U.S. AeroPress Champ is Crowned

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The U.S. AeroPress Championship was one of the hottest and surely best attended parties of the night yesterday, as hundreds of coffee pros showed up at Stumptown’s Seattle roastery for the annual showdown.

The packed house at Stumptown. The competition took place in Stumptown's beautiful cupping room, which was packed to the gills with spectators. Still more attendees stood on the other side of the cupping room's glass wall to watch the action all night.

The packed house at Stumptown. The competition took place in Stumptown’s beautiful cupping room, which was packed to the gills with spectators. Still more attendees stood on the other side of the cupping room’s glass wall to watch the action all night.

The packed house at Stumptown. The competition took place in Stumptown’s beautiful cupping room, which was packed to the gills with spectators. Still more attendees stood on the other side of the cupping room’s glass wall to watch the action all night.

The competition/party—which was hosted by Aerobie, Stumptown, Barista Magazine, and Baratza—was deftly carried out by Stumptown’s awesome Seattle staff. Mark Pfaff led the competition itself, for which Aerobie founder Alan Adler showed up to preside.

At the end of the night, a new United States AeroPress Champion had been announced: Jeremy Moore of Bonlife Coffee in Cleveland, Tenn., will fly to Rimini, Italy, in June to represent the United States at the World AeroPress Championship.

Left to right: Alan Adler (inventor of the AeroPress), Jeremy Moore (1st place), Brendon Glidden (2nd place), and Andrew Bettis (3rd place).

Left to right: Alan Adler (inventor of the AeroPress), Jeremy Moore (1st place), Brendon Glidden (2nd place), and Andrew Bettis (3rd place).

Twenty competitors from around the country competed in a series of heats, preparing an organic Peru Cecovasa roasted by Stumptown. Brendon Glidden of Onyx Coffee Lab in Springdale, Arizona, took second place and Andrew Bettis of Velo Coffee in Chattanooga, Tenn., took third place.

The gorgeous commemorative poster was available for sale to attendees of the event. Look for these posters as a future Humpday Giveaway prizes on Barista Mag's blog in coming weeks!

The gorgeous commemorative poster was available for sale to attendees of the event. Look for these posters as a future Humpday Giveaway prizes on Barista Mag’s blog in coming weeks!

The World AeroPress Championship, now in its seventh year, is a grass roots event which has grown to two dozen regional and national competitions worldwide. Past World Championships have taken place in Melbourne, Portland (OR), London, Milan, and Oslo (twice). The Championship was founded in 2008 by world-famous coffee experts Tim Wendelboe and Tim Varney in Oslo, Norway.

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Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.