Chattanooga Area Roaster To Host Southeast Aeropress Championship

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cleveland’s Bonlife Coffee will host the Southeast Regional Aeropress Championship on Saturday, April 5. The event is open to competitors from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Competitors will be competing for prizes, prestige and a spot in the U.S. Championships hosted at the Specialty Coffee Association Event in Seattle, April 24-27.

Regional championships have become common in coffee circles, as baristas look to highlight their expertise in beverage making and various brewing techniques. Unlike some other coffee competitions that involve rigorous technical requirements, Aeropress competitions have pretty simple rules. Judges will evaluate (blind), purely based on taste, the best brew from the Aeropress. The goal is for the competition to be as transparent as possible, with the intention of fine tuning the hugely varied technique used to brew on the Aeropress.

The judges will pick round winners on a three count, after tasting each of the competitor coffees, and round winners will move on, from preliminary through finals, within a short period of time.

Bonlife’s Retail Roastery, on First Street Square in downtown Cleveland at 241 Inman Street East, within walking distance of downtown businesses and Lee University, will host the inaugural Southeastern Championship. Sponsors include Barista Magazine, Aerobie, Able Brewing, Prima Coffee Equipment, and more.

The Aeropress is a fairly new brewing device that has rapidly gained popularity due to its ease of use and low cost. It is widely used by travelers and campers, and is even a regular part of the menu at several area shops.

“We’re excited to be a part of highlighting this great brewing device and increasing specialty coffee awareness in our area, as well as let the rest of the south see how far coffee culture has come in Southeast Tennessee!” said Bonlife owner Erika Moore.

Area baristas are encouraged to enter as the field is limited to 18 competitors, and is expected to fill quickly with world class competitors from across the region. Prizes including Aerobie gold, silver, and bronze Aeropress trophies will be included, as well as gift bags and swag for those in attendance. 

Complete rules, registration information and more on the event and the World Aeropress championship circuit can be found at http://seaeropress.com and http://worldaeropresschampionship.com/


Moe’s Original BBQ Opening At Site Of Rhythm And Brews; Mad Night Brewing Slated For Tennessee Avenue

Moe’s Original BBQ, 221 Market St., will be opening in the space formerly occupied by Rhythm and Brews. The owners also have a beer license for Mellow Mushroom.   Jason Jones, representative from the company, said all servers are TIPs trained and IDs are checked for all customers. He said he had taken notes about the fake IDs discussed at a beer board meeting and will ... (click for more)

Sticky Fingers Ribhouse Celebrates 25th Anniversary With A Return To Its Roots

Sticky Fingers Ribhouse, with 12 barbecue restaurants in the Southeast, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. While the past 25 years have brought many ups and downs for the company, Sticky Fingers’ focus this year is to return to its roots with one of the founders, Chad Walldorf back at the helm. By reintroducing the original emphasis, legendary service and incredible ... (click for more)

Dallas Bay Firefighters Save Home After Kitchen Fire, But 2 Dogs Die

Dallas Bay firefighters saved a home from burning to the ground on Saturday afternoon. Around 1 p.m., the homeowner called 911 reporting a house fire located at 1856 Cotter Road. Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting heavy smoke pouring out the front door. Dallas Bay VFD requested a mutual aid response for Red Bank Fire Department ... (click for more)

Man, 39, Shot Late Friday Night In The Vicinity Of North Chamberlain Avenue

Police said a 39-year-old man was shot late Friday night in the vicinity of North Chamberlain Avenue.   He was identified as Ruben Williams Sr.   Officers with the Chattanooga Police Department were informed just before midnight that a shooting victim arrived at a local hospital via personal vehicle.   Officers made contact with the victim who advised ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Haggling Must Stop

Far be it for me to suggest the Hamilton County Commission and the School Board need to spend more time at recess but it was obvious this week the two groups need to work at being better friends. We have nine county commissioners and just as many corresponding school board members to work together for the betterment of one entity – Hamilton County. Everybody who thinks that is happening ... (click for more)