Athens Coffee Festival welcomed the Hellenic AeroPress Championship, the most innovative coffee contest, supporting breakthrough ideas in the coffee industry.
Athens Coffee Festival hosted another important coffee-based event, enriching even more the impressive program of special events that professional and consumers, who visited the festival, had the opportunity to attend. More specifically, the 6th Hellenic AeroPress Championship, organized by the well-known coffee company Kudu Coffee Roasters, took place on Monday 25th of September in Technopolis. Talented baristas battled, with the winner representing Greece at the AeroPress World Championship in Melbourne. Stelios Antoniou took the 1st place, Nikos Stoforos 2nd place and Yiannis Galatsiatos the 3rd place.
Nikos Stoforos, Stelios Antoniou, Yiannis Galatsiatos
What is AeroPress?
The AeroPress is a device for brewing coffee. Coffee is steeped for 20 seconds and then forced through a filter by pressing the plunger through the tube. The filters used are either the AeroPress paper filters or disc shaped thin metal filters. The maker describes the result as an espresso strength concentration of coffee, but its most frequent use is more in the filter brew strength.
The three judges of the final Christos Loukakis, George Makropoulos, Stavros Lambrinidis
A few words about the AeroPress Championship
- AeroPress World Championship was created in 2008 by Tim Wendelboe and Tim Varney and since then it has become one of the most exciting and unique competition platforms in the coffee industry. Only three baristas participated at the first contest that was organized. Eleven years later, at 2019, the competition has grown big with entries from 51 countries and a total of a thousand contestants.
- In Greece this year is being held for the 6th time and is the 3d time that it is hosted by Athens Coffee Festival.
- The title can be claimed by both professional barista and amateurs.
- Regarding the rules, these are simple. The judges (7 in all) will evaluate blindly, based solely on the taste and best way of extracting with AeroPress. Through an open and transparent competition, the aim is to show the different techniques offered by using AeroPress.