Charleston Coffee Cup

A Unique Event Celebrating the Thriving Coffee Culture!

Coffee Tastings – Latte Art and Roaster Competitions – Brunch - Artisans - Live Music - Kids Activities - Costume Contest

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 5th annual Charleston Coffee Cup will celebrate this burgeoning culture on Sunday October 28, 2018 at Memminger Auditorium. The event will feature local coffee shops, local and regional roasters from all over, favorite local brunch purveyors, artisans, live music and kids activities. This year’s event lands on Halloween weekend, you know what that means, come dressed in your best coffee inspired costume for the chance to win “Best Caffeinated Costume” Prize! Don’t forget to dress up the kiddos for “trick or treating”!

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, October 28, 2018

Memminger Auditorium

10am - 3pm

Tickets on sale Now!


$25 in advance
$30 limited at door

Buy Now

Ticket Includes Tasting Mug

Student /
Military / 65+

$20 in advance
$25 limited at door

Buy Now

Ticket Includes Tasting Mug

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Balzac Brothers

Mug Sponsor

Eight Ounce

Latte Art Competition

La Marzocco
Summit Coffee

Light Roast

Rishi Tea

Media Sponsors

105.5 The Bridge
Daily Coffee News
Holy City Sinner

Bar Sponsors

Chug-a-lug Wagon

Water Sponsors

Lounge Sponsors

Palmetto Community Care

A portion of the Charleston Coffee Cup Proceeds will benefit Palmetto Community Care

Become a sponsor

Download Sponsor Information

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!

Q. What time is the event?

Doors open at 10am and the event ends at 3pm. There are many things going on throughout the day so you’ll likely want to hang all day.

Q. What is included with my admission ticket?

The ticket includes entrance into the Charleston Coffee Cup. It includes one Acme + Co. tasting mug, unlimited free coffee tastings, all entertainment, free activities for the kiddos (face painting, crafts and more), educational opportunities, “best coffee” and latte art challenges, photo booth, coffee demos, and an all-around awesome time.

Brunch and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Entrance is free for kids 12 and younger.Each guest will receive a tasting mug that will be used to taste all the coffee one can handle with ticket purchase.

Q. Will there be beverages other than coffee?

Yes! There will be mimosas and craft beer, from our official bar sponsor, Charleston’s most adorable mobile bar, the Chug-A-Lug Wagon.

Tea from Rishi Tea will be provided in the tea lounge as well as a few other tea vendors. Water will be available as well.

Q. Is this event family friendly?

The Charleston Coffee Cup welcomes families! Children 12 and under will receive free admission into the event, however they will not receive a tasting mug. There will be plenty of activities for kids including crafts, a kids’ corner, face painting, 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 goods, Belgian waffles from La Gaufre, Donuts from BkeD, delicious eats from Mosaic Catering + Events
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options from With these Hands food truck
And Charleston’s most unique ice cream treats from Life Raft Treats!

Q. What is the schedule of events?

10:00AM Doors Open to All

10:00-11:00AM Latte Art Competition Registration
$15 Cash entry fee, limited to 16 competitors. This will be first come first serve

10:30AM Balzac Bros + Co. Coffee Talk on Demo Stage located in the brunch village

11:00AM Latte Art Sign Up Closes

11:15AM Latte Art Competition Promptly Begins
Sponsored by Summit Coffee Co. + La Marzocco
Bonus non-dairy latte art round sponsored by Oatly.
Directed by Michael Mai, owner of Arabica Soda

11:20AM-11:35AM Chatterbox Coffee Talk on Demo Stage located in Brunch Village
Topic: Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee

12:00PM -12:15PM Third Wave Water, Water discussion on demo stage located in brunch village

12:45PM -1:00PM Seeds Coffee Coffee Talk on demo stage located in brunch village

1:45PM Latte Art Winner is Announced

2:10PM-2:40PM Rishi Tea Talk on main stage

2:45PM Winners Announced for:
“Best Coffee Competition”
People’s Choice Best Coffee Competition
Palmetto Community Care Raffle Winners Announced.
Costume Winner

3:00PM Event Closes

Thank you all for joining us! This event would not be a success without all of you and all of the incredible vendors and sponsors who participate!

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 Compost Rangers to ensure that the vast majority of waste produced by the event will be recycled or composted. We cut back the waste big time by providing Acme + Co. reusable tasting mugs from our sponsors Eight Ounce Coffee Supply.

Q. How do I apply for the "Best Coffee" competition?

Roasters who are participating as a vendor at the event will have the opportunity to submit coffee to the official “Best Coffee” competition.


An official email will be sent to all roasters who are participating in the event the first week of September which will include all necessary documents for the competition. The deadline to send in coffee for this competition will be announced at a later date. All details are outlined in the official email that was sent at the start of September.

There is a $50 fee to compete in the “Best Coffee” competition.

Winner of the “Best Coffee” competition will receive a full page ad feature in BOTH national publications of Roast Magazine and Barista Magazine as the winner of the 5th Annual Charleston Coffee Cup’s “Best Coffee” Winner.

Q. How do I apply for the latte art competition?

The latte art competition will be limited to 16 baristas.

Registration is first come first serve on the day of the event.

Registration will be open from 10AM – 11:00AM and can be found at the Charleston Coffee Cup Merchandise booth as you enter Memminger Auditorium.

The latte art competition will begin promptly at 12PM.

There is a $15 CASH entry fee.

Winner of the competition will take home $500 cash.

There will be a bonus non-diary latte art competition round for additional prizes sponsored by Oatly.

Q. How do I enter the Costume Contest?

Come dressed in your Halloween’s best, extra points if it’s coffee related! No fee to enter, stay for the winner announcement at 2:40PM on the main stage.

Don’t forget to dress your kiddos up for “trick or treating” at each of the vendor booths.

Become a Vendor

Apply online to be a vendor of the 2018 Charleston Coffee Cup.

Apply Online

Vendor Info (PDF)