You may ask now why? What is the biggest common subject lifting them up from the other great baristas?
Well, they all won the national Aeropress Championships in 2018 and competing in Sydney, Australia on WAC 2018 on 17 November at 3PM Local time (AEDT), 3AM CET!
How is that possible? Petya (@istvanpetyko) is going to represent Hungary, Kata (@muhelkata) won in Portugal and Lilla (@bonjourlilla) is the current champion in Scotland. And we are all very proud of these successes! When we started to realise at the Filter Club Slack that there will be more Hungarian people challenging each other in November I suggested what if we create some content and share their path to this point, and last but not least: how cool is it that three of our own will be there? It gives us chills and cannot wait to cheer for them!
István Petykó (Petya)
Firstly let's begin with Petya as he was the first to win in the beginning of August at the 42 Roastery, competing with the black honey Costa Rican competition coffee among 26 other enthusiastic Aeropress users!
He is 24 years old, born in Kisvárda and moved to Budapest two years ago. Started to work as a barista at Kaffeine Espresso Barand a couple of months ago he became the shop manager for all the three stores, well done! In his free time he likes to eat tasty food, drink lots of coffee and occasionally, winning Aeropress Championships. Haha! He shared the info with us that this was his first event, but definitely not the last thanks to his success.
Does he prepare for the big day alone? Both yes and no, as he mentioned, but getting lots of help from One Eleven Roastery, personally from Attila Molnár and Attila Tóth, both being well known in their fields as SCA Trainers and as winners of previous coffee events. May their shared knowledge and experience get him on the top spot!
Hungarian Competition Coffee
42 Coffee - Costa Rica, Las Lajas
Oscar and Francisca Chacon are almost unique in Costa Rica, as they are one of the only micro millers to still produce certified organic coffee. Whilst many Costa Rican coffee farmers have stopped producing organically, the Chacon family have remained true to their principles. Their passion for coffee has led them to experiment with different honey and natural processes and consequently the Las Lajas brand has become famous in the specialty coffee sector.
The Black Honey process is a Las Lajas specialty which has been developed and refined over many seasons to ensure its superior and consistent cup profile. This is one of the longest honey process used at Las Lajas and involved the coffee being left unmoved for a period of 24 hours.
Kata from Copenhagen Coffee Lab, Lisbon, Portugal won their Aeropress Award making her flying out to Aussieland as well. Oh wow another Hungarian, YESS! Congratulations to you too! She started to get into the specialty coffee world back when she studied in Budapest, then went to finish her Masters in Copenhagen next to a Coffee Collective coffeeshop where she quickly became their regular customer. After finishing her studies she was wondering what to do, and then a job advertisement hit her: there is a free spot at CCL in Lisbon, so she moved there and started her career in this special world of ours. She explained that the Portuguese coffee scene is quite small but very supportive to each other, therefore everyone knows and tries to help each other like a big family.
When she won their local Aeropress Championship, her competitors offered help to get her prepared for the competition in November, which is really nice to read. Also she shared the info with us that the event was held in Porto at the 7g Roastery with a washed Ethiopian coffee roasted for the Aeropress Portugal event which was organised by the 7g roaster David Coelho and Domas Dranginis coffee enthusiast. It must have been fun and thank you for sharing these insights with us! Good luck!
Portugese competition coffee
7g Roasters - Ethiopia Kochere, Boji
Situated in the Kochere woreda of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, the Boji washing station lies around 25km from the town of Yirgacheffe in the village of Ch'elelek'tu. Delivering to this station there are about 500 smallholders all farming on around 1 hectare of land each. This region is known for producing outstanding coffees and this lot is no exception to the rule.
Last but not least, our third person to be proud of at this year’s WAC is Lilla Valter, who was crowned to be the 2018 Scottish Aeropress Champion at the beginning of October at the Edinburgh Coffee Festival .
She started her coffee career in Hungary at Bean Busters. Then she prepared for the 2017 Hungarian Brewers Cup under the flag of Budapest Baristas, where she nailed the honourable third place.
This year she moved to Scotland and started to work as the head barista for Habitat Cafe in a small pretty Scottish Highland town called Aberfeldy. This tiny place is filled with lots of supportive people, like her colleagues and customers, and also her boyfriend took a huge part in her successful preparation, tasting most of her coffees and recipes.
Preparation time was really extraordinary for her as it was hard to order a Comandante Grinder online at that time when she needed it, so using her boss' contacts and good relations with HasBean she got a special delivery with a red grinder (as seen in the photo at the top), plus she got the opportunity to make a deal with Dale Harris (former World Barista Champion from 2017): in exchange for winning the WAC this Saturday, Lilla will have a special place at the HasBean HQ as an Aeropress trainer which would be super cool!
We also wish you good luck and may the best win!
Scottish competition coffee
Cairngorms - Nano Challa, Lot 21
The ‘Nano Challa Cooperative’ (meaning ‘the area above’ in reference to their prime coffee growing location at high altitude) was established in 2004 by an initial 25 farmer members from the Agaro town in the Jimma Zone. These founding members formed the group to foster unity and to share in addressing issues they were facing around finding good buyers for their coffee. Around this time Jimma was an area that was synonymous with low quality natural coffees.
The fancy national Aeropress Championship Posters
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