Metropolitan Pavilion | October 11 - 13, 2019
  • Roast Masters



With a global outlook and a unique, fresh format, this cutting-edge tournament seeks to find, test and celebrate the best specialty coffee roasters on the planet.

Launched at the Amsterdam Coffee Festival 2019, The New York Coffee Festival will host the second ever edition of global specialty roaster competition: Roast Masters™.  

30 of North America's most legendary roasters will form the line-up, battling head-to-head for the coveted Roast Masters™ title. The competition, formed of three disciplines taking place over three days, showcases excellence in coffee roasting and espresso blending in a fast-paced, dynamic live setting.

Put through their paces by a panel of industry-leading judges, in front of a crowd, this is the ultimate test of skill, know-how, commercial aptitude and showmanship. This is a unique opportunity to excel in front of key industry players and an international audience. 



The very best roasters from around the globe will be assembled together to showcase their skills in Roast Masters™ New York 2019. 

Stay tuned to find out the final line-up. 


THE Espresso BLEND

It’s up to the roasters to bring their own coffee to the table and present a unique espresso blend.

Each roaster has 10 minutes to present 6 coffees - 2 espressos, 2 dairy coffees and 2 non-dairy plant based coffees - to the judges and explain both the taste profile and commercial rationales behind the blend. The commercial espresso blend wholesale price must be under $25 per kg to qualify.

Points will be allocated according to a range of criteria, including taste, presentation and showmanship.

 A coffee pourover demonstration.

THE pour over


For the last and final round, roasters should ask themselves the question, how far can you take coffee? As they compete to deliver the ‘ultimate’ pour-over experience.
Six finalists will have 15 minutes to present and serve their unique filter roast, brewed using the pour over method and recipe of their choice. The chosen method should demonstrate creativity, innovation and just how far they’re able to push the boundaries.

Points will be allocated for taste, methodology, coffee knowledge and showmanship.

Special thank you to Armenia Coffee, the Exclusive Green Coffee Sponsor of Roast Masters 2019, Compak Grinders, the Official Coffee Grinder Sponsor of Roast Masters 2019 and Battenkill Creamery, the Official Dairy Sponsor of Roast Masters 2019.


By invitation only. For more information, please email us

The Single Origin 

A cupping challenge with a twist. Competing roasters will receive 5kg of the same green coffee beans one month before the event – enough time to create and develop a unique roasting profile.

At Roast Masters in New York, the expert judges will blind-cup the resulting coffees side by side across three Group Heats, live, whilst the Roasters presents their profile to the panel.

Judges will score the coffees at the time of cupping, according to a range of criteria.



Armenia Coffee is one of the premier green coffee importers and takes pride in its ability to connect producers and exporters of green, soluble, and decaffeinated coffees with roasters and end users from around the world.

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Compak Grinders

The Compak PK100 ensures remarkable temperature stability and unparalleled coffee particle size consistency.  The unique Single Dose cupping system and the extremely low coffee retention allow for the full spectrum of grind size and brewing methods in one grinder.

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