The 2020 Preliminaries are happening in the summer of 2019! 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 Roaster Prelim will host 6-12 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 Roaster Championship (USRC) there will be 2 Qualifying Competitions leading up to the national championship. In order to move on to USRC, 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 Roaster Prelims:

For the 2020 season, U.S. Roaster Prelims competitors will pick up in person or be shipped 20 pounds of compulsory green coffee, they will roast it, and bring 2lbs to their Prelim. Their coffee will first be judged in a blind tasting. Competitors will give a short presentation on their coffee to their panel of judges, then serve their compulsory roasted coffee to the CoffeeChamps audience and attendees!

Compulsory green coffee will be shipped to competitors 2-3 weeks prior to the competition. No substitutions are allowed. The registered competitor must be the one to roast and present the coffee. Any substitutions will result in disqualification.


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

Roaster Prelims Online Training
Recording of the Training: