More than 700 coffee-obsessives turned out to the sold out World Aeropress Championship this past weekend in Sydney, Australia.
For the first time in the event’s 11-year history, the winner hailed from the United States. Native Colombian Carolina Ibarra Garay, now based in Los Angeles where she manages Café de Leche, beat out a remarkable field of 56 national Aeropress champions. Xiaobo Zhang of China placed second, and Evgeni Pinchukov of Belarus placed third.
Co-hosted by the World Aeropress Championship and Australian coffee company Single O, the event underscores the cult-like following for the tubular manual brewing device invented by Alan Adler, yet it also characteristically turned into a freewheeling party, with a host of beer and food sponsors.
New features in this year’s competition — the 11th since the humble first event at Tim Wendleboe in Oslo, Norway, that featured three competitors and a cake — included a competitor brew bar, where guests could taste recipes, and a compulsory coffee. In years past, competitors were given weeks to tinker with their chosen coffees, but this year everyone received competition quantities of Kenya Mugaya AA from Single O just four days in advance.
We’ll have more on Carolina Ibarra Garay’s winning recipe shortly.