Coffee Fest Portland 2015
1st Place Winner:

Anchorhead Coffee, Duvall, WA

Coffee Fest Portland 2015
2nd Place Winner:

Klatch Coffee, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Coffee Fest Portland 2015
3rd Place Winner:

Slate Coffee Roasters, Seattle, WA

Coffee Fest Portland 2015 Winners

Coffee Fest Portland 2015
Judges Deliberating

Coffee Fest presents:

Americas Best Espresso Competition

Congratulations to Anchorhead Coffee for being crowned the 2015 Western Region Champions at Coffee Fest Portland!

2nd Place: Klatch Coffee
3rd Place: Slate Coffee Roasters

View the Completed Portland 2015 Bracket Here!

Coffee Fest welcomes you to America's Best Espresso Competition. We are confident that you will find this to be an exciting and unique addition to the lineup of professional competitions produced by Coffee Fest.

America's Best Espresso Competition is the tri-annual vehicle that will determine and acknowledge the three best coffee roasters in North America. Every other year, the top three from each of the previous six competitions will come together for the Grand Championship where America’s Best Espresso National Champion will be crowned. All coffee roasters in the U.S. and Canada may apply to compete. The competition is broken into three regions that will compete once per year. A maximum of 32 roasters will be selected to compete at each show for the regional America's Best Espresso title. Click Here to see the Regional Breakdown.

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To compete at Coffee Fest New York!
Deadline: January 24, 2016

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To compete at Coffee Fest Dallas!
Deadline: April 24, 2016

*Check back in March to apply for Anaheim's 2016 America's Best Espresso Competition.


The America’s Best Espresso Competition venue will provide competing roasters with a choice of four espresso machines and two espresso grinders. Two Nuova Simonelli Aurellia II T3 and two Rancilio XCELSIUS espresso machines will be available as well as both Rancilio and Nuova Simonelli espresso grinders. Competing roasters are welcome and encouraged to bring their own espresso grinder and tamper for use during their competition time. All of the demitasse cups are provided for the competition and are courtesy of Coffee Fest Hall of Exhibitor Fame Member, Espresso Supply.

Once seeded within the tournament, each roaster will be scheduled for their Saturday opening round competition time and match up. (Roasters are allowed onto the show floor on Friday to practice at the America's Best Epsresso venue). Each roaster will send their Barista with their coffee to pull three shots, one for each of the three judges using either of the the machines provided. Competitors will go head-to-head in a winner move on, loser goes home tournament competition. The competition will continue in this fashion all the way down to the final four and championship rounds that will take place on Sunday.

Roasters will have 10 minutes to prepare three espresso shots that will be submitted to the judging table of three carefully selected judges. Judges will be chosen from the field of Baristas competing in the Latte Art World Championship Open. Prior to the competition, judges culled carefully and then calibrated by Best Espresso Competition Calibration Sponsor; Café Imports.

Grading Criteria:
1) Flavor Complexity/Balance
2) Mouthfeel & Appeal/Body
3) Aftertaste/Session

Click Here for Complete Judges Grading Criteria

The competition is designed to evaluate a roaster's coffee and in particular the roaster's single origin or espresso blend.

Interested in becoming a judge?
Apply Here!

Previous Winners

Anchorhead Coffee - Portland, October 2015
Sump Coffee - Chicago, June 2015
Copper Horse Coffee Roasters - Atlanta, February 2015
Sunergos Coffee - Portland, October 2014 - NAT'L CHAMPION
Sump Coffee - St. Louis, June 2014
Ceremony Coffee Roasters - New York, March 2014
Tony's Coffee - Seattle, October 2013
Sunergos Coffee - Chicago, June 2013
Ceremony Coffee Roasters - New York, March 2013
Blue Star Coffee Roasters - Seattle, October 2012


1st Place - $2,000
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500

America's Best Espresso Honored Sponsors:



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