Nashville Qualifier Finalists Announced

The final CoffeeChamps Qualifying Event for the 2018-2019 season took place in Nashville, TN January 12-13, 2019. Nearly 200 coffee professionals from all over the country gathered to witness the final qualifying competition leading to the U.S. Coffee Championships, which will be held March 15, 2019 in Kansas City, MO. View the finalists for each of the 5 qualifying competitions – Barista, Brewers, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, and Roaster – and the full rankings below.

Miss the Nashville qualifying event? Watch the recording of our livestream, made possible by Pacific Foods Barista Series.


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Barista Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Dylan Siemens, Onyx Coffee Lab

  2. Samantha Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters

  3. T. Ben Fischer, Elixr Coffee Roasters


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Brewers Cup Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Grace McCutchan, Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

  2. Jennifer Hwang, Klatch Coffee

  3. Tyler Duncan, Topeca Coffee Roasters


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Coffee In Good Spirits Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Kris Wood, Black Fox Coffee Co

  2. Nathanael Mehrens, Stay Golden

  3. Matt Foster, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co


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Cup Tasters Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Matthew McDaniel, Summit Coffee

  2. Summer Zhang, Onyx Coffee Lab

  3. Aaron Lerner, SkyTop Coffee


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Roaster Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Amanda Hagenbuch, Rival Bros Coffee Roasters

  2. Jeremy Moore, Bonlife Coffee Roasters

  3. Steve Cuevas, Black Oak Coffee Roasters


Photos courtesy of Sprudge, official media partner of the U.S. Coffee Championships.

See Who's Competing at #CoffeeChampsNashville

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The next CoffeeChamps Qualifying Event for the 2018-2019 season will take place in Nashville, TN this weekend, January 12-13, 2019. Nearly 200 coffee professionals from all over the country will gather to compete to qualify in the U.S. Coffee Championships, which will be held March 15, 2019 in Kansas City, MO. View the competition schedule for each of the 5 qualifying competitions – Barista, Brewers, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, and Roaster – below.


Can’t make it to the Nashville qualifying event? Follow the action on our livestream, made possible by Pacific Foods Barista Series.

Denver Qualifier Finalists Announced

The first CoffeeChamps Qualifying Event for the 2018-2019 season was held in Denver, CO on December 1-2, 2018. Nearly 200 coffee professionals from all over the country gathered to compete to qualify in the U.S. Coffee Championships, which will be held March 15, 2019 in Kansas City, MO. View the finalists for each of the 5 qualifying competitions – Barista, Brewers, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, and Roaster – and the full rankings below.

Miss the Denver qualifying event? Watch the recording of our livestream, made possible by Pacific Foods Barista Series.


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Barista Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Sam NeelySwitchback Coffee Roasters

  2. Andrea AllenOnyx Coffee Lab

  3. Emily OrendorffBoxcar Coffee Roasters


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Brewers Cup Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Jacob WhiteBird Rock Coffee Roasters

  2. Kaley GannMessenger Coffee

  3. Justin McCormick-GoodhartSweet Bloom Coffee


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Coffee in Good Spirits Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Sam SchroederOlympia Coffee

  2. Kimhak EmPeixoto Coffee Roasters

  3. Joshua SmithWest Oak Coffee Bar


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Cup Tasters Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Sebastian LegnerCopper Door Coffee Roasters

  2. Chris KornmanRoyal Coffee

  3. Jen ApodacaRoyal Coffee


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Roaster Qualifying Competition Finalists

  1. Andrew OberholzerJoe Coffee Co

  2. Shelby WilliamsonHuckleberry Roasters

  3. Jen ApodacaRoyal Coffee


Photos courtesy of Sprudge, official media partner of the U.S. Coffee Championships.

USCC is Heading to Kansas City!

Update: Thank you to all our panelists and to everyone who attended the webinar recorded live on Tuesday, October 9th, at 11:00am PDT / 2:00pm EDT. Watch the recording above.


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We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Coffee Championships (USCC) will take place at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO on March 15-17, 2019.

In order to compete at USCC, competitors must first qualify at the U.S. CoffeeChamps Qualifying Events on December 1-2, 2018 in Denver, CO or January 12-13, 2019 in Nashville, TN.

The 2019 USCC lineup includes the following competitions:

  • Barista Championship

  • Brewers Cup

  • Coffee in Good Spirits Championship

  • Cup Tasters Championship

  • Roaster Championship

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Live Webinar: Meet Members of the Kansas City Coffee Community

Join members of the Kansas City coffee community and the U.S. Competitions Working Group for a special webinar on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT to learn more about Kansas City and the selection process for the location of the 2019 U.S. Coffee Championships.

