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World Roasting, CIGS and Latte Art Championships Heading to Taiwan in 2023

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Shayla Philipa of Indonesia competing in the 2022 World Coffee in Good Sprits (WCIGS) Championship in Milan. Courtesy photo by Luca Rinaldi for the SCA.

Three of the Specialty Coffee Association‘s seven World Coffee Championship events will be taking place in Taiwan in 2023. Scheduled to run from Nov. 17-20 of next year, the events will run alongside the Taiwan International Coffee Show in Taipei.

The three events are the World Coffee Roasting Championship (WCRC), World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) and World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship (WCIGS). World champions for each of those events were recently crowned in Milan for the 2022 season.

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2022 World Coffee Roasting Champion Felix Teiretzbacher of Felix Kaffe in Austria. Courtesy photo by Michelle Illuzzi for the SCA.

The three events were initially scheduled to take place in Taiwan in 2021, although the program was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The four remaining 2023 World Coffee Championship events — including the Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters and Cezve/Ibrik — will take place in advance of the Taiwan events in conjunction with the SCA’s World of Coffee trade show in Athens, Greece, in June 2023.

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The Taiwan championships are being organized through coordination with the Taiwan Coffee Association, which estimates that there are currently 4,000 coffee roasters in the territory.

According to an announcement from World Coffee Events, a nonprofit events organization arm of the SCA, 16 World Coffee Championships finalists have hailed from Taiwan over the years. Those names have included 2016 World Barista Champion Berg Wu, 2017 World Brewers Cup Champion Chad Wang, 2014 World Cup Tasters Champion Pang-Yu Liu, and 2014 World Coffee Roasting Champion Jacky Lai.

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Shao-Sing Lin of Taiwan competing in the 2022 World Latte Art Championship in Milan. Courtesy photo by Luca Rinaldi for the SCA.

In 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) identified Taiwan as a key strategic market for coffee exports of high-end roasted coffee and Hawaiian-grown coffee.

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