Thrilling news from the Australian Aeropress Championship think tank. We’ve managed to secure a brand spanking fresh crop Yirgacheffe roasted by the wonderkids at Small Batch to be used as the competition coffee. The coffee screams Ethiopia with an incredibly awkward jumble of letters and punctuation : Teklu Chele’lektu. The coffee will be publicly available via the Small Batch webshop and participating retailers.

The coffee will be shipped to interstate competitors today, and will any luck, will arrive tomorrow. Keep an eye out for the postie. For those of you residing in Melbourne the coffee will be available from Auction Rooms from 5pm today – it will not be sent to you.

Amazingly, there are still 3 places left for competitors who’ve not competed in the Victorian, NSW and Queensland regional competitions. You must be from one of the other states and territories to be eligible to sign up. Hurry here.

We’ve also secured the assistance of 3 hunks to adjudicate over the competitors. London coffee superstar and radio voice friendly spunk, Tim Styles of Workshop Coffee. All-round nice guy and probably the busiest man in coffee this past few weeks, Andrew Kelly of Small Batch. Finally, competition-mad whipper snapper, Matt Perger of St. Ali will triangulate the judging panel.

judges AACs

You may have read them before, but have you heard them before? On the wheels of steel we have the incomparable  SPRUDGE DJs and the gentleman of Melbourne coffee DJ Mark ‘Wet Process’ Free. As a collective they’ve just released a mixtape, aptly named HOT SPRUDGE and is available for your ears here.

We’ve got burgers from Huxtaburger, and lovely booze from Napoleone Brewers.

Eileen ‘Published’ Kenny will release the 2nd edition of her wildly informative and beautiful Birds of Unusual Vitality in print form. Birds Volume 2 features interviews with Sean Bonner, Tim Wendelboe, Ricardo Zelaya, Jose Aguilar, Erin McCarthy, and more, with foreword by Peter Giuliano. It’s the first foray into print media from the recently formed Sprudge Publishing.

The most exciting news surely is the announcement of the MCs. In the commentary box we’ve the expert appraisal of Melbourne’s coffee darling Jenni Bryant of Market Lane and to adding more charm to the cause we secured television’s Logie award winning Ryan Shelton. Both Ryan and Jenni are pictured below…