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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Recent News

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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Thanks judges, volunteers, and sponsors for your amazing effort!

Thanks judges, volunteers, and sponsors for your amazing effort!

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association would like to thank the incredible team of judges, volunteers, and sponsors who make the Australian coffee competition scene possible. ASCA continues to be run 100% by volunteers, who put in their amazing time and energy to...

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Sponsor news: The top mistakes baristas make when using soy milk

Sponsor news: The top mistakes baristas make when using soy milk

The original ‘alternative milk’, soy milk is still a difficult one for many baristas to handle under the coffee machine wand. From curdling, to too hot, to lukewarm, getting that perfect finish on a latte using soy milk can be difficult for even intermediate baristas....

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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.