UK Cupping Competition

Just a quick post really about entering the Cupping competition today. I initially was told I couldn’t enter because they had 8 entrants and couldn’t possibly accomodate a 9th. Thankfully a couple of people dropped out so I had a chance to enter.

However I was also due to give a lecture/seminar at the Caffe Culture trade show right at the time I was now scheduled to cup. I asked for 5 minutes delay at the start of the table and just went for it. I think I did my table in 2 and a half minutes then ran off to go and start my seminar leaving someone else to do my reveal. A little while later I got another knock on the seminar door letting me know I was in the final and could I possibly pop out and cup quickly. Stephen kindly took over for 5 minutes as I breathlessly jogged across to the stage, I cupped as quickly as I could (2:26 I think) and then ran back to the seminar. I was very pleased to receive another knock on the door 5 minutes later to let me know I had won! Woo and yay! I shall now be taking on Stephen (and trying to scupper him the night before with a good curry – any info on good curry in Copenhagen appreciated) and being nervous tasting coffee with lots of other lovely people next month.

If I find any photos I will put them up. No trophy for the cabinet, but a certificate and someone to pay my airfare to the WBC which is very nice. Thanks to everyone involved – I will perhaps write up Caffe Culture at some point too.


  1. Congratulations. You’ll also be taking on Casper. And Edwin from Finca Vista Hermosa.

  2. Maybe the unfortunate panting helps with the aspiration? I think it all probably looked a bit silly, and I was sad not to be there when I won (if that makes sense).

  3. Congratulations. Must have looked quite funny seeing you run into the cupping table, slurp (how many? 24?) coffees and run off again :D

    How many hits did you have in the two rounds?

  4. congrats James! this year competition is going to be tough, good luck!

  5. My have you guys got the exclusive on everything :) Seriously well done James top job there. Good luck to both you and Stephen in Copenhagen.

  6. Congratulations champ! See you soon in Copenhagen.

  7. Well done! It didn’t look like there was much more room on that trophy shelf when I was around–with real estate at such a premium in London, I’m not sure it’s in your best interests to keep winning competitions ;)

  8. A pleasure to be beaten by you James!

    The cupping comp is indeed a fun event as you suggested. I will be entering again to avenge my defeat.

    I quite enjoyed Anette coming over and congratulating me on my victory over you before I put her straight…..she mustn’t have much faith in you James HaHa!

    Good to see you again and ‘Good Luck’


  9. well done James, no need for a trip to the gym that day!!! Good luck for Copenhagen.

  10. James,
    Congratulations on the win! I just wanted to introduce myself as I’m competing in the World Cup Tasting Championships as well – representing Australia. Best of luck. Regarding the curry, sounds like a great idea for the non Commonwealth countries!! I look forward to meeting you in person in Copenhagen.

    Catherine Ferrari

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