What an incredible journey it has been for 48 brilliant coffee roasters who entered South Africa’s premiere coffee roasting competition, Coffee Magazine’s A Shot in The Dark Competition presented by Genio Roasters.

Each roastery receiving the same specialty coffee, a Guatemalan micro-lot from Vulcan estates, and submitted their best roasts. These were “blind” cupped and scored by the three of SA’s top Q-graders: Nicodemus Nabakwe (Sevenoaks Trading), Cuth Bland (Bean There Coffee Company) and Matthew Carter (TriBeCa Coffee Company), and left us with the Top 10 Finalists.

The Top 10 Finalists continued to amaze everyone with their talent and skills in the second round of the competition when they had to roast a Rwandan single-origin from Baho coffee, as well as creating a blend for espresso from their first-round coffee, the new specialty coffee and a third coffee from Uganda.

Finally, the day arrived when Iain and Mel from Coffee Magazine announced the winner live on Instagram and we could not be happier for Father Coffee from Johannesburg that impressed the judges the most and claimed the prestigious title of A Shot in the Dark Champion for 2020.

Father Coffee, co-owned by Barry Weedon and Chad Goddard, is a specialty coffee roaster that serves and supplies the best coffee in Johannesburg from their espresso bar in Juta Street, Braamfontein, as well as their flagship roastery and espresso bar in The Zone @ Rosebank.

The minimalistic Scandinavian inspired interior design with herringbone wood-cladding and white finishes is an Instagram landmark in the city and attracts people from all walks of life. They offer a revolving selection of unique and interesting single-origin micro-lots as well as their signature Heirloom Blend all year round.

Visit Father Coffee’s online shop for their specialty-grade coffee range, crowd-pleasing blends, rad merchandise, hand-picked coffee equipment, milk for coffee alternatives and so much more.