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2013 South West Regional Barista Competition - Santa Cruz, CA - March 15-17, 2013

Mar 14, 2013 9:00 am - Mar 17, 2013 3:00 pm
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Tijuana

Event Type: Championship
Category: Regional Coffee Competition



Judges Workshop, Thursday, March 14th - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Regional Barista and Brewer's Cup Competitions, Friday-Sunday, March 15th - 17th

Santa Cruz, CA

Top of the Ritt
101 Chruch St.
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060

South West Regional Barista Competition will be hosted by Verve Coffee Roasters!

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

South West Regional Barista Competition (SWRBC)

The SWRBC 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 NWRBC: 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 West Regional Champion. The champions from the NWRBC 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.

South West Regional Brewers Cup (SWBrC)

The South West 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 North West 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.


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

South West 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 South West Barista Competitor Registration, 2013 South West Brewers Cup Registration, or 2012 South West Barista Competitor AND Brewers Cup Registration.


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

The SWRBC Judges Workshop will take place on Thursday, January 31st at a location different than the event site.

Verve Coffee Roasters
104 Bronson St. Ste. 19
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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 North West 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 South West 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 Jan 13, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Jan 14, 2013 and ends on Mar 19, 2013.
Late registration starts on Mar 20, 2013.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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