What is the W.A.C.?
The World AeroPress Championship is a fan driven global phenomenon in which challengers from around 60 countries have a great time competing to make the best cup of coffee using their favorite AeroPress recipe. Each event combines intense competition with a fun party that includes beer, music and lots of fun. 68,265 eager spectators enjoyed last season’s W.A.C. parties as they cheered on 3,157 competitors.
The competitions are multi-round elimination tournaments, made up of regional, national, and world competitions, where competitors brew coffee for a distinguished panel of expert coffee-celebrity judges. Winning a championship is an impressive achievement that is greatly respected by the specialty coffee community. We saw exceptional participation from AeroPress lovers around the globe in 2018!
Coffee industry leaders Tim Wendelboe and Tim Varney liked how the AeroPress empowers users to control the brewing process. In 2008 they decided to hold a lighthearted competition to see who could brew the best cup of coffee using an AeroPress. Starting with only three competitors, they named their event the World AeroPress Championship. Fans in other countries decided to organize national championships and the national winners would then compete in the World Championships. In succeeding years, these fan-based events have been held in 61 different countries, right up to the 2018 Championship which was held in Sydney, Australia.
The W.A.C. Team
Tim Varney eventually moved back to his native Melbourne, Australia where he was joined by good friend and collaborator Tim Williams in continuing to lead the phenomenon that is the World AeroPress Championship. The two Tims and their new colleague Kershia Wong do an outstanding job of always producing AeroPress Championship events that are a lively, light-hearted celebrations of the global AeroPress community and also serious coffee brewing competitions.