There will be no stopping the ‘presses this weekend in Indianapolis, home to the ninth annual United States Aeropress Championship.
Tinker Coffee recently opened one of its two new bars within the hall, and Tinker Director of Accounts Dylan Morse will emcee the events, which begin at 4 p.m.
“The competition will move at a quick beat because we want to be able to fit in as many competitors as possible,” Alec Mandla, community and events manager for Tinker Coffee, told Daily Coffee News. “We’re going to shoot for every 10 minutes, another three coffees are brewed and being tasted.”
The competition will occur on a central stage inside the spacious hall, where large garage doors and an open floor plan will allow for distancing, according to Mandla. Attendees will be asked to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
Contestants from coast to coast will press for success before a panel of judges that includes Tinker Coffee Green Buyer Austin Patterson, Chris Casassa of Ethiopia-focused importer Catalyst Trade, and Courtney Thompson, roaster and co-owner of Certain Feelings, which opened its own roastery/bar in another Indy food hall this past Spring.
Catalyst sourced and imported the competition coffee, which will be roasted by Tinker this week and kept secret from competitors until they arrive. For the first hour, competitors will be given 80 grams of the championship bean to dial in recipes.
This year’s competition features an additional twist in Aeropress recipe development, with event sponsor Third Wave Water providing its coffee-focused water additive and treatment solutions to all baristas.
The winner of the U.S. competition and other national competitions will then move on to the World Aeropress Championship, scheduled to take place March 5, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. To accommodate travel restrictions for the world event, national winners will have the option of working remotely, conveying to a surrogate barista both their water formula and coffee brewing procedure to be executed on their behalf in Melbourne.
“This year everybody is using the same water components, but each competitor is allowed to dial in a different water recipe to play with the hardness and alkalinity,” said Mandla.
The United States Aeropress Championship is free for spectators. Tickets and additional info are available here. Tinker Coffee will have live Instagram updates. The World Aeropress Championship will be streamed live.
Howard Bryman is the associate editor of Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine. He is based in Portland, Oregon.