U.S. Coffee Championships: Schedule of All Things Awesome

It’s almost here! The 2015 United States Coffee Championships! With the World Barista Championship scheduled to take place during the SCAA show in April ”which is when the U.S. Coffee Championships usually take place ”the coffee contests will be held as a stand-alone event starting this Thursday in Long Beach, Calif. It’s gonna be epic!

Here are the ins and outs of what you need to know, where you should be, and when you should be there. For all the dirty details, be sure to visit the championships’ website.

WHAT: United States Coffee Championships ”Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters, Latte Art, and Roasters Choice

WHEN: Thursday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22

WHERE: Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, Calif.

Finalists in the 2014 U.S. Latte Art Championship. The installment happening this week in Long Beach will send its winner to compete on the world stage in Sweden in June.
Finalists in the 2014 U.S. Latte Art Championship. The installment happening this week in Long Beach will send its winner to compete on the world stage in Sweden in June.

BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP
Thursday, Feb. 19 ”9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Judges calibration
Friday, Feb. 20 ”9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Round one
Saturday, Feb. 21 ”9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Semifinals
Saturday, Feb. 21 ”4:15 p.m.: Finalist announcement (in conjunction with announcement of Cup Tasters and Brewers Cup finalists)
Sunday, Feb. 22 ”9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.: FINALS (in conjunction with finals for Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters)
Sunday, Feb. 22 ”3 “4:30 p.m.: ALL COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY

BREWERS CUP
Thursday, Feb. 19 ”9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Open service
Friday, Feb. 20 ”9:10 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.: Open service continued
Saturday, Feb. 21 ”9:10 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.: Open service continued
Saturday, Feb. 21 ”4:15 p.m.:  Finalist announcement (in conjunction with announcement of Cup Tasters and Barista Championship finalists)
Sunday, Feb. 22 ”9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.: FINALS (in conjunction with finals for Barista Championship and Cup Tasters)
Sunday, Feb. 22 ”3 “4:30 p.m.: ALL COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY

Finalists in the 2014 U.S. Brewers Cup Championship. Who will win this year at the competition this week and go on to represent the United States at the World Brewers Cup Championship in Sweden in June?
Finalists in the 2014 U.S. Brewers Cup Championship. Who will win this year at the competition this week and go on to represent the United States at the World Brewers Cup Championship in Sweden in June?

LATTE ART CHAMPIONSHIP
Thursday, Feb. 19 ”9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Judges calibration
Friday, Feb. 20 ”12 to 4 p.m.: Competition
Sunday, Feb. 22 ”3 “4:30 p.m.: ALL COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY

CUP TASTERS
Thursday, Feb. 19 ”9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Round one
Friday, Feb. 20 ”9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Round one continued
Saturday, Feb. 21 ”9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.: Round one continued
Saturday, Feb. 21 ”4:15 p.m.: Finalist announcement (in conjunction with announcement of Barista Championship and Brewers Cup finalists)
Sunday, Feb. 22 ”9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Semifinals and finals
Sunday, Feb. 22 ”3 “4:30 p.m.: ALL COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY

The 2014 USBC finalists. The winner of the 2015 USBC will have the home court advantage during the World Barista Championship in April: It's taking place in Seattle!
The 2014 USBC finalists. The winner of the 2015 USBC will have the home court advantage during the World Barista Championship in April: It’s taking place in Seattle!

PARTIES
Thursday, Feb. 19 ”TNT!
Location: Lord Windsor, 1101 E. 3rd St., Long Beach
$5 buy in ”6 p.m. (signups); 7 p.m. (pours)

Friday, Feb. 20 ”Karaoke! Hosted by Wide Eyes Open Palms
Location: MADE, 236 Pine Ave., Long Beach

Sunday, Feb. 22 ”BGA Party! Hosted by Pacific Foods
Location: Sevilla Nightclub, 140 Pine Ave., Long Beach

See y’all in Long Beach!

Gianni of Nuova Simonelli will be giving out hugs throughout the United States Coffee Championships weekend.
Gianni of Nuova Simonelli will be giving out hugs throughout the United States Coffee Championships weekend.
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