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.
Congratulations to the winners of the ASCA Southern Region Coffee Championship! The ASCA Southern Region Coffee Championship took place at Specialist Espresso Services from 16 - 17 September. More than 60 competitors and judges took place in the competition, with...read more
The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) held its 2017 Annual General Meeting on Friday 15 September at Specialist Espresso Services in West Melbourne. Around 25 members attended the meeting, which discussed the following items: Secretary Jeremy Regan...read more
The ASCA Barista Guild recently held the successful Barista Camp on the Gold Coast. Attendees enjoyed cupping sessions, flavour profiling, and even picked their own cherries at Wirui Estate. Amy Schubert and Kelsey Fletcher were two of the attendees who found the camp...read more
ASCA is pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with Xtracted Espresso Solutions, which will see all Australian Coffee Championships use newly designed flat-pack competition benches. Xtracted Espresso Solutions was founded in 2013 by Dean and Emma Slade, and...read more
In a show of commitment to the advancement of the Australian specialty coffee industry, ASCA is pleased to announce MONIN as the title sponsor of the Coffee Chain Challenge. Founded more than 100 years ago in France, family-owned and operated for three generations,...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.