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2021 World Coffee Championships Moved to Milan, Taiwan Events Postponed

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World Coffee Championships taking place during the 2019 SCA Expo in Boston. Daily Coffee News photo by Nick Brown.

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has just announced that three of the World Coffee Championship events — the World Barista Championship, Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters — are scheduled to take place this October in Milan, Italy.

The announcement follows nearly 1.5 years of cancelations and postponements of various World Coffee Championships due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In unfortunate news to other global coffee competitors, the SCA and the Taiwan Coffee Association (TCA) have also announced the postponement of the three other World Coffee Championship events — Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits and Coffee Roasting — which were previously scheduled to take place in Taipei this November. Citing a recent spike in coronavirus cases and related restrictions, the groups are exploring opportunities to host World Coffee Championships in Taiwan in the future.

The three upcoming events in Milan will take place in conjunction with HostMilano, the long-running coffee, foodservice and hospitality trade show that draws thousands of visitors each year. The show is scheduled to take place Oct. 22-26.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the 2021 World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, and World Cup Tasters Championship will be featured at HostMilano this October,” SCA CEO Yannis Apostolopoulos said in an announcement of the event rescheduling today. “We’ve always found massive value in attending Host and following the hardship and disruption of the past year, I’m excited to return and bring our community to this wonderful show.”

An FAQ for competitors and other interested parties can be found here.