The Specialty Coffee Association is pleased to announce that qualified testing of espresso machines for use in the World Latte Art Championship is now open. The criteria has been expanded to include fully-automatic espresso machine manufacturers who wish to bid for sponsorship in the 2024-2027 World Latte Art Championships.

The testing standards and procedures have been developed from WCE Qualified Testing, a qualification for equipment used on our competition stages. Since the creation of these standards, which began with the World Barista Championship in 2004, manufacturers have pushed the envelope on equipment functionality and quality as the specialty coffee industry evolves. Products that meet the criteria are considered “Competition Grade” and eligible to sponsor the 2024-2027 World Latte Art Championship. The equipment specifications and test methods are available on the program website.

  • Open to fully-automatic and traditional espresso machine manufacturers that are or will be in production by the end of the 2023 calendar year.

  • Demonstrates that your equipment is capable of meeting the rigorous demands of the World Coffee Championships stage, by undergoing testing that has been developed by industry experts.

  • Aligns your brand with the Specialty Coffee Association, the industry association whose purpose is making coffee better.

  • Certified equipment will be eligible to bid for category sponsorship of the 2024-2027 World Latte Art Championships, which provides additional exposure to the hundreds of thousands of people who engage with the events each year.

Interested manufacturers can complete the form below to register their interest in the program.