US Cup Tasters Championship – Round One Quick Reference Schedule

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We’re buzzing about the 2013 United States Cup Tasters championship. It’s one of the most exciting spectator competitions happening this week. What is it? For more, we turn to the World Cup Tasters website:

“Coffees of the world have many distinct taste characteristics and in this competition format the objective is for the cupper to discriminate between the different coffees. Three cups are placed in a triangle, with 2 cups being identical coffees and one cup being a different coffee. Using skills of smell, taste, attention and experience, the cupper will identify the odd cup in the triangle as quickly as they can. A total of 8 triangles are placed in each round. The top 8 competitors with the most correct answers and the fastest time proceed to the next Semi-Finals round. Then the top 4 will compete again in the Finals round to determine the next World Cup Tasters Champion.”

There’s a lot of talented tasters lined up this year. Here’s a breakdown, complete with their Twitter handles so you can cheer them on and send them love online. The fun starts Thursday, April 11th.

Round 1, Day 1 Station 1 Station 2 Station 3
12:00PM Jordan Barber
Intelligentsia Coffee
@barber_jordan
Jon Ferguson
Dogwood Coffee
@joneferguson
Samuel Demisse
Keffa Coffee
@keffacoffee
1:00PM Charles Babinski
G&B Coffee
@charlesbabinski
Chris Finch
Volcafe
Navin Sivakumar
Independent
@navinsivakumar
2:00PM Erin Wang
Molinos de Honduras
Paul Massard
The Roasterie
@thebeanhunter
David Stallings
Blue Bottle Coffee
@davidshaub
3:00PM Jeff Duggan
Portola Coffee Lab
@portolacoffee
Liz Clark
Gimme! Coffee
@gimmecoffee
Bill Guddeck
Wicked Joe Coffee Roasters
@wickedjoecoffee

 

Round 1, Day 2 Station 1 Station 2 Station 3
11:00AM Erin McCarthy
Counter Culture Coffee
@erinmccarthy88
Andy Kwon
Elabrew
@cup3d
Andy Sprenger
Independent
12:00PM Anne Cooper
Dallis Bros. Coffee
@supacrema
Wee Jin Chew
Ceremony Coffee
@ceremonycoffee
Mark Inman
Olam Specialty Coffee
@olamcoffee
1:00PM Matthew Swenson
Dallis Bros. Coffee
@dalliscoffee
Michael Callahan
Intelligentsia Coffee
@intelligentsia
Camilla Ramos
Panther Coffee
@milamos

 

Here’s an epic clip of MC Alf Klausen announcing the winner of the 2011 World Cup Tasters Championship:

The winner of the US Cup Tasters Championship will compete at the 2013 World Cup Tasters Championship at the SCAE World of Coffee expo in Nice, France on June 26th-28th. Holler.