World AeroPress Championship 2021 is ON!

Thursday, 15 April, 2021

It may be in a new virtual format, but one of the most fun coffee competitions is back this year.

Great news for coffee lovers: after a year in hiatus, the World AeroPress Championship is back in 2021.

Lovers of the AeroPress are rejoicing this week as they learn that their beloved (and slightly curious) coffee making championship is back for its 13th season. After a year in hiatus, and with an ever-so-slightly retooled format, the battle is officially back on to find the world’s best brewer of AeroPress coffee.

From May through September, hosts around the world will run local competitions to crown their national champions. Come December, the 2021 season will culminate in the world final where, in a deviation from previous years, this season’s final will be competed for remotely but judged in Melbourne, Australia.

Due to the challenges posed by international travel, national champions will work on their recipes from home instead of flying to the world final to compete. On the big day, a surrogate barista will brew each champion’s recipe for a local judging panel to crown the 2021 World AeroPress Champion at a judging event that’ll be live-streamed around the world.

“We’re hugely excited to be bringing the World AeroPress Championship back in 2021. The enthusiasm from our community of competitors, hosts, and sponsors suggests a great season ahead, but above all else, it’s a privilege to be able to rekindle the spirit of the event and reconnect with our coffee-loving community in a safe and responsible way.” says Tim Williams, the event organiser.

With around 30 nations already pre-confirmed to take part, the season is well and truly on track for a great level of participation, but opportunities still remain for more hosts and sponsors to get involved.

The 2021 World AeroPress Championship is proudly presented by Bureaux Coffee, Third Wave Water, Coffee Tools Supply, Café Imports, and Acme Cups.

About the World AeroPress Championship

On its surface, the World AeroPress Championship is a fan-driven, grassroots coffee-making competition, aiming to uncover the world’s best cup of AeroPress coffee. But scratching that surface quickly unveils a global community of eager and obsessive coffee fanatics, brought together both online and in-person by this unlikely but enduring network of events.

Since the event’s inception in 2008, the World AeroPress Championship has grown from a casual gathering of friends to a cultural phenomenon of cult-like proportions and intensity, each year attracting more than 3,500 competitors from 60+ countries.

Each season is comprised of a series of regional and national competitions, run by independent hosts across 60 countries, which culminates with the World AeroPress Championship final.

To compete, brewers face off in rounds of three in a multi-round elimination tournament using the AeroPress coffee maker to prepare and serve a single cup of coffee for a panel of judges. On the count of three, the judges simultaneously point to their favourite coffee, moving the winner on to the next round while eliminating the losers.

The World AeroPress Championship is now in its 13th year and is organised by a small team of coffee lovers in Melbourne, Australia.

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CookIn Coffee Club: Pour-Over Coffee Masterclass

Thursday, 11 March, 2021

“Coffee lovers rejoice!

The Cookin Coffee Club will be kicking off its first monthly event live in the Cookinstore at the Lifestyle Centre in Ballito on Wednesday the 17th of March from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Sinjon Wicks from Equipment Café will be conducting a masterclass on the art of Pour-Over Coffee and Coffee grinding, as well as answering any and all questions about coffee.

Attendance will be limited to just 20 people and booking will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis, so get in touch with the team at Cookin Ballito to secure your spot. There are going to be some fantastic lucky-draw prizes as well as exclusive promotional discounts on coffee equipment for those in attendance.

We’ve had a great response so far and we’ve already got a growing list of confirmed bookings, so get your booking in and we hope to share a cup with you next week Wednesday”

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Cancelled: World of Coffee, Athens

Monday, 1 March, 2021

We knew this announcement had to be imminent, but we were still sad to hear about the official cancellation of the SCA's annual European Trade Show event, World of Coffee that was due to be held in Greece in June this year.

From a South African perspective, this means that SCASA's SA Barista Champion, Winston Thomas and SA Cup Tasters Champion Wency Masawi, will have to wait even longer to represent us on stage! Winston has big plans and we are excited to share them with you in the coming months.  At this point SCASA will not be hosting any regional coffee competitions in 2021, and the current Champions in each discipline will go to the World Champs as and when they happen. If travel is possible, this will mean Jeff Stopforth (Latte Art) will travel to Taipei, Taiwan to compete in November this year.

2021 World of Coffee Trade Show Canceled Due to COVID-19

Today we are announcing the cancellation of the 2021 World of Coffee (WOC) trade show, scheduled to take place in Athens this June, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We are continuing to pursue an alternative solution for the 2021 World Coffee Championships (WCC), which were to take place at the WOC trade show, and we will have more information on that subject in the coming weeks.

