2024 USCC Barista Prelims Registration

Date | October 6 - 8th 

$30.00 USD


IMPORTANT | When checking out, please use competitor's name for the shipping address field and their contact information. 


6551 Meridien Drive, STE 113, Raleigh, NC 27616

The Raleigh, NC Barista Prelim will host 24 competitors. The Top 3 competitors from the Barista Prelim will receive a reserved spot at one of the Coffee Champs Qualifying Competitions.

At the U.S. Coffee Champs Barista Prelims: Competitors will have 7 minutes to make espressos and milk beverages for 2 sensory judges. Competitor’s preparation skills will be assessed by 1 technical judge. A Head Judge oversees all these judges but does not score. Competitors must use the provided compulsory coffee(s). Competitors will choose from 2 or more compulsory coffees in a blind tasting. All wares and equipment are supplied by Prelims Host! Competitors may bring their own wares if they would like. 

Barista Prelims FAQS

How Many Spots Are Available?

There will be 24 spots available for this year's Barista Prelim.

How Many Competitors Move On To The USCC Qualifiers?

The Top 3 Barista finalists from our prelims will have a guaranteed spot at this year's USCC Qualifiers. All those who do not make top 3 can still register for the USCC Qualifiers when registration opens.

What Will Be Provided At The Barista Prelims?

We will have the following available for use at the Barista Prelims @ Black & White Coffee Roasters |

- Slayer Espresso Machine

- Mahlkonig Grinder (Grind By Weight or similar)

- Bentwood Grinder

- Acaia Scales

- Tampers

- Dosers

- Distribution Tools

- Steaming Pitchers By Slow Pour Supply

- Dairy Milk and Alt Milk from @Pacific

- Compulsory Coffee

- Espresso wares and milk based drink wares (2oz - 6oz).

- Spoons and Napkins

- Water Glasses and Carafes

- Cleaning Supplies

Can I Have a Team Member With Me Backstage?

You may have one person with you back stage to assist.

When Do I Choose My Coffee?

We will have a competitor meeting Friday night, Oct 6 at 5PM to taste and choose your coffees.

Please note that this meeting is required and where you will also be introduced to the machines and equipment of the event.


Preliminary Competition Location

6551 Meridien Dr - Suite 113 Raleigh, NC

Oct 7 - 8                              Schedule TBD