Cup Tasters QUalifying Competition 


For the 2018 season of the United States Cup Tasters Championship there will be two Qualifying Competitions leading up to the national championship. In order to move on to USCTC, Tasters must first qualify at the U.S. CoffeeChamps in Reno, NV or New Orleans, LA. 

Each Qualifying Competition will host 36 competitors, for a total of 72 spots.

Reno Results Now Available!


Registration Information

Registration Fee: $215

SCA/BGA/RG/CTG members get 2 free attendee passes for their coaches/helpers

Registrations are non-refundable/non-transferable. The name on the registration is the competitor, this cannot be changed or substituted. Companies holding In-House Competitions will need to have their competitor’s name ready prior to the start of registration.

The competition will sell out very quickly! Be sure to have everything you need to register ready prior to registration opening.

Competition Overview

Fast and fun, the U.S. Cup Tasters Qualifying Competition challenges competitors to test their sensory skills by discerning taste differences in a “triangulation.” Tasters receive 6 sets of three cups where two cups are identical and one is different. Competitors are challenged to  taste, smell, recall, and choose the unique cup in each triangulation.

The person with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time wins!

Online Learning Sessions

The Online Learning Sessions are for competitors and judges. The U.S. Competitions Working Group will go over the Rules & Regulations, highlighting any Rules changes, and competition procedures.

Online Learning Sessions are mandatory.

These sessions will be recorded; those who cannot attend the live session(s) may watch the recordings. However, attendance at a live session is highly recommended, so everyone has the opportunity to ask questions about the Rules & judging protocols.

Sessions are open to everyone. Competitors, coaches, co-workers, business owners, judges, and volunteers are welcome to attend both sessions.

Digital Downloads

Session Access

Wednesday,  October 18 @ 9:00am PST
Monday, November 27 @ 2:00pm PST



Grinder: Mahlkönig EK43

WaterGlobal Customized Water

Coffee Brewer: Curtis G4 Thermopro (1 Gallon)

Airpot: Curtis Airpot

Cupping Bowls: ACME