We are sad to cancel WOC but remain committed to doing what is best for the health of our staff and the many thousands of professionals that come together at this event every year.

On February 4, we announced that we were in conversations with our partners regarding the viability of moving forward with the 2021 events in Athens. Over the past few weeks, we’ve had talks with government and health officials in Athens, exhibitors, sponsors, competitors, judges, and many community members regarding the viability of holding the event. We want to thank every one of you for your patience and support as we assessed the situation and came to the final decision.

Our updated 2021-2023 trade show and world competitions schedule is as follows:

Specialty Coffee Expo (North American trade show)

  • September 30 - October 3, 2021: New Orleans, LA, United States
  • April 7-10, 2022: Boston, MA, United States
  • April 20-23, 2023: Portland, OR, United States

World of Coffee (European trade show)

  • June 16-18, 2022: Warsaw, Poland
  • June 22-24, 2023: Athens, Greece

World Coffee Championships

  • November 19-22, 2021: World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, and World Coffee Roasting Championship - Taipei City, Taiwan
  • We seek alternative solutions for the 2021 World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters Championship, and Cezve/Ibrik Championship. More information in the coming weeks.

For the full listing of upcoming events, visit our events calendar here:

Information for World of Coffee Exhibitors and Attendees

If you are a registered WOC attendee or exhibitor, please check your inbox for an email from The email contains important information about an automatic credit paid towards the 2022 World of Coffee in Warsaw. If you have not received an email, please contact our events team using the WOC website’s contact form:

Information on the World Coffee Championships

With the WOC trade show’s cancellation, the SCA seeks a new location and date to hold the 2021 World Coffee Championships later this year. We will have more information on that in the coming weeks. We encourage anyone with questions regarding the WCC to read the FAQ on our website and contact us here if you have any additional questions. 

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Glitter Cat SNiFFiTiTiON: Register before 1 Feb for this free competition

Thursday, 28 January, 2021

Registration is now open for the industry's newest, quirkiest, and perhaps most fabulous competition yet!

Fresh off the success of their inaugural DiGiTiTiON, a socially distanced coffee competition which crowned six champions across different disciplines, Glitter Cat is proud to announce a new and exciting competition for early 2021: The SNiFF-i-TiTiON. This is Glitter Cat’s first international competition and everyone interested will be mailed a game board no matter where they are in the world! Glitter Cat aims to make the SNiFFiTiTiON the largest scratch and sniff competition of all time.

Find out more about Glitter Cat and founder T.Ben Grimm here.

The game is simple. Competitors will receive a scratch and sniff card with 25 different scents. These scents range from fruits to herbs to flowers to spices to vegetables and everything in between. They’ll scratch, sniff, and record their answers on their game card. Competitors are given a word bank of 40 possible scents to choose from. Given that this is an international competition, registered competitors can request a game board to be translated into any language. Additionally Glitter Cat recognizes that we all come from different parts of the world with different palates and scent recall. The planning team has done their best to pull from aromas from around the world.

The person who gets the most scents correct will win a swag package from Glitter Cat, including some limited release items typically reserved only for Glitter Cats that go through their signature bootcamps and training programs. If there are multiple super-sniffers that get all 25 scents correct Glitter Cat has a plan for that - a tie-breaker round! Participants will be encouraged to film themselves scratching, sniffing, and guessing and share their videos with @glittercatbarista on Instagram.

The SNiFFiTiTiON is a low-stakes, high-fun competition to keep coffee professionals and enthusiasts engaged and laughing during the endless stretch of the worldwide pandemic. Registering to compete in Glitter Cat’s SNiFF-i-TiTiON is completely free thanks to Pacific Foods Barista Series, and open to all folx interested. During check out, participants will be able to add a donation to their registration. This is not expected or necessary! For 2021, Glitter Cat’s goal is to pay more contributors, contract artists and project managers, and start a payroll. Every dollar raised with the SNiFF-i-TiTiON will be used to pay Glitter Cat contractors and employees.

All are encouraged to register. Registration closes February 1st and every person signed up will receive a game board! Happy sniffing!


It’s a scratch and sniff competition! We will mail you a competition kit that includes the scratch and sniff card with 25 different scents and a word bank of 40 possible answers.

How to submit answers and other rules will be emailed to all competitors by February 3


Our goal is to have hundreds (thousands?!) of competitors join in the world’s largest scratch and sniff competition! At Glitter Cat we find a lot of joy in building community through competition and we figured what better way to push through these beginning weeks of 2021 than with a quirky, fun, and fabulous, low-stakes competition?!


