Chicago 2013 2nd Place winners
Palace Coffee Company
of Canyon, Texas
Chicago 2013 3rd Place winners
of Holland, Michicgan. br>
Coffee Fest New York 2013
1st Place winners of the
America's Best Coffeehouse Competition,
of Washington, DC.
New York 2013
2nd Place winners
of Charlottesville, VA.
New York 2013
3rd Place winners
Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co.
of Canton, OH.
To compete in America's Best Coffeehouse Competition at Coffee Fest, interested coffeehouses must complete the application found at the bottom of this page. Coffee Fest is now accepting applications to compete in all three 2013 shows. The application for our next show in Seattle can be found here.
In addition to the completed application, each coffeehouse must submit either a three minute video highlighting the coffeehouse, the team members, and the attributes that they believe make them the best coffeehouse in North America or a picture of the coffeehouse and team members.
A maximum of up to 20 cafes will be selected for the preliminary “field qualification” based on the review of all information on the application and the video or photo submission by the selection committee.
The application deadline for Coffee Fest Seattle 2013 will be August 6th, 2013. The Coffee Fest New York 2014 application will be January 5th, 2014.
FIELD QUALIFICATION (30 days)
Once the coffeehouses are announced by the selection committee (August 9th for Coffee fest Seattle western region), each coffeehouse along with their video submission or photo for the competition will be posted at www.coffeefest.com to be viewed by fans and potential new fans as the voting public casts their vote for the coffeehouse they think should make it to the semi-finals at Coffee Fest.
Once named, the preliminary round competitors will begin a race against the calendar to see who can garner the most support (votes) from their customers, friends and fans over the 30 day period at www.coffeefest.com. Fan voting totals and Secret Shopper results will be used to determine the order in which the seven finalists will select their competition date (Friday or Saturday) and time.
PROFESSIONAL JUDGES/SECRET SHOPPERS
The competing coffeehouses will also be evaluated by secret shopper judges who will grade each shop on customer service, drink quality, ambiance, cleanliness, organization and efficiency.
A combination of popular vote results and secret shopper scores will determine seven semi-finalist teams who will compete in America's Best Coffeehouse Competition at Coffee Fest. The six semi-finalists for Coffee Fest Seattle 2013 will be announced August 9th, 2013.
ON-SITE CAFÉ TEAMS
For the on-site semi-finals and final round competition, dueling coffeehouse teams of three employees each will be filling roles such as barista, bar back, and greeter/cashier, who will serve attendees and judges. Each team member must have been on companies’ payroll for minimum of 120 days.
Three of the selected semi-finalist coffeehouse teams will compete at Coffee Fest on Friday, and three semi-finalist teams will compete on Saturday. A combination of secret shopper scores and fan votes are used to determine the order that the coffeehouse teams select their competition date and time first, second, and so on. At 4:55pm on Saturday the three finalists to compete on Sunday will be announced. On Sunday the three finalists will have one more 30 minute competition time at Coffee Fest to determine the championship.
View videos from Chicago 2013 Here
Competition rules, regulations, and details
On-site competition venue blueprint
Equipment and small wares list
Competition judging score sheets