Charleston Coffee Cup

A Unique Event Celebrating the Southeast's 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 the Southeast 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

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Memminger Auditorium

10am - 3pm

Tickets on sale Summer of 2018

General
Admission

$25 in advance
$30 limited at door

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Ticket Includes Tasting Mug

Student /
Military / 65+

$20 in advance
$25 limited at door

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Ticket Includes Tasting Mug

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Balzac Brothers

Bold Roast

Revelator Coffee

Latte Art Competition

Balzac Brothers

Light Roast

Technical Event Company

Media Sponsors

Barista
105.5 The Bridge
Daily Coffee News

Bar Sponsors

Revelator Coffee

Lounge Sponsors

Lowcountry AIDS Services

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

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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 just want to stay all day.

Q. What is included with my admission ticket?

The ticket includes entrance into the Charleston Coffee Cup. It includes a tasting mug, unlimited free coffee tastings, all entertainment, free activities for the kiddos (face painting, crafts and more), educational opportunities, roasters and latte art challenges, photo booth, coffee demos, 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 tasting mug that will be used to taste all the coffee one can handle.

Q. Will there be beverages other than coffee?

Yes! There will be mimosas, bloody marys, water and craft beer from our official bar sponsor.

Tea from Rishi Tea will be provided in the tea lounge.

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, 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, Vegan + Vegetarian friendly options from Gnome Cafe, Donuts from BkeD, delicious eats from Mosaic Catering + Events, sweet treats from Daddy’s Girls Bakery and more!

Q. What is the schedule of events?

9:00AM Industry Hour

10:00AM Doors Open to All

11:00-11:45AM Latte Art Competition Registration

12:00PM Latte Art Competition Promptly Begins

1:15PM Winner of “Best Coffee” Competition is Announced

2:15PM Costume Contest Award Announced.

2:45PM Latte Art Winner is Announced.

3:00PM Event Closes

*Demo Schedule to be announced*

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. We cut back the waste big time by providing reusable tasting mugs.

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

Roasters who are participating in the event will have the opportunity to submit coffee to the official “Best Coffee” competition.

*PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE “BEST COFFEE” COMPETITION, YOU MUST BE A ROASTER OR A SPONSOR WITH A BOOTH SPACE AT THE CHARLESTON COFFEE CUP.*

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 11AM – 11:45AM 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.

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 2:30PM 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)