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Hosted By: More Flavour Coffee Co.
When: Sunday 25 October 2015
Competitors: 25
Attendees: 70
Winners: 1st – Winston Thomas / Origin Coffee Roasting
2nd – Kurt Nilsen / Enthusiast
3rd – Melanie Winter / The Coffee Mag
Sponsors: More Flavour Coffee Co.
Rock and Roller Coffee Culture
Judges:  Zane Mattisson – Union Hand Roasted SA
Kuth Bland / Bean There Coffee Co.
Craig Charity / Lineage Coffee


It doesn’t come as much surprise when Origin scoops awards. This infamous speciality coffee roastery has been doing it for more than 8 years now with a bank volt full of SA Barista titles, Cup taster and Latte Art titles and now South African AeroPress title. But what is new are the faces, with youngsters like Winston, and Arno Els (SA Barista Champ finalist) it looks like the new generation at Origin are following in the footsteps of the old guard before.

Winston has been tipped as a future coffee star, after his 2nd place qualifier at the Cape Town regionals a few months back came after only 1 year in the coffee industry. Its fair to say that he probably makes more aeropress than anyone else in South Africa working behind the brew bar at Origin. His thirst for knowledge, passion for coffee and coach-ability will take him far and we have great expectations for him on the world stage in Dublin.

The biggest surprise came from new comer Kurt Nilsen. A late independent entry on the evening surprised the entire coffee elite as he made his way to the finals with his very unconventional approaches, that seemed to bring unusual yet standout flavours from the coffee over his heat competitors. Needless to say Kurt became a coffee legend overnight.

Third place was Melanie Winter, from The Coffee Mag. The Coffee Mag is SA’s leading speciality coffee publication, and had a strong presence with Mag producer Iain Evans making the Semi’s. The guys from The Coffee Mag were great hosts for the event along with the resident roastery FireBird.

The South African AeroPress Championships were a fitting after party for the SA Barista Championships, which had just crowned Wayne Oberholzer. It brought together fans and competitors to celebrate the culmination of the SA 2015 coffee circuit. South Africa chooses its barista champs from 2015 to compete in 2016, and so the AeroPress Championships followed suit.

The evening as in true AeroPress form, a “jol” (translation “blast” or “crack”in Ireland) for all fans and coffee industry folk alike in an evening of coffee, craft beer and boere rolls. (South African hot dog of sorts). South Africans are growing as passionate about their coffee as they are about their rugby and braai’s. And this crew here are the heart of a fast growing culture of fun and flavour.

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