Follow 50 competitors around the world, competing for the prestigious title of Top Roaster of the Year 2020!

Days left till the Finals @ Creative Coffee Week








Genio Roasters is extremely excited to be once again the Main Sponsor for The Coffee Magazine’s A Shot in the Dark Competition – South Africa’s only coffee roasting competition.

Roasters from around South Africa are invited to test their skills in roasting speciality coffee beans, to achieve the most desirable flavours. The brainchild behind this competition was Genio Roaster’s owner, Neil Maree, who wanted to give roasters a competitive platform to demonstrate their roasting skills as well as an opportunity to grow personally, their brands and their businesses.

Together with The Coffee Magazine, Neil was directly involved in the writing of the competition’s rules and procedures, ensuring that international standards were followed across the board.  

The competition was first launched in 2018 and this year will be the first year the competition excepts entries for international roasters. Like before, all the finalists for A Shot in the Dark competition will roast it out for the Top Roaster of the Year title at the Creative Coffee Week 2020 in Durban, judged by 2 International Coffee Professionals…eek!

The A Shot in the Dark Competiton consists of 3 stages. This year we are pleased to announce that we had 50 entries into this prestigious competition and we can not wait to track them throughout this journey.


Entre the Competition

Roasters from around the world entered the competition by completing the entry form (online or physically) and paid the Entry Fee.

Included in the entry fee were the following items: the competition speciality (85+) green coffee, the competition entry coffee bags, a roll of A Shot in the Dark stickers, a T-shirt and information on how the coffee will be judged.

One Full Event Pass to Creative Coffee Week (valued at R2500) was also included. 

Preliminary Round

The 50 competitors received their welcome packs and competition coffee before the national lock down was implemented. They will have to submit their 500g roasted coffee to the judges via courier with their roasting notes before the judges do a blind judging in the second week of May.

The top 10 Finalists will be announced and receive new coffee beans for the finals round. All competitors will also receive the judges’ scoresheet and feedback on their first entry.

Finals Round

The top 10 qualifiers from Preliminary Round will compete in the Finals during the Creative Coffee Week in Durban. 

Competitors will present their roasted competition coffee to the judges at Creative Coffee Week.

* We are are aware that some of the dates might change due to the current lock down situation, but we will keep all the competitors as well as the public up to date with regards to these changes. 

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