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2013 Big Central Regional Barista Competition - Kansas City, MO - January 18-20

Jan 17, 2013 9:00 am - Jan 20, 2013 06:00pm
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Event Type: Championship
Category: Regional Coffee Competition



Judges Workshop, Thursday, January 17th - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Regional Barista and Brewer's Cup Competitions, Friday-Sunday, January 18th - 20th

Kansas City, MO

The Guild KC
1621 Locust St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

The Big Central Regional Barista Competition (combined North Central and South Central Regions) will be hosted by Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company and PT's Coffee Roasting Company!

The event is free and open to to the public. Come and watch the performances and taste some delicious coffees!

Big Central Regional Barista Competition (BCRBC)

The BCRBC is a pre-qualifier to the United States Barista Championship,  which will take place in conjunction with the 25th Annual SCAA Exposition and Symposium  in Boston, MA, April 11th - 14th, 2013.

There are two rounds of judging for the BCRBC: the preliminary round and the finals. Competitors who advance to the finals will compete against six of the most highly skilled baristas in their region for the title of 2013 North Central or South Central Champion. The champions from the BCRBC will move on to compete in the USBC in Boston, MA. The winner of the United States Barista Championship will represent the United States at the World Barista Championship, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, May 2013.

Big Central Regional Brewers Cup (BCBrC)

The Big Central Regional Brewers Cup is a pre-qualifier to the United States Brewers Cup, which will take place in conjunction with the 25th Annual SCAA Exposition and Symposium in Boston, MA, April 11th - 14th, 2013.

There are two rounds of judging for the Brewers Cup: round one and the finals. The top six competitors from round one will advance to the finals round, and the winners of the Big Central Brewer's Cup will move on to compete in Boston, MA to become the US Brewers Cup Champion. The US Brewers Cup Champion will represent the United States in the 2013 World Brewers Cup Championship, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, May 2013.


Big Central Regional Barista Competitor Registration Fee
BGA Members: $150
SCAA/RG Members: $195
Non-Members: $300 

Big Central Brewers Cup Competitor Registration Fee
BGA/SCAA/RG Members: $50
Non-Members: $150

A maximum of two competitors per company will be confirmed to compete up until 17 days prior to the first day of the Barista Competition. If 17 days prior to the first day of the competition there are still additional spots open for competitors, those companies who already have two competitors confirmed may confirm additional competitors. Companies who wish to add additional competitors should have their competitors added to the waiting list (Standby Registration).

To register for either Barista Competitor registration, Brewers Cup registration, OR Barista Competitor AND Brewers Cup registration, or standby registration, click Register for this Event below and click through until you see the registration options, then select 2013 Big Central Barista Competitor Registration, 2013 Big Central Brewers Cup Registration, or 2012 Big Central Barista Competitor AND Brewers Cup Registration.


Judges Registration Fee
BGA/RG/SCAA Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $50.00

The Big Central Judges Workshop will take place on Thursday, January 17th.

Do you have a strong barista background or relevant coffee tasting experience and are looking to become involved in the Regional Barista Competitions? Becoming certified as a USBC Regional Judge provides you an opportunity to be involved at the center of the competition while helping to advance your overall espresso knowledge. At all of our regional USBC events, our pool of judges play an integral part in determining each of our regional champions. It is a serious commitment that provides each judge access to some of the most innovative coffee preparation techniques alive in the barista community! To learn more about the specifics of the barista competition and to prepare for your judges class, be sure to review and understand the USBC Rules and Regulations. You should also take a moment to understand the Head Judge, Technical Judge and Sensory Judge scoresheets.

We are also looking for Brewers Cup Judges. If you have a strong cupping or tasting background that involves the use of a scored cupping sheet and you're interested in judging for the Big Central Brewers Cup please contact Hugo Neuproler at The rules and scoresheets can be found here.

To register as a Judge for this regional competition, click Register for this Event below and click through until you see the registration options, then select 2013 Big Central Judges Registration.


(No Registration Fee)

Volunteers are an essential and very important part of our events! We are always looking for volunteers to help as bussers, runners, timers, and other duties as needed. If you want to get involved and don't know where to start, this is a great opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of a barista competition and meet lots of coffee people!

To register as a Volunteer for this regional competition, click here.

Please note:
Cancellation policy: Registration fees are non-refundable.

Early registration ends on Nov 15, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Nov 16, 2012 and ends on Jan 15, 2013.
Late registration starts on Jan 16, 2013.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Registration Fees
Fee TypeMember FeeNon-Member Fee
 2013 Big Central Regional Barista Competition Event Registration
Early: $0.00$0.00
Regular: $0.00$0.00
Late: $0.00$0.00
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