Cup Tasters QUALIFIER Competition 

 The 2020 Season is Here!  

For the 2020 season of the United States Cup Tasters Championship (USCTC) there will be two Qualifying Competitions leading up to the national championship. In order to move on to USCTC, Tasters must first qualify at the U.S. CoffeeChamps in Nashville, TN or Orange County, CA

Each Qualifying Competition is open to 48 competitors, for a total of 96 spots. The Top 3 competitors from each Cup Tasters Preliminary receive reserved spots. The remaining spots are available for Open Registration.


Registration Open Now!

Judge, Coach, & Attendee Registration:

Registration Information

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

Fast and fun, the U.S. Cup Tasters Qualifying Competition challenges competitors to test their sensory skills by discerning taste differences in a “triangulation.” Tasters receive 6 sets of three cups where two cups are identical and one is different. Competitors are challenged to  taste, smell, recall, and choose the unique cup in each triangulation.

The person with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time wins!

Online Learning Sessions

The Online Learning Sessions are for competitors and judges. The U.S. Competitions Committee will go over the Rules & Regulations, highlighting any Rules changes, and competition procedures.

Online Learning Sessions are 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 about the Rules & judging protocols.

Sessions are open to everyone. Competitors, coaches, co-workers, business owners, judges, and volunteers are welcome to attend both sessions.

Competitor Sessions

Friday, November 15, 2019
12:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern

Online Session Registration