On the 14th Feb 2015, the PDG’s newest coffee correspondent, D. Wang, headed to Ozone Coffee Roasters in New Plymouth, North Island for New Zealand’s first ever AeroPress championship. Some might have said that the occasion was the ideal setting for a caffeinated Valentine’s day date. All we know is that 18 participants prepared served some delicious coffees.
BK Kang and Michael Stevens. Credit: Michael CY Park
The winner was BK Kang, head barista at RAD café in Auckland. Originally from S.Korea, BK has been working in specialty coffee for the last 2 years. This guy studied Politics and Film in university, and has been a personal trainer as well as a barista. On top of all these, he’s also a dab hand at making barista aprons. Talented, right?
Santa Teresa Cabana Washed Geisha from Panama:
Farm: Finca Santa Teresa
Altitude: 1450 MASL
Process: Fully Washed
The Winning Recipe
Inverted AeroPress with paper filter
1st step: 50ml water (6.5Ph) at 92°C
2nd step: 30 seconds bloom
3rd step: add 50ml water, stir 7 times with teaspoon
4th step: add 150ml water
5th step: 60 seconds press down
Judging the finals – a unanimous decision. Credit: Michael CY Park
Article written by D. Wang
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