Fantastic to see the first of the super local Aeropress championships underway… thanks to Strange Brew for the original post.
“Here is a Top 4 method at super local Aeropress championship in Tokyo.  We used same Ruwanda beans roasted from 7 days.  Also, this Championship is very open.  Some competitor is not professional for coffee industry but all of us really love and fun for coffee.
Champion: Kanji Ino’s Method
1:Grind 17g of coffee for just paper filter coffee.
2:Soak and rinse for filter. After that, attach filter and caps for chamber.
3:Put in coffee and pour hot water(sooner after boiling) until No.④.  It takes 13-15sec.
4:Stir for 10sec.
5:Coffee go down around No.③ because Brew from filter by itself.(this method is not upside down)  Therefore, add once more hot water until No.④
6:Press and serve.
This blog have a movie about Kanji’s method.
2nd Place: Kenji Kojima’s Method

1:Grind 17g coffee slightly finer than paper dripping.
2:Soak Filter and do Aeropress upside down.
3:put in coffee and pour hot water slowly.  Hot water temperature is 90℃.
4:Stir 7 times quickly.
5:Turn and press gently.
3rd Place : Toshiaki Ishii’s Method

1:Grind 20g coffee slightly finer than press.
2:Rinse filter.
3:Aeropress upside down.
4:Then, put in coffee and pour 2dl hot water.  Temperature is 88-89℃.
3:After 1min, stir 7-8sec.
4:Turn and Press use 20sec.  This method takes 2min for all.
4th Place : Nozomi Fushuku’s Method

1:Grind 17g coffee for just press.
2:Rinse filter.  Also, Aeropress upside down.
3:Put in coffee.  Then, pour hot water 70-80ml.  Temperature is 89℃.
4:Wait 20sec.
5:Add 130ml hot water.
6:Put Cap and filter.  Then press away air in chamber.
7:Wait 30sec.
8:Turn and press.  It takes 20sec.”