FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

See below for Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Qualifying Competitions, including General Questions, as well as specific Barista, Brewers Cup, Roaster, Cup Tasters, Latte Art, and Judging questions.


General Questions

• WHERE DO I REGISTER TO COMPETE IN THE COFFEECHAMPS QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS?

REGISTRATION WILL BE POSTED ON THE USCOFFEECHAMPIONSHIPS.ORG WEBSITE. THE SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT VIA EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN.

• WHEN WILL REGISTRATION FOR THE QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS OPEN? (DATE/TIME)

REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 AT 10AM PST.

• HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO COMPETE AT A QUALIFYING COMPETITION?

QUALIFYING PRICING:

BARISSTA COMPETITION: $215
BREWERS CUP: $215
CUP TASTERS: $215
ROASTERS: $215
LATTE ART: Will be a member driven event and any buy-in will be determined by the host

• CAN I COMPETE AT BOTH QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS?

COMPETITORS CAN COMPETE ONCE IN EACH COMPETITION WITHIN THE SEASON. FOR EXAMPLE, A COMPETITOR MAY NOT COMPETE IN BREWERS CUP AT BOTH COFFEECHAMPS EVENTS BUT MAY COMPETE IN BREWERS CUP IN RENO, NV AND BARISTA IN NEW ORLEANS, LA.

• CAN I COMPETE IN MULTIPLE COMPETITIONS AT ONE COFFEECHAMPS EVENT?

YES. PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER THAT BREWERS CUP COMPETITORS WILL HAVE OPEN SERVICE ONE DAY THEN COMPULSORY SERVICE AND SERVE THE AUDIENCE THE OTHER DAY. THIS WILL MAKE IT EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO COMPETE IN ANY OTHER COFFEECHAMPS COMPETITION. WE ENCOURAGE BREWERS TO ONLY PARTICIPATE IN BREWERS CUP.

• DO I NEED TO BE A BGA, CTG, RG, OR SCA MEMBER BEFORE I REGISTER, OR CAN I SIGN UP TO BECOME A MEMBER WHEN I REGISTER? WILL THAT SLOW DOWN MY REGISTRATION, CAUSING ME TO BE WAITLISTED?

You do not need to be a BGA, CTG, RG, or SCA member to register for the events. Competitors who are members can use their member number at registration will receive two free tickets to the event for their coaches and guests.

Judging for members is free and $60 for non-members. Judges who are members will need their member number and the promo code sent in the CoffeeChamps annoucement email. If you do not have the promo code, please email competitions@sca.coffee

Not a member? Please email memberships@sca.coffee to sign up before registration opens!

• CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO SOMEONE ELSE?

NO. REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE AND NON-REFUNDABLE

• MY COMPANY WILL BE HOLDING AN IN-HOUSE COMPETITION TO DETERMINE OUR COMPANY’S REPRESENTATIVE, WHEN IS THE LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF OUR COMPETITOR’S NAME?

All companies must have their competitor name ready prior to registration. Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

•IF MY FRIEND REGISTERED AND RECEIVED A SPOT TO COMPETE AT A QUALIFYING COMPETITION BUT NOW DOESN’T WANT TO COMPETE, CAN I TAKE THAT SPOT?

No, if a competitor drops out of a Qualifying Competition the next competitor on the waitlist will be contacted to fill the spot. Please also note registrations are non-refundable.

• HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM WAITLISTED? WHEN IS THE LATEST POSSIBLE DATE I WOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE WAITLIST?

All competitor registrations will be open until the competitions are full. Once the Competitor registrations are SOLD OUT, you must register for the appropriate “Waitlist Ticket” to be waitlisted for this event. Check the Waitlist page to see who is waitlisted for events.

The waitlist will be maintained until 3 weeks prior to the each CoffeeChamps. If at anytime a competitor drops out of the competition the next competitor on the waitlist will be contacted offered the option to compete.

If a spot opens for a waitlisted competitor, they will have 48 hours to complete and pay for their registration, after 48 hours we will move onto the next competitor on the waitlist.

• WHEN WILL THE COMPETITOR SCHEDULE BE RELEASED?

The competitor schedule will released after all the competition spots and waitlist spots have been accommodated. As soon as this is complete it will be emailed to all competitors and posted on the uscoffeechampionships.org website.

• WHEN ARE THE ONLINE LEARNING SESSIONS?

All Online Learning Sessions will take place prior to the Qualifying Competitions. A list of scheduled sessions will be available on the competition website uscoffeechampionships.org. Dates and times will be sent in your confirmation email as well. Competitors and Judges are required to take one session. All session participants will be logged and checked against their registration.

• WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS MY SCHEDULED ONLINE LEARNING SESSION?

The 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 and judging protocols.

• WILL THERE BE A COMPETITOR MEETING BEFORE THE COMPETITION?

