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Coffees of the Year Announcement

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has announced that they will be collaborating on an improved Coffees of the Year (COTY) program with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE). While the official COTY program will remain on hiatus for the 2014 SCAA Event in Seattle, WA, ACE will present an exhibition of compelling coffees representative of those that will be featured in the program moving forward. This will be featured in the U.S. Coffee Championship Arena, the hall where the future COTY competition will reside.

Built on a shared desire to discover, understand and promote extraordinary coffees from all over the world, this program looks to use ACE’s Cup of Excellence (COE) as a discovery mechanism for coffees to be featured, and will celebrate those coffees that are especially worth notice. Look for the COE exhibition in the US Coffee Championships Arena at the SCAA Event in Seattle, WA, April 24-17, 2014. Visit for more information about attending.

Roasters Choice Competition 2014
Please note: You must be a Roasters Guild Member in good standing to participate in the 2014 Roasters Choice competition.

The annual Roasters Choice Competition is held in conjunction with the SCAA Event and is designed to highlight the art and craft of coffee roasting. To compete in the challenge, members of the Roasters Guild must submit roasted coffee that they have chosen to represent and highlight their roasting skills. Selected on Thursday April 24th in advance of the Exposition, the top 6 coffees will be showcased at the SCAA Event throughout the weekend. The roasted coffee that earns the top score, as determined by a panel of judges on the morning of Sunday April 27th, will be named the winner of the 2014 Roasters Choice competition. The coffees will then be served to Exposition attendees at the brew bar in the US Coffee Championships Arena. Competitors must be present at the Event to receive their award, but are also encouraged to be on hand to serve their coffees over the course of The Event.

The submission fee is $50 and there are a limited number of spots to compete available. All submissions will be vetted on Thursday before The Event by a panel of qualified judges to determine the Top 6 coffees. Every submission will receive feedback on their roasts from the judging panel. The Top 6 coffees will be served throughout weekend, with the top scoring coffee determined as the 2014 Roasters Choice Champion.


• Winner announced at Awards Ceremony on USBC stage and presented with a trophy
• Winner will receive an all inclusive trip to Roasters Guild Retreat, sponsored by Utz Certified
• Profiles of the top 6 roasters will be featured on LCD screens in the Roasters Choice area
• Forum post and website recognition with information about the coffees for top 6 roasters

Please note that only 30 spots are available for this competition, so please register early to ensure your chance to compete for the title as the winner of the 2014 Roasters Guild Roasters Choice Competition.


Roasters Guild Meeting
We are looking forward to our Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held at The 26th Annual SCAA Event this April in Seattle, Washington. This is a great venue for members to engage with the Executive Council and meet some fellow Roasters Guild members. The Executive Council will report on some of the exciting initiatives we’re working on for the coming year, including the latest on the Roasters Guild Certification program and educational curriculum, information about upcoming origin trips, and some fun things we have planned for the upcoming Roasters Guild Retreat, which will be held in August at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and getting to know some of our newer members. Please bring any questions or suggestions you may have for the Roasters Guild to the meeting and we’ll be happy to address them. The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2013 from 5:00 - 6:00pm in room 2A/B.

Roasters Guild Party
Come hang out with the Roasters Guild! Grab a bite to eat and a drink at this great venue and get connected with the members and friends of the Roasters Guild. You won't find a better way or a crazier bunch to relax with and unwind after a long day at The Event.

Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 pm - 1:00 am

World Sports Grille
731 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

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