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

Jun 13

SCA World of Coffee Budapest

June 13 @ 8:00 am - June 15 @ 5:00 pm

Recent News

Complete our post-nationals survey to win an ASCA t-shirt!

Complete our post-nationals survey to win an ASCA t-shirt!

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) will be giving away five ASCA t-shirts to members who complete our online survey. Simply log into the members area, and enter the Special Offers section to find our survey. It takes just a few minutes, and you have a...

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Seeking locations to host defect cupping – 6 June

Seeking locations to host defect cupping – 6 June

We never like it when we are cupping delicious coffee and happen upon a defect. But what are defects and how to they happen? The Rosters Guild are looking for hosts across the country to host our Demystifying Defects nation wide cupping event on 6 June. Hosts are...

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ASCA introduces the coffee ranking system #ascatop12

ASCA introduces the coffee ranking system #ascatop12

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) is excited to introduce a new coffee ranking system #ascatop12 that will be introduced for the 2018 competition year. Following on from each regional competition, final scores will be used to rank all competitors,...

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Q & A with Bruno Maiolo lifetime ASCA member

Q & A with Bruno Maiolo lifetime ASCA member

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...

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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.