The definition of the beverage Cezve/Ibrik emphasizes achieving a harmonious balance of sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. The preparation involves using unflavored water and varying amounts of coffee based on the type and grind. No additional ingredients are permitted in the preparation or service during the competition. The coffee must be served in a 50-110ml traditional cezve/ibrik cup, filled to 5mm below the rim, including crema. The use of an external heat source is required for preparation, and competitors are limited to a single serve cezve/ibrik. Consistency in preparation is a key criterion for evaluation by the technical judge(s).
A cezve (also known as ibrik) is a pot specifically designed to make a particular style of coffee that is largely consumed in parts of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The body can be made of metal, brass, copper, or ceramic but it features a distinctive long handle, and a brim that is designed to serve the coffee.
This event showcases the Cezve or Ibrik preparation of brewing coffee, set in a competition format that celebrates the cultural tradition. In this championship, it is encouraged that the competitors bring their own style/cultural element to their performance to showcase what is one of the oldest forms of preparing coffee.
2024 Canadian National Cezve/Ibrik Championship
April 9, 2024 at the Enercare Centre Toronto