No, the Online Learning Sessions will be your chance to ask Rules and competition related questions. Any important onsite information will be given to you via email before the competition. The National Competitions Manager, Stage Manager, Asst. Stage Manager, and/or Head Judges will also be able to assist you with onsite event questions during the competition.

• I WANT TO SPONSOR COFFEECHAMPS, WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AND WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT?

Please contact our sponsorship team by clicking here.

•HOW MANY COMPETITORS CAN A COMPANY REGISTER?

There is no restriction on how many competitors may enter from each company. However, we strongly encourage companies to hold In-House Competitions and send only 1 company representative to each Qualifying Competitions.

• WHEN WILL MY RESULTS BE AVAILABLE?

The Barista and Cup Tasters Qualifying Competitions will be live scored. Results will be displayed on a TV screen, updated at scheduled times during day. This will be located next to the main social area space at the Qualifying Competitions. After all competitions have concluded results will be posted online on the uscoffeechampionships.org website.

• WILL THERE BE A JUDGES DEBRIEFING SO I CAN RECEIVE FEEDBACK FROM JUDGES ABOUT MY PERFORMANCE?

Yes. Judges debrief will be after the conclusion on the Qualifying Competitions on Sunday afternoon. Scoresheets will be distributed during judges debrief.

• WILL COFFEE BE SERVED AT COFFEECHAMPS?

Yes, there will be an area where samples of coffee and espresso will be provided for general consumption!


Barista Qualifying Competition

• HOW MANY DRINKS ARE REQUIRED AT THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION?

COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE 4 ESPRESSOS AND 4 SIGNATURE DRINKS.

• WHAT IS THE FORMAT FOR THE BARISTA QUALIFYING COMPETITION?

COMPETITION TIME:

20 MINUTES PRACTICE
10 MINUTES PREPARATION
10 MINUTES PERFORMANCE
10 MINUTES CLEAN UP

• WHAT IS THE COMPETITION SET-UP?

3 COMPETITION TABLES SET UP:

COFFEECHAMPS:
MACHINE TABLE: 72" L X 36” W X 36” H
WORK TABLE: 72" LX 30" W X 30" H
JUDGE TABLE: 72" L X 30" W X 30" H

Please note new Judges Table size.

• HOW MANY JUDGES WILL EVALUATE MY PERFORMANCE?

THERE WILL BE 4 SENSORY JUDGES (2 SCORING JUDGES AND 2 NON-SCORING JUDGES THAT ARE EITHER JUDGES-IN-TRAINING, AUDIENCE MEMBERS, OR TASTERS FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES SUCH AS CHOCOLATE, FOOD, OR COCKTAILS), 2 TECHNICAL JUDGES, AND 1 HEAD JUDGE.

• WHAT IS THE PERFORMANCE TIME?

AT THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION YOU WILL HAVE 10 MINUTES COMPETITION TIME.

• CAN I BRING MY OWN GRINDER?

NO, COMPETITORS MUST USE ONE OF TWO PROVIDED GRINDERS FROM THE OFFICIAL USBC GRINDER SPONSOR TO PREPARE THE ESPRESSO FOR EACH COURSE IN THEIR COMPETITION ROUTINE. THE GRINDERS WILL REMAIN AT EACH STATION FROM PRACTICE TO COMPETITION SO THE GRINDER A COMPETITOR USES FOR PRACTICE WILL BE THE SAME GRINDER THE COMPETITOR USES FOR THE COMPETITION. AGAIN, COMPETITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING THEIR OWN GRINDERS FOR THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION.

• WHAT OTHER EQUIPMENT CAN I BRING?

THERE WILL BE 2X 120V OUTLETS AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL COMPETITION EQUIPMENT. THERE IS A MAX 20AMP DRAW TOTAL. THE OUTLET WILL BE PLACED AT THE COMPETITOR PREPARATION TABLE. YOU WILL NEED TO CHECK THE AMPERAGE AND VOLTAGE OF YOUR EQUIPMENT TO SEE IF THIS CAPACITY IS SUFFICIENT TO RUN ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT.

• WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO MY COMPETITOR TABLE?

BARISTA COMPETITORS 1-9 SCHEDULED ON SATURDAY WILL BE ABLE TO DROP OFF THEIR WARES AT THEIR TABLE FROM 2PM-4PM ON FRIDAY. ALL OTHER SATURDAY COMPETITORS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR TABLE BEGINNING AT 6:45AM ON SATURDAY.

BARISTA COMPETITORS 1-9 SCHEDULED ON SUNDAY WILL BE ABLE TO DROP OFF THEIR WARES AT THEIR TABLE FROM 2PM-4PM ON SUNDAY. ALL OTHER SUNDAY COMPETITORS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR TABLE BEGINNING AT 6:45AM ON SUNDAY.

