Everything you need to know about the Big Central Event!


Thursday, October 24th 11:00am - 5:00pm   Big Central Event Judges Calibration Workshop held at Cafe Imports

Friday, October 25th 10:30am - 5:00pm    North Central & South Central Regional Barista Competition: Day 1* 11:00pm - 2:00pm    North Central Brewers Cup: Compulsory

Saturday, October 26th 8:15am - 11:00am     North Central Brewers Cup: Open Service 11:30am - 5:30pm    North Central & South Central Regional Barista Competition: Day 2* 2:30pm - 5:00pm      South Central Brewers Cup: Compulsory

Sunday, October 27th 8:15 am - 11:00 am    South Central Brewers Cup: Open Service 11:30 am - 1:30 pm    North Central & South Central Barista Competition: Day 3*

*Streaming live at uscoffeechampionships.org/watch. Please note times are listed in Central Daylight Time.

Follow your favorite competitor along! View the full Barista competition schedule here. View the full Brewers Cup competition schedule  here.

Follow the coffee competitions one tweet, image and video post at a time. Be sure to tag your posts with #BigCentral & #USCoffeeChamps to see them appear on the feed.

In addition to the coffee competitions, the Big Central Event will also feature a plethora of activities that will be taking place onsite and throughout the city. Your hosts Wilbur Curtis and Café Imports have also lined up local merchants and food/drink vendors to set up shop and help you experience a piece of Minneapolis. The event is open to the public, so come on by!


BGA Cafe: Enjoy complementary espresso beverages, made with coffee donated by come top Roasters in the region.

Hours: Friday & Saturday 11am–5pm Sunday 11am–2:30pm

Latte Art Informational Demonstration: Learn about the rules and regulations to the newly added US Latte Art competition by visiting the informational booth where Sonja Grant will be available to answer all your questions. 

Hours: Friday & Saturday 1:30pm Sunday: 12:30pm

Food & Drinks: AZ Canteen Food Truck Providing a menu  with a "bizarre" twist! Check out the featured menu!

Create Catering Serving 612 Brew beer and wine!

Hours: Friday & Saturday: 11am-4pm Sunday: 11am-2pm

Shop with the locals: We are fortunate to count with the support and presence of some local sponsors. All showcasing products on site!

Forage Modern WorkshopLeatherworks MinnesotaGreenwich VintageRed Wing Shoes


Throwdown: Thursday, October 24th, 7pm-12am Location: Blue Ox Coffee Company, 3740 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN

Open House: Thursday, October 24th, 2pm-6pm Stop by and meet Café Imports team at their office! Location: 2617 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis MN

Thursday, October 24th, 3pm-6pm Stop by Cafe Imports' Warehouse and say hello to the team! Location: 600 Hoover Street Warehouse, Minneapolis, MN

Parties: Friday, October 25th, 7pm-12am Café Imports/Colectivo Coffee Roasters Party Location: Architectural Antiques, 1330 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, October 26th, 7pm-12am Dogwood & MadCap Party Location: Dogwood Roastery, 1209 Tyler Street NE, Suite 150, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, October 26th, 7pm-12am Spyhouse Party and the NE Cafe Location: Spyhouse, 945 Broadway St NE #250, Minneapolis, MN

BlogLily Kubota