Events policy

Code of Conduct and best practices

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association is committed to the tenets of equality, diversity and respect. 

Our events and our Code of Conduct aim to further these beliefs. The global coffee community and industry can only progress through collaboration, inclusion and mutual respect. 

We aim to create safe and welcoming environments for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, economic or social status. 

Our events, people, and companies we support are expected to adhere to our code of conduct policy. 

 “NZSCA has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, violent behaviour, and sexually offensive behaviour or actions. This includes, but it not limited to: harassment toward another individual on the basis of gender, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, creed, race, colour, national origin, medical condition, genetic disorder, physical or mental disability, marital status, age or sexual orientation; physical or verbal threats; unwelcome attention; bullying, stalking; use of physical force; behaviour that creates a disturbance or is dangerous, including lewd or generally offensive behaviour or language; using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct; and obscene gestures. Anyone found to be behaving in any way that violates this policy, either in person or online, may be removed from the Association or Association event without refund and may be banned from future NZSCA events.” 

We aim to produce events that: 

1. Provide a welcoming, inclusive, and harassment-free environment for all attendees, sponsors and organisers

2. Commit to a diversity of judges, MCs, panel participants and speakers 

We will not endorse or promote events that include: 

1. Sexualized images on event posters and promotional materials

2. Same gender judges for competitions, panel discussions, or speakers 

3. Harassing behaviour by event organizers or participants with no repercussions 


Our events are governed by a committee which includes a collection of passionate coffee professionals from around the country who are working together towards a common goal – to encourage all to make tasty, sustainable coffee!

September 2020 and events in a Covid world.

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More information on tasting protocols and SCA Cupping modifications to follow.