Panelists include Sarah Leslie, Adam JacksonBey, Miguel Vicuna, and Ellie Hudson. Moderated by Mansi Chokshi.

2018 United States Coffee Champions

April 25, 2018: Updated with details of scorekeeping error and resolution in the 2018 U.S. Roasting Championship.

Watch Online

Did you miss the 2018 US Coffee Championships? Watch the recording of our livestream here. 

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United States Barista Championship – Final Rankings

  1. Cole McBride  Independent, Seattle, WA
  2. T. Ben Fischer – Elixr Coffee Roasters, Philadelphia, PA
  3. Kay Cheon – Dune Coffee Roasters, Santa Barbara, CA
  4. David Castillo – Joe Coffee, New York, NY
  5. Andrea Allen – Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR
  6. Sam Neely – Switchback Coffee Roasters, Colorado Springs, CO
 
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United States Brewers Cup Championship – Final Rankings

  1. Rebecca Woodard – George Howell Coffee, Boston, MA
  2. Justin Goodhart – Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters, Denver, CO
  3. Kaley Gann – Messenger Coffee, Kansas City, MO
  4. Jennifer Hwang – Klatch Coffee Roasters, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  5. Tyler Duncan – Topeca Coffee, Tulsa, OK
  6. Emmeline Wang – Equator Coffee, San Francisco, CA
 
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United States Cup Tasters Championship – Final Rankings

  1. Ken Selby – Visions Espresso, Seattle, WA
  2. Zayne Dietterick – Keffa Coffee, Baltimore, MD
  3. Tommy Tae U Kim – Balrog Coffee Roastery, Los Angeles, CA
 
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United States Roaster Championship – Final Rankings

  1. Ian Picco – Topeca Coffee, Tulsa, OK
  2. Evan Schubarth – Switchback Coffee Roasters, Colorado Springs, CO
  3. Mark Michaelson – Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR
  4. Hugh Moretta – La Colombe, Philadelphia, PA
  5. Eric Stone – Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, Charlottesville, VA
  6. Andrew Oberholzer – Joe Coffee Co., Brooklyn, NY

Updates:

April 25, 2018: Details on a scorekeeping error at the 2018 U.S. Roasting Championship.

In the spirit of full transparency, the staff and volunteers of the 2018 USRC would like to provide some details on a scorekeeping error that affected two of our competitors, and the resolution reached. 

Scores for the U.S. Roaster Championship are entered into an Excel spreadsheet by a scorekeeper volunteer. The scorekeeping tabulator is created and maintained by the National Competitions Manager for each competition season and automatically calculates each competitor’s score. Last season, the Flavor Descriptor and Accuracy category on the Presentation scoresheets was multiplied by 2. This season, the Rules were updated, and the multiplier on Flavor Descriptor and Accuracy was removed and a 2 times multiplier was added to the Roast Knowledge category. While the scoresheets and Rules were updated, the multiplier in the USRC scorekeeping tabulator was not moved in the Excel formula. Unfortunately, this was not caught until after the conclusion of the competition.

The National Competitions Manager and WCE Representatives updated the formula to accurately reflect the correct multipliers. While the Presentation scores for the Top 6 Finalists changed, the ranking order did not change. However, when the Presentation scores were updated for Round One, the rankings changed slightly and we discovered that two competitors who should have advanced to Finals did not. SCA Staff and our WCE Reps discussed the error and reached out to the affected competitors immediately to explain the error.

To make up for the miscalculation, we offered the two competitors a free entry into the 2019 USRC. The two competitors very graciously accepted the free entry. Once again, we apologize to the two competitors, thank them for their kindness, and assure all competitors that we will do our best to avoid errors like these in the future. 

Results announced for U.S. Coffee Championships Qualifying Competitions Held in New Orleans

 
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Over the weekend of February 3-4, 2018, coffee professionals from around the country gathered in New Orleans, LA for the United States Coffee Championships Qualifying Competitions. The competitors listed below will be moving on to compete at the national championships in Seattle, WA this spring! 

