Aucklanders can enjoy a weekend dedicated to the country’s finest coffee when the city hosts the New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship and the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Latte Art Championship in the last weekend of July.

This coffee immersion isn’t only for the country’s top baristas, any caffeine lover who knows their beans can test themselves at the New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship. While the exacting practice necessary to compete in the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Latte Art Championship means it’s usually the reserve of full-time coffee nerds.

Either way, both events are free for spectators making them great opportunities for coffee lovers to join in, enjoy coffee tastings and follow the competition.

New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship
Do you think you have a good palate? Can you taste? You could win this Championship!Tasters are challenged to use their senses to spot the odd cup out of three, when two are the same. There are eight rounds and the tasters who have the most correct answers and the quickest times will go through to the next round each time, until there are just four tasters left for the final. The winner will represent New Zealand at the International Cup Tasters in Dubai in September. Come and compete and join us to see New Zealand’s most tuned palates.

WHEN         5pm – 9pm, Friday July 27

WHERE      L’affare Melrose, 22 Melrose St, Newmarket

COST          Spectator entry is free, and everyone is welcome

Meadow Fresh New Zealand Latte Art Championship
Do you love to start your day with a latte heart? What about the much loved tulip? Come and see New Zealand’s most talented baristas showcase their art in the hope of winning the right to represent the country at the International Latte Art Competition in Brazil in November,during International Coffee Week (ICW).

Baristas are judged on the visual attributes and creativity of their art, as well as the ability to recreate it identically.

WHEN         9am – 4pm, Sunday 29 July

WHERE      Kōkako Organic Coffee Roasters, 9 Charles Street, Mount Eden

COST            Spectator entry is free, and everyone is welcome

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