• WILL MILK BE PROVIDED?

NO, THE MILK BEVERAGE PORTION OF THE USBC WILL NOT BE A PART OF THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION SO NO MILK WILL BE PROVIDED.

• IS ALCOHOL STILL PROHIBITED IN THE BARISTAS ROUTINE?

YES. ANY INGREDIENTS MAY BE USED IN THE SIGNATURE BEVERAGE PREPARATION EXCEPT ALCOHOL, ALCOHOL EXTRACTS OR BY-PRODUCTS, CONTROLLED OR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES. IF THESE SUBSTANCES ARE FOUND IN THE BEVERAGE, COMPETITORS WILL RECEIVE ZERO POINTS IN ALL CATEGORIES AVAILABLE ON THE SENSORY SCORE SHEETS IN THE SIGNATURE BEVERAGE CATEGORY. HEAD JUDGES MAY REQUEST TO INSPECT COMPETITOR INGREDIENTS.

• WILL THERE BE ANY AV AMPLIFICATION, LIVESTREAM, ETC.?

YES, THE BARISTA QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE LIVE STREAMED. THE COMPETITORS WILL WEAR MICS.

• CAN I PLAY MY OWN MUSIC?

YES, YOU ARE ABLE TO PLAY MUSIC FOR YOUR COMPETITION TIME. CDS ARE PREFERED HOWEVER USB DRIVES AND MP3 PLAYERS INCLUDING CELLULAR TELEPHONES WITH AN AUXILIARY PORT CAN ALSO BE ACCEPTED. IF YOU ARE PROVIDING AN MP3 PLAYER/CELL PHONE, ALL PASSCODES MUST BE DISABLED. IF YOUR CELL PHONE DOES NOT HAVE AN AUXILIARY PORT, SUCH AS THE IPHONE 7, YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE AN ADAPTER. PLEASE BRING YOUR MUSIC TO THE AUDIOVISUAL DESK BETWEEN 7AM – 8AM ON THE DAY OF YOUR COMPETITION ONLY. YOU MUST LABEL YOUR PROVIDED MUSIC, WITH YOUR NAME AND COMPETITOR NUMBER. TAPE AND A SHARPIE CAN BE PROVIDED AT THE AV DESK. MUSIC WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP AT THE END OF THE COMPETITION DAY APPROXIMATELY 4PM.

IF YOU PROVIDE A CD, PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK THAT IT PLAYS IN A CD PLAYER EITHER IN A CAR STEREO OR ON A DVD/BLU-RAY AUDIO SYSTEM THAT PLAYS MUSIC CDS– NOT ON YOUR COMPUTER. OCCASIONALLY CDS CORRUPT DURING PROCESSING AND MAY NOT PLAY ON A DIFFERENT AUDIO SYSTEM.

• WILL THE BARISTA QUALIFYING COMPETITION BE LIVESTREAMED?

YES.

• HOW MANY COMPETITORS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPETE?

THERE WILL BE 60 COMPETITORS AT EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION FOR A TOTAL OF 120 COMPETITORS.

• WHO WILL ADVANCE TO THE USBC?

36 COMPETITORS WILL ADVANCE TO THE USBC. THE TOP 6 COMPETITORS FROM EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO THE SECOND ROUND OF THE USBC. THE SINGLE TOP COMPETITOR FROM EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL HAVE THEIR TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS PAID TO THE USBC IN SEATTLE, WA APRIL 20-22, 2018. THE REMAINING 24 SPOTS IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE USBC WILL BE GIVEN TO THE 7th-18th RANKING COMPETITORS FROM EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION. IF A COMPETITOR PASSES ON THEIR SPOT AT USBC THE NEXT COMPETITOR IN RANKING FROM THAT QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE OFFERED THE CHANCE TO COMPETE.


Brewers Cup Qualifying Competition

• WILL I HAVE TO BE AT COFFEECHAMPS FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND?

YES, THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE ON A SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. COMPETITORS WILL HAVE COMPULSORY SERVICE AND SERVE THE AUDIENCE ON EITHER SATURDAY OR SUNDAY AND HAVE OPEN SERVICE ON THE OPPOSITE DAY.

• HOW MANY COMPETITORS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPETE?

THERE WILL BE 36 COMPETITORS AT EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION FOR A TOTAL OF 72 COMPETITORS.

• WILL THERE BE COMPULSORY AND OPEN SERVICE AT THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION?

YES, EACH BREWERS CUP COMPETITOR WILL COMPETE IN THE COMPULSORY SERVICE AND OPEN SERVICE AS WELL AS THE NEW SERVE THE AUDIENCE PORTION OF THE COMPETITION.

• WHAT IS THE COMPULSORY COFFEE?

