RC SHOW: April 8-10, 2024

Enercare Centre, Toronto

Coffee Competitions

A buzz-worthy showdown

The Canadian Chapter of the Specialty Coffee Association is thrilled to partner with Restaurants Canada to host not just one but three National Coffee Championships! Watch some of the most talented baristas in the country pour masterpiece after masterpiece in the Latte Art Championship; see true innovators create unique coffee cocktails in the Coffee in Good Spirits Competition; and help make history at Canada's very first official Cezve/Ibrik Competition!

The winners of all three events will proceed to represent Canada at the World Championships in Copenhagen, DE.


Latte Art Championship

April 8, 2024 - 10am-5pm, Coffee Competition Stage

The World Latte Art Championship highlights artistic expression in a competition platform that challenges the barista in an on-demand performance.

For the preliminary round of the championship, baristas produce a single creative latte pattern at the Art Bar, then move to the Presentation Stage to create two identical free-pour lattes and two identical designer lattes (which allow etching and decoration). Scores from the Art Bar and Stage are combined, and the top 12 qualify for the semi-final round, where competitors make two matching sets of different free-pour latte patterns, and one matching set of free-pour macchiatos. The top six semi-finals competitors qualify for the final round, where competitors make two different matching sets of free-pour latte patterns, and one matching set of designer lattes. Baristas are judged based on visual attributes, creativity, identical patterns in the pairs, contrast in patterns, and overall performance.

The top-scoring competitor in the final round is declared the Canadian Latte Art Champion, and proceeds to represent Canada at the World Latte Art Championship in Copenhagen.

Cezve/Ibrik Competition

April 9, 2024 - 10am-5pm, Coffee Competition Stage

A cezve (also known as ibrik) is a pot specifically designed to make a particular style of coffee that is largely consumed in parts of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The body can be made of metal, brass, copper, or ceramic but it features a distinctive long handle, and a brim that is designed to serve the coffee.

This event showcases the Cezve or Ibrik preparation of brewing coffee, set in a competition format that celebrates the cultural tradition. In this championship, it is encouraged that the competitors bring their own style/cultural element to their performance to showcase what is one of the oldest forms of preparing coffee.

The winner will proceed to represent Canada at the World Cezve/Ibrik Championship in Copenhagen.


Coffee in Good Spirits

April 10, 2024 - 10am-5pm, Coffee Competition Stage

The World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship promotes innovative beverage recipes that showcase coffee and spirits in a competition format.

This competition highlights the barista/barkeeper’s mixology skills in a setting where coffee and alcohol go perfectly together. From the traditional Irish Coffee (with whiskey and coffee), to unique cocktail combinations.

During the preliminary round, competitors produce four drinks – two identical hot/warm coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks, and two identical cold coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks. The six competitors with the highest preliminary round scores will compete in the final round. The final round requires competitors to produce two Irish Coffees and two coffee-and-alcohol-based designer drinks. The highest-scoring final round competitor will be named Canadian CIGS Champion and represent Canada at the World CIGS Championships in Copenhagen.