Training Log by Pinar Aktepe - How expensive is it to compete?
While you are practicing, one of the important things is preparing a budget for the competition which I always think about it as last. For sure it's about you and your beans but money is the key for correct equipment, tasty beans, and your presentation tools.
At this point, I am putting myself on the lucky side because April eased quite a few loads by supporting on coffee, which is going to be our 3rd year. Now that I have been competing for a long time, I have got enough equipment, so my spending usually on small things and transportation costs. If I have to give a figure for the competition in my country it's around $ 2500-3000.
A lot of people around me say that if you can’t be the first place, it's a waste of money. I think it's a great learning opportunity to experience regardless of the outcome. It is very valuable. What I believe in about this is that if you want people to support you somehow - sponsoring people who are going to compete is the biggest thing about it and its worth it.