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The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) announced that the World Coffee Championships will be held in Milan, Italy, from October 22nd to 26th. The competitions were originally set for June 2020 in Athens, Greece, but were cancelled because of the global pandemic.

The 2021 Milan World Coffee Championships will include three competition events — the World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup and World Cup Tasters Championship — and will take place in conjunction with HostMilano, a biennial international exhibition dedicated to the world of foodservice and hospitality.

The SCA and World Coffee Events have been in a long-standing partnership with HostMilano, and this newly announced show will add to their long list of unique activities and experiences. The SCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Yannis Apostolopoulos, stated:

We’ve always found massive value in attending Host, and following the hardship and disruption of the past year, we’re excited to return and bring our community to this wonderful show.

There’s also the option for WCC competitors who aren’t able, or who don’t feel comfortable to travel, to postpone their participation through the Deferred Candidacy option.

However, while the WCC has finally set a date for a handful of competition events after multiple postponements, the Taiwan Coffee Association (TCA) had to postpone three other WCC events — Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits and Coffee Roasting.

It was originally scheduled to be held in Taipei, Taiwan, in November this year, but there has been a recent spike in the number of COVID 19 cases as well as tighter regulations in the country. TCA is currently working with the SCA to find the most opportune time to host the World Coffee Championships in Taipei in the future.


  • Azra Syakirah


    Azra Syakirah spends much of her time travelling asia, photographing and writing about cafe's and coffee experiences. She has lived in Malaysia, Singapore, and more recently Japan, where she resides in the capital, Tokyo.

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