We’re still in the afterglow of the 2019 coffee competition season and it’s already time to turn our attention to 2020 with today’s announcement of the host locations for the US Coffee Champs preliminary rounds. 12 in total, the prelims take place all across the country between late July and early October, and for the first time all five coffee competitions are represented, each at no less than four host locations.
Organized and hosted by local communities, each of the host events offer coffee professionals a chance to take part in competition while keeping a relatively low barrier to entry. For each event, competition necessities are being provided by the hosts, including coffee, equipment, wares, the required alcohol (for Coffee in Good Sprits), green coffee (for Roasters), and even a small selection of brewing devices. Competitors are allowed to bring their own grinders and serving ware if they so please, but it is not required.
The dates, host cities, and competitions are:
July 26: Honolulu, HI — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup
August 2: Huntersville, NC — Coffee in Good Spirits, Roasters Championship
August 9: Seattle, WA — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup
August 16: Atlanta, GA — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup
August 23: S. Plainfield, NJ — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters
August 23: Denver, CO — Cup Tasters, Roasters Championship
September 6: Richmond, VA — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits
September 6: Portland, OR — Cup Tasters, Roasters Championship
September 27: Austin, TX — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup
September 27: Houston, TX — Cup Tasters
October 4: Rancho Cucamonga, CA — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, Roasters Championship
October 11: Rogers, AR — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters
Competitor registration opens on July 1st. An online training session for each event will take place on the following dates:
June 27, 12:00pm PST: Roasters Championship
June 28, 12:00pm PST: Coffee in Good Spirits
July 1, 11:00am PST: Barista Championship
July 1, 1:00pm PST: Cup Tasters
July 2, 11:00am PST: Brewers Cup
For more information on the preliminary events, the host cities, the rules, or just anything else competition-related, visit the US Coffee Champs official website.
Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.
Top image via the US Coffee Champs