Tuesday 27 September 2022

Coffee Championship preliminary events are back in the USA

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MILAN – After a two-year hiatus, the community driven US Coffee Championship preliminary events have returned. The 2023 Preliminary Host dates and locations have been selected, spanning across 13 different cities in the US, making competitions accessible to many unique communities across the nation.

US Coffee Championship Preliminary competitions are community-driven events hosted entirely by the SCA USA Chapter and US Competitions Committees alongside community volunteers, allowing community members the chance to host an official competition as an accessible, low stakes platform to introduce any newcomer to competitions.

Select rankings for each competition will move on to compete in the 2023 Qualifiers, happening this winter.

After an application and review process performed by the SCA USA Chapter and US Competitions Committee, 13 locations across the US were selected to Host the 2023 Preliminary competitions.

The 2023 US Coffee Championships Preliminary dates and locations are as follows:

  • Aug 19 – 21: Hawaii Coffee Association (Kailua, HI) – Brewers Cup & Roaster
  • Aug 26-28: Presta Coffee Roasters (Tucson, AZ) – Barista, Brewers Cup, & Cup Tasters
  • Sept 2-4: Fluid Cooperative (San Francisco, CA) – Barista
  • Sept 9-11: Black & White Coffee (Raleigh, NC) – Barista & Brewers
  • Sept 9 – 11: Luce Coffee Roasters (Houston, TX) – Latte Art
  • Sept 16 – 18: Luce Coffee Roasters (Houston, TX) – Roasters
  • Sept 16-18: Sweet Bloom Coffee (Denver, CO) – Barista, Brewers, CIGS, Latte Art
  • Sept 23 – 25: Houston Coffee Collective (Houston, TX) – Cup Tasters
  • Sept 30-Oct 2: The Crown (Oakland, CA) – Cup Tasters & Roaster
  • Oct 7-9: Blanchard’s Coffee Co (Richmond, VA) – Brewers, Barista, CIGS
  • Oct 7-9: Tinker Coffee Co (Indianapolis, IN) – Cup Tasters & Roaster
  • Oct 21-23: Spyhouse Coffee Roasters (Minneapolis, MN) – Barista & Brewers
  • Oct 28-30: Uncommon Coffee (Essex, VT) – Barista & Latte Art
  • Oct 28-30: Brio Coffeeworks (Burlington, VT) – Cup Tasters

The SCA USA Chapter Committee and US Competitions Committee would like to thank all 19 of our generous host applicants. The SCA USA Chapter and US Competitions Committee work year-round to provide an extraordinary experience to all.

US Competition Committee Chair, Lauren Lathrop, states, “After missing two years of preliminary events due to the pandemic, we are so excited to see these member-driven events returning to coffee communities around the country. Prelims are the best way for new competitors, judges, and volunteers to get involved with coffee competitions and gain valuable experience in their roles.

We are so grateful to everyone who applied to host a prelim and look forward to a fun and successful preliminary season. We hope to see all of our friends at an event close to them this summer and fall!”

Preliminary events will be held at the selected hosts locations during the dates provided. All Preliminary hosts are responsible for event coordination and planning to offer a unique community driven event in their local community. Event details and updates will be available via the individual Host’s websites and at uscoffeechampsionships.org.

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