After a quick stint overseas in Los Angeles—presumably trying to catch their big break on the Silver Screen—Coffee Masters is heading back home to London. Taking place April 2nd through 5th, the multi-disciplinary coffee competition returns to the London Coffee Festival at the Old Truman Brewery, and applications are open now!
For those unfamiliar with the competition, Coffee Masters is a tournament-style, head-to-head barista battle that pits coffee professionals from around the world against one another for barista supremacy. Over the course of the weekend, competitors will be subjected to seven separate disciplines: cupping, brewing, latte art, the order challenge, the signature drink, espresso blending, and the origin challenge. Each round will be comprised of anywhere between three and five of the disciplines with the final two baristas having each been subjected to 17 different challenges. It’s the most fun coffee ringer a barista can be rung through. The last coffee professional standing will walk away with a very large check for £5,000.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to compete against some of the best coffee pros in the world—past winners include a World Barista Champion, a multi-time WBC Finalists, and more national champions in multiple disciplines than we can even begin to note them all—applications are now open. All you have to do is fill out the Coffee Masters form here and submit a one to two minute video showing off a Signature Drink of your own creation. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the London Coffee Festival, this year’s sig bev theme is “Birthday”.
As an official media partner of the London Coffee Festival and Coffee Masters, I’m not saying you’ll receive more favorable coverage from Sprudge if your Signature Drink is a young-Bjork-inspired tipple, but I’m also not NOT saying that either. (Bonus points if your drink incorporates an actual sugar cube.)
Applications are open until February 8th. For more information on the rules, application process, or to throw your name in the hat, visit the Coffee Masters official website. See you in London!