What is the WAC?
The World AeroPress Championship is a fan driven global phenomenon in which challengers from over 60 countries have a great time competing to make the best cup of coffee using their favorite AeroPress recipe. Each event combines intense competition with a fun party that includes beer, music and lots of fun. In 2021, W.A.C. is switching things up to a mix of in-person and virtual events that will enable people to compete while staying as safe as possible, culminating in a virtual World AeroPress Championship at the end of the year.
The competitions are multi-round elimination tournaments, made up of regional, national, and world competitions, where competitors brew coffee for a distinguished panel of expert coffee-celebrity judges. Winning a championship is an impressive achievement that is greatly respected by the specialty coffee community.
Coffee industry leaders Tim Wendelboe and Tim Varney liked how the AeroPress empowers users to control the brewing process. In 2008 they decided to hold a lighthearted competition to see who could brew the best cup of coffee using an AeroPress. Starting with only three competitors, they named their event the World AeroPress Championship. Fans in other countries decided to organize national championships and the national winners would then compete in the World Championships. Over the years the W.A.C. circuit has grown to include dozens of countries, reaching 65 countries total during the last full season in 2019. After a hiatus in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, W.A.C. is now seeing dozens of regional and national competitions springing up for the 2021 season!
Tim Williams has taken the lead in continuing the phenomenon that is the World AeroPress Championship. This year, Tim and the team are excited to be back and producing AeroPress Championship events that are lively, light-hearted celebrations of the global AeroPress community and also serious coffee brewing competitions.