United states CUP TASTERS Championship

The U.S. Cup Tasters Championship (USCTC) challenges competitors to test their sensory skills by discerning taste differences in a “triangulation.” Tasters receive 8 sets of 3 cups, or triangles, where 2 cups are identical and 1 is different. The competitor with the ability to taste, smell, concentrate, and recall, those with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time wins.

Road to the U.S. Cup Tasters Championship

Leading up to the U.S. Cup Tasters Championship, there are 2 CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions. Held in Denver, CO and Nashville, TN, tasters must compete at a CoffeeChamps event to qualify for the national championship. 12 competitors from each Qualifying Competitors advance to USCTC. The top 3 competitors from each CoffeeChamps move directly into the Semi-Finals Round. The next 9 competitors from each qualifying event will be invited to compete in the Round One.

 The USCTC Champion will go on to represent the USA at the World Cup Tasters Championship in Berlin, Germany June 6-8, 2019.

Questions? Email us at competitions@sca.coffee.

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2019 Competitors

Aaron Lerner   SkyTop Coffee — Cazenovia, NY

Aaron Lerner

SkyTop Coffee — Cazenovia, NY

Chloe O'Connor   Everyman Espresso — Brooklyn, NY

Chloe O'Connor

Everyman Espresso — Brooklyn, NY

Elisabeth Johnson   Venture Coffee Co. — Lakewood, WA

Elisabeth Johnson

Venture Coffee Co. — Lakewood, WA

Jen Apodaca   Royal Coffee — Oakland, CA

Jen Apodaca

Royal Coffee — Oakland, CA

Ken Selby   Vashon Coffee Co. — Vashon Island, WA

Ken Selby

Vashon Coffee Co. — Vashon Island, WA

Noah Goodman   Faema — Brooklyn, NY

Noah Goodman

Faema — Brooklyn, NY

Samuel Gurel   Torch Coffee — Riverside, CA

Samuel Gurel

Torch Coffee — Riverside, CA

Sebastian Legner   Coda Coffee Co. — Denver, CO

Sebastian Legner

Coda Coffee Co. — Denver, CO

Andy Sprenger   Sweet Bloom Coffee — Denver, CO

Andy Sprenger

Sweet Bloom Coffee — Denver, CO

Chris Kornman   Royal Coffee — Oakland, CA

Chris Kornman

Royal Coffee — Oakland, CA

Hyoung Wuk (Luke) Jung   Loit Cafe — Los Angeles, CA

Hyoung Wuk (Luke) Jung

Loit Cafe — Los Angeles, CA

Jin Chiew   Sweet Bloom Coffee — Denver, CO

Jin Chiew

Sweet Bloom Coffee — Denver, CO

Khristian Yurchak   Sisters Coffee Co. — Sisters, OR

Khristian Yurchak

Sisters Coffee Co. — Sisters, OR

Roman Deshong   Amethyst Coffee Co. - Denver, CO

Roman Deshong

Amethyst Coffee Co. - Denver, CO

Sarah Lambeth   Congregation Coffee Roasters — New Orleans, LA

Sarah Lambeth

Congregation Coffee Roasters — New Orleans, LA

Summer Zhang   Onyx Coffee Lab — Springdale, AR

Summer Zhang

Onyx Coffee Lab — Springdale, AR

Austin Amento   Augie's Coffee — Redlands, CA

Austin Amento

Augie's Coffee — Redlands, CA

Cody McGregor   ReAnimator Coffee — Philadelphia, PA

Cody McGregor

ReAnimator Coffee — Philadelphia, PA

Jeff Mooney   Folly Coffee Roasters — Silver Lake, MN

Jeff Mooney

Folly Coffee Roasters — Silver Lake, MN

Joshua Edens   Onyx Coffee Lab — Springdale, AR

Joshua Edens

Onyx Coffee Lab — Springdale, AR

Kienan Stubstad   Independent — St. Petersburg, FL

Kienan Stubstad

Independent — St. Petersburg, FL

Samuel Demisse   Keffa Coffee Importers — Baltimore, MD

Samuel Demisse

Keffa Coffee Importers — Baltimore, MD

Scott MacBride   InterAmerican Coffee — San Diego, CA

Scott MacBride

InterAmerican Coffee — San Diego, CA

Taylor Reed   Victrola Coffee — Seattle, WA

Taylor Reed

Victrola Coffee — Seattle, WA

 

EQUIPMENT

Cupping Bowl: Brewista Cupping Bowls

Grinder:  Mahlkonig EK43s

Batch Brewer: Curtis G4 ThermoPro

Airpots: Curtis Airpot

Water: Curtis Airpot