UK Cupping Competition

Just a quick post really about entering the Cupping competition today. I initially was told I couldn’t enter because they had 8 entrants and couldn’t possibly accomodate a 9th. Thankfully a couple of people dropped out so I had a chance to enter.

However I was also due to give a lecture/seminar at the Caffe Culture trade show right at the time I was now scheduled to cup. I asked for 5 minutes delay at the start of the table and just went for it. I think I did my table in 2 and a half minutes then ran off to go and start my seminar leaving someone else to do my reveal. A little while later I got another knock on the seminar door letting me know I was in the final and could I possibly pop out and cup quickly. Stephen kindly took over for 5 minutes as I breathlessly jogged across to the stage, I cupped as quickly as I could (2:26 I think) and then ran back to the seminar. I was very pleased to receive another knock on the door 5 minutes later to let me know I had won! Woo and yay! I shall now be taking on Stephen (and trying to scupper him the night before with a good curry – any info on good curry in Copenhagen appreciated) and being nervous tasting coffee with lots of other lovely people next month.

If I find any photos I will put them up. No trophy for the cabinet, but a certificate and someone to pay my airfare to the WBC which is very nice. Thanks to everyone involved – I will perhaps write up Caffe Culture at some point too.

16 Comments UK Cupping Competition

  1. James Hoffmann

    Maybe the unfortunate panting helps with the aspiration? I think it all probably looked a bit silly, and I was sad not to be there when I won (if that makes sense).

  2. MoBak

    Congratulations. Must have looked quite funny seeing you run into the cupping table, slurp (how many? 24?) coffees and run off again :D

    How many hits did you have in the two rounds?

  3. Nick Brown

    Well done! It didn’t look like there was much more room on that trophy shelf when I was around–with real estate at such a premium in London, I’m not sure it’s in your best interests to keep winning competitions ;)

  4. mentness/stuartlee

    A pleasure to be beaten by you James!

    The cupping comp is indeed a fun event as you suggested. I will be entering again to avenge my defeat.

    I quite enjoyed Anette coming over and congratulating me on my victory over you before I put her straight…..she mustn’t have much faith in you James HaHa!

    Good to see you again and ‘Good Luck’


  5. Denise

    well done James, no need for a trip to the gym that day!!! Good luck for Copenhagen.

  6. Catherine Ferrari - Braziliano Coffee

    Congratulations on the win! I just wanted to introduce myself as I’m competing in the World Cup Tasting Championships as well – representing Australia. Best of luck. Regarding the curry, sounds like a great idea for the non Commonwealth countries!! I look forward to meeting you in person in Copenhagen.

    Catherine Ferrari

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