SCAE World Cup Tasters Championship 2006

 

This was the website for the SCAE World Cup Tasters Championship that was held in 2006 in Berne Switzerland.
Content is from the site's 2006 archived pages.

I didn't know what to expect at a tasters championship. I am more an online casino tournament sort of guy. The last US Slots tournament I entered with a group of buddies netted me over a thousand dollars. And let's face it, with online slot and poker tournaments happening so frequently it's easy to enter and so convenient. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and some money. So when my girlfriend dragged me to the SCAE World Cup Tasters Championship since she had a friend competing, I was a fish out of water. Well, I like trying different coffees as I travel the world, but this tournament was unlike any I have experienced, yet it held a level of excitement and anticipation just like any other type of tournament. And then when you learn about the process to actually get to the tournament, it's impressive. And it turns out that coffee appreciation is a truly an international community of people stretching through every demographic border. I raise my cup of coffee to all the competitors.


WCTC Luca -Siermann | Stuttgart Germany

Who can participate?

The World Cup Tasters Championship is open only to winners of national championships or nominees by their national bodies. They have to be either a national of the country concerned or can prove at least two years residency in the country working as a barista. The National Competitions can only be organised by a SCAE endorsed body and to qualify for the world championships the national competition must be run in accordance with these rules. If there is no national competition participants must be nominated by their national bodies.

Entries must be notified to the SCAE by 28th April, 2006 through the national bodies to the World Contest Manager (Dr. Steffen Schwarz). They then receive a confirmation by the World Contest Manager.

 

 

Date and place

  • The competition takes place
  • Saturday, May 20th 2006
  • 9am 12am
  • Theatre / Hall 120

 

Date and place

The competition takes place

  • Saturday, May 20th 2006
  • 9am 12am
  • Theatre / Hall 120

Hall plan of ground floor / Hall 120 + stage details:

 

Miscellaneous

A three-day exhibitors' badge is ready for all championship participants to be picked up at the check-in desk.

Rules

The rules and procedures for the National Championships should be the same as for the World Championship.

The competition as such is organised as a number of triangular tests. 3 cups are set up. 2 of which are identical. The aim of the competition is for the participant to identify the odd cup out. This can be achieved any way the competitor prefers. We are only testing the cupper’s ability to discriminate between coffees not to identify them. This is done because the ability to identify will depend on the tasters coffee cultural background.

In the competition 8 triangular tests are set up and the competitor who singles out the most correct cups from the 8 sets, wins. If there is a tie where more than one competitor has the same score, then the one that completed the task in the shortest time wins. During the competition the cup tasters start off in pairs facing the audience.

The coffees selected for all 8 tests must be the same for all cuppers. They should be selected by a jury (this can be as large or as small as is practical) and we recommend that they represent the most common coffees in the world speciality coffee community.

All coffees should be medium roasted to the same degree and colour of roast, and ground identically. They should be prepared in a standard 1.8 litre good quality drip filter brewer with a brewing temperature between 92 to 96 degrees Celsius. The brewing cycle should be 4 to 6 minutes, and the temperature of the finished brew should be between 80 to 85 degrees when stored in a thermos flask. The brew strength should be 60 grams per. litre Celsius in thermo flasks.

Standard tap water should be used providing it is of a good quality without any detectable taints. The jury should decide if it is necessary to use filtered or purified water.

The size of each cup or glass used in the tests should be between 12.5 to 25 centilitres and the coffee volume presented to the contestants should be between 7.5 centilitres to 15 centilitres.

The 8 sets of cups should be placed in front of the competitors at the same time. The sets should be identical, but should not be placed out in the same order for the two cuppers. Furthermore, each pair should have a different set up as this will avoid those who follow trying to cheat by following what a previous contestant chose.

The cupper can use any sense to identify the odd cup. The cupper can use what is available on the table, and if preferred their own tasting spoon.

