United states CUP TASTERS Championship

Different taste preferences are found in coffee cultures around the world, and the U.S. Cup Tasters Championship (USCTC) does not ask contestants to judge or evaluate coffee for these preferences. Instead, the competition challenges competitors to test their sensory skills by discerning taste differences in a “triangulation.” Tasters receive 8 sets of three cups, or triangles, where two cups are identical and one is different. The competitor with the ability to taste, smell, concentrate, and recall, those with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time wins.

Road to the U.S. Cup Tasters Championship

In 2017 and 2018, there were two events leading up to USCTC that included qualifying events for all the U.S. Coffee Championships. Cup tasters had to compete at the CoffeeChamps Preliminaries and the CoffeeChamps Qualifying Events to move on to the national championship.

There were 24 competitors at each Qualifying Competition. 12 competitors from each Qualifying Competitors are advancing to U.S. Cup Tasters Championship. The top 3 competitors from each Qualifying Competition move directly into the Semi-Finals round of USCTC in Seattle, WA, held April 20-22, 2018. The next 9 competitors from each Qualifying Competition will be invited to compete in the first round of USCTC. The winner of the USCTC will move on to the World Cup Tasters Championship from September 16-18, 2018 in Dubai, UAE.

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

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Cupping Bowl: Acme Cupping Bowl 260 mL