Galway is officially home to Ireland's Best Coffee Brewer! On Sunday 30th April, representing his native Galway and Kali Coffee Bar in Salthill, Enda Johnston was crowned champion of the Irish Brewers Cup. comhghairdeas to Enda and Galway's own Kali Coffee!
The competition, to find the best filter coffee brewer in Ireland, took place over two days in the Galway City Distillery. Fourteen competitors from all around the country went head-to-head in three intensive rounds of coffee brewing. The first round challenged all fourteen competitors to work with a coffee they had never brewed before, creating a recipe and routine from scratch.
Enda delivered his 10 minute presentation to the panel of world renowned judges with ease. The second and final rounds were the pièce de résistance: competitors showcased their chosen coffee and accompanying presentations, which they had been working on for months. All 14 had only 10 minutes to show the very best of their technical coffee knowledge, honed palate and hospitality skill.
Enda chose a coffee near to his heart, creating a blend between two varieties from Manhattan Coffee Roasters in Rotterdam. Both coffees came from Finca El Paraiso in Colombia and were grown by farmer Diego Bermudez. Enda’s theme was accessibility and he showed this by blending two coffees, to showcase the amazing possibilities of what blending can bring to the specialty coffee industry. Making high priced coffees more accessible to cafe patrons and ensuring that farmers get more income for their hard work they do.
The Kali team, comprising of co-owner, Laura Kelly, and barista, Lana Gormley, are delighted with the win. “Seeing all the long hours, hard work and love for this industry paid off is amazing. I’m so proud of Enda.” said Laura.
About Kali Coffee Bar...
Kali Coffee Bar is a specialty coffee bar located on Salthill’s main street. Owned by two coffee lovers, Enda and Laura, they focus on showcasing high quality Irish and European roasters that put emphasis on building relationships with the farmers, paying fair prices, and focusing on quality. Kali opened its doors in January 2021 and is now proudly home to the Irish Brewers Cup Champion.
What’s next for the champion? Next up is representing Ireland in the International Brewers Cup, taking place at World of Coffee in Athens, June 22nd-24th.