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Latte Art Throwdown by Meron: Înscrie-te acum!

Oriunde se adună un grup de barista, se lasă cu vărsare de lapte. Din latieră. În cană. Sub forme care numai prin imaginația și skill-urile unui barista prind viață. Nouă nu ne rămâne decât să-i aducem împreună și să ne bucurăm de spectacol printr-un Latte Art Throwdown a la Meron.

De aceea, pe 28 noiembrie strângem cei mai cool barista din Transilvania la Meron Roastery într-o competiție de Latte Art. Latte Art Throwdown by Meron! Punem la bătaie 600 de euro în bani pentru câștigător și premii pentru locurile 2 și 3, într-o competiție deschisă tuturor profesioniștilor și iubitorilor de cafea. 

Alături de noi, susțin acest eveniment ca sponsori principali Bar Shaker, când căutăm unelte pentru bar, știm la cine să apelăm. De asemenea, le mulțumim tuturor partenerilor noștri:

Latte Art Throwdown by Meron: Înregistrarea competitorilor

Înregistrearea se face pe baza completării formularului iar participarea se face pe baza taxei de participare de 35 de lei care se achită online aici.

Pentru a putea participa, competitorii trebuie să aibă experiență în prepararea unui espresso și în folosirea echipamentului. De asemenea, competitorii trebuie să aibă experiență și în prepararea băuturilor cu lapte pe bază de espresso.

Latte Art Throwdown by Meron: Regulament

Echipele trebuie constituite din perechi a câte două persoane, astfel încât, pentru a putea face parte din competiție trebuie să existe un număr par de participanți. Vor fi 32 de participanți în total. Dacă numărul înscrișilor depășește 32, atunci se vor desfășura runde preliminare.

Pentru a forma echipele, numele competitorilor va fi tras la sorți la începutul competiției, iar câștigătorii fiecărei echipe vor concura între ei până când se va alege câștigătorul final.La începutul fiecărei runde, participanți află ce model de latte art vor  realiza prin invârtirea roții cu modele. Ea conține 12 modele prestabilite și un model freestyle.

Ceștile în care se va turna vor fi de 200 ml (flat white) iar fiecărei turnări îi sunt alocate 3 minute.

Participanții pot folosi latierele proprii. Organizatorul va pune la dispoziția participanților latiere în cazul în care aceștia nu au o latieră.

Runda 1

 Runda 2

Runda 3

 Semifinala

 Finala

Latte Art Throwdown by Meron: Regulament

  1. În momentul în care își va auzi numărul strigat, concurentul trebuie să se pregătească pentru a începe competiția.
  2. Concurenții vor avea 3 minute în total la espressor. Nu este neapărată folosirea celor 3 minute în totalitate.
  3. Concurenții nu trebuie să își extragă shoturile de espresso, acestea vor fi extrase pentru ei.
  4. Fiecare competitor va primi o latieră și o singură șansă pentru a face crema de lapte.
  5. Separarea laptelui este permisă.
  6. Concurenții nu pot să-și aducă propria cafea sau lapte, acestea sunt asigurate de către organizator.
  7. Latte art-ul trebuie să fie freepour. Este interzisă folosirea instrumentelor ajutătoare.
  8. Din momentul în care băuturile au fost turnate, acestea vor fi plasate lângă modelul dat pentru a fi judecate.

Latte Art Throwdown by Meron: Jurizarea

Băuturile vor fi jurizate în funcție de următoarele criterii:

Liniile de divizare sunt curate, uniforme și nu prezintă semne de ezitare.

Elementele individuale se completează unele pe celelalte și creează o armonie împreună.

Contrastul dintre albul cremei și culoarea închisă a cremei.

Intenția design-ului este clară și evidentă.

Ceașca este umplută într-un mod plăcut și adecvat.

Design-ul nu este înghesuit în ceașcă și nu lasă senzația de gol sau neterminat.

Există o armonie între mărimea ceștii și mărimea design-lui.

Farmecul estetic general.

Băutura nu conține urme de scurgere și ceașca este plină de lichid.

Vor fi trei arbitri. După ce cele două căni de cafea se vor afla pe masa juraților, se va număra până la 3, iar cei trei arbitri vor indica cu degetul cana câștigătoare.

Ne vedem curand!

Meron at National Coffee Championships

All coffee competitions are a tool for learning. Those minutes on the stage can be the most intensive learning experience for a barista. And the weekend that just passed we learnt. We learnt, while showcasing our amazing coffees and talented people, through creative routines at the National Coffee Championships.

Between 25th and 27th of October, in Cluj-Napoca 4 people from our team came to the national stage and showed their passion for specialty coffee in front of an international jury.

Barista Championships

For those who aren’t familiar with coffee competition, or those who haven’t seen our people this weekend, the concept is to present a specialty coffee to a panel of three sensory judges. The barista is given 15 minutes to do so, and in that time, they must serve an espresso course, a milk course and a signature beverage, to each of the sensory judges – meaning 9 drinks total. While doing this, two technical judges follow your every move and take note of any inconsistent movements, workflow or errors you might make during the preparation of each round of beverages.

Experiment & share more

Delia Avram, our Head Barista and Roaster, the one who represented Romania at the World Barista Championships in Boston 2019 showed once again a coffee that defied the boundaries of the industry: a Caturra variety from Panama, experimentally processed.

Just like her coffee Delia dared the coffee lovers to experiment more, to be more aware of the knowledge that surrounds us and to share everything we know in order to improve more. She developed her coffee potential through a signature drink that definitely pulled us up with an unforgettable experience, just like a tira-mi-su, the course she got her inspiration from.

