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The top six competitors will guarantee themselves a spot in the United States Barista Championship (USBC). The USBC will take place in conjunction with the 23rd annual SCAA Exposition and Symposium in Houston, TX April 27th – May 1st 2011. There are three rounds of judging at the national event: the preliminary round, the semi-finals, and the finals. Competitors who advance to the finals will compete against six of the most highly skilled baristas in the country for the title of 2011 United States Barista Champion. The winner will represent the United States at the World Barista Championship, which will be held in Bogota, Colombia June 2-5, 2011.