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.
Expressions of interest are now open for events and companies interested in hosting a regional ASCA Coffee Championships events. Any company or event interested must take the time to read the guidelines available HERE ASCA is currently looking for locations to host...read more
He looks like Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver and shoots from the hip. Olden (but golden) veteran of ASCA, Bruno Maiolo was awarded honorary life membership at MICE2017 for his services to specialty coffee in Australia. We asked him to reveal a bit about what it has...read more
A total of 68 competitors took part in the 2017 ASCA Australian Coffee Championship, crowing winners across five competitions, including the inaugural ASCA Australian Coffee Roasting Championship. Thanks so much for everyone for taking part in this exciting...read more
The Australian Specialty Coffee Association would like to thank the incredible team of judges, volunteers, and sponsors who make the Australian coffee competition scene possible. ASCA continues to be run 100% by volunteers, who put in their amazing time and energy to...read more
The original ‘alternative milk’, soy milk is still a difficult one for many baristas to handle under the coffee machine wand. From curdling, to too hot, to lukewarm, getting that perfect finish on a latte using soy milk can be difficult for even intermediate baristas....read more
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.