The Competition

SINGAPORE ROASTER COMPETITION 2019

The Singapore Roaster Competition is the first of its kind locally. The objective of the competition is to provide an open sharing & learning platform for coffee roasters in Singapore. At the end of the competition, fellow roasters will share their roasting philosophies and processes and learn from each other.

The aim is to award the best overall roaster with the title “Singapore Roaster Forum Champion 2019”

SINGAPORE ROASTER FORUM 2019 COMPETITORS

Cata Coffee
PPP Coffee
Apartment Coffee
Upside Down Coffee Alternatives
Dutch Colony
Compound Coffee Co.
20 Grams Specialty Coffee
Prodigal Roasters
Tad Coffee
Community Coffee Bar
Alchemist Coffee
Necessary Provisions

APPLICATION PROCESS

The competition is open to a maximum of twelve (12) roasters from Singapore. Any roaster that is registered as a business selling coffee locally and roasted by themselves, can apply for participation.

The competition fee is SGD$260 and includes one attendee ticket to the Singapre Roaster Forum 2019.
All applications will be treated on a “first come, first serve” basis.

COMPETITION FORMAT

The Singapore Roaster Forum Competition 2019 will be held at the designated Singapore Roaster Forum venue on Saturday 12th of October in Singapore.

Each competing roastery must have one person present during the evaluation of the coffees on both evaluation days and also at the award ceremony on Saturday 12th of October.

There will be two (2) categories in the competition.

1) Sponsored Coffee

In this category, each roaster will be given 15kg of the Compulsory coffee by the SRF coffee sponsor Mercanta Asia. All roasters will be given the same coffee and the coffee will have to be self-collected by the roaster in advance prior to the competition. Coffees will be available for pick up 60 days before the date of competition. Information on this coffee will also be given when the coffees are sent out. 

This year, the Compulsory coffee is a Natural processed Mixed Variety lot (Colombia, Castillo, Bourbon, Typica, Tabi) from Finca San Pascual, Colombia. Each roaster will have to roast the Compulsory coffee in line with their preference and style on the roaster of their choice. Each roaster must submit 3kg of the roasted coffee for the competition packed in 250g bags.

2) Themed Coffee – WASHED PROCESSED CENTRAL AMERICAN COFFEE (NO GESHA VARIETY)

Each roaster must submit 2kg of the roasted WASHED PROCESSED CENTRAL AMERICAN COFFEE. All cultivars are allowed except the Gesha cultivar. The coffees have to be processed through traditional washed, eco-pulped, semi-washed methods where the pulp and mucilage has been removed before drying. The coffee has to come from a single farm/producer/washing station/wet-mill. No flavour additives are allowed.

The list of Central American countries are as follows:

  1. Costa Rica
  2. El Salvador
  3. Guatemala
  4. Honduras
  5. Mexico
  6. Nicaragua
  7. Panama

Each roaster must submit 2kg of the Theme coffee packed in 250g bags. Each bag must be labelled with:

  1. Name of Roastery
  2. Coffee name (Farm name/co-operative name etc)
  3. Country of Origin
  4. Cultivar

The Theme coffee has to be available for sale at the roastery/shops at the moment of  competition. 

Evaluation

The coffee will be evaluated by a judging panel at the Singapore Roasters Forum 2019.

The coffee will be evaluated by the cupping method and will be tasted blind, meaning all attendees will not know which coffees they are tasting and from which roaster they were submitted.

The evaluation by the judging panel will be done 1 day before the Forum. There will be a separate cupping done by the attendees on the day itself.

The score sheets to be used is the same as the World Coffee Roasting Championship (WCRC) cupping forms with a scoring scale of 0 to 100 where 100 points is the best.

After each round of cupping, the attendee will calculate their scores and submit the score sheet to the auditors. The auditors will calculate the coffees’ average score in each category. The average score from both categories is taken as the final score for each roaster. The best possible score for one roaster can be 100 points.

The cupping brewing ratio will be 55 grams of ground coffee to 1000 grams of water. As an example we have previously used a Mahlkönig EK 43S grinder and the cupping strength was approximately TDS 1.1 – 1.2, yielding an extraction % of 19.5 – 21.0.

Bear in mind that all coffees will extract slightly different. We aim for an average good extraction for all coffees. The water will be filtered Singapore water from the sponsored venue.

Criterias for submitting valid scores

The main criteria for each evaluator in the evaluation round is that 10 scores must be submitted and they all need to be above 80 points.

  • If an evaluator has only submitted 9 scores or less above 80 points in one category the evaluator is not eligible to score the entire round and all her / his scores are removed from the round. The evaluator can however score in the second round / category because the average score is calculated and each roaster will have the same amount of scores in each round. In other words, evaluators who have scored one or more coffees under 80 points will be removed from the final evaluation of all coffees within the category / round.
  • Evaluators who have submitted less than 10 scores will also be removed from the final evaluation of all coffees within the category / round.
  • If a score is submitted after the cupping session is closed, the score will not be counted in the competition.

The roaster that gets the best total score will be awarded the title “Singapore Roaster Forum Champion 2019”.

In case of a split decision, the one roaster with the most total top scores will win.

There can only be one winner of the “Singapore Roaster Forum Champion 2019” title however the winner of each category will also be announced. The full results will be published on the SingaporeRoasterForum.com web site. The winner will get the Singapore Roaster trophy to keep until the next Singapore Roaster Competition is held.

The winner will be announced on Saturday the 12th of October during the Singapore Roaster Forum where one representative from each competing roaster must be present. 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

This category is for roasters who wish to participate in an informal cupping competition in the event they were not eligible/chosen for the SRF competition. Each participating roaster has to submit 2kg of the Theme coffee packed in 250g bags. Each must be labelled with:

  1. Name of Roastery
  2. Coffee name (Farm name/co-operative name etc)
  3. Country of Origin
  4. Cultivar

Participating roasters are encouraged to have the Theme coffees available for sale at the roastery/shops at the moment of competition.

All forum attendees will submit one sheet for each category based on their  own preference. Each attendee will rank their top 3 coffees in order. The points awarded are as follows:

1st – 3 points

2nd – 2 points

3rd – 1 point

The award will go to the roaster with the highest no of points. In case of a split decision, the one roaster with the most top ranks will win.

Tickets for the competition can be purchased here. We look forward to seeing you at Singapore Roaster Forum!