Now in its seventh year, the competition featuring the world’s top roasting professionals will take place in November at the Taiwan International Coffee Show.
BY CHRIS RYAN
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Photos courtesy of World Coffee Events
On Wednesday, World Coffee Events announced that the 2019 World Coffee Roasting Championship will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, during the Taiwan International Coffee Show November 15-18. The event will include more than 20 competitors from around the world taking part in a series of rounds covering multiple styles of roasting.
“The World Coffee Roasting Championship is the newest and fastest-growing World Coffee Championship, and there is a lot of excitement about the event returning to Asia,” reads a press release from World Coffee Events. “The Taiwan International Coffee Show, produced by the Taiwan Coffee Association, brings the specialty-coffee trade to over 190,000 visitors each year.”
In the World Coffee Roasting Championship, competitors are judged on their performance evaluating green-coffee quality (also known as green grading), developing a roast profile that brings out a coffee’s most desirable attributes, and on the overall quality of their roasted coffee. Additional rules and information about the competition are available at its website.
The competition debuted in 2013 in Nice, France; this will be its seventh installment. The 2018 World Coffee Roasting Championship was won by Russia’s Vladimir Nenashev; prior to that, winners hailed from Japan, Taiwan, Norway, Romania, and Italy.
Among the 20+ competitors taking part in the 2018 World Coffee Roasting Championship in Taiwan will be Shelby Williamson of Huckleberry Roasters, who won the U.S. Roaster Championship at last week’s United States Coffee Championships in Kansas City, Mo.
Savor Brands is serving as the Title Sponsor of the 2019 World Coffee Roasting Championship; Giesen returns as the Official Production Roaster Sponsor, and Urnex as the Official Cleaning Products Sponsor. For information on how to attend the event in person, head to the Taiwan International Coffee Show website.
With this announcement, the 2019 World Coffee Championships locations are now set. The World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup Championship will take place in Boston in April during the Specialty Coffee Expo. The World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship, World Cup Tasters Championship, World Latte Art Championship, and Cezve/Ibrik Championship will be in Berlin in June during World of Coffee.