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

During the Roaster Qualifying Competition, competitors will participate in a blind compulsory round. 20 pounds of green coffee will be shipped to the Roasters who will present this 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! 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@scaa.org.



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.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, 2:00pm – 3:00pm PDT
More Dates Coming Soon!

Register for the Roaster Competition Training Session.

FORMAT FOR qualifying competition

The U.S. Roaster Championship & Qualifying Competition will have 3 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 throughout the day. 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 top 6 scoring competitors will advance to the Final Round on Sunday. Finalists will showcase their submissions to the attendees who will be able to sample each finalists coffee. The roasted coffee that earns the top score will be named the winner of the 2017 U.S. Roaster Championship!


Grinder: coming soon!

Coffee Brewer: coming soon!

Airpot: coming soon!

Brew Recipe: coming soon!

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