A Shot in the Dark is a coffee roasting competition that has been running for the past 4 years in Southern Africa and is now launching in the Middle East. Enter now to compete for the highest honours.
The competition will kick off in August/September!
Receive the your specialty coffee beans in your competition pack via courier. We can’t wait to taste your roasts of these beans!
Roasters are able to experiment with beans in the comfort of their own roastery to achieve the best flavour results.
The inaugural competition will have just 25 slots available competing for the title of A Shot in the Dark Middle East Champion 2022.
Genio Roasters – Presenting Global Partner of A Shot in the Dark
SUCAFINA Specialty Coffee – Official Green Competition Coffee Sponsor
BWT water+more – Official Water Filtration Partner
Brewing Gadgets – Official Equipment Partner
DMCC Coffee Centre – Official Venue Partner
Savor Brands – Official Packaging Partner
The Coffee Magazine – Official Hosts and Media Partner
Origins Coffee – Competition Ambassador Saudi Arabia
What's included in your entry fee?
There are two challenges in this competition:
Cupping & Blending
All Competitors receive the exact same green coffee to roast. There are 3 coffees in each competition pack – One extremely high quality specialty coffee exclusively for the cupping challenge as well as two additional coffees for the blending challenge. Competitors may roast their competition coffee in their own roaster and on their own coffee roasting equipment. This Green Coffee will be sent out to all competitors at the same time.
All coffee will be blind judged by a team of Q-graders using the specially formulated A Shot in the Dark scoresheets.
Competitors will submit 500g of the high quality specialty coffee used for the cupping challenge, roasted to its best potential and then submitted to the judges via courier with their roasting notes.
Competitors will also have to roast and blend the additional two supplied coffees in addition to their original competition coffee. This will be roasted and blended for their best espresso recipe.
The entire competition is blind judged by a panel of Coffee Professionals (Q-graders + Roasters) in a cupping laboratory using the specially formulated A Shot in the Dark judging scoresheets and feedback forms. Each competitor will receive feedback regardless of their final placement.
Every Roaster that wishes to enter A Shot in the Dark, needs to fill out the online Entry Form below and pay the Entry Fee.