Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship 2020 – Enter now!

Event Date: 22nd February, 2020

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

Don’t miss your chance to take the Crown of Meadow Fresh NZ Barista Champion 2020! This truly is the main event for Baristas in New Zealand.

The winner will travel to the World Barista Championship 2020 which is taking place in Melbourne, Australia, 4-7 May 2020 in conjunction with the MICE Event. Flights and accommodation will be covered as part of the champion’s prize.

We are searching for the ‘Best Barista in New Zealand’ to represent us at the World Barista Championship 2020. Get your ticket now>

Trophies & prizes for:

The 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 and NZBC rules and regulations)

Outstanding milk beverage will take home $500

People’s choice all the bragging rights and assorted goodies and a bar tab, for the people’s favourite

Who’s up to compete so far?

Registered competitors:

Nara Lee, Handpicked Coffee, Auckland

Logan Collinge, Mojo Coffee, Wellington

Sam Low, Code Black Coffee, Melbourne

Yui Park, Classical Coffee Co, Auckland*

Anne-Lise Mornard-Stott, Ripe Coffee Roasters, Petone

John Gordon, Gorilla Gear, Auckland

Luise Metelka, Flight Coffee, Wellington

Bonnie Lam, The Coffee Shack, Wanaka

Heesun Lee, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland

Hayley Mcivor, Goods Manufactory and Cafe, Wellington*

Joey Hong, Ozone Coffee Roasters, Auckland*

Iyrin Quigley, Pastrami & Rye, Auckland*

Rachel Chalmers, Meebz Coffee Roasters, Auckland*

Darko Cvetkoski, Christchurch Gondola, Christchurch

Angus Lin, Story Coffee, Auckland*

Matt Ross, Independent, Tauranga

* new competitor

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 and will help us make a sound selection.

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

Saturday 4 April – National heats

Sunday 5 April – 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 standard 17-gram precision La Marzocco baskets

Grinders: Mahlkonig E65s provided, Mahlkonig EK43 & EK43s may also be used (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 021 415 810

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

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

The schedule:

Friday 3 April: 10am-4pm Judges calibration, (invitation only) on-site

Friday 3 April: 4 pm Competitor briefing, on-site

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

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

5:15 pm (approx) after pack down, a celebration of the Championship at Brewtown.

Please view the NZSCA ticketing terms and conditions here>


The workshops are for baristas, coaches and judges alike.

Attendance to the Barista Championship workshop is a pre-requisite to judging and attending calibration, attendance to the workshops is also strongly recommended for new Latte Art Judges.

All attendees will be sent online testing prior to ensure they have a firm grip on the rules and regulations before attending.

Find out what they are all about in the links below.


Latte Art Workshop: Friday 17 January 2020, 6 pm – 9 pm.

Barista Championship Workshop: Saturday 18 January 2020 9 am – 4 pm.


Latte Art Workshop: Thursday 23 January 2020, 6 pm – 9 pm.

Barista Championship Workshop: Friday 24 January 2020 9 am – 4 pm.


Latte Art Workshop: Thursday 30 January 2020, 6 pm – 9 pm.

Barista Championship Workshop: Friday 31 January 2020 9 am – 4 pm.