Coffee in good spirits

The 2020 Preliminaries are happening in the summer of 2019! Coffee in Good Spirits is joining the CoffeeChamps Preliminaries for the first time this season! These local, member-driven events are the perfect place for first-time competitors and judges to get experience and get involved in coffee competitions!

Each Coffee in Good Spirits Prelim will host 4-12 competitors. The Top 3 competitors from each Prelim receive a reserved spot at one of the CoffeeChamps Qualifying Competitions.


Registration fees are set by the Prelims Host, ranging from $10-$40.

All supplies, wares, and coffee are provided!

Host Registration Pages Coming Soon!

For the 2020 season of the United States Coffee in Good Spirits (USCIGS) there will be 2 Qualifying Competitions leading up to the national championship. In order to move on to USCIGS, Barkeeps must first qualify at CoffeeChamps. All unreserved spots for CoffeeChamps will be available for Open Registration in the Fall of 2019, after the conclusion of the Prelims.


At the U.S. CoffeeChamps Coffee in Good Spirits Prelims:

Competitors will have 6 minutes to make 2 individual brewed coffee and alcohol cocktails for 2 taste judges. A Head Judge oversees all these judges but does not score.

Competitors must use the provided compulsory coffee(s) and alcohol. Competitors will choose from 2 or more compulsory coffees in a blind tasting. Competitors will randomly select their primary alcohol by rolling a dice, picking a card, or spinning a wheel!

Gin - Citadelle (or Tanqueray) 

Whiskey - Jameson (or Bulleit) 

Rum - Bacardi

Wares and equipment are supplied by Prelims Hosts! Competitors may bring their own wares, if they would like. Hosts will have a small variety of manual brewing devices, filter media, and kettle(s), if competitors would like something specific they will need to bring their own.


The Online Learning Sessions are designed for competitors and judges. This one hour training is required for all Prelims judges and competitors. This training will cover Rules, scoresheets, and judging protocols.

Online Learning Sessions attendance 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.

Coffee in Good Spirits Prelims Online Training
Recording of the Training: