Interested in hosting a u.s. COFFEECHAMPS preliminary?

Here is what you need to know!

U.S. CoffeeChamps Preliminary competitions are member-driven events that allow community members the chance to host an official competition. These events can be strictly competition-based, or make it your own by adding fun and interactive elements – including Latte Art Throwdowns, parties, and more! –  for your community to enjoy!

Step 1: Fill out the Host Application Form. Deadline for applications is May 22nd, 2019

Step 2: The U.S. Competitions Committee, U.S. Chapter Regional Coordinators, and the National Competitions Manager will review applications & select a minimum of 2 (per competition) hosts for the 2020 season.

Step 3: The National Competitions Manager will contact the selected hosts & provide them with information to help run their Preliminary Competition. All host applicants will be contacted the week of May 28th.

Step 4: SCA will announce the dates and locations of the all U.S. CoffeeChamps Preliminaries early June.

Step 5: U.S. CoffeeChamps Preliminaries will take place throughout July - September 2019.

Goals:

  • To vet competitors for the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competition

  • To facilitate increased access to coffee competitions for new competitors and judges

  • To allow for more opportunities for the community to host their own events in a format that works for them

Details:

  • Hosts are encouraged to partner with 1-2 co-host companies to strengthen relationships within the community and to share responsibilities.

  • Hosts must have a Presiding Head Judge to help train judges & run each competition. The U.S. Competition Committee will assign Hosts a Head Judge. Fee: $1,000 per competition.

  • Hosts must create a website, Facebook Group or Event, or similar web page for their Preliminary.

  • Hosts will be in charge of communicating with their registered competitors and judges about logistics and event details. The National Competitions Manager is available for Host questions and support but Preliminaries competitors and judges will only communicate with the Host.

Barista Minimum Requirements:

  • 8-24 Competitors over 1-2 Days

  • 6-12 Sensory Judges, 2-6 Tech Judges, 1+ Head Judge

  • 1-2 Espresso Grinders

  • 1-2 Espresso Machines  

  • Milk

  • Wares/Supplies (cups, steaming pitchers, knock boxes, etc.)

  • 2 or more coffees from 2 or more roasters

  • Cupping or batch brewing equipment

Brewers Cup Minimum Requirements:

  • 6-16 Competitors over 1-2 Days

  • 4-8 judges, 1+ Head Judge

  • 1-2 Hot Water Towers

  • 1-2 Filter/Bulk Coffee Grinders

  • 2 or more coffees from 2 or more roasters

  • Cupping or batch brewing equipment

Coffee in Good Spirits Minimum Requirements:

  • 4-12 Competitors over 1-2 Days

  • 4-8 Taste Judges, 1-2 Visual Judges, 1+ Head Judge

  • 1-2 Hot Water Towers

  • 1-2 Filter/Bulk Coffee Grinders

  • Whiskey, Vodka, and Rum

  • Wares/Supplies (cups, bar tools, manuel brewing devices, etc.)  

  • Ice

  • 2 or more coffees from 2 or more roasters

  • Cupping or batch brewing equipment

Cup Tasters Minimum Requirements:

  • 4-18 Competitors over 1-2 Days

  • Batch brewing equipment

  • A Minimum of 50 Cupping Bowls

  • Cupping spoons

Roaster Minimum Requirements:

  • 6-12 Competitors over 1-2 Days

  • 2-4 Sensory Judges, 1 Head Judge

  • 20lbs of Green Coffee per competitor (shipped to competitors 2 weeks prior to competition)

  • Batch brewing equipment

  • Cupping equipment (cupping bowls, cupping spoons, grinder, etc.)

Selected Hosts will receive a digital Host Packet with:

  • Host Agreement/Code of Conduct

  • Head Judge Assignment

  • List of experienced judges

  • Rules & Regulations

  • Scoresheets

  • Scorekeeping tabulator

  • Registration Template

  • Schedule Templates

  • Sponsorship Resources & Restrictions

  • Marketing Sanctioning Seal & Placement on CoffeeChamps Website

  • Equipment Requirements

  • Volunteer Information

  • Supply List

Timeline*

  • May 23, 2018 - Host Applications close

  • Week of May 28th - Host Applicants Contacted

  • Mid-June - Competition Dates and Locations Announced

  • June 29, 2018 - Hosts open registration

  • July 13, 2018 - Start of 2018 Preliminaries

  • September 23, 2018 - End of 2018 Preliminaries

  *Estimated Timeline, subject to change


Competition Structure

2020 U.S. Barista Preliminaries

  • 8-24 Competitors per Preliminary

  • 10 Minute Setup Time

  • 7 Minute Competition Time

  • 5 Minute Clean-Up time

  • 2 Espressos

  • 2 Milk Beverages

  • 2 Sensory Judges

  • 1 Technical Judge

  • 1 Head Judge

  • Top 6 Baristas from each of the Preliminaries will get a guaranteed spot at their choice of the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions.


Remaining Barista spots at the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions will be Open Registration.

*All wares, equipment, and coffee will be provided for Barista competitors. Competitors may bring their own wares, if they would like, but it is not required. Competitors are required to use a Host provided coffee(s).

 

 

2020 U.S. Coffee in Good Spirits Preliminaries

  • 4-12 Competitors per Preliminary

  • 5 Minute Setup Time

  • 6 Minute Competition Time

  • 5 Minute Clean-Up time

  • 2 Individual Coffee and Alcohol Designer Drinks

  • 2 Taste Judges

  • 1 Head Judge

  • Top 3 Barkeeps from each of the Preliminaries will get a guaranteed spot at their choice of the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions.

 
Remaining CIGS spots at the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions will be Open Registration.

*Coffee in Good Spirits competitors will have equipment, alcohol, and coffee provided for them. Hosts will have a small variety of manual brewing devices, filter media, and kettle(s), if competitors would like something specific they will need to bring their own. Competitors are required to use the Host-provided coffee(s). The required alcohol(s) for the competition will be provided by the Host, any additional alcohol or beverage ingredients will need to be provided by the competitor.

2020 U.S. Cup Tasters Preliminaries

  • 4-18 Competitors per Preliminary

  • 5 Triangulations

  • 5 Minute Maximum Competition Time

  • Top 3 Tasters from each of the Preliminaries will get a guaranteed spot at their choice of the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions.

 
All remaining Cup Tasters spots at the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions will be Open Registration.

*Cup Tasters competitors only need to bring their palette! Cupping spoons are provided by the Host.

2020 U.S. Brewers Cup Preliminaries

  • 6-16 Competitors per Preliminary

  • 7 Minute Setup Time

  • 8 Minute Competition Time

  • 7 Minute Clean-Up Time

  • 2 Individual Brewers

  • 2 Sensory Judges

  • 1 Head Judge

  • Top 4 Brewers from each of the Preliminaries will get a guaranteed spot at their choice of the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions.

 

 
Remaining Brewers Cup spots at the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions will be Open Registration.

 *Equipment and coffee will be provided for Brewers Cup competitors. Hosts will have a small variety of manual brewing devices, filter media, and kettle(s), if competitors would like something specific they will need to bring their own. Brewers may bring their own brewing equipment, if they prefer, but this is not required. Competitors are required to use the Host-provided coffee(s).

2020 U.S. Roaster Preliminaries

  • 6-12 Competitors per Preliminary

  • 5 Minute Setup Time

  • 5 Minute Competition Time

  • 30 Minutes Audience Service Time

  • 2 Sensory Judges

  • 1 Scoring Head Judge

  • Top 3 Roasters from each of the Preliminaries will get a guaranteed spot at their choice of the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions.

 
Remaining Roasters spots at the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions will be Open Registration.

*Green coffee will be given to Roaster competitors 2-3 weeks prior to their Prelim. Competitors can pick up their green coffee in person or Hosts will ship it to competitors. Competitors will roast the coffee and bring it with them for the competition weekend. Competitors are required to use the Host-provided green coffee.