United States Barista Championship

Information on the 2020 Season Coming Soon!  

The United States Barista Championship (USBC) is a platform for baristas to enhance their espresso beverage making skills through an exciting and challenging competition.

In 15 minutes, the barista must prepare and serve espressos, cappuccinos, and a personally designed signature beverage for four sensory judges; all while being assessed on their preparation abilities by two technical judges.

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Road to the U.S. Barista Championship

This season, the road to USBC started at the CoffeeChamps Preliminaries. These member-driven events took place in 10 cities across the US! Competitors who placed in the Top 6 at these Preliminaries, earned a reserved spot at one of the 2 CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions. Held in Denver, CO and Nashville, TN, competitors who place in the top 18 at each qualifying event move on to USBC!  The Top 6 will move directly into the Semi-Finals Round, the next 12 competitors will advance to Round One.

The USBC Champion will go on to represent the USA at the World Barista Championship in Boston, MA April 11-14, 2019.

Questions? Email us at competitions@sca.coffee.


2019 COmpetitors


Grinders: Grinder A: Mahlkonig EK43s/Mahlkonig EK43s & Grinder B: Mahlkonig Peak

Espresso Machine: Victoria Arduino Black Eagle 3 Group  

Baskets: VST 20g

Water: Global Customized Water