Aloha and thank you for your interest in competing in the 2019 Hawai’i Coffee Champs Preliminary Competitions
*If you are planning to attend the competitions as a guest, please RSVP here.
Please take a few minutes to review the information below about the competitions and conditions of entry.
As this year’s first USCC Prelim, we’re kicking off the 2019-2020 National Competition season in Honolulu and inviting competitors from across all islands and the mainland to join us.
Expanding on last year’s event, we are now hosting two competitions: Brewers Cup and Barista. Competitors are welcome to register for one or both competitions. If you would like to compete in both, you will need to complete two separate registrations, one for each competition.
When & Where?
This year’s competitions will be held on July 25-27 at the Ala Moana Hotel - Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawai’i. Our events will be held in the Carnation Room.
Rules & Regulations
Before completing your registration, please read through the Rules & Regulations of your chosen competition to ensure you have an understanding of what to expect and what will be expected throughout the weekend.
Barista: Rules and Scoresheets
Brewers Cup: Rules and Scoresheets
This and more information can be found on the USCC website.
We, here, do not support discrimination of any kind and expect the same level of conduct from all attendees, Competitors, and Judges at our event. In participating, you agree to respect your Host, Judges, Volunteers and all your fellow Competitors. We, as the Host, reserve the right to ask anyone not adhering to our Standards of Conduct to forfeit their place in our Preliminary event and leave the premises. Please review the SCA Code of Conduct
Who can compete?
We welcome and encourage all people aged 18 years or older to participate, regardless of their color, cultural background, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion or spirituality, or any other identity
Registration will be limited to 20 Barista Competitors and 16 Brewers Cup Competitors for a total of 36 competition slots
The registration fee for the Hawaii Coffee Champs is $40 per competition and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis
Competitors do not need to be residents of Hawai`i to participate, but they must hold a valid U.S. Passport or have 24 months of documented employment or scholastic curriculum in the United States of America
Registration & Fees
The fee for each Competitor registration is $40. If a Competitor would like to compete in both competitions, two registration forms must be submitted with two fees of $40 each, or $80 total. Your registration covers entry to the Hawai’i Coffee Champs Prelim Competition, a snack bar service for both days of the event, and an after party at Honolulu Coffee Company’s Experience Center on Saturday evening. Because the Competitions are happening in conjunction with the Hawai’i Coffee Association’s Annual Conference, all registered Competitors will have access to the on-site Conference lectures & workshops. Conference meals, however, are not included and must be paid for separately if Competitors would like to attend. Please see the HCA Conference Registration page for more information and details on pricing.
Equipment, Wares, & Coffee
As a Preliminary event Host, we are providing all coffee, wares and equipment! Competitors may bring their own wares and grinder, if you would like. However, these will be provided by the Host and available for you to use. Below, you will find lists of equipment provided for each competition.
The Host will provide competitors with a choice of 2 or more coffees for Service.
Competitors will select 1 of these coffees to brew and present to the judges during Service or competitors may select 2 or more coffees to blend together.
Coffee for use in the competition will be provided by 2 or more different companies.
*Competitors may not select a coffee from their own roaster/wholesaler. If a Competitor’s current employer is one of the coffee providers for the event, then that Competitor must select one of the other provided coffees*
Prior to the start of competition, the Host will conduct a blind coffee selection tasting for Competitors to choose coffee(s) for Service. Basic information about the coffees (origin, processing method) will be provided to the Competitors after they have selected their coffee(s)
Competitors must use one of the 2 or more provided compulsory coffees
Competition wares and brewing devices will be provided, but Competitors may utilize any set of brewing devices or wares of their choosing, as long as they qualify according to the rules.
Barista Competition Equipment
1 x Victoria Arduino Black Eagle Volumetric, 3-group
1 x Nuova Simonelli Mythos Clima Pro Grinder
4 x Hario Scales
EspressoParts Steaming pitchers
Whole Cow’s Milk
Brewers Cup Competition Equipment
Reservations are now available at a special conference rate for booking at the Ala Moana Hotel through Tuesday, June 25th, 2019. Our section of rooms is in the Waikiki Tower with a room rate of $185.00 single/double plus taxes and fees. Please use the link below to make your reservations to receive the special HCA conference rate. Book with Special Room Rate here.