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Champion – World Brewers Cup

That’s how it can go sometimes. Martin Wölfl, Managing Director of Wildkaffee 2.0, didn’t actually want to enter any more competitions after a penultimate place at the 2023 World Brewers Cup in Athens. But all those years of hard work shouldn’t just be over, so he decided that this shouldn’t be the end. He put together the perfect team to compete one last time in Chicago on April 14, 2024. Success was anything but certain and therefore a combination of many components. And then he went on to win the world title!

41 filter coffee experts from all over the world competed at the World Brewers Cup at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Chicago, including Martin Wölfl from Wildkaffee Austria, who represented Austria. In the preliminary round, our representative from Vienna achieved 7th place with 324 points and thus qualified for the semi-finals. Among the eleven other semi-finalists were Charity Cheung for France, Alex Niculae for Romania and Kim Dongmin for South Korea. Participants from Indonesia, Japan, Australia, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Taiwan, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates also reached the semi-finals.

World Brewers Champion 2024

World Brewers Cup – 3rd place in the semi-finals

A trend for Martin Wölfl was already apparent in the semi-final. After finishing 7th in the preliminary round, he reached 3rd place in the semi-finals. Together with Wataru Iidaka, Ryan Wibawa, Charity Cheung, Tom Hutchins and Jackie Trang, the Managing Director of Wildkaffee Austria went into the final. He impressed the jury with his filter coffee recipe and won the world championship title with 481 points.

World Brewers Cup – The world champion coffee

The coffee cherries for Martin Wölfl’s coffee come from Mario and Margot Guillen’s Finca Maya in Alto Jaramillo. The beans are transported overnight to Panama City by the processor, Lost Origin Coffee Labs, disinfected, cooled and then fermented twice. They are first fermented with wine yeast and then with lactobacteria. The cherries are then dried at a low temperature in filtered air for 33 days.

World Brewers Cup – The world champion recipe

Martin conjured up the world champion coffee with 17 grams of these coffee beans and 270 milliliters of water, which helped him to victory. The beans were freshly roasted on a Nucleus Coffee Tools link roaster just 7 days before the competition. This and five other innovations helped to present a “new taste experience”. We have listed these six innovations for you here.

Martin Wölfl also emphasized that grinding the coffee beans on stage contributed to the victory. “As a barista, we always grind the coffee fresh, and we don’t normally do that on stage. Something is lost, freshly ground coffee always tastes better,” he emphasized.

1. the coffee
Coffee prepared by Lost Origins Coffee Labs
2. the water
Water, specially mixed with minerals from Apax
3. the roasting
Roasting the beans on the Link roaster from Nucleus Coffee Tools
4. the dripper
The new Dripper V4 from Orea
5. the filter paper
The filter paper used from Sibarist
6. the cups
The cups used by 2-WayCup

World Brewers Cup – Aftermath

There is no doubt that the new filter coffee world champion, Martin Wölfl, is now a highly sought-after figure – and not just in the industry. In the meantime, he has already received hundreds of messages from all over the world: Many well-wishers, but also many who would like to work with him or interview him. Even ORF has already made an enquiry.

After winning the Brewers Cup twice at national level and taking part in the 2022 World Championships in Australia and 2023 World Championships in Greece, he has further improved his technique, revised his processes and, of course, selected an excellent coffee with an ingenious recipe. It is definitely world champion material. “I may be standing alone on the stage, but the whole thing is the result of great teamwork. Be it my trainer, Janine de Laar, who accompanied me the whole time, or the support of Hardi Wild and Wildkaffee as well as the premises of Nucleus Coffee Tools, which I was allowed to use. I couldn’t have done it alone, it was teamwork. Thanks to everyone who helped me achieve this goal,” said Martin Wölfl.

World Brewers Cup – Wild coffee around the world

This fills us as a wild coffee roastery with joy. Martin Wölfl and we have a long friendship, which led to a collaboration in 2023. The new Brewers Cup champion has been the managing director of Wildkaffee Austria for some time now. This will enable us to provide our customers in Austria with faster, closer and more personal advice. Courses, consultations and other events take place in the showroom in Vienna. The coffees continue to be carefully roasted by hand in Bavaria and shipped worldwide.