2024 Rules & Regulations

In the 2024 World Barista Championship (WBC), there are several rule changes:

  1. Judging: WBC judges must not coach competitors at the event, and any conflicts of interest must be declared. Coaches are not allowed to judge the competition they’re coaching in.
  2. Competition Management: Individuals involved in organizing the competition should not compete in the same year. This rule aims to avoid conflicts of interest.
  3. Espresso: Coffee used in the competition cannot have any additives, flavorings, or perfumes added after reaching the “green coffee” stage. Fertilizers used during cultivation are permitted.
  4. Milk Beverage: Competitors can use plain, commercially available unflavored milks (both plant-based and animal milks), but human milk is not allowed. No additions are allowed to milk.
  5. Tactile Experience: The evaluation of the tactile experience after the coffee has left the mouth is now separate from the aftertaste evaluation.

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