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.

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Summary of 2020 ASCA AGM

Summary of 2020 ASCA AGM

The 2020 ASCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held online on Monday 24 May 2021. The meeting was officially opened by Secretary Melissa Caia, who acted as chairperson with Matthew Basso from Show Pony as moderator. Melissa confirmed the minutes of the preceding AGM,...

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Australian FBT – Entertainment removal

Australian FBT – Entertainment removal

Without the $44.6 billion spent by international tourists in Australia each year, the Australian Government is compelled to incentivise domestic business spending during the economic recovery. According to the Australian Government, the Hospitality and Tourism...

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Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments

Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments

Changes to JobSeeker and Jobkeeper payments will come into effect form 25 and 28 September, respectively. Since March, JobSeeker payments have been effectively doubled to $1,100 a fortnight by a coronavirus supplement. From today, the supplement will fall to $250...

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Congratulations to Australia’s best designed cafes!

Congratulations to Australia’s best designed cafes!

The 2020 ​Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist has been announced, revealing the most exceptionally designed hospitality venues across Australia and New Zealand. The Best Café Design shortlist includes: The Garden Room – Maytree Studios – Brisbane City, Queensland Will...

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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.