Each pair of contestants will start the testing simultaneously after a signal from the head judge. The test is over when both competitors have stepped back from the table and signalled that their test is over or after a maximum of 8 minutes. The head judge will signal when half the time has elapsed, and thereafter each minute.
The cupper must identify the odd cup by pushing it distinctly to the side or forward completely clear of its previous position.

The results should be controlled and registered by the competition jury of 2.

The winner is the contestant that has the most correct number of cups pushed aside. In the event of a tie, the contestant who completed the test with the shortest time wins.

If there are more than 8 contestants, then qualifying heats should be held with the aim of identifying the 8 best contestants who will then go on to compete in the quarterfinal.

In the quarterfinal and onwards the winner from each individual pairs competition goes on to the next round. Before the final there should be competition between the two losing semi finalists in order to determine the third or bronze place position. The final is between the two winning semi finalists.

Judges and personnel needed to run a competition

A minimum of 10 people are necessary to run a Cup Tasting Competition successfully. The group should comprise:

  • A head judge
  • A technical leader
  • An arena organiser;
  • 2 judges/time keepers/front room officials.
  • 5 backroom helpers

The Functions of the Head Judge

The head judge is the person who assumes overall responsibility for the event and in particular takes overall responsibility for the detailed planning that is required for the successful implementation of the competition.
The head judge is the person who ensures that all procedures, rules, regulations and schedules are followed. 
The head judge will start and end each competition and will announce the results. 
The head judge is responsible for communication with the competitors. 
The head judge is responsible for making sure that all the forms related to the event are available.
The head judge should have the ultimate responsibility for the recruiting and registration of competitors.
The head judge has the final authority over the selection of the coffees.

The functions of the Technical Leader

The technical leader assumes overall responsibility for roasting, grinding, brewing and presentation of coffees to the right persons in the right order. 
It is the responsibility of the technical leader to ensure that the two competition judges times have placed the correct set of cups in front of each contestant so that they can monitor and register the correct results.
The technical leader will be responsible for all technical installations and the set up in the back room.
The technical leader will name and recruit the backroom staff necessary to implement the competition - a brew master, a cup setting leader and 3 runners.
The technical leader is responsible for cleaning up of the area after the competition and for the safe return of all borrowed equipment.

The functions of the Arena Leader

The arena leader assumes overall responsibility for setting up the arena according to the competition specifications and the requirements laid out in the sponsor’s contracts.
It is the arena leader’s responsibility to liaise with the sponsor(s) to ensure that they are satisfied.
It is the arena leader’s responsibility to communicate with the press and the audience.
The arena leader is responsible for the award ceremony, making sure that the awards, gifts, diplomas, uniforms, press kits and photo are available on the day. 
The promotion leader can recruit additional assistants if needed.

The judges

The judges will be responsible for ensuring that the correct set of cups is in front of each individual competitor and that they (the judges) are aware of the order for each contestant.
They will then register the results of the correct selections of odd cups and record the time each contestant takes to complete the test. 
The two judges will double check the results against each other’s
The judges will, in cooperation with the technical leader, ensure that the competition area is tidy and that all necessary equipment is present and clean prior to each heat. 
The judges are responsible for setting up each heat, the registration and presentation of the correct competition results. 
The two judges will name any assistant they need.
The two judges are responsible for cleaning up the competition area after the event and for the safe return of all borrowed equipment.

 

Judges and personnel in Berne 2006

 

 

World Contest Manager

 

Dr. Steffen Schwarz (GER)

Coordinator SCAE World Cup Tasters Championship   Alf Kramer (NOR)

Technical responsible and operational responsible:

 

Isabela Raposeiras (BRA)

Head judge:

 

Jens Nørgaard (NOR)

3 time keepers and responsible for the placing of coffee at the individual tables:

 

Rüdiger Eggers (AT)
Ulrika Hannula 
Joseph Smith (IRE)

Responsible for coffee selections:

 

Andres Hertzberg
Morten Wennersgard (NOR)

Responsible for brewing and poring:

 

Joseph Smith (IRE)
Isabela Raposeiras (BRA)
Arvid Skovly 
N.N.

