2 - 5 April 2020 |Old Truman Brewery,Brick Lane.
  • Coffee Masters

16 contenders

8 Disciplines

1 winner

 

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 are high.

This year, The Netherland's Rob Clarijs was crowned Coffee Master at The London Coffee Festival. Be sure to check out his signature drink video on THE CONTENDERS page to see the signature drink which earned him a perfect score from our judges!
 

The Coffee by the roasting party 


Coffee Masters™ has a long-standing history with great coffee, sourced in secret especially for the competition. This year we're proud to be working with The Roasting Party: Coffee Masters' brand new partner in crime. Presenting nine unique single origin coffees from across the globe, The Roasting Party's "Party of Nine" will put our baristas to the test.
  
In true TRP style, each coffee will take on a party persona as we enter a new era of Coffee Masters™.

Head over to our journal now to read more about The Roasting Party.
 

THE COMPETITION KIT


/ THE MACHINE
The Coffee Masters™ contestants will be working their magic on the Faema E71E, the newest addition to the family. Faema has created this top-of-the-range espresso machine specially for baristas, who don't compromise on coffee. Cuttingedge design, articulated cool-touch wands with adjustable power, pump pressure control, independent boilers and smart boiler system for thermal stability make the E71E so special. It’s the preferred espresso machine for the National Barista Championships in Italy, UAE, Sweden and Poland. Be sure to get a glimpse of this shining star at the Coffee Masters™ stage.

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/ BREW LIKE A PRO
Known for their precision and expertise, Japanese heritage brand  Hario know a thing or two about good brew. They’ll be bringing their iconic V60 collection and coffee syphon to the Coffee Masters™ bar. After watching the CM contenders work their magic, you can copy their style in Hario’s home brewing session in The Lab.

/ THE GRINDER
In 2015, MAHLKÖNIG became the official espresso grinder sponsor of the first ever Coffee Masters™ in London. This was the start of a long and happy relationship: the German brand have provided the grinders for every edition since then. Besides the famous EK43s, the competing baristas will have the E65s at their disposal on stage.

/ THE PLANT-BASED
The original. The best. Alpro is back again – and they have their For Professionals range in tow. Look out for them in ‘The Order’ round of Coffee Masters™, where our champions will find out just how easy the range, which has been developed specifically for coffee, is to work with. Pick your favourite – soya, almond, oat or coconut – at the Alpro stand, where Merijn Gijsbers, Alpro Ambassador and 2017 Dutch Barista Champion, will be dishing out the plant power alongside samples of the brand new Alpro Caffè – a delicious cold coffee for on-the-go.

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/ THE WATER
Water is the stuff of life, so there’s always more to know about H20. Luckily, the experts from BRITA will be on hand again this year to answer all your burning questions about our most precious element. Pop by their stand to learn water’s hidden secrets – you’ll be amazed at what you’ll uncover.

/ BATCHBREW WITH MARCO
You’d think an industry-leading brand with 30 years under their belt know a thing or two about brewing good coffee. That’s why you’ll find Marco’s SP9 on the CM stage – part of their range of coffee brewers, the SP9 is an automated filter coffee brewer that takes away the variable of hand brewing, delivering consistently high-quality coffee.

/ THE CUPS
Good coffee needs a good home – all of the CM contenders’ creations will be 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. Cups caught your fancy? Loveramics’ designer, Simon Stevens, will be manning the brand’s stand during trade days, so you can chat to him about the art of the mug.

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/ ISI NITRO WHIP
Barista’s like to pull out all the tricks in the book for their signature drinks, a time when the iSi nitro whip comes in super handy. Nitro drinks achieve an incredibly creamy texture with a velvety foam crown through the processing with nitrogen. See this special piece of kit in action during The Mystery Round of Coffee Masters™.

/ THE MILK
Quality milk producer Allan Reeder will not only be supplying contenders with top-grade Brades Milk during Coffee Masters™, they’ll also be supplying the whole festival. Designed for professional baristas it’s the perfect pairing for the high-octane competition as well as special Festival features like Latte Art Live.
 

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