We are proud to announce that we will be co-hosting the North Central & South Central Regional Barista Competitions with Kaldi’s Coffee. The United States Barista competition was established in 2003 and is highly regarded in the specialty coffee industry. Each competitor is challenged by giving a 15-minute presentation where they must prepare 4 espressos, 4 cappucinos, and present 4 signature beverages. The competitors dedicate months of their time preparing for the regional competition for a shot to advance to the national competition. The Big Central event will be held in Kansas City at The Guild, an extraodinary Kansas City event venue. We would like to encourage everyone to attend and support your local baristas. Attendance is free at the Big Central Competition. If you can’t make it to Kansas City, the event will be live streaming online at the SCAA’s Livestream Page!

The Guild
1621 Locust Street
Kansas City, MO  64108


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During the three day event, we are encouraging visitors and baristas alike to experience the coffee in Kansas City. The Café Crawl highlights 18 cafes in the greater Kansas City area that are must sees while in the city. For a list of the cafes included in the Kansas City Café Crawl and a map of their locations, view the brochure here!

Big Central Barista Competition Schedule

Thursday Jan 17th:

Judges Workshop

Reception at Quay Coffee House (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm)
412 Delaware, Ste. B
Kansas City, MO 64105

Friday Jan 18th:

1st Day of Competition – Round 1

Big Central Dance Party – Free Drinks and Dancing (8:00 pm – 1:00 am)
Enjoy a great meal at a Kansas City Restaurant, then join us at the host hotel to drop it like its hot!
Hosted by Kaldi’s Coffee Roasters
Aladin Hotel
Floor 16, Roof Garden Ballroom
1215 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Saturday Jan 19th:

2nd Day of Competition – Round 1 Continued

Finalists Announced

Celebratory Party & CowTown Throwdown (7:00 pm – last man standing!)
Throwdown – $10 buy in, 32 slots available
Free Beer, Party DJ’d by Sprudge
Hosted by PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. and Oddly Correct
Morton Ballroom
3936 Main St (Behind Oddly Correct)
Kansas City, MO 64111

Sunday Jan 20th:

Finals of BCRBC

Winners Announced