Responsible for rinsing and heating cups:

 

Andreas Herzberg
N.N.

Record keeper at board:

 

Tatiana Ludminskaya

MC

 

N.N.

Award ceremony:

 

Alf Kramer (NOR)
Tim Wendelboe (NOR)
Isabela Raposeiras (BRA)
Joseph Smith (IRE)
Dr. Steffen Schwarz (GER)
Collin Smith (UK)

 

Still Have Questions?

 

Can everybody paticipate?

The World Cup Tasters Championship (WCC) is open only to winners of national championships.

Exceptions can rarely be made: only where national championships can't be held before the WCC, participants must be nominated by their national coordinator or endorsed body. They themselves become endorsed through the endorsing body, the SCAE World Contest Manager.

Participants have to be either a national of the country concerned or can prove at least two years residency in the country working in the coffee .

National Competitions can only be organised by a SCAE endorsed body and to qualify for the world championships the national competition must be run in accordance with these rules.

Entries must be notified to the SCAE by 28th April, 2006 through the national bodies to the SCAE World Contest Manager (Dr. Steffen Schwarz). They then receive a confirmation by the SCAE World Contest Manager.

 

ASIA/PACIFIC REGION
 

AUSTRALIA

  www.aasca.com
ENDORSING BODY   AASCA – Australasian Specialty Coffee Association
CONTACT PERSON   Rob Forsyth
PHONE   +61 2 9906 7388
     

CHINA

  www.cmpasia.com
ENDORSING BODY   Shanghai CMP Sinexpo International Exhibition Co. Ltd
CONTACT PERSON   Fiona Tse
PHONE   + 86 21 64371178
   

INDIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   Speciality Coffee Association of India
CONTACT PERSON   Jacob Mammen
PHONE   + 91 80 22866268
     

JAPAN

  www.scaj.org 
ENDORSING BODY   Specialty Coffee Association of Japan
CONTACT PERSON   Noboru Ueno
PHONE   +81-3-5400-5506
   

KOREA

   
ENDORSING BODY   Specialty Coffee Association of Korea
CONTACT PERSON   Song Lee
PHONE   + 82 234 526 868
     

NEW ZEALAND

   
ENDORSING BODY   AASCA (see Australia)
CONTACT PERSON  
EMAIL  
PHONE  
     

THAILAND

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON   Cameron Stirling
PHONE   + 2 676 2244
   

 

 

EUROPE / AFRICA
 

 

 

AUSTRIA

  >www.scae.at
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Rüdiger Eggers
PHONE   +43 699 1200 5050
   
 

BELGIUM

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON   Manu Demets
EMAIL  
PHONE  
   

BOSNIA HERTZOGOVENA

ENDORSING BODY   SCAE Italian Chapter
CONTACT PERSON  
EMAIL  
PHONE  
     

BULGARIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON   Plamen Youroukov
PHONE   + 359 2 9250509
   

CZECH REPUBLIC

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Roberto Trevisan
PHONE   + 420 (0) 271 743 180
     

CROATIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Jaki Franja
   

DENMARK

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE Chapter Denmark
CONTACT PERSON   Jens Henrik Thomsen
PHONE   +45 39400184
     

ESTONIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Silver Rits
PHONE   +372 651 8850
   

FINLAND

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Ms. Shelly Nyquist
PHONE   +358 40 5445800
     

FRANCE

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Gerard Meauxsoone
PHONE   + 33 3 2022 0500
   

GERMANY

  www.scae.de
ENDORSING BODY   National Coordinator SCAE German Chapter
CONTACT PERSON   Dr. Steffen Schwarz
PHONE   + 49 621 - 7185808
     

