Bewley’s champion barista to compete at World AeroPress Championship Visit Bewley’s at World of Coffee, June 23rd – 25th in the RDS, Dublin
Bewley’s Barista and Irish AeroPress Champion Gary Hollywood is preparing for battle with the best Baristas in the World. Gary will be representing Ireland at the final which takes place at next week’s World of Coffee event in the RDS, June 23rd – 25th.
AeroPress is a unique coffee brewing technique that avoids the need to steep or pour extra water through the coffee. It is designed to give maximum flavour with less bitterness and acidity and really lets people experience the taste profile of the coffee they are drinking.
In April, Gary beat off tough competition from baristas across Ireland to be crowned Irish AeroPress Champion. The final saw the top three baristas brewing up one cup of filter coffee to serve to three judges. Each competitor was tasked with brewing their cup using the same coffee to come up with a winning recipe. Their creations were judged for aroma, flavour, balance and aftertaste.
Gary will now take on 51 baristas from across the globe to be named World AeroPress Champion. Competitors will have 5-8 minutes to prepare a perfect 200ml cup of coffee using beans, water, an AeroPress and their sheer skill.
Gary Hollywood said, “AeroPress is a truly unique form of brewing coffee which uses pressure and infusion to release the flavour from the coffee. It’s a delicate process that takes a lot of time and energy to craft the perfect recipe.”
“I’ve been perfecting my recipe for many months now, altering the amount of coffee, the grind setting, how much water is used and the temperature of the water. I’m pretty confident I have the perfect recipe to win. I’m delighted to be representing both Bewley’s and Ireland and I’ve no doubt that I’ll be up against some tough competition.”
Mark Saunders, Brand Director at Bewley’s said “It has long been the dream of Patrick Bewley to have Dublin host the World of Coffee event. As a founding member of SCAE Ireland, Patrick has worked tirelessly to bring the event to our shores so that we can showcase the best of our Irish and international coffee expertise.”
“The entire Irish coffee scene has changed dramatically in recent years. Before, we were renowned as a nation of tea-drinkers. While this is still true coffee has gained substantially in popularity and, with many of us now trying the latest brewing techniques and exotic flavours and taste profiles. Coffee has become unmissable for us, a ritual; it’s now part of the Irish psyche. And it’s time for the rest of the world to recognise us as a coffee capital and great coffee country.”
10,000 coffee lovers from over 100 countries will descend on Dublin’s RDS for the World of Coffee event next week for the festival as the latest trends and tastes are showcased.