Guidelines and Rules
Unfortunately, the 2020 Swiss AeroPress Championship will not send the Swiss Champion to represent both stars and spangles at the World AeroPress Championship as it was cancelled for 2020. We decided to increase prize money to encourage participants to show their best recipes during this event.
Free beer will be offered to the participants during the event !
Application deadline is September 14th, 2020. Don’t wait !
A maximum of 27 participants has been delimited in order to have a smooth competition with 3 rounds. First come first served. A waiting list will be created for those who are too late
Application fee for attending the competition is 60CHF. The payment of the fee must be done online. No refund will be provided in case of absence during the contest or registration cancelation after payment.
Visitors are most welcome to support free of charge (no entry fee for visitors but fun, beer, music, gin rock’n’roll and more !!). Of course, in case of cancellation coming from the authorities, we will refund ALL PARTICPANTS !
Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the competition rules and other juicy details.
The rules follow the World AeroPress Championships (WACs) rules.
- The brewer used must be a genuine AeroPress. No other brewer may be used in the drink preparation.
- 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.
- Ground coffee and water are the only ingredients allowed.
- 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.
- Competitors are welcome to bring their own grinder, kettle, scales, water, or other equipment.
- If the Hosts have specified a competition coffee, this is the only coffee that may be used.
- Competitors must present a minimum of 150ml of brewed coffee, in 3 provided vessels.
- Coffees not presented within the time limit of 8 minutes will not be evaluated.
- Failure to comply with any of the above will result in disqualification.
The competition coffee will be roasted by the 2020 roaster sponsor. It will be annouced soon. All competitors will receive 200g of the competition coffee on the 20. September 2020 at their provided adress.
The same coffe (same batch, roasted date) will be provided on the day of the competition (you do not need to save any of the pregiven 200g for the day of the competition).
Organiation desk opens at 14h00.
Competitors must annouce their presence (not registration) at the organisation desk UNTIL 15h30.
Competition order will be selected at random by the organisation on the day of the event and displayed on the competition board at 15h50.
Competition starts at 16h00.
Competitors will compete in heats of 3, (sometimes 2 if any no show occure).
A preparation time of 3 minutes is allowed before the heat.
Competitors have 8 minutes to produce one AeroPress of coffee.
Winner of the heat is annouced directly after juges decision and is qualified for the next round.
1st round: 9 heats, 9 winners
2nd round: 3 heats, 3 winners
3rd round: final: 1 heat, champion 2020
Competition closes at 20h00 and party goes on, and on and on, it’s on when it’s on.
Cups and Volume
Competitor will be provided with a marked cup to serve his AeroPress coffee in and will hand the prepared cup to the head judge.
Dilution of the brew is allowed (i.e. adding hot water), but must be done by the competitor prior to serving the brew. There is no volume standard for the resulting brew, however, there must be enough brewed coffee in the cup for all three judges to have a taste (from cupping spoons). Recommendation is 150ml.
AeroPress coffee must be prepared on site, during the competition time, using hot water, (cold brew is not allowed due to the inability to fairly judge).
Competition organisers will provide with help of sponsors : AeroPress brewers, paper filters, scales, grinders, digital timers, water, cup and electric kettles. Competitors may supply any of their own equipment, own AeroPress; however, they are responsible for transport, set up, operation and removal during competition time. Organisation will not be responsible for any problem on equipment provided externally.
The competitor may also use any water they wish (without any additional flavor, must be natural water). The supplied water is filtered water, provided by sponsor. Each competitor will have access to a programmable temperature kettle to use. Competitors should familiarize themselves with said kettle prior to the competition.
A preparation time of 3 minutes is allowed before each heat. NO GRINDING POURING or any coffee manipuilation is allowed in those 3 min. NO HEAT OF WATRE IS ALLOWED. Just material preparation.
Competitors have a total of 8 minutes in which to weigh, grind coffee, heat water and prepare the AeroPress. Failure to serve the coffee in that time will result in disqualification.
Judges will try to have all three cups as close in temperature as possible before tasting. This may result in stirring to cool the cup (or cups) which are warmer than the others
There are no specific recipe and each participant can use his own. The winner will inform his recipe at the end of the show.
Three (or two if there is a no-show) competitors will brew at the same time and serve their 3 cups to the 3 judges. The judges will taste each coffee independently, without communication among judges, and select the best from that set. The winner moves on and the other competitors are eliminated. The losers don’t have to go home, but have to drink loads of beer and dance around.
The criterion is simple: Tastiest is the Winningest.
In each round of the competition, the judges will point to the cup they think is the tastiest based on clarity, tastiness and excellence in extraction. In the event of a tie, the Head Judge will have the final say of the winner of the round.
The Champion 2020 will not represent Switzerland in any World Aeropress Championship as it was cancelled for this year.
1st Place: 2020 Swiss AeroPress Champion
Given that there is no world championship this year.
GOLD Aeropress trophy
SILVER AeroPress trophy
BRONZE AeroPress trophy
All competitors 2020 will receive a participation prize from sponsor.
Three to six juges will be selected by the organisator for the 2020 Swiss AeroPress Championship, Lausanne. Judges will alternate in order to avoid any cupping saturation.
Special situation with Covid-19
We know that this year is a real special year for the organization of events. The organization committee decided to take the following decisions in case of official cancellation of the event. Please follow the information using our social media
In case of cancellation due to official decision by swiss authorities, the sponsor can request refunding of their financial support or post-pone to 2021 edition.
Sponsors must give their decision and request their refund using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants to Swiss AeroPress Championship 2020
In case of cancellation due to official decision by swiss authorities, the participants will be refund entirely (60 CHF). Participants must send their IBAN or bank details to email@example.com
For any questions concerning this eventual problem, please send messages to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the following phone number: 076 576 20 66