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A Home Barista Wins the Polish AeroPress Championship 2017

Already the 7th edition of the Polish AeroPress Championship was held 9th July in Warsaw. For the second time, it took place in an outdoor venue on the bank of the Vistula river. This added to the very festive atmosphere of the event, inviting everyone to also enjoy the sunny weather and great views.

Polish AeroPress 2017

It has become a tradition that the event is organised by Ilona Przewoźniczek and Sławek Saran of Forum cafe in Warsaw. The event was supported by Freehand Coffee Roasters, Coffeedesk, Koppi and Inne Beczki. Huge respect to Mateusz Gaca, the owner of Brisman, who was the MC of the championship. During the whole day, he didn’t lose his humour nor enthusiasm, making the event even more fun.

The organisers managed to gather a splendid team of judges which only increased the rank of the championship:

Łukasz Jura – World AeroPress Champion 2009, Polish Barista Champion 2007, WCE certified judge – Coffee Proficiency, Krakow
Mikołaj Panasik – Polish Cup Tasters Champion 2012, 2014 – Czarna Fala, Warsaw
Cory Andreen – World Cup Tasters Champion 2012 – Brew Box, Berlin
Mans Akne AnderssonMans Precision Roasting, 32cup, Antwerp
Błażej Stempin – Polish Cup Tasters Champion 2011 – Koppi, Helsingborg
Anne Lunell – Swedish Brewers Cup Champion 2016 – Koppi, Helsingborg
Audun Sorbotten – World Roaster Champion 2015 – Audun Coffee, Bydgoszcz
Błażej Walczykiewicz – WCE certified judge – Coffee Proficiency, Krakow
Jeff Verellen – World AeroPress Champion 2011, 2013 – Caffenation, Antwerp
Charles Nystrand – Head Roaster – Koppi, Helsingborg
Simon Boone – Dutch AeroPress Champion 2014 – Caffenation, Antwerp
Filip Kucharczyk – World AeroPress Champion 2016 – Cafe Targowa, Wrocław

The biggest championship of 108 contestants

This year again an incredible number of 108 contestants took part in the competition and brewed according to their diverse recipes, aiming for the champion title. It is incredible that the Polish championship remains undivided into regional rounds and gathers all the competitors for a big competition instead.

Polish AeroPress 2017

All 23 rounds went down smoothly and judging just from the faces of the contestants the emotions grew and started boiling only during the semi- and final rounds. The three finalists even got the chance to decide which coffee brewed by the judges was the best during a bonus round. It resulted in Filip Kucharczyk proving that he still deserved the World Champion title.

The final round gave the following result:

1st place Polish AeroPress Championship 2017: Jan Szurek
2nd place: Miłosz Strojkowski
3rd place: Alina Duboshyna

Polish AeroPress 2017
Jan Szurek
Polish AeroPress 2017
Alina Duboshyna

Jan Szurek wins the 2017 Polish AeroPress Championship

Jan Szurek is a 22-year-old barista from Lublin. His passion for coffee has grown since three years ago, but he started getting really into it 2 years ago. At the moment he is not working at any cafe. For this competition he only practiced at home, where he brews a lot, and hence competed with the title of a home barista. Jan will travel to Seoul, South Korea in early November 2017 to represent Poland at the World AeroPress Championship. Good luck, Jan!

The winning AeroPress recipe by Jan Szurek:

Coffee: Kenya Kaguyu roasted by Koppi, Helsingborg
Dose: 30g of coffee
Grind size: 26th click on a Comandante grinder
Water: 100 mg/l from which 50 mg consisted of MgSo4, and the other 50 mg to CaCl2
Method: Inverted AeroPress

0:00 add 135 g of water at once at 87 degrees Celsius
0:05-0:10 stir the coffee
1:00–1:25 plunge the coffee till the very end
95 ml of the brew should be topped with water up to 200 ml

Try the winning recipe of the home barista and enjoy your coffee!