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Meadow Fresh NZ Barista Championship 2020 / Cancelled TBC 20-21 March 2021

Saturday September 5, 2020 - Sunday September 6, 2020

Canceled for 2020, TBC March 20/21 2021

We are searching for the ‘Best Barista in New Zealand’ to represent us at the World Barista Championship 2021.

Enter the Championship now to secure your spot at the premier barista event!

Enter now for your chance to take the Crown of New Zealand Champion 2020! This truly is the main event for Baristas in New Zealand.

The winner will travel to The World Barista Championship 2021 taking place in Athens, Greece, 24-26 June 2021 in conjunction with the World of Coffee event. Flights and accommodation will be covered as part of the Champion’s prize.

Trophies & prizes for:

Highest ranking new competitor takes home a sweet $2,000 (in the New Zealand Championship, note that all entrants must be eligible to compete as per WBC & NZBC rules & regulations)

Outstanding milk beverage will take home $500

Peoples choice all the bragging rights and assorted goodies & a bar tab, for the peoples favourite

The World Barista Championship organisation (WBC) has licensed The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) to run the New Zealand Barista Championships from 2008 and into the future.

NZSCA is committed to running the event in close accordance with WBC standards. Our focus is on producing a field of finalists capable of competing successfully at an international level, and of course, a winner who can excel at the world finals.

If you are keen to compete there are a few things you should consider. Running to the WBC standards is time-consuming and means we can put only 20 contestants through in a day. In the event that there are more than 20 entrants for the championship, we will conduct a selection process, awarding entry to those competitors we consider best able to excel in competition conditions. This means the information entrants provide us at the time of entry is particularly important, to help us make a sound selection.

Dates and venue: Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

Saturday 5 September – National heats

Sunday 6 September – Final

Competitors, trainers, mentors and judges, make sure you read up on the WBC Rules, Scoresheets and Code of Conduct

Machines: La Marzocco two group Linea with standard 17-gram precision La Marzocco baskets 

Grinders: Mahlkonig E65s provided, you may also use an EK43 or Ek43s (not provided)

Full rules and regulations:

Code of Conduct. NZBC Rules


Follow updates of the championship on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Any curly questions regarding the champs? Contact emma@nzsca.org 021 415 810

The Meadow Fresh NZ  Barista Championship 2020 is kindly sponsored by:

Meadow Fresh, Cafetto, AMC Roastery Supply NZ, Acme & Co, La Marzocco, Puqpress via La Marzocco NZ and Castaway 

The schedule:

Friday 4 September: 10 am-4 pm Judge’s calibration, (invitation only) on-site

Friday 4  September: 4 pm Competitor briefing, on-site

Saturday 5 September: 8 am-5 pm (8:30 am Stage performance starts)
4 pm (approx) announcement of finalists debrief for competitors not continuing

Sunday 5 September : 10:30am-3pm Final
4:30 pm (approx) Announcement of Champion

Please view the NZSCA ticketing terms & conditions here>

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Saturday September 5, 2020
Sunday September 6, 2020


836 Fergusson Drive
Upper Hutt, 5140 New Zealand