Louisville Barista Bash 004 Recap
Several days have passed, yet the satisfaction of such a great bash still lingers! I believe it was a great event for the Louisville coffee community. Friday evening felt more like we were hanging and geeking out in someone's home than in a shop setting. We want to give big thanks to Anchorage Cafe for being such accommodating hosts. You guys were awesome and were so open to our requests and crazy ideas!
Not enough gratitude can be given to Jaime van Schyndel of Barismo for taking the time away from his family and Barismo in Arlington to fly down to Louisville. He is seriously one of the most brilliant coffee minds out there, and we were so impressed to have him grace our humble get together. Most everyone I know in Louisville who is involved with manual brew methods and small batch roasting has learned from or been influenced by Barismo, either through the blog or the several Barismo brew method videos out there.
The evening was a blast. It was unbelievable how many excellent coffees we had given to us from so many generous roasters. These included Counter Culture, PT's, Intelligentsia, 49th Parallel, La Grange, Espresso Guild, and of course, Barismo. There were many shots pulled, as well as several Chemexes, V60s, and syphons brewed throughout the night. And plenty of folks were able to take some coffee home that night and experience a coffee or roaster for the first time! Thanks to Barista Magazine and Barista Guild of America for donating prizes, and to La Grange Coffee Roasters for the sweet gift basket as a door prize!
Congratulations to the finalists in the Best Cup Competition! Phil Revell, a barista at Quills Coffee came in third place using a Kenyan bean that he home roasted, brewed with a V60. Second place went to Jesse Harriott of Sunergos Coffee. Jesse used a Honduran coffee that was a finalist in the Cup of Exellence last year, also brewing with the V60. And first place and the grand prize went to Chris Heiniger, who is also a part time barista and home roaster and an all together fun coffee guy. Chris chose a natural processed Panama coffee roasted by PT's. It is from the Elida estate and possibly the most delicious natural I've ever had. Chris chose the Eva Solo as his brewing method, creatively using two grind settings and two brewing parameters in the same Solo to bring out different notes, and the presentation was near flawless, with menus and custom mugs. Enjoy the Preciso Chris!
Thanks to all of you who came out and who regularly come out and support these events. Thanks to our judges, Jaime of Barismo, Chris Cockrell of La Grange Coffee Roasters, and Matt Argo of Anchorage Cafe and Argo Sons Coffee. You guys did a great job! Also we want to thank John, a.k.a. hermitudinous, for all your help and for your persistence in upping the quality and education of coffee in Louisville. Thanks to Emily Sill, a barista at Anchorage, for emceeing the event for us. Somehow I knew you'd be a natural! And lastly, thanks to Brian Moats and Jenni Sieg for the wonderful photography and allowing us to use it on the blog!
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$1,687.00(For a guest barista review, click here.) Anfim's Super Caimano espresso grinder, upon its initial release, was a solid addition to any high-end coffee house. It featured a 75mm flat burr set that helped to give a very consistent grind, allowing baristas to rely upon it for excellent shot-to-shot uniformity. When dialing in a coffee, the Super Caimano had 70 holes in its adjustment collar to allow for tinkering between shots. Now, however, Anfim has added an additional 20 spots for a total of 90 holes in the adjustment collar. The benefit of this? When dialing in and finding the sweet spot for any coffee being used to pull shots of espresso, a key factor the barista must take into consideration is the size of the grind particles. Yes, uniformity and consistency of those grind particles is also key, but the ability to make tiny, incremental adjustments is always helpful when striving to find the right balance of all a coffee's characteristics when pulled as espresso.
$48.62Tampers are as diverse as the baristas who use them. Our new tamper meets the needs of almost any barista, whether professionally trained or newly beginning. With its durable aluminum handle and wide, smooth top, the tamper is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably into the palm unlike other overly rounded handles which can press a little too tightly into the hand of the barista, or flat topped handles which can become uncomfortable after extended use.
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Hario Skerton grinder is handy for manual home and travel grinding, it can also be slightly more cumbersome for an extended road trip where only a small amount of grinding will be done (for a more detailed comparison of the two grinders, check out this blog post: Hario Skerton vs. Mini Mill). For those trips (or homes) where a minimal amount of grinding is needed, the Hario Mini Mill Slim is the perfect grinding solution. The Mini Mill employs adjustable conical ceramic burrs for grinding any of the wide range of grinds employed in today’s coffee market. It can effortlessly handle 24 grams of anything from fine espresso to a coarse French Press setting. Because of its lightweight (0.5 lbs) and sleek plastic body, the Mini Mill easily fits into small carrying bags and suitcases without adding a lot of extra weight. This, in conjunction with the Aerobie AeroPress coffee maker, has the propensity to make excellent coffee anywhere hot water and fresh beans are available.
The Hario Mini Mill is a traveling coffee enthusiast’s dream come true.... and with its ability to grind to the fine quality needed for espresso, it can be paired with a hand-held travel espresso maker such as the mypressi TWIST (and an excellent choice of beans) to achieve a quality rivaling the product found in many high-end espresso machines. Whether the need is grinding beans for a french press, Aeropress, or mypressi, the Mini Mill Slim is the perfect travel solution.