Cup Tasters Competition – London Coffee Festival
It’s was a wet and windy Sunday as Ed and myself headed to London for a day of completions – ed was entered in to the Brewers Cup and I was to rub shoulders with the best taste buds in the industry in the UK cupping competition!
For one reason or another (mainly because we had been so busy) I hadn’t had a chance to get any practising in apart from watching a few videos on YouTube so I would go in the competition a complete novice! I wasn’t holding out much hope!
My time came around – groups of 3 battling out together!! My heart was pounding, hands were getting sweaty – 3,2,1 go! I slurped away! Putting the odd one out to the side! Time flew by and not even ed getting in my face like the paps was going to put me off!! ‘Done’ I called and stepped away from the table! I had finished in 4.26!! Not a bad time!! Now I just had a wait to see how many I had got right!!
Along came the judge! I lifted my first cup and low and behold there was a red dot! ‘yes’ called the judge! Next cup – ‘no’! Ah reality hit! Maybe I would only get one!! Next cup ‘yes’ cup four ‘yes’ cup five ‘no’! Doh so down to my last 3 cups!! At this point I was chuffed with 3 but then my next two cups were right!! Get in!! Down to my last cup!! If I got this I would be in with a real chance of getting through to the next round! Final cup! ‘no’ ah never mind!
But I was pleased with 5 out of 8!!!
I think the competition bug has taken hold!! Looking forward to next years comps now!!
Check out the review featuring Ed: Global Coffee Review