Barista Qualifying Competition


For the 2019 season of the United States Barista Championship (USBC) there will be two Qualifying Competitions leading up to the national championship. In order to move on to USBC, Baristas must first qualify at the U.S. CoffeeChamps in Denver, CO or Nashville, TN.  

Each Qualifying Competition will host 60 competitors, for a total of 120 spots. 54 spots are reserved for competitors that pre-qualified during the Preliminaries. The remaining 66 spots are available for Open Registration.

Registration Opens Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:00am Pacific

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.

If you have any questions please email

Competition Overview

At the U.S. CoffeeChamps Barista Qualifying Competitions, competitors will have 10 minutes to make espressos and a signature beverage for 4 sensory judges: 2 scoring and 2 non-scoring judges-in-training or guest judges.

  • Competitor’s preparation skills will be assessed by 2 technical judges. A Head Judge oversees all these judges but does not score.
  • Competitors must use the provided sponsor grinder(s) which will be in a fixed location on the left side of the machine.


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 judging protocols. Competitors must take one of the Barista Competitor sessions as it acts as the the competitor meeting. Judges must take the Barista Judge session.

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.

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


Competitor Session

Monday, October 22, 2018
9:00 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern

Friday, December 14, 2018
12:00 PM Pacific/3:00 PM Eastern

Online Session Registration

Judges Session

Wednesday Oct 31, 2018
9:00 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern

Online Session Registration



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