The 12 Host Cities For The US Coffee Champs Preliminaries Have Been Announced

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 CupAugust 2: Huntersville, NC — Coffee in Good Spirits, Roasters ChampionshipAugust 9: Seattle, WA — Barista Championship, Brewers CupAugust 16: Atlanta, GA — Barista Championship, Brewers CupAugust 23: S. Plainfield, NJ — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Cup TastersAugust 23: Denver, CO — Cup Tasters, Roasters ChampionshipSeptember 6: Richmond, VA — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good SpiritsSeptember 6: Portland, OR — Cup Tasters, Roasters ChampionshipSeptember 27: Austin, TX — Barista Championship, Brewers CupSeptember 27: Houston, TX — Cup TastersOctober 4: Rancho Cucamonga, CA — Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, Roasters ChampionshipOctober 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 ChampionshipJune 28, 12:00pm PST: Coffee in Good SpiritsJuly 1, 11:00am PST: Barista ChampionshipJuly 1, 1:00pm PST: Cup TastersJuly 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