THE PROVIDED COMPULSORY SERVICE COFFEE WILL BE A MEDIUM TO MEDIUM-LIGHT ROASTED FULLY WASHED SPECIALTY GRADE COFFEE (AGTRON 55 TO 70 GROUND ON ‘GOURMET SCALE’), ROASTED NO MORE THAN SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION DAY.

• WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY COMPULSORY COFFEE?

COMPULSORY COFFEE WILL BE GIVEN TO EACH COMPETITOR AT THE START OF THEIR COMPULSORY SERVICE PRACTICE TIME. ANY REMAINING COMPULSORY COFFEE MUST BE RETURNED TO THE STAGE MANAGER AFTER YOUR PERFORMANCE TIME HAS CONCLUDED.

• HOW LONG WILL I HAVE WITH THE COMPULSORY COFFEE?

COMPULSORY SERVICE WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW PRACTICE TIME. COMPETITORS WILL HAVE 38 MINUTES OF PRACTICE TIME WITH THE COFFEE AND THEN, AT THE SAME STATION AND ON THE SAME GRINDER & HOT WATER TOWER, START THEIR SETUP AND PERFORMANCE TIME. PLEASE ALSO NOTE, NO COACHES, HELPERS, OR ASSISTANTS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE COMPULSORY STAGE. ONLY COMPETITORS CURRENTLY COMPETING, VOLUNTEERS, AND THE EVENT MANAGER ARE PERMITTED ON THE COMPULSORY STAGE.

• HOW MUCH COFFEE WILL I RECEIVE FOR COMPULSORY SERVICE?

EACH COMPETITOR WILL RECEIVE 12OZ (350G) OF COMPULSORY COFFEE.

• WHAT IS THE COMPETITION LAYOUT FOR BREWERS CUP?

THE COMPETITION AREA WILL BE SPLIT INTO TWO MAIN AREAS. THE OPEN SERVICE MAIN STAGE WILL BE THE SAME SIZE AND SHAPE AS LAST YEAR. COMPULSORY SERVICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON A SEPARATE STAGE, NEAR THE BRC MAIN STAGE. SEE SECTION 6 OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR MORE DETAILS.

COMPULSORY COMPETITION TIME:

38 MINUTES PRACTICE + PREPARATION
7 MINUTES PERFORMANCE
5 MINUTES CLEAN UP

OPEN SERVICE COMPETITION TIME:

20 MINUTES PRACTICE
5 MINUTES PREPARATION
10 MINUTES PERFORMANCE
5 MINUTES CLEAN UP

SERVE THE AUDIENCE TIME:

5 MINUTES PREPARATION
20 MINUTES PERFORMANCE
5 MINUTES CLEAN UP

• AM I REQUIRED TO DO THE SERVE THE AUDIENCE PORTION OF THE COMPETITION?

YES, COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN SERVING AUDIENCE MEMBERS THEIR OPEN SERVICE COFFEE. THIS SESSION WILL BE SCHEDULED AFTER COMPULSORY IS COMPLETED AND ON THE SAME DAY. DETAILS ON SCHEDULED TIME SLOTS WILL BE COMMUNICATED BY THE NATIONAL COMPETITIONS MANAGER PRIOR TO THE COMPETITION. COMPETITORS THAT DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS SERVICE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

• HOW MUCH OF MY OPEN SERVICE COFFEE AM I REQUIRED TO BRING?

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING AT LEAST 4 KG OF YOUR OPEN SERVICE COFFEE. COMPETITORS WHO DO NOT BRING AT LEAST 4 KG WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

• DO I HAVE TO USE THE SAME BREW METHOD FOR SERVE THE AUDIENCE AS I DO FOR OPEN SERVICE?

NO, COMPETITORS MAY MANUALLY BREW COFFEE IN ANY MANNER THEY WISH DURING THE SERVE THE AUDIENCE PORTION OF THE COMPETITION. THE BREW METHOD DOES NOT HAVE TO MATCH YOUR OPEN SERVICE OR COMPULSORY BREW METHODS.

• IS THE SERVE THE AUDIENCE PORTION OF THE COMPETITION SCORED?

NO, THIS SECTION IS NOT SCORED HOWEVER NOT PARTICIPATING IN SERVE THE AUDIENCE WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. THE STAGE MANAGER WILL INFORM THE HEAD JUDGES IF ANY COMPETITOR MISSES THEIR SERVE THE AUDIENCE TIMESLOT.

• WILL THERE BE ANY AV AMPLIFICATION, LIVESTREAM, ETC.?

THE OPEN SERVICE PORTION OF THE COMPETITION WILL HAVE AV (COMPETITORS WILL HAVE MICS AND CAN PROVIDE MUSIC). HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE NO LIVESTREAM OF THE BREWERS CUP COMPETITIONS.

