start the routines again and get going.

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Training Log by Erik Liao: The Beginning

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


Hi, it’s me, Erik. To start with a new year for competition preparation, I think it’s a good idea to understand what I really want to gain through the process. So this year, I set three goals, and they are all about improving. I believe competition is where you showcase who you are and what you have learned. So, I want to be better in all aspects and the following are the goals I set. 1. Improve in my choice for green bean 2. Improve in roasting 3. Improve in brewing 4. Improve in presentation 5. Make myself to the world stage!!! So today, I would like to write about the green bean. This year, the coffee I competed with...

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Training Log by Lisa Zancanella - The first thing I ask myself

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Everything starts with a question. Why decide to dedicate the next months into pouring water on coffee grounds for three people smiling at you while deciding if you are serving the best coffee at the competition? Well, because for everything worth it, a choice is pull- and not push- by a need. My need has been very clear from the beginning: I need to scratch the surface and understand what I really know about coffee. I need to face my lacks without compromising. I need to be confident in my abilities, confident that even if I come last, I will know my value in coffee. I need to learn, learn, learn. I need to win because I want it, and...

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Training log by Pinar Misirdal - What I will focus on for the next months

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Competition is a way for me both to have fun and try to improve myself and my coffee skills. It is very important for me to learn more things every year, to experience, to change, to get more knowledge that I can offer to people. It is a process that should have both fun and seriousness. I've been racing professionally since I met the team at April. Let's put the results aside and I learn that what's really important is learning, experience. I've tried a lot of nice coffee beans and this was an amazing experience for me. Although I have been racing for many years, it has always challenged me to fight with excitement in that 15 minutes during competition.What we need to...

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Training Log by Joseph Fisher - Starting from somewhere

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


We’re currently in the transition between spring and summer here in Copenhagen, a turbulent time for weather in the city that can see a bright and sunny day followed by a hailstorm or incessant rainfall. What better time than now to begin putting together a training plan for the upcoming Danish Coffee Roasting Championship? This is the first time that I’ll be competing in a coffee roasting competition, and despite the fact that I roast coffee regularly as part of my role at April, there are still many factors for me to consider when planning my preparations. There’s certainly no room for complacency. Firstly, I’m beginning by reading the rules. In my opinion the most important first step when competing....

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Training log by Patrik Rolf - time to get back in the game

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The World Brewers Championship in Boston was on a few weeks back. I placed 2nd place and that is over and done with.  It is time to start again which includes setting up a new strategy for practice and with that comes new goals. I would always recommend having a clear goal in mind before starting the process, as the process should be designed to reach whatever goal you are reaching for.  My Goals For the 2020 competition year:  1. Qualify for the World Brewers Championship  2. Score Higher (total score) than what I did in Boston 2019  3. Qualify for the World Barista Championship  What is your goal with this year's competitions?      The future posts in my training log...

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