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AeroPress Competition during PCW

We are excited to welcome Aeropress Competition to Pittsburgh Coffee Week for the first time, hosted by COLOMBINO Coffee.

This may be a competition but it is also a party. Bow ties and aprons are permitted but not required, so, undo that top button, untuck your grooviest shirt and come plunge with some of your favorite coffee people in the Burgh City.

If you aren't ready to compete but still love to have fun, we will have plenty to do and drink.

AeroPress Competition at Colombino

in the Pittsburgh Coffee Week


During the Pittsburgh Coffee Week, -PCW-

Date: Tuesday October 18th, 5:00pm

Address: 2031 Penn Avenue, PGH PA, 15222

Strip District @Colombino Underground -Cellar on Penn-

Competitor must bring their own brewing tools and devices. Coffee to be used must be 100% Colombian. Please let us know on a note if you will use our beans or you will bring your own

Event Format

1) The competition is a multi-round, elimination tournament.

2) In each round, three competitors brew coffee simultaneously.

3) Competitors have 5 minutes in which to prepare, brew, and present their coffee.

4) When the time is up, the coffees are presented in identical vessels to a panel of three judges.

5) The judges blindly evaluate each coffee and make their own private assessment as to which is the best.

6) On the count of three, all judges simultaneously point to their preferred coffee.

7) The winner progresses to the next round. The losers are eliminated.


The Rules

1. The coffee used must be 100% Colombian. Could be either selected from COLOMBINO or show proof of purchase. We play in good faith.

2. The brewer used must be a genuine AeroPress. No other brewer may be used in the drink preparation.

3. All three parts of a genuine AeroPress brewer must be used; the chamber, the plunger, and the filter cap. Aftermarket or non-genuine parts are not allowed.

3) Any type of filter is allowed, so long as it does not replace the filter cap itself (see rule #2). The filter can be made out of paper, metal, cloth, or any other material.

5. Ground coffee and water are the only ingredients allowed.

6. Competitors may use a maximum of 18g of roasted coffee in their recipe.

7. Competitors must prepare a minimum of 150ml of brewed coffee.

8. Coffees not presented within the time limit of 5 minutes will not be evaluated.

9) Failure to comply with any of the above may result in disqualification.


Judging Criteria

1. Each round is judged blind using the cupping technique of spoon, slurp, and spit.

2. Competitor’s names will be marked on the underside of the cups where they are completely hidden.

3. There is no scoresheet or formal judging criteria. Judges are simply answering: “Which cup would I prefer to drink all of?"

4. Each judge will arrive at their own conclusion, without discussing the samples with their fellow judges.

5. On the count of three, all judges will point simultaneously, confidently, and definitively at the cup of their choosing.

6. After judging, the MC will lift the winning cup, revealing the name of the round winner.

7. In the event of all three judges pointing at different cups, the MC or a pre-determined Head Judge will taste the coffees, and decide the round. This decision is final.

1st Place: $200, Barista Mag Hat and Backpack, AeroPress Go.

2nd Place: Brewista Kettle, Barista Mag Subscription gift card, Backpack and AeroPress Go.

3rd Place: $50, Barista Hat & Tote, AeroPress Go.

Competitor Sign Up

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