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Ceremony
Coffee Fest New York 2014
America's Best Espresso Competition
1st Place winner Ceremony Coffee Annapolis, MD,
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Coffee Fest Seattle 2013
America's Best Espresso Competition
2nd Place winner Flat Black Coffee of Boston, MA,
Red House Roaster
Coffee Fest Seattle 2013
America's Best Espresso Competition
3rd Place winner Red House Roasters of Union City, NJ
best espresso
Coffee Fest Seattle 2013
America's Best Espresso
Competition winners,
1st Place:
Tony's Coffee
2nd Place:
Kuma Coffee
3rd Place:
Olympia Coffee Roasting Company 1st place
Coffee Fest Seattle 2013
America's Best Espresso Competition
1st Place winner Tony's Coffee Bar Bellingham, WA,
2nd place
Coffee Fest Seattle 2013
America's Best Espresso Competition
2nd Place winner Kuma Coffee of Bellevue, WA,
3rd place
Coffee Fest Seattle 2013
America's Best Espresso Competition
3rd Place winner Olympia Coffee Roasting Company of Olympia, WA, Canada
Gino and Victoria Rutigliano

Coffee Fest presents:

Americas Best Espresso Competition



Download the Championship Bracket for Portland 2014


Coffee Fest welcomes you to America's Best Espresso Competition. We are confident that you will find this to be an exciting and unique addition to the lineup of professional competitions produced by Coffee Fest.

Americas Best Espresso Competition is the vehicle that will determine and acknowledge the three best coffee roasters in North America annually. Every other year, the top three from each of the previous six competitions will come together for the Grand Championship where America’s Best Espresso National Champion will be crowned. All coffee roasters in the U.S. and Canada may apply to compete. The competition is broken into three regions that will compete once per year. The Coffee Fest Portland competition will serve the western states and western Canada; Coffee Fest St. Louis will serve the central states and central Canada; and Coffee Fest New York will serve the eastern states and eastern 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

APPLICATION PROCESS

To compete in the Coffee Fest, America's Best Espresso Competition, interested roasters must apply to compete by completing the application for their region found at the bottom of this page. A maximum of 32 roasters will be selected to compete at each show for the regional America's Best Espresso title. The application deadline for Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015 is December 21, 2014.

ON-SITE COMPETITION

The America’s Best Espresso Competition venue will provide competing roasters with a choice of four espresso machines and two espresso grinders. Two Nuova Simonelli Aurellia II T3 and two Rancilio XCELSIUS, espresso machines will be available as well as both Rancilio and Nuova Simonelli espresso grinder. Competing roasters are welcome/encouraged to bring their own espresso grinder and tamper for use during their competition time. All of the demitasse cups are provided for the competition and are courtesy of Coffee Fest Hall of Exhibitor Fame Member Espresso Supply.

Once seeded within the tournament each roaster will know its Friday, opening round competition time and match up. Each roaster will send their Barista with their coffee to pull three shots, one for each of the three judges using either of the the machines provided. Competitors will go head to head in a winner move on, loser go home tournament competition. The competition will continue in this fashion all the way down to the sweet 16 on Saturday and then the final four and championship final Sunday.

Raosters will have six minutes on Friday and ten minutes on Saturday and Sunday to prepare three espresso shots that will be submitted to the judging table of three carefully selected judges. Judges will be chosen from the field of Baristas competing in the Latte Art World Championship Open. Prior to the competition, Judges culled carefully and then calibrated by Best Espresso Competition Calibration Sponsor; Café Imports.
1) Flavor Complexity
2) Mouthfeel & Appeal
3) Aftertaste

The competition is designed to evaluate a roaster's coffee and in particular the roaster's single origin or espresso blend.

Previous Winners
Blue Star Roasters, October Seattle 2012
Sunergos Coffee, June Chicago 2013

PRIZES

1st place
America's Best Espresso Competition trophy

2nd place
America's Best Espresso Competition trophy

3rd place
America's Best Espresso Competition trophy



America's Best Espresso Honored Sponsors


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