Rules & Regulations NZ Barista Championship 2021


All competitors must have read and understood the rules. No exceptions apply for competitors who claim not to understand the Competitor Rules and Regulations. Competitors are encouraged to ask questions prior to arriving at the competition.

By filling in the entry form, you acknowledge that you understand and will follow all Rules and Regulations and the Champions Code of Conduct for the New Zealand Barista Championship.


To be eligible for entry to the New Zealand Barista Championship, a competitor must:

1. 1.1.3 Nationality
Competitors must hold a valid New Zealand passport or documentation substantiating 24 months of residency, employment or scholastic enrolment, some portion of which must have been within 12 months preceding the qualifying national competition. Competitors may only participate in one country per WBC Competition Year. A WBC Competition Year is defined as the time period between the completion of one year’s WBC Event and the completion of the next year’s WBC Event.

1.1.4 Multiple Passports
In case of multiple passports, the contestant must choose one country and qualify through their respective sanctioned national championship.

Some exceptions are allowed upon request & understanding and signing a separate agreement. Those exceptions would not be able to rank or progress into the final round or top six of the championship.

Code of conduct for all competitors and teams/coaches

All competitors and their teams must:

In addition to this Code, all must read and adhere to the Rules and Regulations.

Support the World Barista Championship vision and values.

Be committed to coffee excellence and promotion of the Barista profession.

Agree to approach the championship with a constructive and supportive attitude geared towards helping and supporting the baristas and each other, improving the quality of specialty coffee around the world.

Represent the Championship and its sponsors at all times with integrity and a professional attitude and behaviour and respecting provided equipment.

Disclose to NZSCA, by any required deadlines, any actual or perceived conflicts of interest, prior to the Championship.

Behave ethically, honestly, and with integrity.

Respect fellow competitors, sponsors, volunteers and staff at all times.

Approach all involved within the championship with respect without bias toward nationality, race, language, gender or sexual orientation.

Abide by the national and local laws of the competition site, taking full responsibility for any violations and reporting them to the appropriate person immediately.

Failure to comply and/or breaching this Code of Conduct may result in revoking of the individual and/or teams to compete in this championship and future NZSCA events.

Champion Terms and Conditions

The winner of the New Zealand Barista Championship agrees that they will:

1. Be available to travel to compete in the World Barista Championship 2022.

2. Attend all World Barista Championship meetings and barista social events and be present and on time at the initial briefing and at the debriefing.

3. Recognise that the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association and the associated sponsors of the New Zealand Barista Championship will provide economy airfares, accommodation and travel insurance for the winner.

4. Have enough of their own funds to cover the costs of food, internal travel and miscellaneous costs while at the event.

5. Allow the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association and associated sponsors of the New Zealand Barista Championship to use their name and image without charge for the purposes of promotion.

6. Participate in associated media interviews, appearances, and functions and provide information for articles.

7. Actively uphold the reputation of the New Zealand Barista Championship by promoting the New Zealand Barista Championship as the only pathway to the World Barista Championship and recognising the associated sponsors.

8. Be respectful of any prizes or gifts given within the NZ Championship. If approaching any sponsors/parties for additional funding shall ensure all communication with them is communicated clearly prior with the NZSCA, to ensure respect to all parties including the existing sponsor base. This includes any communications that are had on your behalf by team members.

Failure to respect and follow these terms and conditions will result in the championship title being revoked and the title moving to the second place competitor. In the case of failure/refusal at the ‘World Event’ this will result in the individual being unable to compete again in a NZ national event (this includes all other NZSCA championship events).

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