SCA announces cancellation of WOC 2021

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has announced the cancellation of the 2021 World of Coffee (WOC) trade show, scheduled to take place in Athens this June, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Association says it is continuing to pursue an alternative solution for the 2021 World Coffee Championships (WCC), which were to take place at the WOC trade show.

On 4 February, the Association announced that it was in conversations with its partners regarding the viability of moving forward with the 2021 events in Athens. Over the past few weeks, the SCA has reportedly had talks with government and health officials in Athens, exhibitors, sponsors, competitors, judges, and many community members regarding the viability of holding the event. The Association says it wants to thank everyone for their patience and support as it assessed the situation and came to the final decision.

The updated 2021-2023 trade show and world competitions schedule is as follows:

Specialty Coffee Expo (North American trade show)

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

World of Coffee (European trade show)

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

World Coffee Championships

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

For the full listing of upcoming events, visit the SCA’s events calendar here:

Information for World of Coffee Exhibitors and Attendees

If you are a registered WOC attendee or exhibitor, the SCA advises you check your inbox for an email from [email protected]. The email contains important information about an automatic credit paid towards the 2022 World of Coffee in Warsaw. If you have not received an email, you are advised to contact the SCA events team using the WOC website’s contact form:

Information on the World Coffee Championships

With the WOC trade show’s cancellation, the SCA seeks a new location and date to hold the 2021 World Coffee Championships later this year. More information will be available from the Association in the coming weeks. The SCA encourages anyone with questions regarding the WCC to read the FAQ on its website and to contact the SCA here if you have any additional questions.

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