About the Golden Bean

The world’s largest coffee roasters competition and conference.

The Golden Bean has been running successfully now for eighteen years in Australia and is in its seventh year in North America. It is one of the key elements in the growth of the coffee industry by way of rewarding the coffee roasters, the vital person in the chain for all coffee businesses.

What happens after you enter your coffee

After we have received your entry we will send you Golden Bean entry instructions, conference information as well as ten Golden Bean coffee bags for you to send back to us filled with your coffee bean entries.

How the judging works

Winners of all seven categories are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The seven categories are:

This year we announce our new Elite category – For green bean valued at over $60/kg

10 entries per category are allowed this year.

The Golden Bean Champion

To become the overall Golden Bean Champion, and take home a custom Reg Barber made Golden Bean Trophy, roasters need to enter a coffee into three categories:

Espresso
Milk-Based
Filter

Winners of categories 4, 5, 6 & 7 are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, but scores do not contribute to Overall Champion.

The Chain Store Champion

New for 2021, we now have a Chain Store champion that combines the scores for Chain Store Milk and Chain Store Espresso to crown the overall Chain Store Champion.

Brewing Parameters

Machine
Fiamma Astrolab Multiboiler
Tamping
Tamping Puqpress 15kg
Brewhead
Set at 93°C
Basket
IMS 18g/22g
Dose
20g
Ratio
1:2
Yield
20g in basket with a yield of between 40-43 grams
Extraction
25-28 second extraction split into two shots
Cups
Ceramic (demitasse)
Espresso
Same settings as Espresso
Cup size
6oz takeaway cup
Milk type
Little Big Dairy Co full cream milk
Espresso
Same settings as Espresso
Cup size
6oz takeaway cup
Milk type
Alternative Dairy Co – Almond Milk
Machine
Behmor Filter
Type
Pour over
Calibration
Altitude calibrated
Water
500ml of filtered water
Dose
30g filter ground – Medium
Temperature
92°C
Bloom
45 seconds
Yield
Will yield 2 x 225ml cups of coffee +/- 5%
Machine
Behmor Filter
Type
Pour over
Calibration
Altitude calibrated
Water
500ml of filtered water
Dose
30g filter ground – Medium
Temperature
92°C
Bloom
45 seconds
Yield
Will yield 2 x 225ml cups of coffee +/- 5%
Machine
Fiamma Astrolab Multiboiler
Tamping
Tamping Puqpress 15kg
Brewhead
Set at 93°C
Basket
IMS 18g/22g
Dose
20g
Ratio
1:2
Yield
20g in basket with a yield of between 40-43 grams
Extraction
25-28 second extraction split into two shots
Cups
Ceramic (demitasse)

Equipment Used For Judging

 

Espresso & Filter Grinders: Mahlkonig EK43     

 

Water Filter: PENTAIR EVERPURE   

Providing water filtration for all categories from PENTAIR EVERPURE. WBC standard of 80-120 TDS.

 

Coffee Production Stations: (Engine Room)

 The Engine Room is a closed room, separate to the judging area and will consist of:

• Head Barista to manage the Engine Room
• 3 x espresso coffee production stations
• 3 x Fiamma Astrolab Multiboiler
• 2 x professional baristas per machine
• 1 x grinder per machine
• Pre-coded bags i.e. blind tasting process

Detailed Scientific Coffee Analysis

The new scientific analysis will give roasters of all sizes valuable information.

Analysis available for both roasted and green beans.

Key Dates

Entries open
23rd September 2021
Entries close
26th November 2021
Coffee deliveries by
26th November 2021
Judging dates
30 November 2021 – 3 December 2021
Medals available for purchase
13 December 2021
Please note:
You cannot bring coffee with you. You will need to send it in advance to be eligible to compete.
It is the responsibility of the roaster to choose the delivery date of their coffee (within the window of dates advised) to ensure it is at its best on the days of judging.

Attending the Golden Bean Competition and Conference

There are additional benefits to also attending the Golden Bean.

✓ Professional development
✓ Industry recognition
✓ Brand & profile building
✓ Fresh industry perspective
✓ Benchmark your product
✓ Re-energise your goals
✓ Market research
✓ Strengthen & improve your business
✓ Feedback from peers and experts

About Port Macquarie

Located on the Mid North Coast of NSW, boasting 17 gorgeous beaches, a lush hinterland, a diverse variety of attractions including the Koala Hospital, Billabong Zoo, river cruises, and a choice of accommodation from 4.5 star luxury hotels to camping by the beach.

Top it off with one of the best year-round climates and a busy events calendar, it’s no wonder this is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, and the friendly locals will welcome you with open arms.

Pricing Table

Competition Attendance

$550

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Attendance at the Golden Bean competition

Meet with the superstars of the coffee world

Interact with the latest and greatest coffee suppliers

Have fun!

Standard Coffee Entry

$150

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Single coffee entry

Certificate

Judges feedback

Portal login and registration

Six entries includes free competition attendance

Your chance to be a Golden Bean champion!

Scientific Coffee Analysis

$200

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Coffee Analysis

Coffee Analysis Report

Constructive feedback

Portal login and registration

Coffee Entry Plus Analysis

$300

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Single Coffee Entry

Coffee Analysis

Certificate

Judges feedback

Portal login and registration

Six entries includes free competition attendance

Your chance to be a Golden Bean champion!