 

BARISTA QUALIFYING COMPETITION

(51 competitors total)

#1. Andrea Allen, Onyx Coffee Lab Springdale, AR (Score: 334)
#2. Isaiah Sheese, Archetype Coffee Omaha, NE (Score: 307)
#3. Jared Holt, Black & White Coffee Roasters, Wake Forest, NC (Score: 300)
#4. T. Ben Fischer, Elixr Coffee, Philadelphia, PA (Score: 286)
#5. Sam Neely, Switchback Coffee Roasters, Colorado Springs, CO (Score: 285.5)
#6. Simeon Bricker, Splitlog Coffee Co., Kansas City, KS (Score: 283.5)
#7. Joel Bigelow, Messenger Coffee Co., Kansas City, MO (Score: 283.5)
#8. Jenna Gotthelf, Everyman Espresso, Brooklyn, NY (Score: 277)
#9. Samantha Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters, Sumner, WA (Score: 276.5)
#10. Amy Trompeter, Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia, PA (Score: 272)
#11. Steph Caronna, North Carolina Museum of Art, Apex, NC (Score: 262.5)
#12. Bailey Arnold, Gregorys Coffee Brooklyn, NY (Score: 262)
#13. Sam Schaefer, Stovetop Coffee Roasters, Ann Arbor, MI (Score: 255.5)
#14. Dylan Siemens, Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR (Score: 252)
#15. Lucas Bermejo, Peregrine Espresso, Washington, DC (Score: 249.5)
#16. Radames Roldan, Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis, MO (Score: 248.5)
#17. Brandon Acuña, Fleet Coffee, Austin, TX (Score: 247.5)
#18. Oodie Taliaferro Independent, Kemp, TX (Score: 247.5)

[View Rankings and Scores]


BREWERS CUP QUALIFYING COMPETITION

(36 Competitors Total)

#1. Wade Preston, Prevail Coffee Roasters, Montgomery, AL (Score: 156.12)
#2. Tyler Duncan, Topeca Coffee Roasters, Tulsa, OK (Score: 154.71)
#3. Kaley Gann, Messenger Coffee, Kansas City, MO (Score: 154.61)
#4. Sebastian Legner, Cafe Pomarrosa, Denver, CO (Score: 153.2)
#5. James Spano, Cup to Cup Coffee Roasters, Savannah, GA (Score: 152.19)
#6. Don Lawrence, Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL (Score: 152.05)
#7. Elika Liftee, Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR (Score: 151.78)
#8. Rebecca Woodard, George Howell, Acton, MA (Score: 150.79)
#9. Cody McGregor, Reanimator Coffee, Philadelphia, PA (Score: 150.58)
#10. Nick Stevens, West Oak Coffee, Denton, TX (Score: 150.56)
#11. James Gibbs, Caravela Coffee, Durham, NC (Score: 150.55)
#12. Alex Hanson, Spyhouse Coffee, Minneapolis, MN (Score: 150.17)

[View Rankings and Scores]


ROASTER QUALIFYING COMPETITION

(30 Competitors Total)

#1. Bevan Cammell, Loyal Coffee, Colorado Springs, CO (Score: 130.38)
#2. Hugh Morretta, La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Havertown, PA (Score: 124.05)
#3. Elliot Reinecke, Steady State Roasting, Cardiff, CA (Score: 123.25)
#4. Marshall Moore, Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR (Score: 121.75)
#5. Chris Cross Cafe, Grumpy Brooklyn, NY (Score: 119.42)
#6. Eric Stone, Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, Charlottesville, VA (Score: 119.37)

[View Rankings and Scores]


CUP TASTERS QUALIFYING COMPETITION

(33 Competitors Total)

#1. James Gibbs, Caravela Coffee, Durham, NC (Cups: 6 | Time: 1:45)
#2. Jason Burkum, Archetype Coffee, Omaha, NE (Cups: 6 | Time: 2:38)
#3. Khanh Trang, Greater Goods Coffee Roasters, Austin, TX (Cups: 6 | Time: 3:11)
#4. Thomas Chandler, Black Oak Coffee Roaster, Ukiah, CA (Cups: 6 | Time: 4:03)
#5. Katie Britt, Dynamite Coffee, Morley, MO (Cups: 6 | Time: 4:07)
#6. Michael Harwood, Ceremony Coffee Roasters, Annapolis, MD (Cups: 6 | Time: 5:34)
#7. Josh Edens, Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR (Cups: 5 | Time: 2:14)
#8. Marie Hucal, Madcap Coffee Co, Grand Rapids, MI (Cups: 5 | Time: 2:25)
#9. Samuel Demisse, Keffa Coffee, Baltimore, MD (Cups: 5 | Time: 3:27)
#10. Aaron Lerner, Independent, Manlius, NY (Cups: 5 | Time: 3:41)
#11. Jie Jiang, Andante Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles, CA (Cups: 5 | Time: 3:44)
#12. Siobhan Gottlieb, Volcafe Specialty Coffee, Petaluma, CA (Cups: 5 | Time: 3:48)
#13. Zayne Dietterick, Keffa Coffee, Baltimore, MD (Cups: 5 | Time: 3:55)
#14. Sarah Lambeth, Congregation Coffee Roasters, New Orleans, LA (Cups: 5 | Time: 4:06)
#15. Tiffany Opoku, Coffeemania, New York, NY (Cups: 5 | Time: 4:31)

