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

Wed 28

Hide Your Stash

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Organiser: SoCo Coffee Roasters
Fri 30

ASCA Roasters Guild presents… Roasting 101

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffiend Coffee Company
17 Synagogue Place
Organiser: ASCA Roasters Guild
Fri 30

PMC Cold Brew Throwdown

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Proud Mary Coffee Roasters
200 Wellington Street
Feb 07

Melbourne International Coffee Expo – hosts 2019 ASCA Australian Coffee Championships

February 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - February 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Recent News

Vale Sisto Malaspina

Vale Sisto Malaspina

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) joins the broader Melbourne coffee community in mourning the untimely and tragic passing of Sisto Malaspina. Tragically killed only meters from his business during Friday's terror attack on Bourke Street, Sisto had...

read more
Yama Kim is the 2018 World Cup Tasters Champion

Yama Kim is the 2018 World Cup Tasters Champion

Yama Kim of Kingswood Coffee has taken out the title of 2018 World Cup Tasters Champion! Yama led the way in the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final rounds, eventually clinching the title with 7/8 correct in 4:38 minutes. The performance comes off the back of Yama's quick...

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.