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
VIP Ticket Holders Enter at 9am
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!
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.
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!
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.).
Yes! There will be mimosas, bloody maria’s, water and beer. Thank you to our bar sponsors Kudu Coffee + Craft Beer + Pancito + Lefty!
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.
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!
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
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
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.