The Worst Coffee Competition

When trying to come up with a unique event for Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week, we wanted to do something that would bring the local coffee community together for a good time.

This past Spring LA's Dinosaur Coffee hosted the first (to my knowledge) World's Worst Coffee Competition

This seemed like it could be a lot of fun, where anyone with an appreciation for good coffee and a sense of humor could "compete" on a level playing field.  Anyway we're going to give it a try- we've started with their basic premise but here are some rules to make things more official:

The WORST Coffee Competition

Saturday October 24th from 5-7p at 2002 Smallman St. in the Strip District

  • The drinks will be coffee (not espresso) based but if you need to steam milk you can use the espresso machine.
  • Competitors can bring any of their own brewing gear or use ours, hot water and ice will be available.  Competitors can also use our milk and coffee if needed.
  • Competitors can use any ingredient as long as it's edible/drinkable and follows good standards of food safety (they haven't put it in their own mouth, used dirty equipment etc.)
  • It's open to the public as well as coffee pros, but will limit competition to 10 people (free to enter).  Contact us to get on the list!
  • Each competitor will be given 8 minutes to complete their drink making
  • The judging of the drink will be of the following characteristics:
    • Aroma
    • Mouthfeel
    • Flavor
    • Aftertaste
    • Performance
    • Service Vessel
    • Outfit- can be creative with a costume

Anyone in attendance whether they participate or watch can enjoy complimentary small espresso shakes or cold brew that will not be the worst ever.

On the not-worst coffee front, we're doing a customer focused event during PSCW where you can get behind the bar for some hands on experience, and some great drink specials all week. 

Lucas Shaffer

21st Street Coffee and Tea, 2002 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222, United States