Don’t look now but the 2018 Coffee Masters New York is just around the corner. Taking place October 12th through 14th at the Metropolitan Pavilion as part of the New York Coffee Festival, Coffee Masters is the fast-paced, multi-disciplinary competition masquerading as a coffee party. And there’s still time to apply to compete, but not much.

Applications to be part of one of the most fun coffee contests around are due Friday, August 31st. To be considered for one of the 20 spots, potential competitors must complete a registration form, which can be done here (that’s the easy part), and create a one-to-two minute video highlighting a coffee-based signature drink of their own making, and it has to be inspired by New York. Maybe a coffee Manhattan served in a big apple? I dunno. You can see why I’m not competing.

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And if the tight deadline isn’t pressure enough, Coffee Masters New York has announced the judges and emcees for this year’s event. There are a lot of familiar faces returning, including head judge Anne Lunell of Koppi Coffee, Kris Schackman of Five Elephant, and David Donde of Cape Town’s Truth Coffee. Joining them for her first foray into judging is none other than the Chocolate Barista herself, Michelle Johnson. They will be joined by emcees extraordinaire Lem Butler of Black & White Coffee Roasters, our very own Jordan Michelman, and the reigning Coffee Masters New York champion Erika Vonie.

So yeah, no pressure, just some of the biggest names in the coffee industry scrutinizing your every move. If you’re lucky enough to be one of the 20 competitors, that is. But if you think you’ve got what it takes, get that submission in before Friday. No rush, but do hurry.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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