Brewers Cup QUALIFIER Competition 

The 2020 Season is Here!   

For the 2020 season of the United States Brewers Cup there will be two Qualifying Competitions leading up to the national championship. In order to move on to USBrC, Brewers must first qualify at the U.S. CoffeeChamps in Sumner, WA or Nashville, TN.  

Each Qualifying Competition will host 36 competitors, for a total of 72 spots. 36 spots are reserved for competitors that pre-qualified during the Preliminaries. The remaining 36 spots are available for Open Registration.


Registration Open Now!

Judge, Coach, & Attendee Registration:


Registration Fee: $215

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, and a credit or debit card for payment.

If you have any questions please email

Competition Overview

At the U.S. CoffeeChamps Brewers Cup Qualifying Competitions, competitors will take part in 3 services: Open Service, Compulsory Service, and Audience Service.

During Open Service, competitors will have 10 minutes to manually brew 3 separate extractions of their coffee for 3 sensory judges: 2 scoring and 1 non-scoring judge-in-training or guest judge. Competitors may use their own water and grinder, however only the sponsor grinder is permitted on stage.

In Compulsory Service, competitors will brew 3 separate extractions of the secret compulsory coffee. Compulsory Service is on a closed stage, no coaches or helpers are allowed. Competitors will have 45 continuous minutes to practice, prepare, and serve. Competitors must use the provided sponsor grinder, hot water tower, and water which will be in a fixed location on the tables.

For Audience Service, competitors will serve CoffeeChamps attendees their Open Service coffee. This is a fun, easygoing way to interact with the audience. Competitors can have coaches or helpers assist them with Audience Service, if they would like, and they may use their own water and grinders. Sponsor water, grinders, hot water towers, and sample cups will be provided. Competitors must bring 5lbs of their Open Service coffee to use for Audience Service & Open Service; and they must use their Open Service Coffee for Audience Service, no substitutions are permitted. Audience Service is not scored but is required.   

Online Learning Sessions:

The Online Learning Sessions are designed for competitors and judges. This season, the U.S. Competitions Committee will offer 2 types of Online Learning Sessions for the U.S. CoffeeChamps Brewers Cup 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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern

Online Session Registration

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern

Online Session Registration


Refresher Training

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern

Online Session Registration