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.”

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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
Jon Ferguson
Dogwood Coffee
Samuel Demisse
Keffa Coffee
1:00PM Charles Babinski
G&B Coffee
Chris Finch
Navin Sivakumar
2:00PM Erin Wang
Molinos de Honduras
Paul Massard
The Roasterie
David Stallings
Blue Bottle Coffee
3:00PM Jeff Duggan
Portola Coffee Lab
Liz Clark
Gimme! Coffee
Bill Guddeck
Wicked Joe Coffee Roasters


Round 1, Day 2 Station 1 Station 2 Station 3
11:00AM Erin McCarthy
Counter Culture Coffee
Andy Kwon
Andy Sprenger
12:00PM Anne Cooper
Dallis Bros. Coffee
Wee Jin Chew
Ceremony Coffee
Mark Inman
Olam Specialty Coffee
1:00PM Matthew Swenson
Dallis Bros. Coffee
Michael Callahan
Intelligentsia Coffee
Camilla Ramos
Panther Coffee


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.

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