Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship 2018

Event Date: 20th February, 2018

Enter now for your chance to take the Crown of New Zealand Champion 2018!


This truly is the main event for Baristas in New Zealand. The winner will represent New Zealand and travel to the World Barista Championship 2018 held in conjunction with World of Coffee in Amsterdam, this June!

Limited competitor numbers.  Enter here>

What is it all about?

The World Barista Championship organisation (WBC) has licensed the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) to run the New Zealand Barista Championships since 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.

We are searching for the best barista in New Zealand to compete against 60 other nations at the World Barista Championship 2018.

Each barista has 15 minutes to present their chosen coffee on specific machinery supplied by our sponsors. They are to produce four single shot espressos, four milk-based beverages and four signature beverages to four sensory (tasting) judges, two technical judges and a head judge.

Drinks and presentations are assessed on taste, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, synergy, and overall presentation.

As in any competition, there are certain rules and regulations> to be followed.

Why would a barista enter?

Passion and a desire to evolve themselves in their chosen craft.

To improve their skills, increase their knowledge, encourage friendship and to network with other industry people.

To innovate and push the boundaries of coffee making.

To tell the story of the origins of the bean and respect the full journey of seed to cup and the people and processes involved.

To have the kudos of being able to make the most delicious coffee in the world and act as an ambassador for speciality coffee.

Enter here>

Next steps:

Register for one of our workshops

Auckland Workshop
9am-4pm, Friday 2 March
Espresso Mechanics

Wellington Workshop
9am-4pm, Friday 9 March
Ripe Coffee Roastery

Christchurch Workshop
9am-4pm, Sunday 11 March
Crafted Coffee Roastery

Want to get involved?

Not ready to compete? Volunteer

Keen to judge?

Where and when?

Date: Saturday 14 April and Sunday 15 April

Location: Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, 836 High Street, Upper Hutt, Wellington.

The schedule:

Friday 13 April: 10am-4pm Judges calibration, (invitation only) TBC

Friday 13 April: 5pm Competitor briefing, on-site

Saturday 14 April: 8am-5pm

8:30am: First performer on stage
4pm: Announcement of finalists debrief for competitors not continuing

Sunday 15 April: 10:30am-3pm Final
4:30pm Announcement of Champion

Please note that all times are approximate and subject to change.

Free spectator entry with free coffee tastings, fluffies and more!

Meadow Fresh Zealand Barista Championship 2018 is kindly sponsored by:

Meadow FreshVictoria Arduino espresso machines via Espresso Mechanics & Atomic Coffee Roasters AMC Roastery Supply NZCafettoCastaway, Marco via L’affare and our porcelain sponsors Acme & Co

More information about our generous, passionate sponsors here>

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