Charleston Coffee Cup

A Unique Event Celebrating the Southeast's Burgeoning Coffee Culture!

Coffee Tastings – Latte Art and Roaster Competitions – Brunch

Charleston is well known as a foodie town. We have amazing restaurants with award-winning chefs that draw visitors from around the world. What many are now discovering is that Charleston is also home to an emerging craft coffee culture.

There are many wonderful locally owned coffee shops popping up all over town, each with their unique twist on the art. We even have a handful of roasters that import beans, roast them using their own special techniques, and ship them throughout the country.

The 3rd annual Charleston Coffee Cup will celebrate this burgeoning culture on November 13, 2016 at Memminger Auditorium. The event will feature local coffee shops, local and regional roasters, favorite local brunch purveyors and artisans.

The CCC is family friendly and will be the ultimate Sunday Funday!

Read all about the 3rd Annual Charleston Coffee Cup on Barista Magazine’s Blog

Sunday, November 13th 2016

Memminger Auditorium

10am - 3pm

VIP Ticket Holders Enter at 9am

Tickets on sale Fall of 2016


$15 in advance
$20 limited at door

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Ticket include 3oz Le Creuset Tasting Mug

Student /
Military / 65+

$12 in advance
$17 limited at door

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Ticket include 3oz Le Creuset Tasting Mug

Limited VIP Tickets Available for $50

Thank you to our sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Bold Roast

Medium Roast

SD Coffee & Tea
Revelator Coffee

Light Roast

Fork and Knife
Pacfic Barista
105.5 The Bridge
Roast Magazine
Daily Coffee News
Technical Event Company
Diamond Springs

Lowcountry AIDS Services

A portion of the Charleston Coffee Cup Proceeds will benefit Lowcountry AIDS Services

Become a sponsor

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Sponsor Info (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is Memminger Auditorium + Where do I park?

Memminger Auditorium is located at 56 Beaufain Street, Charleston, SC 29401. There is plenty of off street parking and a few parking garages in very close walking distance.

Or go green and bike on over! The folks at Charleston Moves will be offering FREE bike valet. Thank you Charleston Moves!

Q. What time is the event?

Gates open at 10am and the event ends at 3pm. There are many things going on throughout the day so you may just want to stay all day. The first 100 guests receive a gift bag worth $50+ with goodies from our sponsors (coffee, swag, etc.). VIP ticket holders get in at 9am and will also receive a sweet swag bag.

Q. What is included with my admission ticket?

The ticket includes entrance into the Charleston Coffee Cup. It includes unlimited free coffee tastings, all entertainment, free kids’ activities (crafts and more), educational opportunities, roasters and latte art challenges, photo booth, and an all-around awesome time. Brunch and alcohol are available for purchase. Entrance is free for kids 12 and younger.Each guest will receive a 3 oz Le Creuset tasting mug!

Q. What is included in the VIP experience?

There will be only a select number of VIP tickets sold. All VIP ticket holders will have early entrance into the event at 9am. They will enjoy one-on-one talks with roasters and vendors, access to the VIP lounges, and a front-row seat to the last couple of rounds of the Roaster’s Challenge. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to drink lattes crafted during the latte art challenge and snack on complimentary bites from one of the brunch purveyors. VIP guests receive a gift bag worth $100+ with goodies from our sponsors (coffee, swag, etc.).

Q. Will there be beverages other than coffee?

Yes! There will be mimosas, bloody maria’s, water and beer. Thank you to our bar sponsors Kudu Coffee + Craft Beer + Pancito + Lefty!

Q. Is this event family friendly?

The Charleston Coffee Cup welcomes families! Children 12 and under will receive free admission into the event. There will be plenty of activities for kids including crafts, a kids’ corner, face painting, painting with coffee, and more.

Q. What kind of food will be available for purchase?

Come hungry! Here’s a snippet of what will be available: fresh baked croissants, cinnamon buns, Belgian waffles, healthy eats, tarts, quiches, seasonal treats, shrimp and grits and so much more!

Q. What is the schedule of events?

Here is the general schedule (subject to change without notice):

9:00am Roaster’s Challenge final 4 roasts will be cupped

9:00am VIP Experience

10:00am Doors open to the public. (First 100 receive gift bags)

10:00am – 11:00am Sign up for the Latte Art Competitions $10 CASH Entry Fee

10:10am – Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies

11:15am – Latte Art Competition Begins (limited to 16 participants)

For specific Latte Art Competition information click here.

11:30am – 11:45am Demo by Le Creuset

12:15pm – 12:30pm Demo by Pacific Foods

Bonus Non-Dairy Competition sponsored by Pacific Foods Barista Series

1st Place $200 CASH

2nd Place $100 CASH

Dairy Competition

1st Place $500 CASH

2nd Place Le Creuset Prize Pack

2:30pm Awards Given Winners of Latte Art Competition

2:30pm Lowcountry AIDS Services (our non profit partner) will announce the winners of the gift baskets + bike donated by Affordabike

2:45pm People’s choice best Roast announced

2:55pm The Balzac Brothers & Company will present the winner of the 2016 Charleston Coffee Cup Roasters Challenge

Q. What is a zero-waste event?

Events are inherently wasteful, but it doesn’t have to be that way with forethought and a lot of planning. The Charleston Coffee Cup has teamed up with FWD (Food Waste Disposal) to ensure that the vast majority of waste produced by the event will be recycled or composted.

Become a Vendor

Apply online to be a vendor of the 2016 Charleston Coffee Cup.

Apply Online

Vendor Info (PDF)