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 18

Cafe Owners Round Table – Brisbane

September 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
River City Labs
Level 3, 315 Brunswick St
Organiser: Silver Chef
0414 660 550
Sat 21

Assertiveness training for hospitality industry

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
UTS Business School
14-28 Ultimo Road
Organiser: Map It Forward
Oct 04

2020 Northern Region Coffee Championship

October 4 @ 8:00 am - October 6 @ 5:00 pm
Latitude Coffee
2/28 Flinders Parade
Oct 25

2020 Southern Region Coffee Championship

October 25 @ 8:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm
2b/706 Lorimer St
Nov 15

2020 Western Region Championship

November 15 @ 8:00 am - November 17 @ 5:00 pm
Optus Stadium
333 Victoria Park Drive

Recent News

Additional places for 2020 Regional Championships

Additional places for 2020 Regional Championships

Missed out on a place in the 2020 Regional Championships? We're releasing some additional places in the TCX Cup Tasters Championship and Brewers Cup! TCX Cup Tasters Championship Six places will be released in each region, on Thursday 18 July. Central Region – 9:00am...

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2020 Regional Championships announced

2020 Regional Championships announced

ASCA is pleased to announce the dates and locations of the 2020 Regional Championships! Central Region Championship: 10–12 September, Fine Foods NSWNorthern Region Championship: 4–6 October, Latitude Coffee QLDSouthern Region Championship: 25–27 October, ST. ALi...

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Additional places for 2020 Regional Championships

ASCA Regional Scholarships are now open

Are you wanting to compete in the 2020 Regional Championships? If you live in a regional area or out of state, you may be eligible for an ASCA Regional Scholarship. To apply, fill out the form below! All applications will be reviewed by the ASCA Board, and all...

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Is your membership current?

Is your membership current?

With registrations for the 2020 ASCA Regional Championships opening shortly, NOW is the time to make sure your membership is up-to-date! So, how do you check it's current?   Step 1: Log into the ASCA website, and navigate to the Members AreaStep 2: On the left,...

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2019 MONIN Coffee Chain Challenge registrations are now open!

2019 MONIN Coffee Chain Challenge registrations are now open!

Want bragging rights as serving the best coffee in Australia? Your chain could become the new Champion at the 2019 MONIN Coffee Chain Challenge. The Coffee Chain Challenge sees brands from across the country compete against each other for the title. With three fast...

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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.