Barista Qualifying Competition

Information on the 2020 Season Coming Soon!  

For the 2019 season of the United States Barista Championship (USBC) there will be two Qualifying Competitions leading up to the national championship. In order to move on to USBC, Baristas must first qualify at the U.S. CoffeeChamps in Denver, CO or Nashville, TN.  

Each Qualifying Competition will host 60 competitors, for a total of 120 spots. 54 spots are reserved for competitors that pre-qualified during the Preliminaries. The remaining 66 spots are available for Open Registration.

Follow each city’s link to access its registration page!

Attendee registration now open!

Registration Information

Registration Fee: $215

SCA/BGA/CRG/CTG members get 2 free attendee passes for their coaches/helpers

Registrations are non-refundable/non-transferable. The name on the registration is the competitor, this cannot be changed or substituted. Companies holding In-House Competitions will need to have their competitor’s name ready prior to the start of registration.

The competition will sell out very quickly! Be sure to have everything you need to register ready prior to registration opening. To register, you will need the name of the person competing, their contact information, a credit or debit card for payment, and if applicable, the competitor’s member number.

If you have any questions please email

Competition Overview 

At the U.S. CoffeeChamps Barista Qualifying Competitions:

  • Competitors will have 10 minutes to make espressos and a signature beverage for 4 sensory judges: 2 scoring and 2 non-scoring judges-in-training or guest judges.

  • Competitor’s preparation skills will be assessed by 2 technical judges. A Head Judge oversees all these judges but does not score.

  • Competitors must use the provided sponsor grinder(s) which will be in a fixed location on the left side of the machine.


Online Learning Sessions:

The Online Learning Sessions are designed for competitors and judges. This season, the U.S. Competitions Working Group will offer 2 types of Online Learning Sessions for the U.S. CoffeeChamps Barista Qualifying Competitions:

  • Foundational Training - a one hour session required for all brand new judges and competitors (optional for those with previous experience). This training will cover Rules, scoresheets, onsite logistics, and judging protocols.

  • Refresher Training - a one hour session required for all judges and competitors who have previously participated in a qualifying event (optional for brand new judges). This training will cover Rule changes and onsite logistics.

Attendance of at least one Online Learning Sessions is mandatory.

These sessions will be recorded; those who cannot attend the live session(s) may watch the recordings. However, attendance at a live session is highly recommended, so everyone has the opportunity to ask questions.

Both types of sessions are open to everyone. Competitors, coaches, co-workers, business owners, judges, and volunteers are welcome to attend either or both sessions.


Foundational Training 

Monday, October 22, 2018
9:00 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern

Friday, December 14, 2018
12:00 PM Pacific/3:00 PM Eastern

Online Session Registration

Refresher Training

Wednesday Oct 31, 2018
9:00 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern

Online Session Registration