About Us

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA), formerly the New Zealand Coffee Roasters Association (NZCRA), was formed in 2005 and is the national representative body for specialty coffee stakeholders in New Zealand.

We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-run community focussed association led by elected passionate members who are united in the pursuit of connecting our industry.

We cannot comment/suggest or talk about the price of a cup of coffee in a cafe!  We can advocate for the value of what’s in that cup>

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NZSCA Objectives

The purpose of the Association is to:

(a) TO REPRESENT ALL STAKEHOLDERS in New Zealand specialty coffee by recognizing and engaging with the broad range of constituents in the industry

(b) TO PROVIDE A FORUM for industry participants to advance the New Zealand specialty coffee industry

(c) TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT through the provision of training, education, support, and other development opportunities

(d) TO PROMOTE PUBLIC INTEREST by increasing consumer awareness and understanding of specialty coffee in New Zealand.

Membership Categories

There are three categories of membership – Primary, Allied, and Life Membership.

Membership is open to all individuals or businesses which are engaged in specialty coffee commerce for the New Zealand market. It is expected that members will register and pay dues within the category of their involvement in the specialty coffee industry.

(a) PRIMARY MEMBERSHIP shall be open to individuals or businesses that are directly engaged in the New Zealand specialty coffee industry. This includes but is not limited to, green bean importers and coffee roasters.

(b) ALLIED MEMBERSHIP shall be open to all individuals or businesses who supply products and/or services to the New Zealand specialty coffee industry.

(c) LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in terms of making a significant contribution to the New Zealand specialty coffee industry.

Annual Membership Dues

Dues for both primary and allied membership are determined by company annual turnover:

• Less than $1M – $300.00 + GST

• $1M – $3M – $600.00 + GST

• Over $3M – $1200.00 + GST

Please note that the membership period is aligned with the Association financial year which runs from 1 April to 31 March. Fees are reviewed annually.

Membership Benefits

• Voting rights

Each member has one vote. Voting includes the election of the Board at each AGM and any item that might be put forth from time to time.

• Board & Committee representation

Each member is entitled to stand for election on the Board of the NZSCA and to put their names forth for committee selection. There is one place on the Board for Allied membership representation.

• Logo use

All current/paid members may use the NZSCA Member logo on specified collateral

Roasting company members may promote their brand or business as coffee roasted in New Zealand through the common logo of the Association. Guidelines>

• Website presence

All members shall have their membership recognized on the NZSCA website with their company logo and link to their company website.

• Social Media Role Advertisements

All members shall be able to advertise coffee industry roles to our other members on our Social Media pages.  Terms and Conditions apply. Contact info@nzsca.org to tell us about your job opportunities.

• E-newsletter

All members shall receive the NZSCA e-newsletters.

• Event invitations and participation

Invitations to member-only events such as the NZSCA AGM and other networking events

Preferential bookings for industry events such as the NZSCA Symposium

Discounted booking rates for events such as Professional Development courses

The NZSCA runs a number of industry events such as the NZ Barista Championship, NZ Latte Art Championship, and NZ Cup Tasters Championship.

• Common forum

All membership events and activities are an excellent forum for members to network and interact with coffee roasters, companies, and people involved in the industry from within New Zealand and abroad.

• Professional Development

The NZSCA runs a program of internationally recognized professional development courses that cover three disciplines – coffee preparation, coffee grading and evaluation, coffee roasting, and processing.

• Industry Voice

The NZSCA provides a focused voice for the specialty coffee industry in New Zealand and facilitates communication of industry issues to the public and media were pertinent and relevant.

• Supplier discounts

The NZSCA has special supplier relationships that can lead to discounts or special rates for members.

• Recognition of contribution and excellence

The NZSCA recognizes excellence in the coffee industry via Championship events (Barista, Cup Tasters, Latte Art, Coffee In Good Spirits), Recognition Awards, and the NZSCA member sponsorship fund.


The NZSCA is governed by a Board that comprises a President, Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Guild Chair, Allied member representative, and three other members. An Immediate Past President shall serve for one year after his or her term of office. See the Board here>

Interested in joining the board? More on what is all about here>


AGM Meeting Minutes May 2021>

Financial Report NZSCA May 2022>

Some of the reasons our members belong to the Association

“We joined the Association five years ago and in this time we have enjoyed access to quality technical advice, supplier introductions, up-skilling workshops, and numerous social networking opportunities.”

Mike Murphy, MD Kokako Coffee

“As a smaller coffee company, it is good to know that our industry has a representative body looking after its interests”

Nick Clark, co-owner of Flight Coffee

Join now

To join the NZSCA fill out the online application form and pay the annual dues (an invoice will be sent).

Memberships are renewed automatically on 1 April every year unless written notification is made to the Communications and Administration Co-ordinator of the NZSCA.

Fill out the online application form here>

Have you got a question you want to ask us?  Check out FAQ Section or you can Contact Us.