NZ Cup Tasters Championship… Info

Event Date: 21st April, 2018

Cup Tasters fun and fast paced…

All you need is your favourite cupping spoon!

Kicking off the championship events this year up in Auckland at L’affare Melrose on a Friday evening. Its bound to be a good laugh & a fun championship. Come on down grab a beer and watch NZ’s best go head to head.


Do you have a palate? Can you taste? You can win this Championship!

The NZ Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) holds the license to run the national leg of the World Cup Tasters Championship.

The Championship is held in strict accordance with the World event’s Rules and Regulations. The World Cup Taster’s Championship will be taking place in Budapest, Hungary 13th – 15th June in conjunction with the ‘World of Coffee Event’

About the NZ Cup Tasters Championship:

The NZ Cup Tasters Championship awards the professional coffee cupper who demonstrates speed, skill, and accuracy in distinguishing the taste differences in specialty coffees.

Coffees of the world have many distinct taste characteristics and in this competition format the objective is for the cupper to discriminate between the different coffees. Three cups are placed in a triangle, with 2 cups being identical coffees and one cup being a different coffee. Using skills of smell, taste, attention and experience, the cupper will identify the odd cup in the triangle as quickly as they can.
A total of 8 triangles are placed in each round. The top 8 competitors with the most correct answers and the fastest time proceed to the next Semi-Finals round. Then the top 4 will compete again in the Final round to determine the next NZ Cup Tasters Champion.

Thank you to our sponsors: Ozone Coffee Roasters, Marco, Cafetto, AMC Roastery Supply NZ, Acme & Co, Huhtamaki and venue host Laffare.

Read here about our sponsors and why they support us>

Find out more about the championship and the Rules & Regs at

Competitors registered so far:

Sam McTavish, Kokako Coffee Roasters, Auckland

Takahito Koyanagi, Toasted Espresso, Auckland

Ayla Larson, BP Connect, Palmerston North

Ken Shi, Roma Coffee Roasters Ltd, Auckland

Seulki Park, Independent, Auckland

John Cole, Mojo Coffee Cartel, Wellington

Sarah Stephen, Mojo Coffee Cartel, Wellington

Woohyung Lee, Camper Coffee, Auckland

Daisy Kim, Indépendant, Auckland

Matt Hing, Be Specialty Coffee, Auckland

Ewan Kim, Curator Espresso Bar, Auckland

Kevin Batten, JDE, Auckland

Yong Hyeon Ju, Auckland

Young Joong Yoon, Little Albert Coffee, Auckland

Chris Starkey, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland

Scott Pepler, Cerebos Gregg’s, Auckland

Rina Reeves, Cerebos Gregg’s, Auckland

Michael Stevens, Ozone Coffee Roasters, New Plymouth

Long Nguyen, JDE, Wellington

Stuart Hargie, JDE, Auckland

Alla Heta, JDE, Auckland

Matt Greewood, JDE, Auckland

Chef, L’affare Melrose, Auckland

Not ready to compete but want to get up close to the action? volunteer today…