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Updated Rules & Regulations for the 2019 Berlin World Coffee Championships (WCC) have been released! These include updated rules and score-sheets for the World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Cup Tasters, and Cezve/Ibrik Championships. Individual WCC committees oversee the Rules & Regulations, comprised of a global group of ex-competitors, judges, staff, and other experts. Each year they are tasked with reviewing and updating processes, to ensure the continued growth and evolution of the competitions.

These groups went through a reformation process in late 2018, bringing in new members of the community. Anyone interested in being involved in ongoing Rules & Regulations work can indicate their interest through this public solicitation form. While these groups are being formulated, and with the Berlin World Coffee Championships rapidly approaching, the 2019 rules will largely be the same as in 2018 with some minor edits for consistency across competitions.

In the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, the overtime penalty in the Spirit Bar round has been amended so that it is relative to the penalty in other rounds. Rules around compulsory ingredients, and the use of provided grinders have also been clarified.

Cezve/Ibrik Championship rules around flavour descriptor protocols for Judges, and the provision of napkins and water during service have been amended, to be in-line with other competitions.

Across all competitions at the Berlin WCC, rules around National Body (NB) participation have been reworded to clarify that competitors can represent only one NB per WCE Competition year. A competition year is defined as the time between a NB event and the world event it qualifies you for. For example, the time between the 2019 USBC and 2019 WBC is the WCE Competition year.

The work of the Competitions Strategic Committee (CSC) has continued while the individual competition committees are paused, to provide an overarching strategic plan for the competitions to continue into the future. A volunteer leadership group that answers high-level strategic questions and competition needs, the CSC interfaces with the Specialty Coffee Association Board of Directors and other internal and external groups. You can find more information on WCE Committees here.  

You can find score-sheets and Rules & Regulations for each championship below. If you have any questions about the updated Rules & Regulations, you can email [email protected]

Berlin World Coffee Championship Rules & Resources

World Latte Art Championship

World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship

World Cup Tasters Championship

Cezve/Ibrik Championship

Other Resources