2016 World Cezve/Ibrik Champion crowned

Greece’s Konstantinos Komninakis is the new World Cezve/Ibrik Champion following a winning performance at the Gulford event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 24 February.

The ninth World Cezve/Ibrik Championships consisted of four full days of competition, in which 19 international competitors demonstrated their Ibrik skills in front of the judges.

Turkey’s Hazal Atesoglu came in second, while Karthikeyan Rajendran is taking home the third Soy Turkiye handmade trophy.

Konstantinos said he is new to the world of competitive brewing.

“The National Greek Championships were my first time competing and to go on from there and to win the world title is an amazing feeling,” said Konstantinos. “I am honoured and after a lot of hard work, I must thank my team, Antonis Kargiotis, George Bournelis, the farmer Graciano Cruz, and of course my inspiration to compete, Stavros Lamprinidis.”

Karthikeyan kicked off the last day of competition on Wednesday, up against the six finalists from the previous three days of heats.

The Philippines, Romania and Saudi Arabia were all represented in the finals of the annual event, which tests baristas brewing abilities in the method commonly referred to as turkish coffee.

Popular in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the World Cezve/Ibrik Championships is a Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) event, supported by sponsors Gulfood and Loumidis.

“Hosting the World Cezve/Ibrik Championship here at the Dubai World Trade Centre during the Gulfood event was an easy decision for us to make and gives us a fantastic opportunity to promote speciality coffee in this region,” said SCAE Executive Director, David Veal. “The response we’ve seen from the audience here is overwhelming and it’s quite evident Ibrik’s growth in popularity is continuing.”

St Ali opens in Jakarta

St Ali has conquered the next phase of its global expansion mission with the opening of its first Southeast Asian location on 2 February.

Owner Salvatore Malatesta flew the star-studded barista trio Matt Perger, Ben Morrow and Lachlan Ward to Indonesia for the first week of February, to launch St Ali Jakarta.

Located on the ground floor of a shopping centre, the latest international St Ali store is in partnership with Indonesia’s Common Grounds Roastery.

Matt, Ben and Lachlan ran a series of workshops in 2014, which lead to an invite for an Indonesian collaboration.

“It was an easy decision for me to bring the heart of Melbourne to the heart of Jakarta,” says Common Ground Founder Aston Utan. “St Ali will be a game changer here for coffee connoisseurs, especially as we try to transfer that specialty coffee movement to Indonesia.”

St Ali Jakarta is decked out to cater to the specialty coffee crowd, with two 30-metre brew bars, to complement the brand new La Marzocco espresso machine. The bars will offer a variety of the latest Australian coffee trends, including cold drip, siphon, nitro and pour-over.

“What Melbourne has is culture and experience, today it is almost impossible to walk around a corner in Melbourne without the familiar scent of a perfectly brewed coffee wafting down a laneway,” says Salvatore. “This is what we are trying to transport here to the heart of the city.”

The Melbourne roaster is not only replicating its popular coffee styles in the busy city, it is also taking most of its South Melbourne menu, and Australian’s love of all-day breakfast.

St Ali and Deadman Espresso Chef Mark Richardson has also found a new home in Jakarta, with Mark overseeing the serving of Australian café fare in the new store.

This is the second international café for St Ali following the opening of a London store, now Workshop Coffee Co, in 2011. Plans are currently underway for a new café in Bali in 2016.

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