The titles a joke by the way of course cupping before football that came afterwards.
Today we had 34 coffees to cup. doesn’t sound a lot but four tables all taking around an hour each with discussions taking around an hour after each its a long day.
The quality of this competition has been great. an improvement on the last one in 2005 that was also fantastic. I’ve found it very tough to knock out and eliminate a lot of them just due to the quality presented. But that’s what you have to do and I’ve given my all.
One thing the competition has reminded me is how much I enjoy cupping. Not cupping samples at home but cupping samples with a panel of international experts and just hearing there thoughts, and there descriptors. Its certainly helped me this week to progress as a cupper.
The cupping ended at around 5 pm and after I arranged a game between the national jury and international jury. This was a bit like a bunch of young fit lads against old men. The game started well and we dominated the young guns, scoring a few in succession (with me getting one of the goals). Then they started to take over a mixture of old age and not being used to the altitude. I dropped back into goal as we started to leak some, this didn’t really help and we ended up losing 9-7 . It as really good fun, everyone agreed a good idea. But I totally owned the crowd getting everyone laughing and we must have had 20-30 spectators.
I love the national jury guys and girls, they are so important to any competition, and things like this just help to bring you closer, and realise were all just doing the same things in our lives just in different places.