Cup Tasters Champ 2014 – Charlie Self

The Huhtamaki NZ Cup Tasters Champion for 2014 is Charlie Self from Excelso Coffee
A great big thanks to our sponsors Huhtamaki, Bravilor Bonamat, Cafetto, AMC Roastery Supply NZ, MTC NZ and some great hosting from Mojo Coffee NZ.
It was a super tight final, with the top three all scoring 7 correct cups out of a total of 8 and Charlie winning it on time.
This is what makes this Championship so exciting – not just accuracy, but SPEED!
Champion – Charlie Self, Excelso – 7/8 – 3:32
Runner up – Hide Kono, Crafted Coffee Co – 7/8 – 3:52
3rd Place – Hayden Thompson, Pomeroys Coffee – 7/8 – 4:51
Fourth – Scott Pepler, Cerebos Greggs – 5/8 – 2:44
The Huhtamaki NZ Cup Tasters Championship is held in strict accordance with World Cup Tasters Rules and Regulations.
The Huhtamaki NZ Cup Taster’s Champion 2014 will win flights and accommodation to compete at the World Cup Tasters Championship in Melbourne, Australia.
About the competition:
The World Cup Tasters Championship awards the professional coffee cupper who demonstrates speed, skill, and accuracy in distinguishing the taste differences in specialty coffees.
Coffees of the world have many distinct taste characteristics and in this competition format the objective is for the cupper to discriminate between the different coffees. Three cups are placed in a triangle, with 2 cups being identical coffees and one cup being a different coffee. Using skills of smell, taste, attention and experience, the cupper will identify the odd cup in the triangle as quickly as they can. A total of 8 triangles are placed in each round. The top 8 competitors with the most correct answers and the fastest time proceed to the next Semi-Finals round. Then the top 4 will compete again in the Finals round to determine the next World Cup Tasters Champion.