Judge Certification

World Coffee Events (WCE) invites members of the specialty coffee community to participate in the newly expanded WCE Judge Certification. Participants in the WCE Judge Certification will have an unprecedented opportunity to qualify as a judge for four new competitions, as well as the World Barista Championship (WBC). Qualified participants will be authorized to judge at the WBC, World Latte Art Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, Cezve/Ibrik Championship, and to promote this achievement to the specialty coffee community throughout the year.

The skills and commitment to excellence required to qualify as a judge in the WCE Competitions are an essential component to WCE’s continued ability to deliver fair and professional events that elevate the barista craft and support the mission of specialty coffee. At the two-day Judge Certification, WCE Committee Leadership will guide participants through a series of performance-based and written tests that measure judges’ abilities to perform successfully in a WCE Competition.

To attend a WCE Judge Certification, participants must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Possess judging experience in one (1) world championship (World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Brewers Cup, World Barista Championship  OR Two (2) years of judging experience at a national-level competition for Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits, Brewers Cup, or Barista Championships. Judging experience must not be prior to 2010 to maintain eligibility. Additionally, participants are only eligible to certify for competitions in which they have experience judging.
  • Agree to abide by the WCE Judges Code of Conduct.
  • Pay all certification fees.

Pricing is set by the host of each event individual, and can vary.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
WCE reserves the right to cancel a Judge Certification at any time. In the event of a WCE cancellation, registrants will be offered an opportunity to transfer registration to another planned workshop. Requests for refunds due to WCE cancellation of a workshop may be sent to info@worldcoffeeevents.org.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

Check back soon for updates.

Previous Workshops

March 2014 – Ancona, Italy; Pawtucket, RI; Shanghai, China
February 2014 – Dublin, Ireland and Los Angeles, CA
November 2013 – Williamsburg, VA and Seoul, Korea
March 2013 – Long Beach, USA; Melbourne, Australia; Singapore; Tolentino, Italy
October 2012 – Malmö, Sweden and Nagoya, Japan
April 2012 – Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
February 2012 – Tolentino, Italy
November 2011 – Seoul, Korea and Wellington, New Zealand