GREECE

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON   Kalomira Gerantonaki
   

HUNGARY

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Dr. Julius Morik
PHONE   +36 52 429 750
     

ICELAND

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   (Addy) Aðalheiður Héðinsdóttir
PHONE   +354 420 2700
   

IRELAND

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Joseph Smith
     

ISRAEL

   
ENDORSING BODY   AVA Coffee & Tea
CONTACT PERSON   Michael Reiner in conjunction with Ilan's Coffee
PHONE   + 972 4 866 3113
   

ITALY

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Patrizio Brusoni
PHONE   +39 040 366606
     

KENYA

   
ENDORSING BODY   Jens Henrik Thomsen in conjunction with EAFCA
CONTACT PERSON   Kimberly Smith
Smith Business Association Development Specialist Marketing and Trade Promotion Regional Agricultural Trade Expansion Support (RATES)
PHONE   Tel: (25420) 4212000
Cell: (254) 733 333767
   

LEBANON

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON   Anthony Maalouf
PHONE   + 961 197 0888
     

LUXEMBURG

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON   Felix Miny
PHONE   + 352 483333 332
   

NETHERLANDS

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Paul van der Hulst
PHONE   +31 26 362 24 22
     

NORWAY

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE Norway Chapter
CONTACT PERSON   Kristin H. R. Nielsen
PHONE    
   

POLAND

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Agnieszka Brandys
PHONE   +48 22 781 7693
     

ROMANIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Percy Garcon
PHONE   +402 1 236 0271
   

RUSSIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Konstantin Voevodkin
     

SERBIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON  
EMAIL  
PHONE  
   

SLOVAKIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON   Peter Krivosudsky
PHONE   00421 2 44 63 25 34
     

SLOVENIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Franco Bazzara
PHONE  
   

SPAIN

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Josep Rovira
PHONE   +34 933103833
     

SWEDEN

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Jan Hartman
PHONE   08-611 65 31
   

SWITZERLAND

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Samuel Zenger
PHONE   + 41 31 380 5555
     

UKRAINE

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE Ukrainian
CONTACT PERSON   Sergyy Reminnyy
PHONE  
   

UNITED KINGDOM

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE UK National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Steve Penk
PHONE   +44 (0) 1246 454400
     

YUGOSLAVIA

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE World Contest Manager
CONTACT PERSON   Zoran Milocanovic
EMAIL  
PHONE   +381 11 30 40 300
   


 

AMERICAS (NORTH AND SOUTH)

 

ARGENTINA

   
ENDORSING BODY   ASACAFE-Asociacion Argentina de Cafes Especiales
CONTACT PERSON   Harold Darnauchans
PHONE   005 982 706 5605
   
 

BRAZIL

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Lucas do Prado Soares
   

CANADA

  www.canadianbaristachampionship.com 
ENDORSING BODY   Canadian Coffee & Tea Expo
CONTACT PERSON   Vida Radovanovic
PHONE   +41 6 784 5210
     

COSTA RICA

  www.scacr.com
ENDORSING BODY   Speciality Coffee Association of Costa Rica
CONTACT PERSON   Noelia Villalobos
PHONE   +506 296 3587
   

EL SALVADOR

   
ENDORSING BODY   SCAE National Coordinator
CONTACT PERSON   Terese De Batres
PHONE   +503 264 3431
     

MEXICO

   
ENDORSING BODY   COSCAFE
CONTACT PERSON   Mr. Arturo Hernandez Fujigaki
   

GUATEMALA

   
ENDORSING BODY   Anacafe
CONTACT PERSON   Liz Rodgriquez
PHONE   + (502) 2337-3940 ext. 407
   
 

PUERTO RICO

   
ENDORSING BODY   Asociación de Baristas de Puerto Rico, Inc.
CONTACT PERSON   Eng. Germán L. Negrón
EMAIL  
PHONE   787-644-7370
787-344-2196
     

