Boon Coffee barista wins 'Aeropress Throwdown'

The unofficial barista competition, held at Mokha 1450, featured top local roasters and celebrities in the judging panel
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Judges Matt Wade, Khalid Al Mulla and Garfield Kerr
Judges Matt Wade, Khalid Al Mulla and Garfield Kerr
The competitors outside Mokha 1450 on Al Wasl Road
The competitors outside Mokha 1450 on Al Wasl Road
Moderator Matt Toogood and judge Layne Redman
Moderator Matt Toogood and judge Layne Redman

On Thursday December 10, Dubai’s coffee community held the first ‘Aeropress Throwdown’. The event took place at Dubai’s first specialty coffee boutique Mokha 1450, on Al Wasl Road.

This unofficial barista competition was open to all, with baristas as well as amateur coffee enthusiasts attending from across the GCC region.

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The event on Thursday was organised by Julian Loayza, with Raw Coffee Company’s Matt Toogood performing the duties as timekeeper. The panel of judges was made up of Dubai-based roasters Khalid Al Mulla, Garfield Kerr and Matt Wade, as well as local TV host Layne Redman.

Each participant had a total of eight minutes to make their Aeropress. Out of a total of 18 competitors, the finalists were baristas Jerome Jumawan from Mokha 1450 and Laxmi Prasad from Boon Coffee, with Boon Coffee’s Laxmi made overall winner.

The next Aeropress Throwdown will take place in early 2016 at Raw Coffee Company in Al Quoz.

 

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