About the WAC
The World AeroPress Championship is a global coffee-making competition, designed to find the world's best cup of AeroPress coffee.
Each season is comprised of a series regional and national competitions, run by independent hosts across 60 countries, which culminates with the World AeroPress Championship final.
When the AeroPress coffee maker was released it had a problem. No-one knew how to use it. So, in 2008, a small group of friends gathered in Oslo, Norway to solve this problem, competing to see who's recipe would make the best cup of AeroPress coffee.
There were just three competitors and Tim Wendelboe served as the judge. It was a modest affair and so it was given the ironic title of 'World AeroPress Championship'.
Like many good and simple ideas, the event has spread like wildfire. More than a decade later, the competition involves 120 community events each year, with national championships place in more than 60 countries.
Despite growing to attract around 4,000 competitors each season, the competition remains a fun, inclusive and light-hearted pursuit.
How does it work?
The competition itself is a multi-round elimination tournament. In each round, three competitors will face off against each other, simultaneously brewing a single cup of coffee using the AeroPress brewer.
Competitors have just a few minutes in which to prepare, brew, and present their coffee to a panel of three judges. Drinks are presented in identical vessels, so judges can't know who brewed which cup.
The judges evaluate each coffee and make their own assessment as to which is the best. Judges simultaneously identify their preferred cup of coffee, moving the winner on to the next round while eliminating the losers.
At it's heart, the World AeroPress Championship exists to bring coffee-loving people together in an open, inclusive, and fun environment.
Surrounding the competition itself you can expect beer, music, street food, and good times. Yes, it's serious... It's just not that serious.