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

This year there were two stages of qualifying competitions leading up to USBC  Baristas competed at CoffeeChamps Preliminaries taking place in 8 cities around the country, and the  CoffeeChamps qualifying events in Reno, NV and New Orleans, LA to move on to 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 20 - 22, 2018. 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 June 20, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands!

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


Grinders: Mahlkonig Peak, EK43

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

Baskets: 20g ridgeless VST baskets

Water: Global Customized Water