National Competitions at the SCAA Event

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United States Barista Championship

The United States Barista Championship brings America’s top barista talent together for a dramatic and exciting display of culinary skill in beverage preparation.  The USBC is the only Nationally Licensed Body  in the U.S. for the World Barista Championship.  In a 15 minute presentation, competitors at the USBC prepare and serve three courses of espresso based beverages to a panel of four sensory judges. Two technical judges will score competitors on procedures, consistency, cleanliness and other technical details. Competitors strive for a harmonious  balance of sweetness, bitterness, acidity, and aromatics. Competitors are advised to explain verbally to the judges why they chose their particular coffee, the basic roast profile, the espresso constituent structure, the major taste elements, the ingredients used in the signature beverage and the philosophy behind the drinks served.  Signature drinks ideally should be designed around recipes that will amplify the natural flavor notes of their chosen coffee.  Although alcohol is restricted, many competitors view the signature beverage as a culinary challenge and have included such  notable ingredients as unroasted cocoa nibs, star anise, cara cara orange juice, gelatin and blue cheese.  The United States Barista Championship takes place annually at the SCAA Event.
United States Barista Championship

 
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USBC Brewers Cup Championship

The USBC Brewers Cup recognizes and celebrates the art of manual coffee brewing. The competition is presented by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the United States Barista Championship. Contestants are judged in two rounds of manual brewing with a score sheet that is a modified version of the SCAA cupping form. First, there is a tasting round in which all competitors brew the same coffee for a panel who will score based on taste alone. Those who advance to the final round will be challenged to brew and present their own coffee. The judges, who are licensed Q-Graders, will then score on taste and presentation. The winner will go on to represent the U.S. in the World Brewers Cup Championship. The USBC Brewers Cup Championship takes place annually at the SCAA Event.
USBC Brewers Cup Championship

 
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US Cup Tasters Championship

Recognizing that different taste preferences are found in coffee cultures around the world, the U.S. Cup Tasters Championship does not ask contestants to judge or identify coffee. Instead, participants in the competition tested their skills to discriminate between tastes in a “triangulation” format. Tasters receive eight sets of three-cups, or triangles, where two cups were identical and one was different. Competitors identify the one cup that is different, testing their ability to smell, taste, recall and concentrate on the task at hand against the clock. The competitor with the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time is named the champion.  The US Cup Tasters Championship takes place annually at the SCAA Event.
United States Cup Tasters Championship