2017 EAST QUALIFIERS

With the Canadian National Barista Championship coming up this weekend in Edmonton we wanted to take a moment to relive the excitement of the 2017 East Qualifiers by sharing a TON of photos. For those that didn't have a chance to attend, this event was hosted at Toronto's Harbourfront Center on August 20th.

 

The first photo set below was taken by our extremely talented guest photographer, Winnie Zhang. You can find more of Winnie's work on Instagram at @whtvrwinnie.

 

The rest of the photos were taken by our resident photographer @thelittleblackcoffeecup and are broken down by competitor. We hope you enjoy!

 

Oh, and best of luck to all those competing in Nationals this weekend.


EDWARD ANDERSON:

COFFEE QUALITY CONTROL AT BOXCAR SOCIAL 


NATHANIEL FRIED: 

HEAD OF ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT AT PILOT COFFEE 


AIMEE FERGUSON:

BARISTA AT PHIL & SEBASTIAN COFFEE ROASTERS


SAMUEL YOUNG SOO KIM:

COFFEE QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER AT EARLY BIRD COFFEE


KALEISHA BOUDREAU:

LEAD BARISTA AT PLANET BEAN


NOAH WALKER:

BARISTA & JUNIOR ROASTER AT BAROCCO COFFEE


KHALED RAYYAN:

OWNER OF HALE COFFEE CO


ANNE CUMBY:

OWNER OF CANNON COFFEE

& CLIENT DEVELOPMENT AT REUNION ISLAND COFFEE


RAICHEL NEUFELD:

BARISTA AT PILOT COFFEE

Yadi Arifin's Winning Aeropress Recipe

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We recently caught up with the winner of the 2017 Toronto Aeropress Championship, Yadi Arifin, to brew a few Aeropresses and learn about his award winning recipe. Yadi, former pastry chef and owner of Fika Cafe in Kensigton Market, recently competed in the National AeroPress Championship hosted by Dogwood Coffee in Winnipeg. Unfortunately Yadi didn't advance to World's this time, but he came back to Toronto with tons of coffees and ready to host an Aeropress brewing class. You can find out more about his upcoming class on September 22nd by clicking HERE.  

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"My approach for the Toronto competition:

"Keep it simple."  So you just need a good hand (or burr) grinder, filtered water, digital scale and an electric kettle.

Then it is just a matter of playing with the amount of coffee, temperature, grind size, agitation and brewing time." - Yadi Arifin

 

2017 Toronto Aeropress Winning Recipe by Yadi Arifin

Coffee: 17g Hatch T.A.C. Blend (50% Ethiopian natural, 50% Kenyan washed)

Water: 235g filtered water @ 81°C

Brewer: Inverted

Filter: Paper (single)

  1. Grind coffee at "14" on a Baratza Virtuoso grinder
  2. Heat water to 81°C, rinse paper filter
  3. Add 60g of water
  4. Stir five times slowly and bloom for approximately 40 seconds
  5. Add the rest of the water (up to 235g) in 20 seconds
  6. Stir gently for 15 times
  7. At 1:35 mark, press down for 50 seconds, stop immediately when you hear the "hissing" sound
  8. Aerate coffee and pour into serving vessel (200ml)

Total brew time : 2:25

 

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Interior, Fika Cafe. Kensington Market, Toronto.

Interior, Fika Cafe. Kensington Market, Toronto.

Toronto Aeropress Championship 2017

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Date: August 18th 2017

Location: Hale Coffee Company

Coffee Sponsor: Hatch Coffee

Poster Designer: Gabriel Navarro

Event Sponsors: De Mello Palheta, Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen, Boxcar Social, Aesir, Mountain Coffee, By Group, Pilot Coffee, Reunion Island Coffee Co, The Roasters Pac

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Judges: Lisa Elder, Dylan Wu, Lee Knuttila

 

1st Place: YADI ARIFIN of Fika Cafe (pictured left)

2nd Place: JONATHAN COGHILL of Pilot Coffee

3rd Place: WESLEY GRIFFIN of Finch Espresso

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