United States Barista Championship

The United States Barista Championship (USBC) is a platform for baristas to enhance their espresso beverage making skills through an exciting and challenging competition.

In 15 minutes, the barista must prepare and serve espressos, cappuccinos, and a personally designed signature beverage for four sensory judges; all while being assessed on their preparation abilities by two technical judges.


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Road to the U.S. Barista Championship

In 2017, there were two events leading up to USBC that will included qualifying events for all the U.S. Coffee Championships. Baristas had to compete at a CoffeeChamps event to qualify for the national championship.

There were 60 competitors at each Qualifying Competition. 36 competitors are moving on to the U.S. Coffee Championships, in Seattle, WA from April 21 - 23, 2017. The top 6 competitors from each of the two CoffeeChamps events will go directly into the Semi-Finals round. The next 12 competitors from each Qualifying Competition will be invited to compete in the First Round of U.S. Barista Championship. The winner of the 2017 U.S. Barista Championship will represent the United States in the World Barista Championship, taking place November 9-12, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea!

We have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Any additional questions may be emailed to competitions@sca.coffee.


Grinders: Mahlkonig K30 Air, EK43

Espresso Machine: Nuova Simonelli Black Eagle 3 group. 3 group spec sheet & brochure.

Baskets: 20g ridgeless VST baskets

Water: Global Customized Water