Gahwa Championships

Arabic coffee (Gahwa) is integral to Arab hospitality, and the traditions associated with it represent a key element in the region’s heritage. Its preparation and serving comprise a symbolic act of generosity, marked by elaborate customs. Such is its significance to Arab culture, Gahwa was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015.

In view of its central role in the region, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi will pioneer the first Gahwa Championships in the UAE capital in December 2019. Building on the success of its Bait Al Gahwa initiative, which aims to document and protect Gahwa as an essential element of Emirati culture, the Championships will test the knowledge and practice of competitors from across the region in areas such as the heritage of Gahwa; bean selection and roasting; and Gahwa preparation and serving. The Championships will also feature categories specific to roasting as well as a beverage concept award.

AWARDS CATEGORIES

SANE’ AL GAHWA CHAMPIONSHIP
LIGHT ROAST

With a grand prize of AED 125,000 for the winner and a runner-up prize of AED 40,000, the Sane’ Al Gahwa – Light Roast category challenges competitors to achieve the best light roast brew using pre-roasted and ground beans, whilst you explain the steps, ingredients and heritage of the process to the audience. In this category, you will be evaluated on your Gahwa knowledge, bean selection and preparation. This category is open to all.
 

SANE’ AL GAHWA CHAMPIONSHIP
MEDIUM / DARK ROAST

With a grand prize of AED 125,000 and a runner-up prize of AED 40,000, the Sane’ Al Gahwa – Medium/Dark Roast category challenges competitors to achieve the best medium/dark brew using pre-roasted and ground beans, whilst you explain the steps, ingredients and heritage of the process to the audience. In this category, you will be evaluated on your Gahwa knowledge, bean selection and preparation. This category is open to all.
 

GAHWA ROASTER AWARD
LIGHT ROAST

With a prize of AED 25,000, the Gahwa Roaster Award challenges contestants to present the best light roasted beans, to be blind tasted by specialist judges. This category is open to individuals and roasting houses. 
 

GAHWA ROASTER AWARD
MEDIUM / DARK ROAST

With a prize of AED 25,000, the Gahwa Roaster Award challenges contestants to present the best medium and dark roasted beans, to be blind tasted by specialist judges. This category is open to individuals and roasting houses

GAHWA BEVERAGE CONCEPT AWARD

With AED 20,000 in prize money for the winner, the Gahwa Beverage Concept Award will recognise the most inventive hot or cold concept beverage starring Gahwa. Specialist judges for this category will assess beverages based on their ingenuity, flavour and presentation. This category is open to all.

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