Barista Bash 002 in Review
Big thanks to all who came out to Barista Bash 002 on Friday night and especially Sunergos Coffee for hosting and co-sponsoring the event with us.
The event brought out baristas, shop owners, and coffee fans from all over Louisville and the Midwest. I spoke with visitors from Nashville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis throughout the night as we brewed some delicious coffees from Sunergos Coffee, La Grange Coffee Roasters, La Terza, and even a bag brought to the bash from B-Java in Indianapolis. The night was a wonderful picture of the Louisville and Midwestern coffee communities coming together to share ideas, skills, and knowledge about coffee as commodity, fine beverage, and culinary art.
The Latte Art competition featured some of the areas best baristas squaring off to prove their skills. Kenny Smith, now a two time Bash finalist, took 1st place and Ryan Soeder, one of the judges at Bash 001, took 2nd. Thanks to Sunergos Coffee, The Anchorage Cafe, Bunn, Barista Magazine, and the Barista Guild of America for providing a host of excellent prizes for the competition.
Thank you to Les Stoneham of the Espresso Guild who drove down from Cincinnati and presented an informative overview of the thorough and delicate process of getting specialty coffee from the coffee tree varietal to the consumer’s cup.
Kane Holbrook did an excellent job teaching cupping methodology throughout the second half of the night. His classes were so full of eager tasters that we had to turn many people away.
Last, but not least, we'd like to thank all those that made the brewing demos possible. Special thanks goes out to Jesse Harriott from Sunergos for brewing on the Bunn Trifecta, Chris Heiniger and our own Blake McKinney for rocking out the Mypressi Twist, Matt Argo from Anchorage Cafe for brewing on the V60, Phil Revell from Quills coffee for brewing on the Aeropress, and Brian Moats for brewing on the Chemex, V60, and Syphon.
Keep checking back for images taken by the excellent Juan Maclean, and possibly the video from the latte art competition...possibly.
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$53.00Hario's stainless steel water kettle, the V60 Buono, has been spotted popping up in coffee houses and the kitchens of baristas for some time now. A detailed search on the web will reveal, for the moment at least, that the Buono seems to be widely accepted as the most useful pouring kettle available. What makes this kettle so popular amongst pour-over enthusiasts? Several reasons stand out.
First, the thin pouring spout enables greater pouring precision as well as a slower, more consistent and controlled rate of pour, both of which are very helpful in achieving a precise, prolonged extraction.
Second, the stainless steel construction and large 1 liter capacity contribute toward keeping up the brew temperature for the duration of the entire brew cycle.
Third, the ergonomics involved in the design of the kettle help to make using it much easier. This may not seem like much, but if you're brewing large batches of coffee and pouring for three or more minutes per batch, doing several batches of coffee will quickly become a chore if your kettle doesn't cooperate with you.
Combine all of these facets with the fact that the Buono is manufactured by Hario, a very popular name in the coffee-brewing community, and the kettle's popularity is easily understood. For best results, combine the Buono with a V60 Dripper or Chemex to get a truly exceptional cup of coffee.
Small, lightweight, and portable, the Skerton is the ideal hand grinder for the traveling coffee enthusiast, or the home enthusiast on a limited budget. The Skerton employs adjustable conical ceramic burrs for grinding any of the wide range of grinds employed in today’s coffee market. It can easily handle anything from fine espresso to a coarse French Press setting. The Skerton’s detachable 100 gr. glass jar is perfect for collecting the grounds, and in combination with the plastic screw-on lid (included in order) can even double as a storage unit for whole beans on those long trips. After grinding is finished, cleaning the Skerton is as easy as placing the unit in the dishwasher since the entire grinder is dishwasher safe. Whether you desire a quality, handy grinder for the road or enjoy the fine art of manual coffee preparation, the Hario Skerton is the ideal candidate. For an even more portable hand grinder from Hario, check out the Mini Mill (for a more detailed comparison of the two grinders, check out this blog post: Hario Skerton vs. Mini Mill).
The Fretta Iced Coffee Brewer is Hario's answer to brewing the perfect cup of iced coffee. Hario has combined their famous V60 brewer with a decanter and plastic diffuser to assure that the coffee is quickly cooled by hitting ice immediately after the brewing process. This quick heat transition is important in conserving the flavor of the coffee. The Fretta comes with 10 size 02 paper filters. We recommend that you purchase extra filters as well. To do this select filters as an add-on from the options on the right or go to our Hario 02 filter listing. Also recommend is a pouring kettle. We offer both the Hario Buono Kettle as well as the Kalita Wave Pot Kettle in the drop-down menu on the right.