Seoul, Korea – Paulina Miczka of England won the 2017 World AeroPress Championship after an evening of intense competition in Seoul on November 9th. The judges agreed that Miczka consistently brewed the tastiest cup in the competition.
Miczka triumphed over a slate of 59 other competitors from as far away as Australia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Romania, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden. A party-like atmosphere prevailed as attendees enjoyed the competition along with food, music, and local craft beer at event venue Cafe Alver. Yusuke Narisawa of Japan took second place and Jeongsu Park of South Korea placed third.
The World AeroPress Championship is a fan-run competition that was founded in 2008 by coffee experts Tim Varney and Tim Wendelboe in Oslo, Norway. It has grown from a small gathering of coffee enthusiasts to become a coffee event of worldwide interest and continues to grow under the leadership of Varney and, since 2013, Tim Williams. Because the championships are planned and run by enthusiastic fans they have become known for a party-like atmosphere in addition to serious competition.
The U.S.-made AeroPress coffee maker makes one to three cups of coffee in one minute using a unique brewing process which minimizes bitterness and acidity. It has become a favorite of serious coffee professionals and amateurs alike for the amount of flexibility it permits in the brewing process.