What is the Australian Specialty Coffee Association?

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) is Australia’s leading industry body dedicated to promoting and growing the specialty coffee industry.

Founded in 2001 by a group of passionate coffee professionals, ASCA holds coffee events around the country. This ranges from casual smackdowns, to official regional competitions that feed into the Australian Barista Championship, Latte Art Championship, Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, Cup Tasting Championship and Brewers Cup. The winners of these competitions then travel internationally to represent Australian coffee talent on the world stage.

If you are a coffee professional, barista, cafe owner, coffee roaster, or even just a passionate coffee lover, joining ASCA puts you in touch with the leading edge of the Australian industry.

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Recent News

Bushfire relief for South Australia

Bushfire relief for South Australia

Australia is being devastated by bushfires. More than a dozen casualties, thousands of homes destroyed, millions of hectares burned and around one billion animal lives lost. Coffee and hospitality have been affected too. Rural businesses and customers are gone, supply...

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The Western Region ASCA Champions are crowned

The Western Region ASCA Champions are crowned

Ziggy Varamulia of Arlo has won the Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Vitasoy Western Region Barista Championship. Matt Goncalves of Merchant & Maker was runner-up and Lena Richrath of 5 Senses Coffee came third in the competition, which took place at...

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Meet the ASCA 2020 Southern Region Coffee Champions!

Meet the ASCA 2020 Southern Region Coffee Champions!

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association 2020 Southern Region Coffee Championships took place at ST ALi in Port Melbourne from 26 to 27 October. Anthony Douglas of Axil Coffee Roasters won the ASCA 2020 Vitasoy Southern Region Barista Championship, where Ben Cheong...

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Summary of 2019 ASCA AGM

Summary of 2019 ASCA AGM

The 2019 ASCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at ST ALi on Friday 25 October. Around 40 members attended the meeting in person, with interstate members joining the meeting via video link. The meeting was officially opened by Outgoing Secretary David Boudrie, who...

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Competitions

ASCA is the premier provider of coffee competitions in Australia. Our Northern (NT and Queensland), Western (WA and SA), Central (NSW and ACT), and Southern (Victoria and Tasmania), regional competitions feed into the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships that take place at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo annually. These include the Australian Pura Latte Art Championship, Australian Brewers Cup, Australian Barista Championship, Australian Cup Tasters Championship, and Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Championship. The winners from these national competitions then go on to represent Australian at the world level.