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Monday, January 20, 2014

Coffee News: Nick Cho to Take on the Steampunk in Brewing Battle, Delays for Sightglass' 20th Street Shop

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Steampunk MOD 2.1, a modular single-cup brewing system. - ALPHA DOMINCHE
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  • The Steampunk MOD 2.1, a modular single-cup brewing system.

Last month, Nick Cho -- co-founder of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters and general bigwig of the coffee world -- broke down the latest in coffee brewing equipment for Serious Eats. He takes a skeptical view of most of the machines, proclaims himself "not really a fan," and generally debunked the idea that these automated single cup and precision brewers are going to be game-changing technology.

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Alpha Dominche, who manufactures the Steampunk -- a precision brewer that Cho takes issue with, heard a war cry and challenged Cho to a rather epic-sounding brew-off. On Feb. 19, as Sprudge reports, Cho will battle the Steampunk in a Man vs. Machine battle to brew five coffees -- African, Central American, South American, Indonesian, and dark roast for three judges. There will be coffee from Wrecking Ball and Lamill, and three more sourced through Twitter. Cho will be brewing with Kalita 185 drippers, using Kalita Wave pots for pouring. The brew-off will take place in Alhambra at the Lamill Coffee Rastery at 1112 Westminister Ave. The event starts at 3 p.m. and ends with a big BBQ and kegger at 5 p.m.

In other news, Andytown reached and exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $15,000 to finish construction, with enough funds left over to procure the first siphon brewers in the Sunset. High five.

Sightglass has pushed back the opening of its newest location on 20th Street to mid-February. The space is more intimate than the Seventh Street space at an intimate 1,200 square feet, and they'll be roasting on a 1961 five-kilo Probat the company plucked out of South Africa. More details to come next week. Sightglass also took home a Good Food Award for their Ethiopia Guji Yetatebe.

Speaking of Good Food Awards, the only other S.F.-based roaster to take home a shiny medal was De La Paz -- acquired and rebooted by Four Barrel earlier this year -- which garnered two awards for their Kenya Gichathaini and Peel Sessions.

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