RIMINI, Italy — Over 20 competitors from across the globe will compete for the title of 2018 World Coffee Roasting Champion in Rimini, Italy, the 19th to 23rd of January 2019 during the SIGEP Rimini show.
Due to shifts in the 2018 championships cycle, the World Coffee Roasting Championship (WCRC) in January 2019 will award the 2018 World Coffee Roasting Champion title, with the goal of returning to a roughly 10-12 month schedule for future events.
The WCRC is being produced by World Coffee Events, a subsidiary of the Specialty Coffee Association, in partnership with Italian Exhibition Group. Ric Rhinehart, Executive Director of the Specialty Coffee Association, had this to share about the event:
“We are excited to be returning to Rimini to continue our historical collaboration with The Italian Exhibition Group in once again hosting the World Coffee Roasting Championships in Rimini. Whether you serve the coffee, gelato, pastry, or bakery industry, the SIGEP show is always an event to look forward to. I encourage you to join us on the show floor or in other collaborations for what will truly be a world-class show!”
Amy Ball, Competitions Director for the SCA, had this to say about the partnership:
“The first World Coffee Championships I ever attended in person were in Rimini, 2014, when I had just started with WCE. I remember being both awed and overwhelmed by the production. The Italian Exhibition Group was a fantastic host for our championships, and I’m so excited that we’ll be partnering with them again to bring the WCRC to the specialty coffee community.”
Now in its sixth year, the World Coffee Roasting Championship recognizes excellence in coffee roasting, evaluating competitors on their coffee evaluation, preparation, blending, and roasting skills. Certified Judges score competitors on dozens of criteria covering pre-roasting preparation and production roasting skills. For full Rules & Regulations and other information on the World Coffee Roasting Championship, head to worldcoffeeroasting.org.
Giesen will be the Official Production Roaster Sponsor for 2018, Cropster will sponsor the roast analyzing software, and Urnex will be the Official Cleaning Products Sponsor.