• CAN I PLAY MY OWN MUSIC?

YES, YOU ARE ABLE TO PLAY MUSIC FOR YOUR OPEN SERVICE COMPETITION TIME. ONLY CDS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR MUSIC. PLEASE BRING YOUR MUSIC TO THE AUDIOVISUAL DESK BETWEEN 7AM – 8AM ON THE DAY OF YOUR COMPETITION ONLY. YOU MUST LABEL YOUR PROVIDED MUSIC, WITH YOUR NAME AND COMPETITOR NUMBER. TAPE AND A SHARPIE CAN BE PROVIDED AT THE AV DESK. MUSIC WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP AT THE END OF THE COMPETITION DAY APPROXIMATELY 4PM.

PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK THAT YOUR CD PLAYS IN A CD PLAYER, EITHER IN A CAR STEREO OR ON A DVD/BLU-RAY AUDIO SYSTEM THAT PLAYS MUSIC CDS, NOT ON YOUR COMPUTER. OCCASIONALLY CDS CORRUPT DURING PROCESSING AND MAY NOT PLAY ON A DIFFERENT AUDIO SYSTEM.

• AM I REQUIRED TO USE THE SPONSORED GRINDER?

DURING OPEN SERVICE & SERVE THE AUDIENCE COMPETITORS MAY USE THE SPONSORED GRINDER OR ANOTHER GRINDER OF THEIR CHOOSING - HOWEVER, ONLY THE SPONSORED GRINDER MAY BE USED IN THE COMPETITION AREA AND DURING THE COMPETITION TIME.

DURING COMPULSORY SERVICE COMPETITORS MUST USE THE PROVIDED SPONSOR GRINDER. COMPETITORS WILL BE COMPETING ON THE SAME GRINDER ON WHICH THE PRACTICE.

• AM I REQUIRED TO USE THE SPONSORED WATER?

COMPETITORS MUST UTILIZE THE WATER PROVIDED BY THE COMPETITION FOR COMPULSORY SERVICE, BUT COMPETITORS MAY UTILIZE THEIR OWN BREW WATER FOR OPEN SERVICE.

THE PROVIDED WATER WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE COMPETITOR ROOM FOR PRACTICE BUT NO HOT WATER TOWER. COMPETITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE WATER TOWERS OR WATER JUGS IN THE COMPULSORY SERVICE AND OPEN SERVICE STAGE AREAS IN ORDER TO BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHER COMPETITORS PRACTICE AND COMPETITION TIMES.

• CAN I BRING ANY ADDITIONAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT?

COMPETITORS MAY BRING UP TO 2 PIECES OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT. TOTAL POWER AVAILABLE FOR THE ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT IS ONE INDEPENDENT CIRCUIT OF 120V/20 AMPS. THE OUTLET WILL BE PLACED AT THE COMPETITOR PREPARATION TABLE. YOU WILL NEED TO CHECK THE AMPERAGE AND VOLTAGE OF YOUR EQUIPMENT TO SEE IF THIS CAPACITY IS SUFFICIENT TO RUN ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT.

• WHERE DO I STORE MY THINGS WHEN I GET TO THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION?

BREWERS CUP COMPETITORS WILL BE PROVIDED A 3’ TABLE SPACE TO USE OVER THE DURATION OF THE COMPETITION.

• WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO MY COMPETITOR TABLE?

BREWERS CUP COMPETITORS WILL BE ABLE TO DROP OFF THEIR WARES AT THEIR TABLE FROM 2PM-4PM ON FRIDAY OR STARTING AT 6:45AM ON SATURDAY.

• CAN I USE MY OWN BREWER?

AS LONG AS IT’S A MANUAL BREWING DEVICE, YOU CAN USE IT.

• DO I HAVE TO BREW 3 SEPARATE BREWS?

YES, COMPETITORS WILL PREPARE AND SERVE THREE INDIVIDUAL COFFEE BEVERAGES, ONE TO EACH OF THE THREE JUDGES.

• WHO WILL ADVANCE TO THE USBRC?

24 COMPETITORS WILL ADVANCE TO THE USBRC. THE TOP 12 COMPETITORS FROM EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE OFFERED A SPOT AT THE USBRC. IF A COMPETITOR PASSES ON THEIR SPOT AT USBRC THE NEXT COMPETITOR IN RANKING FROM THAT QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE OFFERED THE CHANCE TO COMPETE.


Roaster Qualifying Competition

• WILL I HAVE TO BE AT COFFEECHAMPS FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND?

IT WILL DEPEND ON YOUR SERVICE SCHEDULE. COMPETITORS ARE REQIRED TO DELIVER THEIR COFFEE TO THE EVENT MANAGER OR STAGE MANAGER ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION BETWEEN 2PM-4PM. SOME COMPETITORS WILL HAVE SERVICE ON SATURDAYS WHILE OTHERS WILL COMPLETE THE SERVICE PART OF COMPETITION ON SUNDAY.

