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.

Upcoming Events

Sun 29

2018 ASCA Symposium

July 29 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Organiser: ASCA Barista Guild
Sep 15

2019 ASCA Northern Region Championship

September 15 @ 9:00 am - September 16 @ 5:00 pm
Veneziano West End
369 Montague Rd
Oct 13

2019 ASCA Southern Region Championship

October 13 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm
Criteria Coffee
37 Wirraway Drive
Oct 27

2019 ASCA Central Region Championship

October 27 @ 9:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm
Specialty Coffee Curators
144-146 Victoria Road
Nov 03

2019 ASCA Western Region Championship

November 3 @ 9:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm

Recent News

2019 ASCA Regional Championship update

2019 ASCA Regional Championship update

Wow. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the HUGE demand for memberships and competition registrations yesterday – literally. We know many of you spent hours trying to access the site, and are frustrated that you couldn't get on, or are worried you didn't get tickets....

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2019 ASCA Regional Championship dates announced!

2019 ASCA Regional Championship dates announced!

ASCA is pleased to announce the dates and locations of the four 2019 Regional Championships. 15-16 September: Northern Region Championship, Veneziano West End 13-14 October: Southern Region Championship, Criteria Coffee 27-28 October: Central Region Championship,...

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Craig Simon represents Australia at WBC

Craig Simon represents Australia at WBC

We're counting down until Australian PURA, Dairy Farmers and Vitasoy Barista Champion Craig Simon takes the stage in Amsterdam to deliver his routine in the 2018 World Barista Championship! This will be Craig Simon's third attempt at the WBC title. Craig is competing...

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Meet the 2018 ASCA Symposium speakers

Meet the 2018 ASCA Symposium speakers

The 2018 ASCA Symposium is fast-approaching, and we're pleased to announce the speaker line-up for the event. beyondblue is a national organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Mark is a...

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Timeline announcement for 2019 Regional Competition Season

Timeline announcement for 2019 Regional Competition Season

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association has announced that the 2019 Regional Competition Season will run from the last week of August through to the first week of December in 2018. Final dates and locations will be announced by 1 July, and released with any...

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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.