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UAE Barista Championship

The biggest event of the region’s espresso industry is returning to Dubai. It is time for submission of entries to the 8th NATIONAL UAE BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP.

The most skilled and professional baristas in the UAE will again battle for the coveted title of the 8th UAE Barista Champion at the International Coffee & Tea Festival 2016. The competition begins on 2nd November and concludes with a final round and champion’s ceremony on 4th November 2016.

Event Overview

The UAE Barista Championship will highlight the skills and knowledge of the country’s finest baristas. Each barista must prepare four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four original espresso-based signature beverages in a 15-minute performance set to the music of their choice. As they ready their coffee beverages, contestants engage the audience, explaining their actions and selections, while expertly working on the espresso machine.

The winner of the UAE Barista Championship will receive the highest national honor for any Barista and will be sponsored to represent UAE at the 2017 World Barista Championship in Seoul, South Korea competing against 54 countries.

Event Structure

The competition takes place over 4 days and consists of the preliminary round over the first 3 days and a finals round on the last day. Each competitor competes only once in the preliminary round, and then the top 3/6 (competitor numbers dependent) will compete again in a finals round to determine the winner with the highest score, who becomes the 2016 UAE Barista Champion. (Please note that this is only a summary description of the event and that detailed structure and rules for this competition are set forth in and controlled by the Official Rules and Regulations.)

Each year the bar gets set higher and higher as we see competitors who have trained and practiced meticulously to get to the World Barista Championship. Competitors go through the process of planning every aspect of their presentation. They pick the coffee they want to serve, the cups, the table decor and even the music to set the ambiance for their performance.

Interested in taking part in the 8th UAE Barista Championship?  Here’s what you need to do:

Download and review the competition rules and regulations.

Proceed to Competitor Registration

Did you know that you may be eligible to apply for a concessional Entry fee?

Concessions announced for independent baristas looking to compete in UAE Barista or Latte Art Championship or Cup Tasters Championship or Brewers Cup

We at UAE Coffee Events understand the difficulties faced by low income baristas in the region. We also appreciate that you may be talented and eager to compete but unable to do so due to financial circumstance. Therefore, we now have available a Concession Request form. Use this form to apply for a substantial reduction of up to 80% discount on the entry fee to compete in the 2016 UAE Barista Championship, the UAE Latte Art Championship and/or Cup Tasters Championship and Brewers Cup.

This form must be submitted in addition to your standard Application Form of your chosen Championship.

Email or fax the signed forms to:


Attention: National Coordinator

Fax: (04) 3355141 / Email: info at icedxb.com

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Supported by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and World Coffee Events (WCE), the International Coffee & Tea Festival (ICTF) is UAE's only exhibition dedicated to highlight Specialty Coffee & Tea as a business, advancing the professions of those in the industry and showcasing all the latest trends and industry advancements.

Supported by
SCAA World Coffee Events
Affiliate Group
UAE Barista Community

Equipment Sponsor
La Marquise
UAE Latte Art Championship - Official Coffee
Clipboard and Apron Sponsor
Stomping Grounds
Official Grinder
Victoria Arduiro
Gold Sponsors and Complete Coffee Bar Solutions
Milk Sponsor
Beverage Solutions Partner
Fresh Express
National Brewers Cup Sponsor
Brewing Solutions Partner
Support Partner
Media Partners

Official Travel Partner
Trip Axis


As one of the longest standing international exhibition houses in the region, International Conferences & Exhibitions LLC (IC&E) has developed over 30 years worth of insights into markets in the Middle East, Far East, South Asia, Australia and Africa. IC&E is a leading conferences & exhibitions firm headquartered in Dubai, UAE, reputed for conducting high quality, industry-focused events which are truly international in scope and are supported/ attended by key drivers of the industry. 


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