• HOW MANY COMPETITORS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPETE?

THERE WILL BE 30 COMPETITORS AT EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION FOR A TOTAL OF 60 COMPETITORS.

• WHAT IS THE COMPULSORY GREEN COFFEE?

THE COMPULSORY GREEN COFFEE IS BEING CAREFULLY SELECTED WITH THE HELP OF THE U.S. ROASTER COMPETITION GROUP. ONCE THE SELECTION HAS BEEN APPROVED AND FINALIZED, WE WILL EMAIL COMPETITORS WITH MORE DETAILED INFORMATION.

• WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY GREEN COFFEE?

GREEN COFFEE WILL BE SHIPPED TO COMPETITORS EARLY NOVEMBER.

• HOW MUCH GREEN COFFEE WILL I RECEIVE?

EACH COMPETITOR WILL RECEIVE 20LBS OF GREEN COFFEE.

• WHAT IS THE COMPETITION LAYOUT FOR ROASTERS?

THE COMPETITION AREA WILL BE CENTRALIZED WITHIN THE COFFEECHAMPS ARENA. IT WILL CONSIST OF TABLES WITH COMPETITOR’S AIRPOTS OR DISPENSERS AND CUPS FOR SERVICE.

COMPETITION TIME:

10 MINUTES PRIOR TO COMPETITION TIME ARRIVE TO STAGE
5 MINUTES SERVICE PRESENTATION
30 MINUTES SERVE THE AUDIENCE
5 MINUTES CLEAN UP

• AM I REQUIRED TO DO THE SERVE THE AUDIENCE PORTION OF THE COMPETITION?

YES, COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN SERVING AUDIENCE MEMBERS THEIR COFFEE. COMPETITORS WILL BE GIVEN ONE (1) AIR POT OR DISPENSER WITH THEIR COFFEE FOR BOTH SERVICE AND SERVE THE AUDIENCE. COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN ON THE STAGE FOR THE ENTIRE SCHEDULED COMPETITION TIME OR UNTIL THEIR AIR POT/DISPENSER IS EMPTY, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. SEE SECTION 5.2.C IN THE RULES.

• HOW MUCH OF MY ROASTED COFFEE AM I REQUIRED TO BRING?

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING 2LBS OF YOUR ROASTED COFFEE IN THE PROVIDED CRAFT PAPER BAG. COMPETITORS WHO DO NOT BRING 2LBS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

• IS THE SERVE THE AUDIENCE PORTION OF THE COMPETITION SCORED?

NO, THIS SECTION IS NOT SCORED HOWEVER NOT PARTICIPATING IN SERVE THE AUDIENCE WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. THE STAGE MANAGER WILL INFORM THE HEAD JUDGES IN ANY COMPETITOR LEAVES DURING THEIR SERVE THE AUDIENCE TIMESLOT.

• WILL THERE BE ANY AV AMPLIFICATION, LIVESTREAM, ETC.?

NO, THERE WILL BE NO LIVE STREAM OR AV FOR THE ROASTERS COMPETITIONS.

• WHO WILL ADVANCE TO THE USRC?

12 COMPETITORS WILL ADVANCE TO THE USRC. THE TOP 6 COMPETITORS FROM EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE OFFERED A SPOT AT THE USRC. IF A COMPETITOR PASSES ON THEIR SPOT AT USRC THE NEXT COMPETITOR IN RANKING FROM THAT QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE OFFERED THE CHANCE TO COMPETE.


Cup Tasters Qualifying Competition

• HOW MANY TRIANGULATIONS WILL THERE BE?

THERE WILL BE 6 TRIANGULATIONS PER COMPETITOR AT THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION.

• HOW LONG WILL EACH ROUND LAST?

AT THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION, EACH ROUND WILL LAST A MAXIMUM OF 6 MINUTES OR UNTIL EACH COMPETITOR HAS CALLED “TIME”.

• HOW MANY ROUNDS WILL THERE BE?

THERE WILL BE ONLY 1 ROUND AT THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION. SEE SECTION 5.0 IN THE RULES AND REGULATIONS.

• HOW MANY COMPETITORS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPETE?

THERE WILL BE 36 COMPETITORS PER QUALIFYING COMPETITION FOR A TOTAL OF 72 COMPETITORS.

• WHO WILL ADVANCE TO THE U.S. CUP TASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP?

