Awards & Competitions

Recognizing the best, the brightest, the exceptional, and those who exhibit extraordinary commitment and passion for specialty coffee.

Annual Awards

Sustainability Awards

These awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that have created innovative projects or business models shown to expand and promote sustainability within the coffee world while inspiring others to initiate similar endeavors.

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Best New Product Competition

Held at the SCA’s annual trade show events, the Specialty Coffee Expo and World of Coffee, this competition recognizes new products judged on their quality and value to the specialty coffee and tea industry.

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Our six annual world coffee championships are produced by World Coffee Events (WCE), an event management organization registered in Dublin, Ireland, which was originally founded by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

World Barista Championship

The WBCT focuses on promoting excellence in coffee, advancing the barista profession, and engaging a worldwide audience with an annual championship event that serves as the culmination of local and regional events around the globe.

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World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship

This competition promotes innovative beverage recipes that showcase coffee and spirits, and highlights the barista/barkeeper’s mixology skills.

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World Latte Art Championship

This competition highlights artistic expression while challenging the barista in an on-demand performance. Baristas are judged based on visual attributes, creativity, identical patterns in the pairs, contrast in patterns, and overall performance.

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World Cup Tasters Championship

Coffees of the world have many distinct taste characteristics and this event goes to the professional coffee cupper who demonstrates speed, skill, and accuracy in distinguishing the taste differences in specialty coffees.

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World Coffee Roasting Championship

In this 3-stage event, competitors are evaluated on their performance evaluating the quality of green coffee (coffee grading), developing a roasting profile that best accentuates the desirable characteristics of that coffee, and on the ultimate cup quality of coffees roasted.

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World Cezve/Ibrik Championship

This event showcases the Cezve or Ibrik preparation of brewing coffee, set in a competition format that celebrates the cultural tradition. In this championship, it is encouraged that the competitors bring their own style/cultural element to their performance to showcase what is one of the oldest forms of preparing coffee.

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