Compete for the best drink each month!

“We are looking to recognize exceptional drinks and passion/commitment from the home/amatuer barista”

Barista Contests

It’s easy to join this month’s contest, just follow the below requirements

How to Signup

  • Use the signup form below to submit your complete entry
  • Unlimited entries per month
  • Post your drink photo on Instagram/Facebook and #homecoffeeawards (those without social media can submit via email)
  • Submit as many number of entries as you like for the current month’s theme

Earn Points

  • Contests earning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place during a given contest earn points for the year.
  • The participant with the most points in a given year can earn the Home Barista of the Year award

Current Contest

March: Milk-Based

Got milk? This month is all about milk! And we’re not being biased here, all those fun alt-milks are acceptable too (oat, almond, cashew, coconut, hemp, rice… you get it!)

Objective: Make us a unique coffee drink with your favorite milk as a base. The sky’s the limit!

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March: Recipe Example

Here’s a recipe to get the milk ideas flowing!

Recipe Example: Courtesy of “Top 100 Coffee Recipes” by Mary Ward

Drink name: Cappuccino Blanco

Description: Do you like a lighter version of espresso? Maybe the espresso flavor with a little added sweetness and flavor? Then, this cappuccino is for you. It’s light and sweet with a hint of vanilla

  • ½ cup milk, 2% milk fat
  • 1 vanilla bean split
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 6 ounces freshly brewed espresso
  • Ground cinnamon

In a small saucepan, combine milk and vanilla. Scald the milk. Remove from heat. Cover and let the milk steep for five minutes. Next, stir sugar into the milk. Reheat briefly and remove the vanilla bean. Transfer the milk to a blender. Whirl milk until frothy, at least forty-five seconds. Half fill two warmed, eight-ounce coffee mugs with hot espresso. Add the hot milk; sprinkle with cinnamon.

Upcoming Contests

April: Blended

This one if for the non-traditionalists, we are breaking out the blenders! Whatever you want to call it, frappe, smoothie, milkshake; the requirements are simple; you must use a fair amount of ice and the end consistency should be somewhat slushy. Add whip cream, use an ice cream base, or keep it simple and make a cold brew frappe.

Objective: Using any style of brewed coffee, design a drink which incorporates the use of a blender and where the end consistency is somewhat slushy!

May: Shaken

To our mixologist friends out there, this one is for you! Shaking cocktails helps aerate and thoroughly incorporate all the ingredients into one. The use of ice in a shaken cocktail helps to slightly dilute the product making it more well-balanced. The goal is to think like a mixologist and shake your way to the top!

Objective: Dust off your cocktail shaker and start shaking! Create a coffee drink that incorporates a cocktail shaker for all the right reasons. Your drink should have a thoughtful use of the shaker and your product should be rich, flavorful, and well incorporated. Happy shaking!

June: Coffee & Tea

It seems like you are either a coffee drink or a tea drinker, but why not both! One of our personal favorite drinks can be found in the Dai Pai Dongs of Hong Kong. What you’ll often find is a very sweet drink often called Yuanyang (Hong Kong style milk-tea, socks tea, or Yin Yang coffee). This is a combination of black tea (often a secret recipe of the Dai Pai Dong), sweetened condensed milk, coffee, and often more sugar.

Objective: Are you up for the challenge of bringing these two mortal foes together in one drink. Can you satisfy both the tea and coffee drinker to make something distinct and delicious? If you mess this up, you’ll offend both the tea and coffee crowd (oh no!).

July: Cold Brew

We love cold brew and we love it all year long! For those who love testing different methods of making cold brew, this month is for you. All cold brew methods are acceptable; immersion, slow drip, or maybe something we haven’t heard of yet!

Objective: Create a delicious and rich cold brew drink. This can be a drink that uses cold brew (like the example recipe) or just a delicious traditional cold brew (with some flare).

August: Dessert

What best accompanies a coffee; maybe a croissant, a nice cinnamon babka, a doughnut, or even a slice of traditional pound cake. For this theme, we are looking to combine your favorite coffee sidekicks with coffee! Yes, who wouldn’t want a highly caffeinated doughnut or a heart pounding pound cake?

Objective: Combine your favorite coffee sidekick with some caffeine! We don’t have time to drink coffee and eat a doughnut, we want to eat our coffee!

September: Iced

Iced, iced, coffee! Iced coffee is much different than its cold brew cousin since it is brewed hot. We are looking for iced coffee recipes that highlight the complexities of your chosen coffee. Go traditional or get fun and fancy. All you need is a one-hit wonder to lock down a win this month. Good luck!

Objective: Make us an iced coffee (brewed hot) traditional, modern, or any way you see fit!

October: Espresso

It’s time to have some fun with classic espresso drinks.

Objective: Take a classic espresso drink and add some flare!

November: Fall Drinks

Ah fall, time for pumpkin spice everything! But let’s not limit this theme to only pumpkin spice (you can if you wish, we love our pumpkin spiced drinks!). Fall is a wonderful time for in-season fruits and vegetables. We have ripe apples, cranberries, pears, pomegranates, and the god of all fall flavors, the pumpkin! Fall also brings us a plethora of drinks using maple, caramel, hazelnut, spiced this or spiced that. Let’s get creative and create a fall drink for all to remember!

Objective: Use a quintessential fall flavor and make a coffee drink that screams fall.

December: Holiday

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December: Coffee & Alcohol

Coffee and alcohol, what more can we say. This month we are looking to bring together the best of your morning and evening beverages, from all things smooth to bitter. This will be a harmonious beverage mixing alcohol and coffee. Nothing is off limits when it comes to the alcohol side. If you have a mixologist friend, you can tag them in for assistance on this one (just give them some credit!)

Objective: It’s time to bring together the best of your morning and evening beverages! Mix spirits and coffee to create a unique medley that will satisfy both your coffee connoisseur and mixologist.

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