United states Roaster championship


The U.S. Roaster Championship (USRC) is designed to highlight the art and craft of coffee roasting. The Roaster Qualifying Competitions are a brand new addition to the CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions!

Road to the U.S. Roaster Championship

The U.S. Roaster Championship will have 2 rounds. In the First Round, judges will blind sample competitor’s compulsory submissions and hear a short presentation from each competitor, describing the flavor notes and sharing green and roasted coffee knowledge. Attendees will have a chance to sample each competitor's compulsory coffee. In the Second Round, competitors submit a roasted coffee of their own choosing. Again, the judges will blind sample the competitor’s roasted coffee and afterwards competitors will give a short presentations about their coffee to the judges. The roasted coffee that earns the top score will be named the winner of the 2017 U.S. Roaster Championship!

Roasters must participate in a Qualifying Competition where 12 competitors—6 from each Qualifying Competition—will advance to the U.S. Roaster Championship in Seattle, WA during SCAA Expo April 21-23, 2017.

There will be 30 competitors at each Qualifying Competition. The top 6 competitors from each Qualifying Competition will advance to the U.S. Roaster Championship in Seattle, WA.

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

Registration is closed for this event. We are still accepting registrations via email for a final few spots. To register for the Roaster Qualifying Competition, please email competitions@sca.coffee.


To view registration fees, please click here.

Important Competitor Registration Information and Updates for Qualifying Events

For the purpose of transparency and access to the competition, we have reduced the rules for regions and number of competitors per company.

However, our intent is to have a broad representation of competitors from across the United States.

We encourage you to send one roaster per company.

Note regarding coffee submissions:
On Friday, before the start of the Roaster Qualifying Competition, the competitor’s roasted coffee must be physically submitted between the hours of 2pm to 4pm to the Event Manager, Stage Manager, or designated volunteer. Please check-in at the Registration table at each CoffeeChamps event. Coffees cannot be mailed to the event space nor to the SCAA. All coffees must be hand delivered.



Registration Timeline

November 9th @ 9am PST: Registration opens

December 2nd @ 5pm PST: Registration Closes
(or when competition is full, whichever comes first)


December 12th: Green Coffee Shipped
20lbs of green coffee per competitor; competitor’s coffee submission bag to be mailed from the green coffee sponsor.


January 20th (Knoxville, TN) / February 10th (Austin, TX)
Onsite compulsory coffee submissions

Online Learning Sessions

All competitors & judges are required to join one Online Learning Session.

If you missed the Online Learning Session you can watch the recording here.

FORMAT FOR qualifying competition

During the Roaster Qualifying Competition, competitors will participate in a compulsory round. 20 pounds of green coffee will be shipped to the Roasters who will present their coffee to the judges. The compulsory coffee will be judged in a blind tasting, competitors will then have the chance to present their compulsory roasted coffee to the judges and serve it to the CoffeeChamps audience!  


Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43

Coffee Brewer for Blind Tasting: Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe

Coffee Brewer for Presentation & Audience Service: Curtis G4TP2T

Airpot for Presentation & Audience Service: Curtis 1.5 Gallon Gravity Server

Water: Global Customized Water

Bonavita Brewer Recipe for the Blind Tasting: 60g of ground coffee to 1 liter of water with a 19-21% extraction

*As soon as competition equipment is selected,
we will update competitors with specific details and batch brew recipe.