Why Barista Bash 004 Will Be Worth Your Friday Night
Reason #1: A "Best Cup" Competition instead of a Latte Art Throwdown. You may wonder what a "Best Cup" Competition is. Contrary to what some would believe, it is NOT an event where you bring in your favorite coffee mug to be judged by professional mug designers. Besides, if that were the case, Blake would already have won it with his "Bottom's Up" cup (shown to the left). Regardless, this is actually a competition in which you get to choose your own coffee and brew method, and brew it for the judges who will then grade it by several different criteria (explained here). Why is this exciting? Because this is your chance to take your favorite coffee and your favorite method that you always brag about and demonstrate to Louisville that it really is that good. Who knows, you might even pick up some tips on brewing with different methods from the other contestants. But whether it be Aeropress or V60, Chemex or an old sock (not advisable on that last one, but hey, it's your competition), you choose the coffee and method and show off your skillz.
Reason #2: Jaime van Schyndel. For those of you who do not know Jaime van Schyndel, he is the co-owner of Barismo, a roasting company located in Arlington, Massachusetts that also features a specialty coffee shop where coffee education is a major focus. Jaime is known for being a master roaster as well as a skilled wordsmith who has contributed articles to Barista Magazine as well as maintained his popular coffee blog. At the Bash, Jaime will be giving a presentation covering many different coffee topics and what he has learned over the years as a successful roaster and coffee enthusiast.
Reason #3: The Luminaire LB-1 Water Delivery System. This is not your average hot water "kettle". The LB-1 is a uniquely designed system specifically created for providing a consistent, heated pour for manual brew methods like the Hario V60 or Chemex. The LB-1 has been designed to eliminate temperature loss by maintaining a consistent temperature directly to the point that it is poured onto the grounds and by dosing out the exact amount of water desired for each brew. There are several other unique aspects of this system , but we will wait to do a more in-depth review until after we have experimented with it. Oh, did I not mention Jaime was bringing one of these to the Bash? Yep, the Luminaire LB-1 Water Delivery System will be available at the Bash for brewing throughout the evening.
Because of these reasons, we believe the Bash will be a night to remember! We’d love it if you joined us, and we’d especially love it if you showed off your favorite coffee and brew method by entering the “Best Cup” Competition.
For Info on the Time and Place for the Bash, and for registering for the "Best Cup" Competition, visit the page here: Barista Bash 004
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$81.98It can be difficult in the world of specialty coffee to find a brewer that not only looks fantastic but also produces a fantastic product. Eva Solo has done an exceptional job of combining both elements into the Cafe Solo. The Solo seems a little strange upon first glance for the very reason that it may be the first coffee brewer of its kind: one that is clothed. The designers at Eva Solo had the ingenious idea of using the same material that keeps divers warm (neoprene) and wrapping it around the glass carafe... thus keeping the coffee hot during the 4 minute brewing period.
Not only are its looks something to take seriously, but the Solo's coffee is not to be underestimated. Because of its use of "total immersion" brewing (similar to that of a french press), the grounds are evenly and completely submersed in water. This provides extraction that is difficult to achieve by other methods of brewing. It is advisable, however, that once the 4 minutes of extraction is complete, the coffee should be immediately served or transferred into a thermal pot (we recommend one of the Zojirushi carafes). This will prevent over-extraction from taking place which results in a bitter tasting coffee.
The Cafe Solo is unquestionably a unique and exceptional specialty coffee manual brewer. Because of its simple usability and superior design, the Cafe Solo is a force to be reckoned with in the specialty coffee world.
$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.
Compak is a company dedicated to quality and craft. Their newest endeavor is a line of espresso grinders that raises the bar on control and efficiency. Aptly named "Fresh" for its innovative design and functionality, these grinders were created from conversations with baristas around the world and from the experience of a company that has been around for over 50 years. The K-10 Fresh offers a number of innovative features including: the ability to pre-set the the dosing time for a single and double shot to within a tenth of a second, manual push-button doser that keeps time of amount dosed on the digital display, and a completely new dosing system, electronics and control system. Also, the electronic display shows the selected grinding point, a configurable warning to change the burrs, promotional message with your logo, shot counter, and multi-language display.