Wow - what a week that was in Dublin.
A great way to kick off the international version of the Tea Brewers Cup.
Entrants spanned different regions and backgrounds, and brought along varied experiences in the way that they would brew their teas.
Just as a recap if you haven't read the previous blog posts (and why haven't you..?) - the format was as follows:
Three teas given and the clock started.
45 minutes to deliver all the three teas over to the judges.
The top three contestants went through to the finals.
Will Pitts - Origin Coffee
Maria Erkens - Maria Erkens Tea
Alex Read - Strangers Coffee
Joshua Clarke - Clifton Coffee
Nicola Greenwood - Tea Kup
Paul Ross - Saint Espresso
Paul Whitehead - Bunn Brewers
Anne Pawlak - Postcard Teas
Caroline Heck - Canton Tea
Andrew Tolley - Taylor Street Baristas
Kate Johnson - Established Coffee
Karlijn Dapper - Tea Lifestyle
Philip Blake - Waterloo Tea
Freddie Forrester - Good & Proper Tea
Nick Wright - Established Coffee
Alice Evans - Canton Tea
Jessie May Peters - Honor Coffee.
Results - Heats
1st - Will Pitts - Origin Coffee
2nd - Andrew Tolley - Taylor Street Baristas
3rd - Philip Blake - Waterloo Tea
4th - Jessie May Peters - Honor Coffee
5th - Freddie Forrester - Good & Proper Tea
6th - Nick Wright - Established Coffee
4 hours to play with 6 teas, understanding what the teas can deliver and perfecting recipes.
Six rounds of eight minutes, during which the contestants brewed up each of the teas against each other.
The winner of each round was announced before the commencement of the next round. The one with the most wins was crowned the World Tea Brewers Cup champion.
Results - Finals
Winner - Philip Blake - Waterloo Tea
Runner Up - Andrew Tolley - Taylor Street Baristas
Third Place - Will Pitts - Origin Coffee
More than the winners - the competition brought together seven tea companies and three manufacturers who all shared the same goal of working together and driving forward the tea industry.
Particular thanks to Jen from Canton Tea and Tim from Postcard Tea, who along with yours truly spent much of the two days tasting and scoring the teas.
Also, to Suki, Rishi, Solaris, Good & Proper, Marco Beverage, BWT and Hario who allowed the competition to become a reality and oiled the wheels throughout with their guidance and support.