NZ Barista Championship 2019 opens for competitors

03 December, 2018 by
Hospitality Business

Enter now for your chance to take the Crown of Meadow Fresh NZ Barista 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>


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?

Keen to judge?

Machines: Victoria Arduino Black Eagle

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

Grinders: TBA

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: 5 pm Competitor briefing, on-site

Saturday 2 February: 8am-5pm
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!