World Coffee Championships canceled for 2020 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions

MILAN – World Coffee Events (WCE) and the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 World Coffee Championships scheduled to take place in Melbourne and Warsaw, due to the impact of pandemic-related international visa and travel restrictions.

The ability to gather representatives from across the globe is core to the mission of these competitions. Given the current and projected travel environment through November 2020, WCE and the SCA have decided to cancel the 2020 events and focus on the 2021 championship season.

The 2020 World Barista Championships and World Brewers Cup were scheduled to take place November 3-6 at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) trade show which has now been canceled.

The World Coffee In Good SpiritsWorld Latte ArtWorld Cup TastersWorld Coffee Roasting, and Cezve/Ibrik Championships were scheduled to take place during World of Coffee Warsaw October 15-17.

The SCA is working with partners at the Warsaw PTAK venue to cancel the 2020 World of Coffee trade show and postpone the contract to a future year — more information on this will be available in the coming weeks.

“We know that this is disappointing news to many, and we deeply regret that there is no feasible way to gather global competitors this year,” says the Wce in a statement.

“We are excited to bring the World Barista Championship, World Cup Tasters Championship, and Cezve/Ibrik Championship to the World of Coffee Athens trade show in June of 2021. While we are still exploring location options for the 2021 World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Latte Art, World Brewers Cup, and World Coffee Roasting Championships, they will be held no earlier than June 2021.”

“Given the logistical challenges of locating these events and accommodating overflow competitors, WCE is requiring that Competition Bodies only send one competitor to each 2021 championship. This means that National Champions who have already won their title in 2020 will participate in the 2021 championships. Additionally, 2020 sanctioning terms will be extended, to cover the 2021 competition year.”

“These schedule changes may have different effects according to different local circumstances. WCE and SCA’s Regional Community Directors will work with the Competition Body coordinators to navigate next steps as appropriate.”

“We encourage anyone with questions to read the Frequently Asked Questions section below or reach out to us via email at info@worldcoffeeevents.org. We are very sad to be missing the incredible community of competitors, teams, judges, volunteers, and fans that make these events special, and cannot wait to see you in 2021.”

General World Coffee Championships Questions

When and where will the 2021 World Coffee Championships be held? Are they confirmed?

Three 2021 championships currently have confirmed dates, which will be hosted at the World of Coffee Athens trade show.

2021 Athens World Coffee Championships

  • World Barista Championship: June 23-26, 2021*
  • World Cup Tasters Championship: June 24-26, 2021
  • Cezve/Ibrik Championship: June 24-26, 2021
  • World of Coffee Athens trade show: June 24-26, 2021

*Please note: The World Barista Championship is a four-day event, and will begin one day prior to World of Coffee Athens.
Wce is still exploring location options for the 2021 World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Latte Art, World Brewers Cup, and World Coffee Roasting Championships, but they will be held no earlier than June 2021.

What is the status of the Melbourne International Coffee Expo?

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) will resume in September 2021. For more information, please visit internationalcoffeeexpo.com.

Will future World Coffee Championship events be held at MICE?

At present, the World Barista Championship, World Cup Tasters Championship, & Ibrik Championships are planned to be held at the World of Coffee Tradeshow in Athens in June 2021. All other locations for future WCC events have yet to be finalized.

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