15 COMPETITORS FROM EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL ADVANCE TO THE USCTC. THE TOP 3 FROM EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO THE SECOND ROUND OF THE USCTC. THE REMAINING 24 SPOTS IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE USCTC WILL BE GIVEN TO THE 4th-15th RANKING COMPETITORS FROM EACH QUALIFYING COMPETITION. IF A COMPETITOR PASSES ON THEIR SPOT AT USCTC THE NEXT COMPETITOR IN RANKING FROM THAT QUALIFYING COMPETITION WILL BE OFFERED THE CHANCE TO COMPETE.

• WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVE A CUP?

WHEN CUPS ARE SELECTED THEY SHOULD BE PUSHED ACROSS THE TABLE. IF COMPETITORS LIFTS A CUP OFF THE TABLE OR TOUCHES ANY CUP IT IS DETERMINED TO BE THEIR FINAL SELECTION AND MUST BE MOVED ACROSS THE LINE INTO THE SEPARATE BOX. ONCE THE CUP HAS BEEN PUSHED OVER THE LINE, THE CUP MUST NOT BE MOVED AGAIN. SEE SECTION 5.0 IN RULES AND REGULATIONS.


CoffeeChamps Latte Art Throwdown

• WHAT IS THE COMPETITION SET-UP?

THE COFFEECHAMPS LATTE ART THROWDOWN WILL BE AN EVENT HOSTED BY A LOCAL CAFE OR ROASTERY BEFORE OR DURING THE COFFEECHAMPS WEEKEND. THE THROWDOWN WILL BE A SINGLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT.

• I WANT TO BE SPONSOR, WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AND WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT? CAN I HOST THE THROWDOWN?

PLEASE CONTACT COMPETITIONS@SCA.COFFEE

• HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE COFFEECHAMPS LATTE ART THROWDOWN?

THERE WILL NOT BE PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE COFFEECHAMPS LATTE ART THROWDOWNS. IT WILL BE A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE SIGN UP AT THE HOST CAFE. MORE DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED IN THE FUTURE, PLEASE CHECK BACK AT THE USCOFFEECHAMPIONSHIPS.ORG WEBSITE.

• WHO ARE THE COFFEECHAMPS LATTE ART THROWDOWN HOSTS?

WE ARE STILL WORKING ON FINALIZING HOSTS. MORE DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED IN THE FUTURE, PLEASE CHECK BACK AT THE USCOFFEECHAMPIONSHIPS.ORG WEBSITE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOSTING, PLEASE CONTACT COMPETITIONS@SCA.COFFEE

• WHAT ARE THE RULES? WILL ART BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO WLAC STANDARDS, BARISTA COMPETITION STANDARDS, OR TRADITIONAL TNT STANDARDS?

YES, THERE WILL BE RULES. AT THE MEMBER DRIVEN COFFEECHAMPS LATTE ART THROWDOWN AND U.S. LATTE ART COMPETITION LATTE ART WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE VISUAL COMPONENT OF THE "MILK BEVERAGE" COURSE IN THE BARISTA COMPETITION. THIS MEANS:

JUDGES WILL EVALUATE THE APPEARANCE OF THE MILK BEVERAGE TO DETERMINE ITS VISUAL SCORE. ON THE SURFACE, THE MILK BEVERAGE SHOULD HAVE A COLOR COMBINATION OF MILK AND COFFEE, WITH GOOD COLOR CONTRAST DEFINITION, SYMMETRICAL DESIGN, AND A SMOOTH, GLOSSY/GLASS-LIKE SHEEN. NOTE: IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR MILK BEVERAGES TO BE TOPPED WITH ANY ADDITIONAL SPICES AND/OR POWDERS.


Judging at CoffeeChamps

• HOW DO I BECOME A BARISTA COMPETITION OR BREWERS CUP JUDGE AT THE COFFEECHAMPS QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS?

YOU MUST REGISTER THROUGH THE SCA WEBSITE WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS. THEN ATTEND BOTH AN ONLINE LEARNING SESSION AND A JUDGE'S CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP THAT WILL TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO THE QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AND PASS ALL CALIBRATION EVALUATIONS AND EXERCISES AT THE JUDGE CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP.

• WHERE AND WHEN IS THE JUDGE CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP?

EXACT LOCATIONS AND DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

• HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JUDGE?

Judging for BGA/CTG/RG/SCA members is free and $60 for non-members. Judges who are members will need their member number and the promo code sent in the CoffeeChamps annoucement email. If you do not have the promo code, please email competitions@sca.coffee

Not a member? Please email memberships@sca.coffee to sign up before registration opens!

• IS THERE A TEST TO QUALIFY AS A JUDGE?

IN ORDER TO BE CERTIFIED AS A COMPETITION JUDGE, YOU MUST PASS THE FULL DAY JUDGES CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP. TO PASS THE WORKSHOP, YOU MUST ATTEND THE WORKSHOP IN ITS ENTIRETY AND PASS ALL CALIBRATION EVALUATIONS AND EXERCISES. TO PREPARE FOR THE WORKSHOP, PLEASE STUDY THE COMPETITION’S RULES & REGULATIONS CAREFULLY. YOU WILL BE TESTED ON THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION RULES & REGULATIONS AND SCORE SHEETS. JUDGES WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO TAKE ONE ONLINE LEARNING SESSION.

