06-09 April 2017 |Old Truman Brewery,Brick Lane.
  • Coffee Masters

16 contenders
7 Disciplines
1 winner


Creativity, passion, skill, knowledge and personality – this is what makes a Coffee Master.


Coffee Masters, the fast-paced multi-disciplinary barista competition designed by the team at Allegra and coffee creative duo DunneFrankowski, was hosted for the first time at The London Coffee Festival in 2015.
The competition saw some of the world’s best baristas compete head-to-head for the prestigious Coffee Master title and a £5,000 cash prize; congratulations to the first ever Champion James Bailey from Workshop Coffee Co. 

This September also saw the launch of the New York Coffee Festival and Coffee Masters New York, meaning there’s now not one but two competitions taking place each year. Find out more about Coffee Masters New York and its winner Ben Morrow here.

And, we can now finally reveal the full line-up for Coffee Masters, London 2016. Click here to find out who they are and watch the entry videos. 

Here's the schedule of events...



10.30-11.30 — Sonali Tailor v Edgar Juskas
12.00-13.00 — Esther Maasdam v Tim Tate
14.00-15.00 — William Pitts v Nick Mabey 
15.30-16.30 — Ben Morrow v Matuesz Gaca 


10.30-11.30 — James Wise v Manuel Borsato
12.00-13.00 — Simone Koenig v Patrick Rolf Karlsson
14.00-15.00 — Kristian Aleksiev v June Thornton
15.30-16.30 — Cosmin Mihailov v Yuko Inoue


11.00-12.00 — Battle 1
12.30-13.30 — Battle 2
14.30-15.30 — Battle 3
16.00-17.00 — Battle 4


11.00-12.30 — Semi Final 1
13.00-14.30 — Semi Final 2
16.00-18.00 — FINAL

How it works


Judged by a panel of industry figureheads, the fast-paced knockout battle format of Coffee Masters will see 16 baristas showcase their skills head-to-head across a broad range of disciplines: Cupping, Brewing, Latte Art, The Order and The Signature Drink, with The Espresso Blend being included for those who successfully make it to the Coffee Masters semi-finals.


The Disciplines

The Cupping

The Cupping

The Cupping tests the barista’s ability to understand taste profiles in a highly-competitive time-pressed battle.  

Each competitor is presented with six coffees set in a particular order. The competitors have three minutes to taste and memorise the order in which those coffees are placed on the table.  The coffee bowls are then shuffled randomly and competitors have two minutes to taste and return the coffee bowls back to their original order.
The Brewing

The Brewing

The Brewing tests the barista’s ability to choose the right brewing method for a coffee.

The competitor will select one of the six coffees presented in The Cupping round to brew.

This discipline aims to assess the barista's understanding of grinding (using a EK43) and their ability to select the right brewing method among Chemex, Aeropress or V60 to maximise taste. The competitors will be judged on the correlation between their choice of coffee and brewing method, their presentation and the taste of their coffee. 
The Latte Art

The Latte Art

The Latte Art tests the barista’s mastery of milk, challenging them to create specific patterns in milk-based drinks against the clock.  

The judge will roll a dice three times, determining three different coffee patterns that competitors have to replicate and present to the judges.

The presented coffees will be judged on visual appearance of the pattern, milk quality and contrast.

The Order

The Order

A real world test. Baristas are challenged to deliver an order of 10 espresso-based drinks, common to a quality café menu.

Baristas will be presented with an order docket, which they will be challenged to produce in nine minutes or less. The competitors will be judged on their technical skill, professionalism and time.
The Signature Drink

The Signature Drink

Baristas will need to replicate and present the same Signature Drink as per their online submission video.

A signature drink is a coffee based mixed beverage consisting of three or more ingredients, as long as they are safe and legal to use.

The competitors will present three identical drinks to the judges and will be judged on taste, creativity, consistency and presentation.
The Espresso Blend

The Espresso Blend

Baristas will create an espresso blend from the coffees used in The Cupping.

The ‘Espresso Blend’ discipline will only occur during the semi-finals.  The two finalists will need to replicate their bespoke blend during the final.

The Origin

The Origin

The Origin tests the barista’s ability to identify coffee origins by taste, in a highly competitive time-pressed battle. Each contender is presented with six coffees, and a table-top map of the world. The contender will have five minutes to taste the coffees and place them on the map in the correct geographical location from where they originate.
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