2018-2020 Qualified Sponsors

Once every 3 years, leading commercial coffee equipment suppliers vie for the prestigious opportunity to have products featured as the official tools used by competitors of World Coffee Events’ competitions, including the World Barista Championship. All candidates considered for equipment sponsorship must meet exacting technical standards set and tested by the organization, but only one supplier from each category may prevail as the official sponsor. As a result of the cancelation of the 2020 World Coffee Championships, the Qualified Sponsorship term was extended by one year to include 2021.

Victoria Arduino
Qualified Espresso Machine
The Victoria Arduino “Black Eagle”

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We are keen on always going beyond, we have a sharp vision of future challenges.
Jeopardizing, breaking, and reinventing the rules is our strength.

Among our coffee machines, many pieces have made history and have become design icons. Even more, there are unexpected ideas and solutions, ongoing intuitions and inventions, rewriting,  and redesigning the way of thinking about and making coffee. We have been bringing our disruptive innovation to coffee shops all over the world since 1905, at the service of baristas who are disruptive as well as the coffee machines they choose.


Qualified Espresso Grinder
PEAK, EK43 (S), E80 Supreme (2021)

MAHLKÖNIG supported competitions, events and workshops since their beginning—as sharing knowledge is key to enhancing the awareness of specialty coffee and the barista scene. Following a dedicated sponsorship since 2009, MAHLKÖNIG provides its top grinders the PEAK, EK43, EK43 S, and E80 Supreme for the WBC and WCIGS.

See the updates on qualified grinders for the 2021 season.

Qualified Cleaning Products
Cafiza® Espresso Machine Cleaning Powder and Puro® Espresso Machine Cleaning Powder

Urnex has manufactured specialty cleaning products for coffee and espresso equipment since 1936. Today, the portfolio of Urnex liquids, powders, tablets, and capsules is distributed in over 70 countries around the world. Urnex is a long-time supporter of coffee competitions and the competitors themselves, as championship quality coffee can only be made using clean equipment.

For a full list of our current sponsors, please click here.