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Training Log by Patrik - Competition roasting on a Loring

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For the World Brewers Championship in Boston earlier this year I roasted my competition coffee using an Ikawa Roaster, a great little roaster that worked out very well.  For future competitions, I am back exploring "Competition Roasting" on our 15Kg Loring Falcon Smart Roast. I recently attended a "Loring Certification Workshop" hosted by Rob Hoos and Michael de Renouard at the Loring Showroom in Copenhagen.  That workshop gave me some new insights and ideas regarding roasting smaller batch sizes on the machine, something I haven't done before (at April and Sustainable Profile we are roasting 12kg batches exclusively).  There are a few things that are important to consider when it comes to roasting smaller batch sizes, in this case, 20% capacity or...

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An interview with Swedish Cup Tasters Champion, Patrik Nilsson

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We're quickly approaching the upcoming World Cup Tasters Championship, this year hosted alongside the Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits and Ibrik Championships in the wonderful capital city of Germany, Berlin. As competitors from all around the world prepare to take their respective disciplines to the world stage, we caught up with two time Swedish Cup Tasters Champion Patrik Nilsson to catch brief glimpse of his preparations, as well as hearing a little bit about what he's getting up to in the months since his success in the nationals.   - It has been a few months since your 5th National Championship performance. What have you been doing since you became the Swedish Champion for the second time? I packed my bags and moved...

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Training Log by Joseph Fisher - Starting from somewhere

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We’re currently in the transition between spring and summer here in Copenhagen, a turbulent time for weather in the city that can see a bright and sunny day followed by a hailstorm or incessant rainfall. What better time than now to begin putting together a training plan for the upcoming Danish Coffee Roasting Championship? This is the first time that I’ll be competing in a coffee roasting competition, and despite the fact that I roast coffee regularly as part of my role at April, there are still many factors for me to consider when planning my preparations. There’s certainly no room for complacency. Firstly, I’m beginning by reading the rules. In my opinion the most important first step when competing....

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Training log by Patrik Rolf - time to get back in the game

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The World Brewers Championship in Boston was on a few weeks back. I placed 2nd place and that is over and done with.  It is time to start again which includes setting up a new strategy for practice and with that comes new goals. I would always recommend having a clear goal in mind before starting the process, as the process should be designed to reach whatever goal you are reaching for.  My Goals For the 2020 competition year:  1. Qualify for the World Brewers Championship  2. Score Higher (total score) than what I did in Boston 2019  3. Qualify for the World Barista Championship  What is your goal with this year's competitions?      The future posts in my training log...

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Exploring one of the most beautiful Coffee Shops in the world, ON'AIR in Shanghai together with Leo Huang L, founder.

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 For this article, we sat down with Leo Huang, founder of the ON'AIR Coffee Shops in Shanghai, China. We wanted to hear more about his story and vision when creating what is two of the most beautiful Coffee Shops in the world.    Leo, could you tell us a bit about your background and how you ended up starting a Coffee Shop?   Thank you, Patrik, it’s really great and I am privileged to be here to introduce myself and some ideas behind our cafe.  I grew up in Taipei and London and now living in Shanghai.  I am an architect by training, which I studied architecture in Bath, England many many years ago. I have been practicing in Shanghai since...

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Exploring Cup of Excellence in El Salvador together with Darrin Daniel & Gilberto Baraona

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Here at April we have been following the Cup of Excellence organization and their work at Origin for many years, we have seen how they have produced real value for farmers around the world, some of them we even work with Today because they were featured in the Competition, enabling us to find them.   With that in mind, we jumped on the opportunity to ask Darrin Daniel, Executive Director of CoE, and farmer Gilberto Baraona of the Los Pirineos farm a few questions on the upcoming CoE competition in El Salvador.  For how long have CoE been in El Salvador?    Darrin: We began in 2003 with El Salvador and our 16th edition will happen this year. Other than Brazil and Guatemala, it is one of the longest...

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Get to know Morten Wennersgaard, Co-Founder of Nordic Approach

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For those that don't know, could you tell us your background in coffee, how did you start? And where have you been before starting Nordic Approach?  I was one of these confused young guys that didn't really know what I wanted to do, or if I wanted to study anything at all. Went to Stockholm to work with disabled people and music when I was 18. I had always been into food and I met some guys in Sweden that inspired me to study cooking. Went home to start a career as a chef. After 3-4 years in kitchens, I decided to study food science and took a bachelor. During those years I continued to work almost full time, most of...

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How I won the World Barista Championship, an interview with Agnieszka Rojewska.

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  As most of you that will read this already know by now the World Barista Championship was held in Amsterdam earlier this year. For us, it is one of the highlights of the coffee year, always a great source of inspiration and motivation. I think competitions have that effect on people and it's fair to say that the competitors this year set the bar very, very high. Best of them all and newly crowned World Barista Champion 2018 was Agnieszka Rojewska, Barista Champion of Poland. We here at April want to understand more about her process and what was behind her victory so we asked if she would be interested in doing an interview with us and she said...

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