[01-10-2009] The Golden Portafilter: 4 championships in 1 day!
Under the name "The Golden Portafilter
" the Belgian Coffee Championship
has been presented for the first time as a big event on October 1st 2009
in the stylish San Marco Village
located in Schelle.
More than 500 guests have witnessed a well organized event, which could become the place-to-be for everyone who wants to bring coffee to the consumer in a qualitative manner.
The Belgian division of the SCAE
(Specialty Coffee Association Europe) and the BCE
(Belgian Coffee Education) guaranteed the organization of 4 coffee competitions
: cup-tasting, barista, latte art and coffee in good spirits
. An international jury of 7 members has judged the creations in a professional manner. The nv Schuilenburg
had the honor of supplying the Dalla Corte and Mahlkönig
competition machines and took care of the complete technical organization.
: the first place
went to Bert Van Wassenhove
of Caffènation in Antwerp
. In only 1'13" he identified 7 correct cups. Bart van Sanden
scored 7 correct cups in 2'46". Third place was taken by Bart Decraene
of Delhaize with 7 correct cups in 3'20".
For Coffee in Good Spirits
newcomer Jeroen De Corte took the first place
. He is the bartender in jazzcafé Hopper in Antwerp
and, together with his wife, runs his own cocktail- and cateringcompany "Frozen Vanilla". He has defeated Ronny Billemon of
Everpure, who took the eighth place on the worldchampionship in Cologne2009.
For Latte Art
: the candidates combine coffee with steamed milk. Within 8' the candidates have to make 2 identical creations three times by designing figures (hearts, tulips, rosetta’s) into the milk foam on the espresso. The first place was won by François Knopes
of Café Knopes situated Luxemburg. He is the young though yet experienced successor of world champion Peter Hernou. Second place was taken by Stéphane Dierinckx
of Café Liégeois and Joël Morabito
of coffee bar Natural Caffé in Brussels
was won by Kenny Burssens
of the restaurant Magma located in Antwerp
. Kenny already has some experience in wine tasting competitions and surprised everyone by taking first place and thus the title at his first participation. Kenny works with Koffie Rombouts, who for this event selected a real competition coffee together with Coffeeroots.