Now Accepting U.S. CoffeeChamps Preliminary Event Host Applications

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Interested in Hosting a Preliminary Event?

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!

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Become a Host

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 and a maximum of 6 (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.

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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 and run each competition. The U.S. Competition Committee will assign hosts a head judge. Hosts are responsible for the presiding head judge(s) travel and accommodations. Fee: $1,000 per competition.

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

  • 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 competitors and judges will only communicate with the host.

Announcing the 2019 U.S. Coffee Champions!

The U.S. Coffee Championships took place on March 15-17, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. 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 U.S. Champions and finalists for each of the 5 competitions – Barista, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, and Roaster – and the full rankings below.

The U.S. Coffee Champions will move on to the World Coffee Championships in Boston or Berlin later this year. There, they will represent the United States amongst a field of 65 sanctioned National Bodies all vying for the title of World Champion.

Miss the U.S. Coffee Championships? Watch the recording of our livestream, made possible by Pacific Foods Barista Series.


 
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U.S. Barista Championship

  1. Samantha Spillman, Dillanos Coffee Roasters

  2. Andrea Allen, Onyx Coffee Lab

  3. T. Ben Fischer, Elixr Coffee Roasters

  4. Dylan Siemens, Onyx Coffee Lab

  5. Sam Neely, Switchback Coffee Roasters

  6. Emily Orendorff, Boxcar Coffee Roasters

 
 

 
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U.S. Brewers Cup

  1. Kaley Gann, Messenger Coffee

  2. Justin Goodhart, Sweet Bloom Coffee

  3. Lance Hedrick, Onyx Coffee Lab

  4. Jacob White, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

  5. Jennifer Hwang, Klatch Coffee

  6. Chelsey Walker-Watson, Atlas Coffee Importers

 
 

 
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U.S. Coffee In Good Spirits Championship

  1. Matthew Foster, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co.

  2. Samuel Schroeder, Olympia Coffee

  3. Brodie Lewis, Madcap Coffee Company

  4. Nathaneal Mehrens, Stay Golden

  5. Joel Cronenberg, Provision Coffee

  6. Dakota Graff, Onyx Coffee Lab

 
 

 
 

U.S. Cup Tasters Championship

  1. Jen Apodaca, Royal Coffee

  2. Summer Zhang, Onyx Coffee Lab

  3. Samuel Gurel, Sovda Coffee

  4. Helen Choi, Luce Avenue Coffee Roasters

  5. Cameron Metzinger, Backyard Beans Coffee

  6. Roman DeShong, Amethyst Coffee Co.

 
 

 
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U.S. Roaster Championship

  1. Shelby Williamson, Huckleberry Roasters

  2. Hugh Moretta, La Colombe Coffee Roasters

  3. Mark Boccard, Southdown Coffee

  4. Janine Cundy, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

  5. Steve Cuevas, Black Oak Coffee Roasters

  6. Eric Stone, Mudhouse Coffee Roasters

 
 

Photos by Isbell Creative (Barista, Coffee in Good Spirits) and Nicole McCroskey Photography (Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters, Roaster).

See Who's Competing at #USCoffeeChamps!

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U.S. BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS


U.S. BREWERS CUP COMPETITORS


U.S. COFFEE IN GOOD SPIRITS CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS


U.S. CUP TASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS


U.S. ROASTER CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS

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.