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    Home roasted coffee competition

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    There are opportunities for commercial roasters to compete in having their coffee judged but few opportunities for us home roasters. I have asked the Perth Royal Show if they can allocate a category for home coffee roasting, or failing that identify an appropriate existing category.

    Ill update this thread if I hear back in the positive and Id encourage any Perth roasters to enter.

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    Thanks to Presso for sparking this idea. . .

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    Re: Home roasted coffee competition

    Hmm...now if we can get a hold of the Sydney Royal Easter Show too... :P

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    Grendel,

    Speaking of commercial competitions.... are you going to the WA Barista championship Sat/Sun at the Town Hall.... from 10 AM both days.

    I think Coreys baristi are entered - Im going to at least drop in and check it out.

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    From memory, you can enter if youre prepared to pony up a few hundred bucks, right? Its not easy, though - my entry finished at the middle of the pack. Didnt expect much of it when I finished it to be sent off, though.

    Id be happy to assemble a few tasters and run a competition when I get some time. We could charge a small entry fee to cover costs of buying and mailing out the standard bags (to provide anonymity to entrants) and to provide a prize pool. Money could go directly to Andy, who could give out credit towards green beans as a prize. A condition of entry would be the disclosure of the recipe, so that wed all benefit from running the competition. Could be quite good.

    Cheers,

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    Sweet - love the concept.

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    Nice idea. :)

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    So we are talking blends here I presume ??

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    Re: Home roasted coffee competition

    Why blends, surely you would have all kinds of categories?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowdee link=1172747174/0#7 date=1172912716
    Why blends, surely you would have all kinds of categories?
    not that im roasting yet, but it seems to me you could go category crazy and end up with a logistical nightmare when it comes to judging etc.

    What if you based the competition on the contents of one paricular BeanBay? If everyone is starting with the same raw materials, then its just down to the roasting.

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    Re: Home roasted coffee competition

    Quote Originally Posted by hazchem link=1172747174/0#8 date=1172990357
    Quote Originally Posted by rowdee link=1172747174/0#7 date=1172912716
    Why blends, surely you would have all kinds of categories?
    not that im roasting yet, but it seems to me you could go category crazy and end up with a logistical nightmare when it comes to judging etc.

    What if you based the competition on the contents of one paricular BeanBay? If everyone is starting with the same raw materials, then its just down to the roasting.
    Now that would be fun! I guess that the only thing is we might need to ask Andy if we could have a comp pack with say 1 kilo quantities of each of the chosen beans?

    2mcm

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1172747174/0#9 date=1172990973
    Now that would be fun! I guess that the only thing is we might need to ask Andy if we could have a comp pack with say 1 kilo quantities of each of the chosen beans?
    2mcm

    Good idea. But they could go quickly in the normal beanbay rush and not everyone would get a go.

    Maybe a 1 kilo pack with only a few varieties for the comp. But thats a lot of extra work for Andy.


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    Re: Home roasted coffee competition

    So someone would have to come up with the categories, rules, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowdee link=1172747174/0#11 date=1173004281
    So someone would have to come up with the categories, rules, etc.
    Ill be happy to give it a go later this week.

    Logistically, I dont think that its fair on competitors or judges for more than about six coffees to be tasted in a go, though. I guess that the first step would be to do a poll to work out how many people are interested and then to work out if we are going to have to have more than one round based on that.

    Categories-wise, blending is probably the way to go. If its single origin, were really coming close to running a coffee competition instead of a roasting competition ... unless we make it all one SO. The "one particular bean bay" idea sounds like a happy compromise. It might make sense to have espresso and plunger categories, though. Plunger would certainly be less of a logistical nightmare to run!

    Cheers,

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    To state the bleedin obvious, the easiest way to go would be with lucas last suggestion, "all one SO".

    That probably wouldnt be too bad an idea for an inaugeral comp.
    The simpler the better first time around.

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    Yep, I like the SO approach...

    That way we could compare roasting styles / techniques / hardware....

    Allow blending and its more about the cupping of individual beans and the blending ratios rather than just the actual roasting..... but this would also be a valid separate category.

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    Re: Home roasted coffee competition

    Not sure how comps like the golden bean were run, but from memory they had categories like, best plunger coffee and best espresso coffee et al.

    If it is what is in the cup that matters, then blends or single origins would be at the discretion of the entrant. They enter their best effort and let the judges decide. Not sure why you would want to limit the origins of beans used?
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    Might be oversimplifying things... as usual, but the overall the concept appeals *:)



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    What a great idea grendel, hope it comes off at one of the shows around the country, and gee, hope they dont limit it to city folk only...... [smiley=thumbup.gif]

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    Re: Home roasted coffee competition

    I think its a great idea and lots of folk will be interested.

    You could have just SOs, but should specify the brew method to roast for; i.e. if you are doing a standard cupping or plunger as opposed to running through an espresso machine, this should be stated.

    You could also specify a precise blend, with proportions, so it is up to entrants to decide how best to roast the individual beans, knowing that everyone has the same blend. This forces you to think about how the roast alone affects flavour balance and would be a very useful educational process that other home roasters could benefit from, especially if judges detail what they liked and why.

    Most roasting competitions, like Golden Bean, are about blending as well as roasting, as they are judging a commercial product rather than simply roasting skills.

    Hope it comes off. Im more than willing to assist in Sydney, if needed.

    Matt



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