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Training log #3 by Patrik Rolf - What is your favourite Coffee Grinder?

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For me, there is a lot of good different grinders on the market. For a long time, I used the most basic Vilfa Grinder (I won my first Swedish Brewers Championship using that grinder). Ultimately it's about finding one that fits your brewing style - the character you want your brewed coffee to have. For the last two years, I have been focusing on the Ditting Sweet K804 Lab Grinder. I bought one of the first sample models when they took over the official grinder sponsorship for the World Brewers Championship. I needed to practice using it for the Compulsory round, and at the same time, I decided to grind on stage during my Open Service. Long story short, I have spent...

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Training Log #9 by Lisa Zancanella - It's almost time...

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(LESS THAN) ONE MONTH LEFT.On October 6th will take place the first round of the Italian Brewers Cup, followed by semifinals and finals in January.  We started preparing the speech back in June, based on a coffee that fits the presentation structure and topic perfectly.However, according to my very low level of luck, very soon we realized the coffee wasn’t performing as expected; plus, it didn’t fully fit the range of flavors I was looking for. Cupping new, different coffees are obviously the answer. In August we found a coffee much closer to my preferences, but we decided to wait a couple of weeks more for the arrival of the same estate‘ coffee, but in two better lots. Once the...

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Training Log #7 by David Train - Water for Coffee Brewing

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Water!My roaster and I feel we have found the best profile on the Ikawa possible for this coffee. We have decided to use the Ikawa purely for it being cost-effective. But in saying that it costs AUD$9.20 every time we roast a 40g.Now the question is where do we go?I feel I know the coffee intimately enough now to start experimenting to find the best brew recipe.I know this coffee is super soluble and does not need a lot of help to extract. So in saying that I know that I will need a lower (softer) mineral content water, faster brew time, and lower water temperatures. My water recipe for this coffee is very soft, consisting of:• 30PPM Mg (Magnesium)•...

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Training Log #4 by Adrian Berg - Roasting Coffee at Home for the Competition

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Home roasting for a competitionDuring my first few years competing in the Norwegian Barista Championship, I always selected my competition coffee based on whatever was in stock at whichever coffee roastery I worked with at the time. I did this out of a sense of loyalty, without ever considering that the coffees I selected were somehow not suited to a competition format. After all, they tasted good to me.This led me to make many mistakes year after year. I was settling for less-than-great coffees because they were what I had available, trying to make the most out of coffees I wasn´t 100% happy with. Playing it safe and only having one roast profile to work with. A few years ago,...

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Training Log #6 by Muhammad Fakhri - Introducing a new Drip Brewer

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The Werkudara Dripper,  I want to introduce Werkudara Dripper. This dripper is a collaboration between me and Andi Widjaya from Someday Somehow Bandung. This dripper was inspired by Kalita Wave, Kaliadja Dripper made by Cubung Hanito from Wisang Kopi Jakarta, and April Dripper developed by Patrik Rolf. This dripper has a semi immersion concept with three holes of design that can be replaced. The design was created for the flow rate needed by the brewers for their coffee extraction. I can't talk much about this dripper because it will be used for the Indonesia brewers cup next year. Hopefully, the results will be satisfying, and I can continue to introduce them to the world stage

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Training Log #7 by Simon Gautherin - How expensive is it to compete?

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When deciding to compete this year I wanted to have a lot of transparency with my competition preparation and that includes sharing information about the real cost of competing - especially as an independent.You’re not only investing a lot your time but also a bunch of cash into your coffee, equipment, registration, logistics, etc. For a long time the idea of putting so much money into it sort of put me off but I decided to compete with the idea that I was going to learn a lot during the whole preparation process. Therefore if you look at it this way, your competition spendings go into investing in your education - as someone with two Masters degree, education is something...

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Training Log #6 by Giorgio Bernardo - Which is your Favorite Coffee Grinder?

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Which is your favorite grinder?My favorite grinder is the Comandante C40 MK3 because of how consistent the results are and it is very portable to carry around. The consistency of the grind is very uniform regardless of what grind size and it always brings out more complexity to the cup whether the grind setting is for pour-over or for espresso. What do you do when you want to test different grinders? As a roastery, we test our coffees in different grinders including the forgivable grinders in the market while using both the EK43s and the Comandante. We test it by brewing the same coffee coming from different grinders targeting the same grind size results and then we taste and compare...

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Training Log #2 by Lisa Fedorovska - Which is your Favorite Coffee Grinder?

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For this moment, I do not have a clear answer to the question "What is my favorite coffee grinder." Because I attach particular attention to the approach of championships to coffee grinders. Probably, for now, my favorite for Brewers is the EK -43. But this year, at the World Championships in Berlin, I was very impressed with the Kinu M47 Phoenix coffee grinder with its simple and at the same time correct mechanism. Why is it your favorite grinder?So far, for me, the Kinu is the most convenient coffee grinder. It generates a high-quality grind result and is easy and efficient to use.  What do you do when you want to test different grinders?When I want to test various coffee grinders,...

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Training Log #6 by Simon Gautherin - Which is your Favorite Coffee Grinder?

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What grinder do you use?When it comes to brewing excellent coffees I always highly value the quality of the grinder. In fact, for a long time, I’ve argued that I’d happily make compromises on the rest of my equipment (kettle, machine, etc.) but the grinder is always the centerpiece of brewing in my opinion.At this stage, there are only a few grinders that I really love using: the Comandante C40 and Kinu M47 for manual grinders and the EK43 as an electric grinder. I like these grinders because they grind coffee is a relatively uniform and consistent way. This means that most of the pieces will have a similar size and shape which will help to create evenness in the...

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Training Log #8 by Pinar Aktepe - Which is your favorite Coffee Grinder?

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I haven't tried that many different grinders, but my favorite is Mahlkonig EK43.The most important thing for me is the ease of use, and that I don't waste coffee while changing settings. With minimal changes, I can reach the result much easier. I think it is a great advantage that I can use it for both espresso and pour-over.I haven't explored many other grinders since the EK43 is my favorite and gives me the result I want. There are a lot of different grinder options, and it's almost impossible to try them all. I think these kinds of posts are crucial so that we can start a discussion in the industry. Knowledge can be obtained not only by trying but...

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