Brewers Cup Championships

Brewers Cup is a competition that showcases the craft and skill of filter coffee brewing by hand, promoting manual coffee brewing and quality of service. Competitors are required to prepare and serve three separate beverages for a panel of judges and consists of two rounds: a first round and a finalist round. In the first heat competitors are required to complete two coffee services, which are a compulsory service and an open service. For the compulsory service, competitors prepare three beverages utilizing whole bean coffee provided to them by the competition. For the open service, competitors are given 10 minutes and may utilize any whole bean coffee of their choosing.Also, they and must accompany their beverage preparation with a presentation.

The six competitors with the highest score from the first round go on to compete in the finals round consisting exclusively of an open service. This year we had 3 out of 3 #peopleofmeron that made it into the finals.

Meron Crew in the Finals of Brewers Cup Championships

Andra Mălăescu guided the judges to discover a rare and impressive coffee through all of their five senses. A journey of the Senses, where Andra revealed a rich and well rounded flavour cup of an anerobic processed Caturra variety from Panama, Rocky Mountain farm, Santa Clara region using a Kalita wave

On his first experience on stage, Dorin Stancu marked the moment brewing with a classic. He chose a V60 dripper in order to highlight the delicate acidity of a hot fermentation natural processed Gesha Variety from Panama, Finca Hartmann farm, Santa Clara region.

Also on her first experience as a competitor, but with a lot of passion for the industry Crina Ciocian chose a GINA Brewing System to match her elegance through the entire routine. She’s is not a barista, but she added knowledge to her passion while brewing an experimental processed Panama Geisha from mi Finquitta Concept.

The results

We left this edition of National Coffee Championships with two podium places: Delia, second place at the Barista Championships, and Andra, second place at the Brewers Cup Championships; two more presences in the finals on their first competition: 4th place for Dorin and 5th place for Crina at the Brewers Cups

Finally, the most important thing for us is that we left with knowledge. Knowledge on how to choose unique coffees from all over the world for our coffee shops. Knowledge on how to improve and become better baristas in the everyday coffee environment. Knowledge on how to become a better team overall. And, in the end, knowledge on how to offer a better coffee experience in our coffee shops.

Food, then Coffee: Meron Coffee at Street Food Festival Cluj-Napoca

People of Meron from Cluj-Napoca, this week, between 10th and 13th of  October, our coffee takes over the street. The Street Food Festival, of course, because coffee and food go hand in hand.

As the Fall Season brings with it cooler weather, falling leaves and sweaters, for this edition of Street Food Festival we welcome you with some comfort warm seasonal drinks. Nothing is quite as comforting as being all warm and bundled up inside with a nice cup of specialty coffee, specialty hot chocolate or specialty tea. And just to spoil you a little bit more, we also got some honey & cinnamon milk, the perfect thing for your sweet tooth.

Grab your favorite dish in one hand, then a Meron coffee in your other hand and conquer the Street Food Festival!

See you in Central Park, between 10th and 13th of  October!

Meron: Official Coffee Sponsor of Romanian Aeropress Championship 2019

Exciting news everyone! We are the Official Coffee Sponsor of Romanian Aeropress Championship held within Slow Coffee Festival in Bucharest. El Salvador Los Cotuzos, freshly roasted in Transylvania at our one and only Meron Roastery from Cluj-Napoca, is this year’s Romanian Aeropress Championship Official Coffee.

Specially chosen for the competition, the beans were carefully selected by a trader who shares our
passion for specialty coffee and works with farmers who closely monitor and control the growing, harvesting and processing stages of the coffee beans.

Meron Official Coffee: Magically Roasted

Our Head Roaster & Barista Delia Avram took it from there and worked her magic on the entire roasting process.
Through medium to light roasting, we strived to preserve the natural flavour of the coffee beans, so you can experience the taste of a particular coffee.

Right now, the coffee is on its way to the festival. We can’t wait to see how every Aeropress Championship Competitor will highlight its qualities,  reveal its tasting notes and let it shine through the chosen recipe!

Meet us: 28th of September at Mezanin!

See you on the 28th of September at Mezanin for Slow Coffee Festival & Romanian Aeropress Championship! Traveling from Cluj-Napoca, we will be there with our freshly roasted in Transylvania specialty coffee, good vibes and activities to make you enjoy the moment.

Don’t forget to follow Meron Home Of Coffee and Meron Roastery on Instagram! This way you can see how we get ready for the festival and live updates on the day of the event!

Clujlife Awards 2019: Meron Most Appreciated Coffee Shop in Cluj

Emotions floaded us Saturday morning when we won, for the third year in a row, the prize for the most appreciated coffee shop in Cluj-Napoca, offered by ClujLife.

We are so happy to have you, the most awesome coffee community in Cluj-Napoca, #peopleofmeron, around us.

Thank you for your support and for the love you share for specialty coffee!

💛And bonus: a pic with Bogdan sleeping on the stage.
Thanks Vizi ◘ Komiti for the shots!

 

CLUJLIFE AWARDS 2018: MERON MOST APPRECIATED COFFEE SHOP IN CLUJ

Meron is again The Most Appreciated Coffee Shop in Cluj-Napoca, prize won at Clujlife Awards 2018. What a blast!

We were in this together, and this prize is for you, the coolest community in Cluj-Napoca #peopleofmeron, and for our amazing team! Keep on shining and stay close to us, 2018 will be even bigger!