March saw Common Man Coffee Roasters host the Singapore Aeropress Championships 2016 with 27 home-brewers and baristas competing for an all expenses paid trip to represent Singapore in the Aeropress Finals in Dublin, Ireland.
The judges of the competition were Adrian Dart (5 Senses Coffee, Australia), Lucky Salvador (CMCR), Bronwen Serna (The New Black, Singapore) and Lee Jia Min (Nylon, Singapore).
The evening kicked off with the competitors feverishly prepping the beans, throwing out defective ones as only perfect ones would make the cut. As Judge Bronwen commented, ‘Picking out the defective beans is what could make or break this competition, we’ll definitely be able to taste the difference’.
Whilst the inter-competition games such as Headpress and Blindpress (names pending patent...) debuted onto the coffee competition scene (sure to be seen again in the not too distant future), most competitors decided to play it straight.
‘I’ve decided to keep it real - this competition is all about the coffee and simplicity. You don’t need to get too fancy with it’ said Nabihan, a competitor and barista from Royz Et Vous Cafe.
At the end of the night, Siraj Salim from Dutch Colony was crowned the grand champion. Being overwhelmed by emotion, the champion broke into tears and shared a hug with his girlfriend; a truly touching moment for all to see.
‘I joined this competition because it’s a lot of fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, but I’m totally speechless about my win! It was so unexpected; I can’t wait to go to the World Championships!’ said Siraj.
We look forward to following Siraj’s progress at the World Championships on the 23rd June 2016. Good luck and happy pressing Siraj!!