Yes! Thank you Pacific Foods Barista Series for being our generous presenting sponsor and allowing us to host the first ever international competition and keep it 100% free to all competitors.


So many scents in the world, we know! To help guide your sniffer we created a “scent bank” which has 40 possible answers. All 25 scents to guess are in the word bank and there are no duplicates.


Totally and we appreciate your generosity! As a 501(c)3 non-profit, all donations to Glitter Cat are 100% tax-deductible. During check-out you will have the option to add a one-time donation. You can also head over to our Flipcause Donor page (it’s similar to Patreon but specific to non-profits) to become a donor.


Sniffing game boards will be sent out early February. All participants will get an email notification on when boards are mailed out.


Please email T.Ben at to request your game board to be translated into your language of choice.

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Global Coffee Festival 2020: Virtual

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020

The Global Coffee Festival is an ambitious virtual gathering by the team from Allegra who normally put together a slate of physical coffee events around the globe in major coffee cities. Obviously the curveball that is COVID-19 put a dampener on that schedule! But they were not to be deterred from getting coffee people together in one way or another so they came up with a virtual event that will be streaming live for 12 hours on 30 October 2020. And everyone is invited!

Through their track record of amazing events they have been able to bring together some of the best and most entertaining coffee minds in the business to fill those 12 hours with inspirational and educational coffee content! 

You have to register to attend, but there is no charge at all. 

In one of the slots, South Africa's own Winston Thomas is going to be taking the world on a trip through Cape Town to see some of the best coffee spots South Africa has to offer.

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Learn to Paint with Coffee

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020

What a fun idea! Creativity with coffee is our favourite kind.

On the 19th November Danielle Jordaan is teaching a ‘Paint with Coffee’ workshop at Swan CafeAnd yes, people WITHOUT art experience are most welcome.

The deets: R350 p.p. and includes all art materials, one free coffee and a lovely light meal. Workshop starts at 6:00 - 8:30 PM on a Thursday eve.
Please remember that seats are limited and only confirmed once your payment is made. For bookings, email:

Contact Danielle to book. Apparently the seats are going fast!

"It’s workshop time again! Thursday, 19th of Nov I will be hosting the first ‘Paint With Coffee’ workshop since lockdown. The workshop will be hosted at @swancafect for R350 p.p. - The price includes art materials, one free drink as well as a light snack. Bookings are essential (We are already half-full!) so you better get a move on if you want to join us for some coffee painting fun."

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BREAKING NEWS: MICE 2020 Cancelled!

Wednesday, 29 July, 2020

Coffee Magazine, as an Official Media Partner to MICE 2020, has just received word from MICE that the 2020 event is cancelled.

There is still nothing on the WBC website, but a press release is due any moment now with the official announcement.

Our partners at MICE, headed by Simon Coburn, mailed us with this statement this morning:

"It’s become clear with the second lockdown in Melbourne and the restrictions around interstate and international travel that it is unlikely that the Melbourne International Coffee Expo and the World Barista and World Brewers Cup Championships will be able to be held in November.

We’ve held off for as long as possible to give the event every chance of proceeding, however we need to do what’s best for our attendees, exhibitors, partners and competitors in terms of health and safety and also considering the impacts to the hospitality industry right now.

As such we, along with World Coffee Events, have made the disappointing decision to cancel."

WCE announced on it's website last night that "World Coffee Events (WCE) and the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 World Coffee Championship events scheduled to take place in Melbourne and Warsaw, due to the impact of pandemic-related international visa and travel restrictions. "

As we understand it, the implications of this is that the current 2020 National Champions, will compete in 2021 and there will be no Nationals for any of the WCE disciplines at a National or Regional level for 2020.

As it stands, SCASA has been unable to hold any competitions since the Nationals in March and no competitions in the new cycle have been or will be held this year. 

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News from Melbourne International Coffee Expo: Postponed!

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020

We're saddened to hear that the COVID-19 outbreak has led to this outcome, but as the saying goes, safety first! Whenever it happens, we're looking forward to this event and the World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup that will take place at the Expo.

A Press Release from Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Following the recent announcement from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the measures that will be taken by our state government to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, we have made the decision to reschedule MICE2020.

We want to ensure that we’re delivering the best possible event experience for all attendees, exhibitors and competitors. We also take the safety of all our attendees, exhibitors, competitors, judges, volunteers and staff very seriously.

We've been working closely with World Coffee Events behind the scenes, and are pleased to confirm that the World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup will still take place as part of MICE2020. 

MICE2020 will now be held from 3-6 November 2020, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

We look forward to welcoming the world coffee community to Melbourne in November.

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