Let’s Play Barista Magazine’s Humpday Giveaway! #45 (January 15, 2014 Edition)


Hey guys! Happy Humpday! Have we got a treat for you this week! See, we understand how the winter blahs may be setting in—the holidays are definitely over, and there’s nothing but winter ahead. So we thought we’d have a spectacular prize this week to lift your spirits.

Were this a Choose Your Own Adventure story, I would now talk about this week’s Humpday Giveaway prize to those of you who are stoked that it’s January 15! Probably because the Big Eastern Barista Competition is taking place this weekend in Durham, North Carolina. So all you want to do is make coffee all day long and just live and breathe coffee coffee coffee.

Heck, it doesn’t matter WHO you are, or WHAT mood you’re in—you’re gonna flip for this week’s Humpday Giveaway prize.

Everyone loves the Baratza Encore grinder! And now you can win one for your very own home!

Everyone loves the Baratza Encore grinder! And now you can win one for your very own home!


Say whaaaa? That’s right, folks—the wonderful people at Baratza are going to set one of you U.S. residents up with your very own Baratza Encore grinder! It’s a heckuva Humpday prize, don’t you think?

In case you’re not familiar with this stellar, beloved grinder, check out this vid from the nice people at Prima:

Seriously, guys—this is way amazing. The Encore retails for around $130, and let me tell you from experience, cause we have one here at Barista Mag HQ, it is worth every penny and then some.

Here’s the skinny on the Encore:

The Encore is lauded by coffee experts as THE go-to entry level grinder for those brewing coffee at home.  The Encore gives a great grind for drip/manual brew and also grinds fine enough for espresso.

Featuring 40 individual grind settings, from fine to coarse, the Encore can please any palate with its gamut of accurate and repeatable grind settings. The Encore has an accurate medium to coarse grind for the increasingly popular manual brew methods such as pour-over, Aeropress, Siphon and Chemex. The specially designed burrs give a precise grind with minimal fines for a flavorful, balanced extraction when making espresso.

And, of course, the Encore is built with the quality Baratza parts you’ve come to trust. The efficient DC motor keeps your beans cool, even during extended grind times, while a combination of electric and gear speed reducers slow the burr to 450 RPM, ensuring a smooth bean feed and reducing noise, heat and static buildup.

Beyond a great coffee-drinking experience, the Encore makes for a great coffee-making experience. A convenient, front-mounted pulse button makes it easy to grind on demand into your brew basket. Whether you are looking for an espresso grinder or a grinder to help you explore that extensive range of brew methods, the Encore is a great all around home grinder.

AND A NOTE TO THOSE OF YOU NOT IN THE UNITED STATES, AND THEREFORE INELIGIBLE TO WIN THE GRINDER: We gotcha covered! We’re going to pick a name from those of you who enter from countries outside of the U.S. to win a one-year subscription to Barista Magazine! That’s a $60 value!

I know, I know you’re sick of us talking. Let’s get to the contest already! OK, before I give you the trivia question, let’s review the rules for Humpday Giveaway:

Humpday Giveaway Rules

—Answer the trivia question by referencing the current issue of Barista Magazine. You can look at the whole issue for free online by going HERE.

—Leave your answer plus your FIRST and LAST names, as well as your country of residence, in the blog comments section.

—Answers may be submitted between 7 a.m. PST on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, through 6:59 a.m. PST on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

—The names of those who submitted the correct answer will be entered into a drawing, and Barista Magazine will randomly select a name, which will be announced on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. PST right here on the Barista Magazine blog.

OK, ready to play? Here we go…

QUESTION: How does Johanna Wechselberger use IKEA’s children’s 10-piece coffee and tea set at the Vienna School of Coffee?

Think you know the answer? Then type it into the comments section below! Unsure? Then check out the issue online for no charge by going HERE!

Thanks for playing Humpday Giveaway! And remember to check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!

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