Anette is World Cup Tasting Champion 2007!

I am utterly delighted/proud/so happy to get to post that Anette won the World Cup Tasting competition here in Antwerp today!

For those of you new to the competition the format is triangle tests.  In a round a cupper must pick the odd cup out of the three in 8 different sets.  Once they have settled on 8 individual cups the rest are cleared and they must then lift up their chosen cup in turn to see if it has the red marking underneath indicating they got it right.   It gets quite tense.

19 national entrants compete once and then the top 6 go into a semi final.  Those with the most right progress and it goes to time in case of tied scores.  The difficulty of the tests also increases the further you progress.

Anette’s first round was a maximum score in a very quick time (the only person faster was last year’s winner – Gloria from Guatemala).  In the semis she missed one bowl, but got through to the final 3 on her quick time.

The finals were great – the atmosphere was a lot of fun and it really (really!) gets tense towards the end.  It was Jacques from Brazil, Arni from Iceland and Anette.  It came down to the final bowl – if Anette got it wrong then her slower time put her third, but if it was right she won.  I’ve never been so pleased to see red marker pen on the bottom of a cupping bowl…

I will post a full set of pictures to flickr when I get back – it is off to celebrate at the barista party tonight – I will take lots of pictures!  As for the latte art (which I compete in on Sunday) and the Coffee in good spirits competition (our entrant is Paul “squeeky” Miekle-Janney) then either the pressure is off or the bar is set insanely high.  I’ll keep you posted.

Again – huge congratulations to Anette!

25 Comments

  1. Such great great news!

    Big congratulations to Anette! She is such a worthy winner, I’m delighted for her.

    Good luck on Sunday James. Stay negative

  2. That is extremely excellent! From M’Lissa and I, huge congratulations Anette and good luck to you!

  3. Great news indeed! Pass on the congratulations. Keep focused and bring home some more of those titles Good luck!

    Ola

  4. i was very happy to congratulate here alive tonight at the party.
    but here on the internet again, congratulations to Anette and good luck James next sunday. i’ll be there to support you … and the others of course.
    rob

  5. Wheeha cool! Congratulations! Cupping for me is the most fun and the most tense of the championships. Great!

  6. Congratulations, Anette. This competition format is so much fun! At the end of the day, it’s just competitors and coffee and you’re either wrong or right.

  7. Hi, guys!

    Thanks for all your nice comments, it was good fun!

    (Hei Stine! Klem til alle i Aalesund!)

  8. It was a pleasure to see you guys again…..and good luck

  9. Gratulere så mye Anette!!!!
    Kjempe bra, og ble kjempe glad på dine vegne=)
    Stå på videre, og lykke til med ny buisness=)
    Klem

  10. Hey Anette,

    Congratulations again Annete. That was a very good job and I know how hard it is to compete with you in that competition. Keep working hard because as a producer of specialty coffees in Carmo de Minas, Brazil, we need people like you to cup and show how to cup excellent coffees. Also show the world, with experience and palates sensibility, how fantastic and diferent the specialty coffees are.

    All the Best

    Jacques Carneiro

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