The Global Roasting Contest

Nucleus Coffee Tools and iCoffeeSolutions are excited to announce a co-sponsorship of the 2024 edition of the Global Roasting Contest, hosted in March at Producer & Roaster Forum (PRF) in Guatemala.

The first-ever Global Coffee Roasting Contest took place at PRF El Salvador in March 2023 – and featured an unprecedented collaborative judging format unlike any other coffee competition. The winner of the first competition was Shaun Aupiais of Red Band Academy from South Africa, and at PRF Colombia that same year, the title went to Alejandro Macias of Lusitania Coffee Co. from Colombia.

Together, Nucleus Coffee Tools and I Coffee Solutions will act as the Official Roasting Sponsors for PRF, and will both provide the equipment and prizes for this year’s competition.

Unlike other roasting competitions, the Global Coffee Roasting Contest is designed to be inclusive and accessible for local attendees. It aims to highlight and celebrate the work of roasters from around the world, with low barriers to entry which make competing more democratic – especially for coffee professionals who may not have the resources or means to participate in bigger events.

Moreover, its unique format mitigates judging fatigue and encourages all event attendees to take part – with finalists’ coffees served at the Brew Bar for PRF visitors to vote for their favourite and decide on a people’s choice winner. The judges will also announce a technical winner.

"...the Global Coffee Roasting Contest is designed to be inclusive and accessible for local attendees."

Who can take part?

The competition will take place on 7 and 8 March 2024, with all coffees roasted on day one and judged on day two.

The event will bring together coffee professionals from around the world to showcase their expertise, talent, and pure roasting skills – with LINK sample roasting machines provided to all participants by the co-sponsors.

At least eight coffee professionals can take part in the Global Coffee Roasting Contest, which is open to international applicants. All prospective competitors need to apply in advance and have at least two years of roasting experience, as well as experience working with a wide range of roast profiles.

Additionally, applicants should be able to cope well under pressure and in a competitive environment, and must have a PRF ticket to apply.

The registration deadline for the Global Coffee Roasting Contest is 20 February 2024, and you can apply by filling out this form. The rules for the championship can also be found here.

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Nucleus Coffee Tools and iCoffeeSolutions are excited to announce a co-sponsorship of the 2024 edition of the Global Roasting Contest, hosted in March at Producer & Roaster Forum (PRF) in Guatemala.

Unlike other roasting competitions, the Global Coffee Roasting Contest is designed to be inclusive and accessible for local attendees. It aims to highlight and celebrate the work of roasters from around the world, with low barriers to entry which make competing more democratic – especially for coffee professionals who may not have the resources or means to participate in bigger events.