One of the coolest corners of the coffee competition world gets its moment in the spotlight today – the 2011 Ibrik Championship is going down live right now in Maastricht, Netherlands! The presentations, gear and skills that get shown off at this event are totally out of control; we just watched Zoltan Kis of Hungary make a poppyseed-infused signature drink while rocking out to some Eastern European free jazz. And all the judges wear the fez.
“During the competition, the competitors have 12 minutes to serve 2 traditional coffees without additives of any kind, then 2 coffees with spice and sugar, and finally 2 signature beverages. In this competition the atmosphere and the visual effects are as important as the taste of the beverage. Scores are given in open judging as the competition unfolds.”