NERBC For Dummies

The NERBC and Brewer’s Cup are just one week away, and we couldn’t be more excited as we make our last-minute plans. Before we get caught up in the thrill of roasting competition batches til 4:00 in the morning, though — we wanted to clear up any confusing details that may remain about the events themselves.

Q: Are the NERBC and Brewer’s Cup part of Coffee Fest?

A: No. The NERBC and Brewer’s Cup are hosted by Dallis Bros. Coffee in conjunction with a different festival with a similar name, The Coffee and Tea Festival, in Manhattan on February 25-26. Coffee Fest has shared floor space with competitions before, but Coffee Fest New York will be happening in March and is not affiliated.

Q: Does it cost to attend the NERBC and Brewer’s Cup?

A: No, but you need to plan your attendance in advance. You have three choices: choose wisely!

Choice 1
Attend only the NERBC and Brewer’s Cup on Saturday, Sunday, or both, by registering in advance. Filling out this quick form secures you a FREE entry into either day of the competition via official NERBC guest list. If you do NOT arrange this before Friday, February 24, you may have to pay at the door.

Choice 2
Attend The Coffee and Tea Festival, including the NERBC and Brewer’s Cup, at a discounted rate using this coupon. The Coffee and Tea Festival is a beverage trade show featuring several drink and gourmet food vendors, as well as the world premiere of Coffee: The Musical!

Choice 3
Do nothing, and pay full price at the door.

Q: Is there a party?

A: Yes! There is a party! Dallis Bros. is happy to have teamed up with our New York City coffee friends Cafe Grumpy, Gimme! Coffee, Third Rail Coffee, Joe, Everyman, and Ninth Street Espresso to host a barista party Saturday night at Re-Bar in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Stay tuned to this site (and their sites) for more information on how to be there, and not square.

Q: Will I be able to follow the competition at home?

A: Certainly! All regional barista competitions are streamed live courtesy of the SCAA and USBC on the US Barista Championship homepage (check in the day of the event), where you can follow along both NERBC and Brewer’s Cup action and join in via Facebook chat. Coffee’s most important news source,, will also be providing up-to-the-moment competition info and tweet action to make sure absolutely everybody is covered.