UNITED STATES

  www.scaa.org
ENDORSING BODY   SCAA Specialty Coffee Association of America
CONTACT PERSON   Michelle Campbell
PHONE   + 1 562 624 4100

 

Results of the 3rd SCAE World Cup Tasters Championship 2006 in Berne, Switzerland / May 20th:

 

1st place

 

SWITZERLAND

      PARTICIPANT   Gloria Pedroza
    AGE   30
    NATIONALITY   Guatemalan
    CITY   Zug
         
         

2nd place

JAPAN

      PARTICIPANT   Hirokazu Hamasaki
    AGE   31
    NATIONALITY   Japanese
    CITY   Takatsuki
         
         

3rd place

GUATEMALA

      PARTICIPANT   Christian Schaps
    AGE   38
    NATIONALITY   Guatemalan
    CITY   Guatemala
         
         

4th place

ICELAND

      PARTICIPANT   Njall Bjorgvinsson
    AGE   26
    NATIONALITY   Icelandic
    CITY   Reykjavik
         
         

5th place

NORWAY

      PARTICIPANT   Rasmus Helgebostad
    AGE   25
    NATIONALITY   Norwegian
    CITY   Bergen
         
         

6th place

COSTA RICA

      PARTICIPANT   Mena
    AGE   ...
    NATIONALITY   ...
    CITY   ...
    EMAIL   ...
         

7th place

FINLAND

      PARTICIPANT   Touri
    AGE   ...
    NATIONALITY   ...
    CITY   ...
    EMAIL   ...
         

8th place

NEW ZEALAND

      PARTICIPANT   Emma Markland-Webster
    AGE   33
    NATIONALITY   British
    CITY   Nelson
         
         

9th place

UNITED KINGDOM

      PARTICIPANT   Steven Hearst
    AGE   ...
    NATIONALITY   ...
    CITY   ...
    EMAIL   ...
         

10th place

KENYA

      PARTICIPANT   Carrington
    AGE   ...
    NATIONALITY   ...
    CITY   ...
    EMAIL   ...
         

11th place

IRELAND

      PARTICIPANT   Arthur Wynne
    AGE   30
    NATIONALITY   Australian
    CITY   Dublin
         
         

12th place

AUSTRIA

      PARTICIPANT   Katrin Hoenig
    AGE   37
    NATIONALITY   Austrian
    CITY   Lichtenwoerth
         
         

13th place

RUSSIA

      PARTICIPANT   Evgeniya Yurievna Logvinova
    AGE   38
    NATIONALITY   Russian
    CITY   Vladivostok
         
         

14th place

GREECE

      PARTICIPANT   Nikos Psomas
    AGE   32
    NATIONALITY   Greek
    CITY   Athens
         
         

15th place

ITALY

      PARTICIPANT   Fulvia Pamfili
    AGE   ...
    NATIONALITY   Italian
    CITY   Trieste
         
         

16th place

AUSTRALIA

      PARTICIPANT   Robert Forsyth
    AGE   50
    NATIONALITY   Australian
    CITY   Naremburn
         
         

17th place

BURUNDI

      PARTICIPANT   Nestor
    AGE   ...
    NATIONALITY   ...
    CITY   ...
    EMAIL   ...
           

18th place

ESTONIA

      PARTICIPANT   Raimond Feil
    AGE   26
    NATIONALITY   Estonian
    CITY   Tallinn
         
         

19th place

GERMANY

      PARTICIPANT   Alfons Schramer
    AGE   ...
    NATIONALITY   German
    CITY   Irrel
         
         

20th place

LEBANON

      PARTICIPANT   Joe Hayek
    AGE   27
    NATIONALITY   Lebanese
    CITY   Beirut
         
         

21st place

SWEDEN

      PARTICIPANT   Joakim Hjulström
    AGE   25
    NATIONALITY   Swedish
    CITY   Gothenburg
         

 

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