• WHEN ARE THE ONLINE LEARNING SESSIONS?

ALL ONLINE LEARNING SESSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO THE QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS. A LIST OF SCHEDULED ONLINE SESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE COMPETITION WEBSITE USCOFFEECHAMPIONSHIPS.ORG. DATES AND TIMES WILL BE SENT IN YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL AS WELL. JUDGES ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE ONE ONLINE SESSION. ALL SESSION PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LOGGED AND CHECKED AGAINST THEIR REGISTRATION.

• WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS MY SCHEDULED ONLINE LEARNING SESSION?

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.

• HOW LONG IS CALIBRATION DAY?

THE CALIBRATION WORKSHOP IS A FULL DAY, FROM 9AM - 5PM. LUNCH IS TYPICALLY SPONSORED.

• AS A JUDGE, DO I NEED TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE COMPETITION?

YES. EACH JUDGE WILL BE REQUESTED TO STAY THROUGH THE DEBRIEFING PERIOD WITH THE COMPETITORS ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

• HOW DO I BECOME A HEAD JUDGE?

HEAD JUDGES ARE HIGHLY SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED JUDGES, SO STEP 1 IS TO START JUDGING! IF YOU’RE ALREADY AN EXPERIENCED JUDGE, PLEASE EMAIL COMPETITIONS@SCA.coffee IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A HEAD JUDGE.

• HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN JUDGE AT USBC, USRC, USBRC?

Judges for USBC, USRC, and USBrC must have judged at the CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions. Judges are invited based on competency exhibited during the Qualifying Competitions. The competition committee evaluates all sensory and technical judges during competitions. Judges who demonstrate a high level of competency will receive an invitation from the U.S. Competitions Working Group to judge at the USBC, USRC, or USBrC.

• WHY ARE JUDGES EVALUATED?

JUDGES ARE EVALUATED TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY CAN PARTICIPATE IN FUTURE COMPETITIONS INCLUDING USBC, USRC, OR USBRC. JUDGES ARE EVALUATED TO HELP DETERMINE AREAS OF DEVELOPMENTAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THAT JUDGE AND FOR FUTURE JUDGING OPPORTUNITIES. THE COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE STRIVES TO DEVELOP ASPIRING JUDGES AND ENSURE A FAIR JUDGING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE COMPETITORS.

• I CAN JUDGE AT A QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS, BUT I CAN’T MAKE USBC OR USBRC IS THAT OK?

YES! PARTICIPATION IN USBC, USRC, OR USBRC IS NOT REQUIRED TO JUDGE AT A QUALIFYING COMPETITION.

• WHAT CONSTITUTES A JUDGING CONFLICT?

A CONFLICT INTEREST IS ANY SITUATION WHERE THE COMPETITOR OR JUDGES HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT A JUDGE, SENSORY OR TECH, CANNOT FAIRLY EVALUATE A COMPETITOR. THIS INCLUDES COWORKERS, FORMER AND CURRENT EMPLOYERS/EMPLOYEES, AND ANYONE YOU HAVE HAD A CLOSE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH. WHEN IN DOUBT, CONSIDER THE RELATIONSHIP AS A JUDGING CONFLICT!

• AS A JUDGE, ARE ANY OF MY EXPENSES COVERED BY SCA?

NO. JUDGING IS A VOLUNTEER POSITION. DUE THE SHEER NUMBER OF JUDGES REQUIRED FOR A COMPETITION, THE SCAA IS UNABLE TO COVER EXPENSES AT THIS TIME.

• WHAT IF I’M A JUDGE BUT I’M NOT SCHEDULED FOR A DAY, WITH WHOM DO I SPEAK?

THE COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE ATTEMPTS TO OFFER AS MANY JUDGES AS POSSIBLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO JUDGE - SO YOU MAY NOT BE SCHEDULED FOR A DAY OF COMPETITION. AFTER RECEIVING THE DAY’S JUDGING SCHEDULE YOU MAY CHECK IN WITH A HEAD JUDGE TO VERIFY THAT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN SCHEDULED. IF YOU ARE NOT JUDGING FOR A DAY, YOU ARE WELCOME TO SIGN UP FOR OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE COFFEECHAMPS QUALIFYING COMPETITON- SIGN-UPS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE USCOFFEECHAMPIONSHIPS.ORG WEBSITE OR YOU MAY EMAIL THERESA MAGUIRE, THE SCA VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, VOLUNTEERS@SCA.COFFEE