Creativity, passion, skill, knowledge and personality – this is what makes a Coffee Master.
Judged by a panel of industry figureheads, the fast-paced knockout battle format of Coffee Masters saw 16 baristas showcase their skills head-to-head across a broad range of disciplines. With a prize of £5000 on the bar, and the prestigious title of Coffee Master, the stakes were high.
THE COMPETITION KIT
/ THE MACHINE
Each of our Coffee Masters™ contestants flaunted their expertise on the Faema 'President'. Blending tradition and innovation, this sleek machine is made as much for the benefit of the barista as it is for optimum extraction. Featuring a GTi control system and three individual groups with intuitive, electromechanical control panels for managing different coffee varieties, and an adjustable drip tray that enhance both its flexibility and visual allure, it’s no wonder this machine is making its entrance to the Coffee Masters™ stage.
/ BREW LIKE A PRO
With over half a century’s experience designing and creating specialty equipment, Japanese heritage brand Hario are known around the world for quality, functionality and beautiful aesthetics. They brought their classic V60 range with a twist – an exclusive Coffee Masters™ edition on stage.
/ THE GRINDER
Fiorenzato have an Italian history through and through that has spearheaded technological development in the world of coffee grinders and grinder-dosers for over eighty years.
The AllGround Grinder is equipped to offer the perfect granulometry for espresso, moka and all styles of filter coffee, ready to turn the soul of a coffee bean into an authentic taste sensation. AllGround burrs are made of M340 steel, titanium coating, are 64mm in diameter and can grind up to 1400 kg of coffee before needing to be replaced. Thanks to the geometry, and the inclinations specifically designed by the R&D team for AllGround, each type of grinding expresses the maximum performance and aroma.
The F83 E PRO Grinder ensures precise, consistently identical grinding and a perfect cup of coffee every time. At the tap of a finger. The PRO Line, is a new range of coffee grinder with a powerful detachable grinding chamber easy to release. Thanks to this innovation the maintenance operations of the grinder are simpler and faster, reducing the coffee retention and without modify the grinding point setting.
/ BATCH BREW WITH 3TEMP
Competitors won themselves a valuable bonus point in The Brewing discipline by successfully brewing a small batch of their chosen coffee for you, the audience, to taste. With its high-tech build, designed to integrate the methodology of manual brewing with fully-customisable capabilities (Coffee Particle Analyzer), 3TEMP’s Hipster brewer was the barista’s best friend on stage in this round. After you’ve tasted the brew, it'll likely become yours, too.
/ THE PLANT-BASED
Alpro was back in a big way this year, with a brand-new look and a brand-new oaty addition to boot. That’s right, the plant-based baristas have done it again – upgrading their now four-strong line-up of Soya, Coconut and Almond drinks to include a brand new Gluten-Free Oat number. In ‘The Order’ round of Coffee Masters™, our champions found out just how easy it is to work with the range, which has been developed specifically for baristas.
/ THE CUPS
Good coffee needs a good home – all of the CM contenders’ creations were poured into Loveramics’ meticulously-crafted cups. The British company has a clear aim: to produce contemporary pieces that are beautiful yet highly functional. Their stunning tableware doesn’t just look nice – it’s practically indestructible, made with highly-durable porcelain fired to 1300°C.
/ THE MILK
Quality milk producer Allan Reeder returned to the festival to provide top-grade Brades Milk during Coffee Masters™. Designed for professional baristas, it’s the perfect pairing for creating latte art and complimenting the taste of each competitor's cup.
/ THE BEANS
Of course the greatest talent requires the finest coffee, which is why we were stoked to have The Roasting Party providing the beans for the occasion once again in 2022. Their roasters sample the very best in single estate offerings week in, week out, working directly with importers to serve a wide variety of premium single origin coffees alongside their blends – up to a dozen at any given time. For our Coffee Masters 2022 contenders they've curated a highly classified selection of nine secret single origins, designed to put every one of our barista’s senses to the ultimate test.
/ THE HAND GRINDER
When we think of precision, quality, elegance, consistency and practicality in coffee, one name will always come to mind: Comandante. In 2014, seeking the maximum flavour-potential in every cup of coffee, Bernd Uwe Braune, Raphael Braune and Gerhard Scherbinski-von Volkman came up with a design that managed to transform the challenges of finding a consistent grind. Up until then, it had relied on expensive electric grinders, but they managed to create a revolutionary accessory that can travel anywhere and be at the highest level of efficiency to achieve a superior cup of coffee.
Whilst perfectly portable, the Comandante allows users to replicate a recipe over and over again, to find a particular profile and repeat it without losing consistency. This not only makes it a coffee grinder that can be used every day or undertake camping trip; it's also a grinder designed to take part at the highest level of competition and bring out the coffee's best characteristics thanks to its precision.
/ THE SCALES
In a fast-paced environment, every coffee professional wants equipment they can rely on. When weight and timing are both crucial elements of delivering outstanding coffee, Felicita scales can provide the speed and accuracy you need.
Sponsors of Coffee Masters at London Coffee Festival, Felicita make high-end coffee equipment and are most famed for their performance coffee scales. With minimalistic, modern designs, they may look simple from the outside but their durability, accuracy and lightning-fast responsiveness are where their magic lies.
Each set is USB rechargeable, measures in g or oz, and can even be connected to the Felicita app for added functionality. Designed for practical action on busy coffee bars, Felicita scales are available in three designs.