Today, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has announced the 2021 Milan World Coffee Championships, featuring the World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, and World Cup Tasters Championship, will take place at HostMilano, Italy, from October 22-26.
HostMilano is an exhibition dedicated to the catering and hospitality sector, with many key Italian and international organizations exhibiting at Fiera Milano every two years. World Coffee Events and the SCA have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with HostMilano, debuting unique activations and experiences over past shows. The SCA is excited to build on this partnership with the 2021 World Coffee Championships.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that HostMilano will feature the 2021 World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, and World Cup Tasters Championship this October,” said Yannis Apostolopoulos, SCA Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve always found massive value in attending Host, and following the hardship and disruption of the past year, we’re excited to return and bring our community to this wonderful show.”
Due to the unfortunate recent spike in COVID-19 cases and corresponding regulations in Taiwan, the SCA and the Taiwan Coffee Association (TCA) have made the difficult decision to postpone the World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, and World Coffee Roasting Championship events scheduled to take place in Taipei in November 2021. The SCA and TCA are working to identify opportunities to host World Coffee Championships in Taipei at a future date.
WCE staff and volunteers appreciate your patience while we work through the complexities of planning the world championships. Competitors who will not be able to travel or who don’t feel comfortable doing so will be able to avail of the Deferred Candidacy option to postpone their participation at the WCCs.
If you have any immediate questions, please get in touch here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens to competitors due to compete in Taipei for the WLAC / WCIGS / WCRC?
A: Competitors who were due to compete in Taipei 2021 are eligible to compete in the 2022 WLAC / WCIGS / WCRC. We aim to announce the 2022 WCC locations before September 2021.
Q: Where are the 2022 World Coffee Championships due to take place?
A: We are working on the final details of the 2022 WCC locations and aim to announce them before September 2021.
Q: Where will the 2021 Cezve/Ibrik Championship take place?
A: Unfortunately, the Cezve/Ibrik Championship will not take place in 2021, but we hope the competition will return in early 2022. Competitors scheduled to participate in the 2021 Cezve/Ibrik Championship will have a chance to participate in the 2022 event. More information coming soon.
Q: I am a Competition Body and have questions—who should I contact?
A: Competition Body coordinators are encouraged to get in touch with your Regional Community Director (RCD). Your RCD will also be following up directly to confirm the status of your upcoming competitions. If you need the contact details of your RCD, please use this form.
Q: I am a competitor and can’t travel to Milan; what are my options?
A: Competitors who will not be able to travel or who don’t feel comfortable doing so will be able to avail of the Deferred Candidacy option to postpone their participation at the WCCs.
Q: I am the 2020/2021 National Champion/National Competitor — which version of the rules will I be competing under?
A: All participants at the 2021 Milan World Coffee Championships will compete under the 2021 Rules & Regulations.
Q: I am a competitor and have questions—who should I contact?
A: WCC competitors are encouraged to get in touch with us using this form, and a member of staff will follow up.
Q: Where can I find more information about HostMilano?
A: HostMilano, taking place October 22-26, 2021, is an international exhibition dedicated to the world of foodservice and hospitality. Now in its 42nd edition, HostMilano takes place every two years and offers everything needed to build a successful business, focusing on trends, technologies, and innovation. Learn more on the HostMilano website.
Q: Do you have any information concerning international travel?
A: Please be sure to regularly check for the latest advice from your government or health authority regarding travel.