It’s finally here! The Big Show. The US Coffee Championships are descending upon Kansas City, Missouri this weekend to figure out who will be making it to the World Championships taking place next month in Boston. While the focus will be on the competitors, who have already been put through the wringer in Qualifying Event rounds in Denver and Nashville a few months back, spectators and attendees need not worry about growing bored.
This weekend is jam packed with events both in and outside the convention center space for all to enjoy. If you’re not having a good time, you’re not trying hard enough, but to make things nice and easy we’ve compiled this here list of all goings-on this weekend for your party-planning enjoyment. We’ll be updating the list as more events are brought to our attention. See an event you want listed? Get in touch!
Need coffee? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our extensive KC cafe guide.
Need food and non-coffee drinks? We’ve got you on that too.
SprudgeLive’s coverage of the 2019 US Coffee Champs is made possible by Joe Glo and Mahlkönig. All of SprudgeLive’s 2019 competition coverage is made possible by Acaia, Baratza, Faema, Cafe Imports, and Wilbur Curtis.
Thursday, March 14th
Nourish Community: A Cowtown Welcome Potluck: “A potluck and box-building event that benefits food insecure families in Kansas City,” presented by Pacific Foods and Messenger Coffee. Taking place at Messenger Coffee, 1624 Grand Boulevard. 7:00pm-10:00pm
Friday, March 15
For a full list of competitors, check out our Day One schedule here.
8:30am-6:30pm Roaster Championships Open Cupping
9:00am-4:00pm Brewers Cup Open Service
9:15am-5:40pm Barista Championship
9:30am-3:00pm Cup Tasters
9:30am-4:45pm Barista Championship Audience Service
10:30am-12:30pm Coffee in Good Spirits
12:00pm-4:00pm Brewers Cup Audience Service
2:00pm-5:00pm Coffee in Good Spirits Happy Hour
6:30pm-7:30pm Semi-Finals Announcements for Barista Championship and Cup Tasters
Free Morning Yoga: Taking place inside the Kansas City Convention Center, classes will be led by instructor Heather Rama. The 7:00am class will focus on feet, knees, hips, and lower back, and the 8:00am class will focus on wrist, elbows, knees, and lower back. Bring a yoga mat.
Community Coffee Celebration: Join La Marzocco, Oatly, Dona Chai, Coffee People, Spirit Tea, and Fellow Products in a celebration of the US coffee community. There will be tacos, cocktails, and dancing. Taking place at Monarch Coffee, 2550 Broadway. 7:00pm-10:30pm
Chopped: Barista Edition: Quay Coffee and Hugo Tea are teaming up to put on a coffee version of Food Network cooking show Chopped. Baristas will be given mystery ingredients and asked to create signature drinks on the spot. Taking place at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. 6:15pm
Night at The Roasterie: Enjoy free cocktails, snacks, and coffee while exploring The Roasterie’s Factory and Brew House. 1204 W 27th St. 7:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, March 16th
9:00am-3:00pm Brewers Cup Open Service
9:15am-3:30pm Barista Championship Semi-Finals
9:30am-4:30pm Barista Championship Audience Service
10:30am-12:00pm Coffee in Good Sprits
10:30am-3:00pm Cup Tasters Semi-Finals
12:00pm-4:40pm Brewers Cup Audience Service
2:00pm-4:10pm Coffee in Good Spirits Happy Hour
5:00pm-6:00pm Finalist Announcements for the Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, and Cup Tasters
Campfire Coffee Cookoff: Come watch as 12 teams of coffee professional from around the country create breakfast dishes using only an open fire and pair them with coffees of their choice (also made sans electricity). Taking place at SplitLog Coffee, 548 Central Avenue. 8:00am-11:00am
Anti-Racism Workshop for Coffee Professionals: Join Monarch Coffee for a 90 minute educational training to “offer a better understanding of how it plays out in our industry and how we can work together to dismantle it.” Taking place at Monarch Coffee, 2550 Broadway. $25, RSVP required. 2:30pm-4:00pm
Anthem Imports/Kaldi’s Coffee Party: Join Anthem Imports and Kaldi’s Coffee for a night of free drinks, food, and music. Taking place at Brewery Emperial, 1829 Oak Street. 6:00pm
Paper Cup Throwdown: It’s like a latte art throwdown, but in 10oz paper cups. $5 buy-in for competitors, sign-up starts at 6:30pm. Taking place at Blip Roasters, 1101 Mulberry. 6:30pm-10:00pm
Sunday, March 17th
9:30am-4:00pm Roaster Championship Audience Service
9:35am-9:45am Cup Tasters Finals
9:45am-3:40pm Barista Championship Finals
10:25am-4:00pm Brewers Cup Finals
10:45am-4:20pm Coffee in Good Spirits Finals
5:30pm-6:30pm Awards Ceremony
Hosting an event in KCMO this weekend? Let us know!