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SCAA Announces the Dates & Location of 2015 U.S. Coffee Championships

Event to be held at the newly renovated Long Beach Arena

LONG BEACH, Calif. U.S.A. (July 22, 2014) — The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Coffee Championships will be held February 19–22, 2015 in Long Beach, CA at the Long Beach Arena, which has recently undergone a $7 million dollar renovation. This dynamic space is part of the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Campus. To watch a video of the transformation of this space, please visit pacificballroomatthelongbeacharena.com.

This four-day event (Thursday – Sunday) will mark the first time the U.S. Coffee Championships have been held outside of The SCAA Event since 2009, when SCAA last hosted the World Barista Championship (WBC). This year, the WBC will be held at The SCAA Event in April 2015, organized and executed by World Coffee Events (WCE), an event management organization founded by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

The 2015 U.S. Coffee Championships will consist of the national events that lead up to the World Championships and are as follows: U.S. Barista Championship, U.S. Brewers Cup, U.S. Latte Art Championship, U.S. Cup Tasters Championship, and Roasters Choice Competition. Coffee professionals who are interested in competing are encouraged to review the Rules and Regulations for their respective competition.

For the 2015 Barista Competition and Brewers Cup, it will be required that competitors qualify in a regional competition to move on to the U.S. level. The dates for U.S. regional coffee competitions, which are the qualifying rounds for the national event, will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in competing or volunteering for one of these events, or have questions regarding the U.S. Coffee Championships, please email competitions@scaa.org. To learn more about supporting these events through sponsorship, please email sponsorship@scaa.org. More information about regional coffee competitions will be available at uscoffeechampionships.org.

About SCAA

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a non-profit trade organization and the world recognized leader in coffee knowledge development. With over 9,000 members located in more than 40 countries, including member companies and their employees, SCAA members represent every segment of the specialty coffee industry, including producers, roasters, importers/exporters, retailers, manufacturers, baristas and other industry professionals.  For over 30 years, the SCAA has been dedicated to creating a vibrant specialty coffee community, recognizing, developing and promoting specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research on coffee consumption, brewing and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for its members.  Visit scaa.org.

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