[View Rankings and Scores]

Results announced for U.S. Coffee Championships Qualifying Competitions Held in Reno

Over the weekend of December 9-10, 2017, coffee professionals from around the country gathered in Reno, NV for the United States Coffee Championships Qualifying Competitions. The competitors listed below will be moving on to compete at the national championships in Seattle, WA this spring! 

 
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BARISTA Qualifying COMPETITION

(36 competitors total)

#1. Reef Bessette, Saint Frank Coffee, San Francisco (Score: 279)
#2. Eli Ramirez, Halfwit Coffee Roasters, Chicago (Score: 277)
#3. Cole McBride, Independent, Seattle (Score: 270.5)
#4. Kay Cheon, Dune Coffee Roasters, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Score: 265.5)
#5. Naida Lindberg, Verve Coffee, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Score: 260.5)
#6: Edward Griffin, PT’s Coffee, Topeka, Kan. (Score: 258.5)
#7. Mike Marquard, Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis (Score: 257.5)
#8. Emily Orendorff, Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Denver (Score: 250)
#9. Chelsea Rae, The Roost, Lawrence, Kan. (Score: 250)
#10. Lizzie Rodrigue, Bluebeard Coffee Roasters, Tacoma, Wash. (Score: 248.5)
#11. Howard Chang, Space Craft Coffee, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Score: 247.5)
#12. Shepherd Wadley, Huckleberry Roasters, Denver (Score: 247)
#13. Mike Greene, Stovetop Roasters, Holland, Mich. (Score: 246.5)
#14. David Castillo, Joe Coffee Co., New York (Score 244.5)
#15. Erin Tarectecan, Crema Coffee House, Denver (Score: 235)
#16. Tae-Wan Kim, Brew Well, Kindness and Mischief, Arcadia, Calif. (Score: 233)
#17. Heather McCullough, Novo Coffee, Denver (Score: 226.5)
#18: Sam Brown, Pilcrow Coffee, Milwaukee (Score: 225)

[View Rankings and Scores]

 
 
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BREWERS CUP QUALIFYING COMPETITION

(31 Competitors Total)

#1. Justin Goodhart, Sweet Bloom, Denver (Score: 161.14)
#2. Jacob White, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, San Diego (Score: 157.94)
#3. Sloane Wachob, Novo Coffee, Denver (Score: 157.5)
#4. Sam Schroeder, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co, Olympia, Wash. (Score: 156.03)
#5. Emmeline Wang, Saint Frank Coffee, Fremont, Calif. (Score: 155.59)
#6. Matt Foster, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co, St. Louis (Score: 155.19)
#7. Jennifer Hwang, Klatch Coffee, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Score: 155.13)
#8. Andy Tan, Equator Coffees and Teas, Fairfax, Calif. (Score: 155)
#9. Michael White, Independent, Baltimore (Score: 154.95)
#10. Jason Miller, Mazarine Coffee, San Francisco (Score: 154.3)
#11. Blair Smith, Augie's Coffee Roasters, Calimesa, Calif. (Score: 153.48)
#12. Jon Frech, Black Oak Coffee Roasters, Ukiah, CA (Score: 152.58)
#13. Kelly Hill, Temple Coffee Roasters, Sacramento (Score: 151.19)
#14. Samantha Sun, La Colombe, Brooklyn (Score: 151.13)

[View Rankings and Scores]

 
 
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ROASTER QUALIFYING COMPETITION

(29 Competitors Total)

#1. Evan Inatome, Elixr Coffee, Philadelphia (Score: 129.46)
#2. Ian Picco, Topeka Coffee Roasters, Tulsa, Okla. (Score: 125.67)
#3. Andrew Oberholzer, Joe Coffee Co., New York (Score: 124.71)
#4. Taylor Gresham, Evocation Coffee Roasters, Canyon, Texas (Score: 122.53)
#5. Janine Cindy, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Rochester, N.Y. (Score: 121.75)
#6. Evan Schubarth, Switchback Coffee Roasters, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Score: 121.71)

