World Coffee Championships delayed, 2021 World of Coffee cancelled due to COVID-19

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The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has announced the cancellation of the 2021 World of Coffee (WOC) trade show, scheduled to take place in Athens, Greece, this June, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The SCA is continuing to pursue an alternative solution for the 2021 World Coffee Championships (WCC), which were to take place at the WOC trade show, and will have more information on that subject in the coming weeks.

“We are sad to cancel WOC but remain committed to doing what is best for the health of our staff and the many thousands of professionals that come together at this event every year,” said Yannis Apostolopoulos, Chief Executive Officer of the SCA, in an open letter.

On 4 February, the SCS announced it was in conversations with partners regarding the viability of moving forward with the 2021 events in Athens. Its updated 2021-2023 trade show and world competitions schedule is as follows:

Specialty Coffee Expo (North American trade show)

  • September 30 – October 3, 2021: New Orleans, LA, United States
  • April 7-10, 2022: Boston, MA, United States
  • April 20-23, 2023: Portland, OR, United States

World of Coffee (European trade show)

  • June 16-18, 2022: Warsaw, Poland
  • June 22-24, 2023: Athens, Greece

World Coffee Championships

  • November 19-22, 2021: World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, and World Coffee Roasting Championship – Taipei City, Taiwan
  • The SCA is seeking alternative solutions for the 2021 World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters Championship, and Cezve/Ibrik Championship.

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Image: Lanny Huang for World Coffee Events

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