Ipsento winner
Coffee Fest Chicago 2013
1st Place winners of the
DaVinci Gourmet,
America's Best Coffeehouse Competition,
Ipsento Coffee
of Chicago, IL.

DaVinci Gourmet presents,

America's Best Coffeehouse Competition


DaVinci Gourmet and Coffee Fest welcomes you to America's Best Coffeehouse Competition. We are confident that you will find this to be the most unique coffee competition produced at any coffee event anywhere.

America's Best Coffeehouse Competition has been developed to determine and acknowledge the three best coffeehouses regionally in North America. All coffeehouses in the U.S. and Canada, individual units as well as chains may apply to compete. The competition is broken into three regions that will compete once per year. The Coffee Fest Seattle semi finals & finals will serve the western states and western Canada,Coffee Fest New York will serve the eastern states and eastern Canada, and Coffee Fest St. Louis will serve the central states and central Canada. The three regions are broken down as follows:
Western
States and Provinces:
Alaska
Alberta
Arizona
British Columbia
California
Colorado
Hawaii
Idaho
Montana
Nevada
New Mexico
Oregon
Saskatchewan
Utah
Washington
Wyoming







Central
States and Provinces:
Alabama
Arkansas
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Manitoba
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Ontario
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Wisconsin


Eastern
States and Provinces:
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Brunswick
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Nova Scotia
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Quebec
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia

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Chicago 2013 2nd Place winners
Palace Coffee Company
of Canyon, Texas

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Chicago 2013 3rd Place winners
JP’s Coffee
of Holland, Michicgan. br>

Coffee Fest New York 2013
1st Place winners of the
DaVinci Gourmet,
America's Best Coffeehouse Competition,
Peregrine Espresso
of Washington, DC.
New York 2013
2nd Place winners
Mudhouse
of Charlottesville, VA.

New York 2013
3rd Place winners
Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co.
of Canton, OH.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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.


FAN VOTING

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

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The DaVinci Gourmet,
America's Best Coffeehouse Competition Venue
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Pop-up Cafe built by
Design & Layout Services.
Coffeehouse Competition espresso machine provided by
Nuova Simonelli: Aurelia II.
Espresso grinder provided by
Mahlkonig
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Judging the drinks and service

Semi-final and final rounds will feature each team working in the coffeehouse competition venue. Everything other than coffee will be provided. Teams may bring anything else they wish to support their competition time. Each team must be prepared to serve: espresso, cappuccino, latte, flavored latte, two manually brewed coffee options, and a daily special. All drinks must be no larger than eight ounces.

Coffeehouse teams determine and bring the ingredients, equipment (if necessary) and serving vessel to support their daily special.

The DaVinci Gourmet, America's Best Coffeehouse Competition is designed to evaluate teamwork, hospitality, aptitude, professionalism, presentation and limits. Coffeehouse teams will be judged by 15 carefully selected judges appointed by Coffee Fest. Coffeehouses will have 15 minutes to set up, 30 minutes of competition time and 15 minutes to clean up.


America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition is made possible by the generous support and sponsorship of the following companies. DaVinci Gourmet is the proud presenting sponsor. Design & Layout Services designed and fabricated the coffeehouse competition venue. SelbySoft, Inc. point of sale systems is proud to support this competition and coffeehouses across America. Mahlkoenig has provided the whole bean and espresso grinders. Fresh Cup is the media sponsor.


PRIZES

1st place $2,500 plus America's Best Coffeehouse Competition trophy

2nd place $1,000 plus second place plaque

3rd place $500 plus third place plaque



4th place through 7th place receive a semi-finalist certificate


The application deadline for Coffee Fest Seattle 2013 is August 9th, 2013. Up to twenty coffeehouses selected for Field Qualification in central North America will be announced August 10th, 2013 and public voting will commence. The public may view all selected coffeehouse competition videos and photos at www.coffeefest.com and vote for their favorite.





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