- Sensory judges will begin evaluating their drink as soon as it is served, unless otherwise instructed by the competitor.
- Competitors may override the evaluation protocol by giving the judges specific alternative instructions. As long as instructions are reasonable, “and are no in contradiction with other rules”, the judges should follow all instructions given by the competitor.
- Team Bar requirements and Wild Card Semi-Finals positions have been more clearly written. This includes that competitors have 20 minutes of clean up time in each service, and only competitors who have attended their Team Bar shifts will be eligible for wild card semi finals slot.
- Based on competitor and judge feedback with the new layouts, the espresso machine table is being widened, and the table height options are being clarified.
- The competitor will be able to create their own layout within a 7×7-metre square. The competitors must be present during the table set time. Once their station has been set to the requested general configuration, as depicted in the rules, competitors may request additional adjustments to the table set during the table set time. All presentation tables must be at least 0.3 metres from the edge of the square and the espresso machine table may not be moved.
- A circular or square no-media area may be used as appropriate.
- The WCE-certified grinders are the Malkönig Peak and the EK43/EK43S. The grinders have a fixed technical configuration including the hopper and cannot be opened or subjected to any functional modifications by the competitors.
- National bodies are not required to use the same sponsored equipment as the WBC. If an equipment sponsor is acquired by a national body, the national body may independently specify their equipment requirements. Competitors may not use more than two grinders in total.
WCE says it “is being clarified” that competitors may instruct judges in evaluation timing, but that instructions must comply with all other WBC rules.
The 2018 WBC will take place at World of Coffee Amsterdam from 20 to 23 June. Champions from approximately 60 nations will gather to compete in front of fans at the WBC arena.
The full rules to be used in Amsterdam, as well as a summary of all 2018 changes is available at worldbaristachampionship.org/rules.
For any questions regarding the changes, contact WCE or the WBC Evolution Working Group at email@example.com.
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