New Zealand Cup Tasters Champion 2020 – Alan Bruce!

Event Date: 22nd January, 2021

Alan Bruce, Eric Sugandi, Renee Cooper, Woohung Lee (L-R) photo credit Yuki Zhang 

It was a hot Friday night on 28 February 2020 at Ozone Coffee Roasters in Auckland where 29 coffee cuppers from around New Zealand competed to win the New Zealand Cup Tasters Champion for 2020.  They quickly slurped their way through eight triangulations of delicious coffee. With amazing slurping and tasting, the scores were tight.  The leaderboard was steady as times got quicker.

The top four were Alan Bruce, Flight Coffee, in Wellington, Cup Tasters Champion of 2019; Woohyung Lee, Camper Coffee, Auckland and first-time cuppers, Renee Cooper of Sublime Coffee in Nelson and Eric Sugandi of Flight Coffee Roasters in Wellington.

The final announcement was tense as each cup was revealed. Alan seemed to pull ahead but it could be anyone’s game in this competition of taste.

With a score of 7/8 in 2.13 minutes, our Champion for the second year in a row, Alan Bruce of Flight Coffee Roasters in Wellington is off to Warsaw, Poland to represent New Zealand!

Runner up is Eric Sugandi, also from the Flight Coffee team in Wellington.

Third Place is Renee Cooper of Sublime Coffee in Nelson.

And rounding out the final in fourth place is the legendary Woohyung Lee, Camper Coffee, Auckland.

Congratulations to everyone involved! We are so proud of you all for stepping up and there are obviously some great palettes in New Zealand coffee.

Our volunteers were quality.  Thank you for all your help. We could not run this event without you.

Thanks to all our amazing sponsors and especially Ozone Coffee Roasters for hosting.

Good luck in Poland, Alan Bruce!

All our cuppers:

Kaiqi Qiu, Aoraki Coffee Roasters, Waikato

Daisy Dong, Aoraki Coffee Roasters, Waikato

Cameron Hoogervorst, Vivace Espresso, Christchurch

Takahito Koyanagi, Toasted Espresso, Auckland

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

Sam Miller, Hummingbird Coffee, Christchurch

Veronica Maughan, L’affare, Wellington

Ewan Kim, L’affare, Auckland

Renee Cooper, Sublime Coffee, Nelson

Alan Bruce, Flight Coffee, Wellington

James Gilling, Ozone Coffee, New Plymouth

Christy Oakenfull, Ozone Coffee, Auckland

Megan Murphy, Mojo Coffee Cartel, Auckland

Bernadette Zantman, Mojo Coffee Cartel, Auckland

Richard Poole, Mojo Coffee Cartel, Wellington

Kazuki Hanyuda, Archie Cafe, Auckland

Krisse McGregor, Coffee Lab, Auckland

YJ Huang, Independent, Auckland

Lucas Sidow de Campos, Emporio Coffee, Wellington

Angus Lin, Story Coffee, Auckland

May Chen, Story Coffee, Auckland

Heesun Lee, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland

Casey Keane, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland

Giancarlo Miggiano, Third Eye Coffee, Napier

Woohyung Lee, Camper Coffee, Auckland

Jamie Brown, Camper Coffee, Auckland

Eric Sugandi, Flight Coffee Roasters, Wellington

Jassher Clayton, Camarosa, Hamilton

Rick Millen, Castaway, Auckland

Thank you to our sponsors: Ozone CoffeeAMC Roastery Supply NZ, CafettoMarco via L’affareAcme & Co, Castaway and venue host Ozone Coffee Roasters.