[View Rankings and Scores]

 
 
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CUP TASTERS QUALIFYING COMPETITION

(33 Competitors Total)

#1. Tommy Tae U Kim, Balrog Coffee Roastery, Los Angeles (6 cups, 3:34)
#2. Eduard Andrusyak, Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, Sacramento, Calif. (6 cups, 5:34)
#3. Adam Christopher Snow, Beans & Bagels, Chicago (5 cups, 2:50)
#4. Charles Lambert, Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Boulder, Colo. (5 cups, 2:55)
#5. Ben Heins, Crop to Cup, Chicago (5 cups, 3:41)
#6. Ken Selby, Visions Espresso, Seattle (5 cups, 3:49)
#7. Austin Amento, Augie’s Coffee Roaster, Calimesa, Calif. (5 cups, 5:01)
#8. Matt Farewell, Dune Coffee Roasters, Santa Barbara, Calif. (5 cups, 5:52)
#9. Jennifer Hwang, Klatch Coffee, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (4 cups, 1:55)
#10. Jon Ferguson, Arbor Day Foundation, Lincoln, Neb. (4 cups, 2:15)
#11. Ian Picco, Topeka Coffee Roasters, Tulsa, Okla. (4 cups, 2:26)
#12. Jen McElroy, Klatch Coffee, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (4 cups, 2:39)
#13. Miguel Vicuna, Sweet Bloom, Denver (4 cups, 2:42)
#14. Spencer Aidukaits, Peixoto, Tempe, Ariz. (4 cups, 3:35)
#15. David Wilson, Coffeebar, Reno, Nev. (4 cups, 3:41)

[View Rankings and Scores]

U.S. Coffee Championship Working Group Statement

The U.S. Competitions Working Group for the United States Coffee Championships (USCC) exists to create and foster safe spaces and events for professional development and community engagement through coffee competitions in the U.S. for its coffee community. The U.S. Working Group supports all participants including our future champions decisions on how they would like to participate in the 2018 season.

In light of the Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA) recent announcement regarding the Deferred Candidate policy, and how international host locations are chosen, it is important to clarify that the U.S. Competitions Working Group, which is composed of volunteers, and various sub competition working groups, are not consulted in any decisions regarding venues, city locations, policies or any other aspects for World Competitions. While we as a group are discouraged and disheartened by the communications and decisions made by WCE and the SCA Board, we will continue to support our U.S. CoffeeChamps events and National Competitions as well as those competitors, volunteers, and judges who choose to participate.

The U.S. Competitions Working Group would also like to acknowledge and support all volunteers, judges, competitors, and sponsors in their decision on how to bring change and inclusivity to all SCA members on the international level. We are so thankful for the passion and energy all participants bring to the competition community. 

Would you like to compete or judge or volunteer? We support you.

Would you prefer to withdraw to express your disagreement? We support you.

We respect everyone's decision on how they would like to engage going forward. There have been great conversations, thoughts, and suggestions coming from the town halls being held and the FAQ (Click Here) & webinars (Click Here) have quite a bit of information and background on the situation. We encourage everyone to get as much information as possible and stay informed, communicate, and engage with the SCA Board. There will be a Town Hall hosted prior to CoffeeChamps Reno this weekend. We encourage all that are attending CoffeeChamps in Reno to come to the town hall and become informed and bring constructive ideas on how change can look and work moving forward.

Reno Town Hall | Friday 12/8 @6pm
Hub Coffee Roasters Riverside Café
727 Riverside Dr, Reno, NV 89503

We gain more when we stand and work together. The U.S. Competitions Working Group is here to support its competition community in every capacity it can. Compete, judge, volunteer, or not, we stand by you, we hear you. This group will continue to work hard and make competitions more accessible to everyone. This year we have created the opportunity for 204 Baristas, 162 Brewers to take stage through the U.S. Preliminary Competitions, 120 Baristas, 72 Brewers, 72 Tasters, and 60 Roasters to take stage, through the Qualifying Competitions at CoffeeChamps, and 36 Baristas, 24 Brewers, 30 Tasters, 12 Roasters at the U.S. Coffee Championships in Seattle. We support you.

We are thrilled to see you very soon in Reno and New Orleans for the USCC Qualifying Events.

Miguel Vicuna
Chair of the U.S. Competitions Working Group