The Meadow Fresh NZ Barista Championship 2019 is open for competitors.

Event Date: 17th October, 2019

Enter now for your chance to take the Crown of New Zealand Champion 2019!

This truly is the main event for Baristas in New Zealand. The winner will represent New Zealand and travel to the World Barista Championship 2019 held in conjunction with the SCA Event in Boston, April 2019!

Limited competitor numbers.  Enter here> Entry closes January 1st 2019 get in quick to secure your spot!

New this year! Trophies & prizes for:

Highest ranking new competitor, takes home a sweet $2,000

Outstanding milk beverage

Peoples choice

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 2019.

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>

Want to get involved?

Not ready to compete? Volunteer now!

Keen to judge?

Machines: Victoria Arduino Black Eagle

Basket Size – 18grams (not VST) part number NS 03000073
Standard Temp Setting – 93.7deg

Grinders: Mahlkoenig Peak (provided)

Mahlkoenig K30, Ek43 & EK43s are allowed for use ONLY

Full rules and regulations.

Code of Conduct. NZBC Rules

Please view the NZSCA ticketing terms & conditions here>

Where and when?

Date: Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February 2019

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

The schedule:

Friday 1 February: 10am-4pm Judges calibration, (invitation only) on-site

Friday 1 February: 4 pm Competitor briefing, on-site

Saturday 2 February: 8am-5pm Note that some competitors will be onsite from 7 am for practise times)
4 pm: Announcement of finalists debrief for competitors not continuing

Sunday 3 February: 10:30am-3pm Final
4:30 pm 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 2019 is kindly sponsored by:

Meadow FreshVictoria Arduino espresso machines via Espresso Mechanics & Atomic Coffee Roasters, AMC Roastery Supply NZCafettoCastaway Monin

And special thanks to our official NZSCA 2019 porcelain sponsors ACME & CO

Many thanks to our generous, passionate sponsors.

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Any curly questions regarding the champs? Contact 021 415 810

Want to see some performances from the previous competitors at the World Barista Championship?

European Coffee Trip: Behind the scenes>

Barista Magazine>

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