I’m awaiting for the SNBC competition to start. As with all other previous SNBC’s, there are the usual familiar faces:
Justin Metcalf, WBC certified judge and looks to be head judge of SNBC this year.
Victor Mah, head of Singapore Coffee Association, the organiser for SNBC.
Ross Bright, roaster at Spinelli Coffee and sponsor of this year’s Rancilio machines.
Danny Pang, past SNBCs’ finalist and of Geek Terminal and Espressoul fame.
A few points that I’ve noted are:
There are 3 stations of Rancilio Classe 8. The portafilters are so tight they can’t lock into the normal 6 o clock position. I was told the machines are new and so the tabs are not seasoned enough to lock into the right position. And some of the machines’ spouts are angled while others aren’t. I’m not sure if changing the baskets to the thinner ones might help any.
The trophies this year look quite cheap, not the usual frothing pitchers from past years. Entry into this competition is by no means cheap, being $250 a head for non SCA members. You would think they could at least mount a tamper or portafilter or at least something representative of a barista to begin with. The winner from SNBC this year also walks away with a Ditting grinder, which looks like a Vario Baratza, sponsored by Hospitality Essential.
Updated with new photos below: