At last we are on the ground again after getting the starting mechanisms sorted for this year’s Compak Golden Bean North America. I arrived in Portland last week and had a chance to catch up with the guys from the American Barista School to plan for this year’s fun awards. We put together some great ideas including a Portland Roasters tour for visiting delegates. We are in the final stages of confirming an impressive line up of speakers – we’ll publish more in a few weeks. I also had the chance to look at our venue space Castaway in Portland’s Pearl district. Thanks again to Don from Rancilio for some USA electrical advice on our machine setup in the engine room.
TIP #5 – For single origin categories, pick a bean origin that is on trend, as the competition has noticed that there will be a preferred flavor profile for that year. E.g. In 2014 it was Panama Beans, while in 2015 Ethiopian Yirgacheffe was preferred.
Keep an eye out for another 5 tips to come!
We would like to congratulate Ian Picco from Topeca Coffee in Tulsa Oklahoma on being the first to use our online booking system. Ian was a Medal winner last year and missed out on coming to the event as a delegate. We are rewarding Ian for being the first to enter the competition by giving him a free VIP ticket to The Golden Bean North America in Portland in September.
First Sneak Peak!
We have finalized our bag design with our Bag Sponsor Roastar and will be sending bags out to over 1,500 roasters in late August. We love the new bright colours of the bags and the metallic highlights that Roastar coffee bags are famous for in their unique customer coffee bag designs.
TIP #4 – Check what is current nationally in roast profile (colour). If the trends are for lighter roasted coffees, this is where the judge’s palate will be (all coffees are blind cupped so judges do not see beans).
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We have just finished setting up online registrations for this year’s Compak Golden Bean Coffee Roasters Competitions. This online entry system will speed things up and make easier the whole communication process. We receive and process thousands of coffee entries between the two global events, and are understandably very excited about this innovation. The new system will let you manage your coffee entries until you submit them and then once judged
TIP #3 – When practicing, cup the coffees to the aging process then test and taste each day for 14 days to see when the coffee is at its optimum taste levels (aged coffees have historically performed better in this competition).
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It is phenomenal to have Silver Chef Limited back on board as a Social Night sponsor for this year’s Compak Golden Bean. President, Silver Chef Rentals Inc. Canada, and ex Australian Rules Professional Football player, Kristian Thanas will be at the event hosting an Aussie Beach Party at the Castaway venue.
We have picked the funky Jupiter Hotel as our preferred venue for this year’s Compak Golden Bean in September. We suggest getting in early if you want to attend as a delegate this year as we have picked The Portland Feast Festival weekend to make your visit more rewarding and complete. This means rooms are going to be harder to find in the city, so for a good rate at the Jupiter use code Compak Golden Bean.
The Team spent a few important days talking with industry about the Compak Golden Bean and were excited about the interest we received. SCAA is a great meeting point globally and it’s always a buzz to catch up with industry friends from around the world. Check out the following snaps from our fun week in Atlanta.
TIP #2 – Practice roasting your beans with different roast profiles. Cup the coffee for that category’s brew method. Record each cupping and get as many palates as possible involved in helping with this process.
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The Compak Golden Bean has become an annual highlight in Australia for more than a decade, and expanded to North America in 2015 with Portland hosting its first event. The competition is the largest of its type, last year getting more than two thousand entries across both events.
Having watched The Compak Golden Bean grow with many well-deserved winners, we’ve got some tips to share of how roasters can reach the peak of their craft.
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New Location and Dates
The Golden Bean North American team is excited to announce that we have set the dates for next year’s event in Portland, Oregon. We had a great response from our first year in Portland and have decided to pick a bigger venue so we can handle the larger number of delegates that have already expressed interest.