CATEGORIES

Blending heritage and creativity

CATEGORY

SANE’ AL GAHWA CHAMPIONSHIP – LIGHT ROAST

Winner
AED 100,000
Runner Up
AED 50,000

This category challenges participants to achieve the best light roast brew using pre-roasted and ground beans. During their presentation, each participant must explain the steps, ingredients, and history behind the process to the audience. Participants will be evaluated on their knowledge of Gahwa as well as their bean selection and preparation methods.

CATEGORY

SANE’ AL GAHWA CHAMPIONSHIP – MEDIUM/DARK ROAST

WINNER
AED 100,000
RUNNER UP
AED 50,000

This category challenges competitors to achieve the best medium/dark brew using pre-roasted and ground beans. During their presentation, each participant must explain the steps, ingredients, and history behind the process to the audience. Participants will be evaluated on their knowledge of Gahwa as well as their bean selection and preparation methods.

CATEGORY

GAHWA ROASTER AWARD – LIGHT ROAST

WINNER
AED 50,000
RUNNER UP
AED 25,000

This category challenges participants to present the best light roasted beans. Their beans will be assessed by expert judges in a blind tasting.

CATEGORY

GAHWA ROASTER AWARD – MEDIUM/DARK ROAST

WINNER
AED 50,000
RUNNER UP
AED 25,000

This category challenges participants to present the best medium and dark roasted beans. Their beans will be assessed by expert judges in a blind tasting.

CATEGORY

GAHWA BEVERAGE CONCEPT AWARD

WINNER
AED 25,000

The award will go to the most inventive hot or cold concept beverage featuring Gahwa as the main ingredient. Expert judges will then assess the beverages based on their ingenuity, flavour, and presentation.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Cupping Room

Visitors will get to see the judging in action. In this room, the sensory judges conduct the cupping sessions for both Sane’ Al Gahwa Championship and the Gahwa Roaster Award. The judges will be , assessing the quality of each contestant's Gahwa through a rigorous evaluation of the coffee’s roast colour, taste balance (aromatics, acidity, bitterness, and flavor), defects, faults, and taints.

Live Competitions

Visitors can watch the competitions live at different stages; from Gahwa roasting on open fires using traditional utensils to competitors unleashing their creativity to brew the best Gahwa using only the ingredients provided in a mystery box.

Celebrate the Winners

The Gahwa Championships will conclude with an award ceremony at Al Hosn Festival to recognize the new winners of the competitions.

JUDGES

Abdulla Khalfan Al Yammahi

Head Judge, Heritage

Fatima Al Mughanni

Judge, Heritage

Ahmed Al Ahbabi

Judge, Heritage

Rashid Bin Futtaimah AlMansouri

Judge, Heritage

Nooran Albannay

Head Judge, Sensory

Saeed Al Baloushi

Judge, Sensory

Sara AlKhouri

Judge, Sensory

Amna AlHarmoudi

Judge, Sensory

Abdulla Al Mheiri

Judge, Sensory

Mariam Almansoori

Judge

Jerry Flores​

Judge

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