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12 Roasters, 4 Disciplines, 1 Winner
Roast Masters™


Designed by the creators of Coffee Masters, Roast Masters™ is the cutting-edge tournament celebrating the best specialty roasters on the planet.

The winner will be crowned Roast Masters MCF 2023 champion and take home a €2500 cash prize.

Competitors Announced!

Bay Coffee Roasters
Audun Coffee
Brasiliana SAS
Ditta Artigianale
Steampunk Specialty Coffee
Aether coffee
Mixcafe Peru
Qima Coffee
Arusha Roastery
LOT61 Coffee Roasters


This year, Roast Masters has officially upped its game with brand new disciplines! Did someone say... LIVE ROASTING? 

Throughout 4 rounds (qualifying rounds, quarter finals, semi-finals and the final) teams will compete in 8 different disciplines.

​#1 The Espresso Presentation

> During The Qualifying Rounds, roasters are given 12 minutes to present an espresso of their choosing from their coffee portfolio
> Points are awarded on taste, flavour, professionalism, methodology, hospitality, showmanship and the overall presentation of the coffee

#2 The Cupping Table

>  On day 1 all competitors are given 90 minutes to create a roast profile of a mystery single origin coffee, using the Stronghold S7 Pro sample roaster
> The sample roasts from all competitors will then be cupped on day 2 by the judges
> The discipline is scored on taste and flavour
> During The Final, the 2 teams competing will present a second mystery single origin coffee on the cupping table (to be roasted on day 2, for The Final on day 3)
> The 2 finalist coffees are judged purely on taste and flavour

#3 The Espresso Smackdown

>  Competitors will bring three coffees: a light and a medium single origin and a blend
>  Head-to-head format, three rounds: light vs light, medium vs medium, blend vs blend
>  Best tasting coffees win each round 

#4 The Order Challenge

> Using their own coffees, competitors will make 10 drinks as listed on the presented order within a maximum time of 9 minutes
> The drinks prepared in this discipline are commonly found on specialty café menus
> Each drink will be scored according to wether it is passed or failed by the judges based on balance, extraction, mouthfeel and handling
> A 'passed' drink will be awarded 3 points. A 'failed' drink will be awarded 0 points

#5 The Latte Art Showdown

> Roll the dice, get assigned a shape
>  Pour and win (best of 3)!
>  Judged on appearance

#6 The Brew Face-Off

>  Roasters prepare a filter roast from their own portfolio
> Presented in 15 minutes
>  Judges to judge on taste, presentation and showmanship

#7 The Signature Drink

>  12 minutes to create a signature beverage
>  Mystery ingredients provided on the day
>  Judged on taste, creativity, professionalism, presentation and showmanship
#8 The Espresso Blend

>  Roasters are presented with a selection of mystery roasted single origin coffees
> They are tasked to create a bespoke espresso blend
> An espresso and cappuccino will be presented for evaluation

#8 The Espresso Blend

> Roasters are presented with a selection of mystery roasted single origin coffees > They are tasked to create a bespoke espresso blend > An espresso and cappuccino will be presented for evaluation.


The Judges


Anne Lunell – Head Judge
Anne Lunell is a Swedish barista champion and the visionary behind Koppi, an internationally respected and well-loved coffee roaster in the Swedish town of Helsingborg, which she founded in 2007 with Charles Nystrand. Anne is also a experienced juror, heading the panel of Coffee Masters New York and London and Coffee Mixologists and Roast Masters in Amsterdam, and therefore we are so proud to welcome her back for this tournament.
Kris Schackman

Growing up in the USA, Kris’ love for coffee started in the mid-1990s while attending the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire College, drinking Scott Rao batch brews by the liter. Soon after moving to Berlin, he co-founded Five Elephant Coffee Roastery & Cake Shop in 2010 with his wife & partner Sophie. Is there anyone more equipped to judge the world’s most allround coffee tournament as this coffee veteran? 

Gabriele Limosani  
He experienced the live action first hand last year judging Roast Masters at The Milan Coffee Festival 2022. Flying in from Italy, let us introduce you to Gabriele Limosani, a Q-grader with 10 years of industry experience, passion and pure coffee love under his belt.

Chiara Bergonzi

With over 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, Chiara Bergonzi is considered one of the leading experts in the sector and one of the most authoritative figures in the specialty coffee scene. SCA trainer, roaster, consultant and author, Chiara is a specialist in Latte Art, winning second place at the World Championships in Melbourne of 2014.​

Last Year's Competitors


- Etna Roasters 
- Vannelli Coffee
- Il Manovale
- Picapau Coffee Roastery
- Caffe Pascucci
- Round K Coffee & Roaster
- Cafezal Specialty Coffee
- Nudo

Let the games begin...



Live Roasting Partner - Stronghold

Meet our first ever official live roasting partner, Stronghold, the South Korean innovators in electric roasting technology. Plug-n-Roast with Stronghold's S7 Pro, bringing unparalleled ease and performance to coffee roasting at RM 2023.


XLVI Coffee Machine

Designed to perform for large volumes. Precise, easy to handle, intuitive and always reliable even with intensive use. Allows you to preset the quantity of water for coffee extraction. Available in one, two or three groups versions.


The Grinder


Introducing Grindie, the first grinder that grinds by weight, with Double Clump Crusher system and temperature control, for a consistent result in every cup. Thanks to their intelligent, integrated weighing scale, with continuous weighting and patentend self-learning system, accuracy is real. 


The Plant-based drinks by Oatly

Oatly is back with a bang to MCF! That’s right, the plant-based baristas have done it again – bringing their line-up of alt-milk drinks to the competition. In ‘The Order’ and ‘Latte Art’ round of Roast Masters™, our champions will find out just how easy it is to work with a range, which has been developed specifically for baristas. 


The Water

BRITA will offer 2 different kind of water with different amount of minerals inside. The difference should influences the extraction of coffee in body and aroma. 
The hardness of the two water will be different:
Softened water – ideal for those who want to offer a unique espresso experience, with water that supports the development of the typical aromas from the ground coffee beans and ensures a stable crema with the perfect colour and consistency. High amount of minerals Carbonate Hardness >10dH

Decarbonised water – ideal for all those who want to fulfil the highest quality in cup, with the reduction of carbonate hardness this water supports the right balance in aromas, body and bitterness. Medium amount of minerals Carbonate Hardness: 3-5 dH


The Beans

Imperator srl is an importer of green coffee beans based in Trieste, the first Italian port in the coffee trade and one of the largest in Europe. Thanks to over half a century of experience, gained over three generations, they are able to satisfy the demand of coffee roasters with a premium offer. Purity, taste and selection characterise their products and services, which over time have been enriched with a large range of certified products (Organic, Fairtrade and UTZ) and specialty coffees.


The Cups

IPA Porcellane, an Italian household brand, with the mission  to create the perfect cup to elevate every professional coffee-related experience.

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