New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship 2021

Event Date: 17th September, 2021

The NZSCA is excited to announce that tickets are now available for contestants and spectators for New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship 2021 in Auckland! 

Grab your ticket for this quick knock-out competition where simply being able to recognize the odd brew out of three could crown you New Zealand’s best palate.
A cupping spoon and maybe a favourite spit cup are all the equipment you need for this fast-paced and entertaining competition.

Bring the support crew, there will be tasty food and drinks available to purchase. 

Time: 5pm – 9pm
Date: TBC
Location: L’affare Melrose, 22 Melrose Street, Newmarket, Auckland 

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Thanks to our amazing Sponsors:

Ozone Coffee Roasters, AMC Roastery Supply NZ, Cafetto, Marco via L’affare, Acme, Alpro and venue host L’affare.


Who’s up to cup?

Benji Taiaroa
Insta: @benjitaiaroa
Company: FEOH @feohespresso
Bio: I want to see where my palette compares to against others in the industry 

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1 Tea
2 Liquorice
3 Cinnamon


Sam Miller 
Company: JDE NZ
Instagram handle/s: @hummingbirdcoffee
Bio: Green coffee buyer/ sensory guy for JDE NZ based at Hummingbird in Christchurch. Just here for the yarns.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1. Steinlager classic.
2. Pickles.
3. Genmaicha tea.


Jiawen (Garmen) Zhen 
Company: JDE 
Instagram handle/s: N/A
Bio: Warehouse wizard for Hummingbird in Christchurch, first-time competitor, I’ll be happy to get 1 out of 8 correct (Garmen is very modest, he is actually really good)

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1. Coconut
2. Pistachio
3. Seaweed


Mike Stribrny
instagram handle/s: n/a
Company: JDE Coffee & Tea
Bio: I’m the marketing manager at JDE, and basically fluked my way through JDE’s internal taster competition. Looking forward to competing and meeting new people.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1. Anchovy
2. Fresh Tiger Bread
3. Kiwifruit


Cameron Hoogervoost
instagram handle/s: @hoogervorstc
Company: Vivace Espresso @vivaceespresso
Bio: Head roaster for Vivace Espresso. Always up for a coffee challenge. 

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1 Lime 
2 Cocoa
3 Brown sugar


Nicholas Hollier, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland


Krisse McGregor 
Company: Vivace Espresso 
Instagram handle/s: @vivaceespresso@krissemcgregor
Bio: I’ve won this championship three times and I want to see if I still got the taste buds to win it again!

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1. Melon
2. Berry
3. Butterscotch


Daisy Dong
Insta: @aorakicoffeeroaster
Company: Aoraki Coffee Roasters
Bio: Loves to be part of NZ coffee family. Trained her husband Ken to win this Championship in 2017.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1 bitterness of ultimate 95% dark cocoa
2 sichuan pepper
3 sweet honey


Kaiqi Qiu, Little Q Cafe, Auckland


Alan Bruce
Insta: @theboybruce
Company: Flight Coffee Roasters @flightcoffee
Bio: I’m the Head Roaster for Flight Coffee. I really want another chance to represent NZ on the World stage.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1 Lime
2 Strawberry
3 Irn Bru


Sophie Bercot, Independent, Taupo


Han Jong Lee
Insta: n/a
Company: Meebz Coffee Roasters @meebzcoffee
Bio: I would like to up my skills. Meet new people and experience new things.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1 Coconut
2 Chilli 
3 Cinnamon


Wayner Moreno
Insta: @waynerstl
Company: JDE Coffee
Bio: Currently working at JDE Coffee as a Sales rep. My goal is to get one cup right out all of them and would love to get them all right. I wanted to try something different as I have only competed at Latte Art. After a few years off from holding some jugs, I thought it would be a good way to feel the adrenaline rush of a championship.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1 Mango 
2 Jasmine
3 Green Apple


TBC, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland


Shane Cullimore
Insta: @theshanesuede
Company: Switch Espresso @switchespresso
Bio: I’m a coffee roaster wanting to take my skills to the next level.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1 Chocolate
2 Caramel
3 Mango


Chiara Iseppi
Insta: @chiais89
Company: Switch Espresso @switchespresso
Bio: Barista trainer at Switch Espresso, I love coffee and love challenging myself in all aspects of coffee.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1 Strawberry
2 Grapefruit 
3 Mint


Jackie Liu
Insta: n/a
Company: JDE Coffee
Bio: A first-time competitor who is a coffee lover. 

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess? 

1 Mango
2 Nutty
3 Mint


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

Boram Jang, TOB Coffee, Auckland

YJ Huang, Filly Cafe, Auckland

TBC, Toasted Coffee Roasters, Auckland

Hye Jung Lee, TOB Coffee, Auckland

Marcus Kim, TOB Coffee, Auckland

Giancarlo Miggiano, Independent, Auckland

Logan Gieni, Escape Coffee Roasters, New Plymouth


Bonnie Lam
Company: The Coffee Dojo, Wanaka
Instagram handle/s: @thecoffeedojowanaka
Bio: Just wanted to come up and get amongst the community really.

We asked our cuppers what their favourite tastes to pop in their gobs were, but with a twist. One taste is a lie and two are their favourite. Can you guess?

1. Ripe pineapple
2. Lemon Lollies 
3. Nectarine 


TBC, L’affare, Auckland

TBC, L’affare, Wellington

Craig Jones, Opal Coffee, Auckland

TBC, Ozone Coffee

Cam McFadyen, Allpress, Auckland

TBC, Suntory, Auckland