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

Aug 08
Aug 25

ASCA Barista Guild – Barista Camp Queensland 2017

August 25 @ 10:00 am - August 27 @ 5:00 pm
Organiser: ASCA Barista Guild
Sep 16

ASCA Southern Region Coffee Championships

September 16 @ 9:00 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm
Specialist Espresso Melbourne
171 - 173 Stanley Street
Sep 23

ASCA Northern Region Coffee Championship

September 23 @ 9:00 am - September 24 @ 5:00 pm
Fonzie Abbott
40 Fox Street
Oct 07

ASCA Central Region Coffee Championship

October 7 @ 8:00 am - October 8 @ 5:00 pm
Bare Witness
34 Shoreline Drive
Nov 04

ASCA Western Region Coffee Championships

November 4 @ 8:00 am - November 5 @ 5:00 pm
Organiser: Double Shot

Recent News

Regional Competition registration is now Open!

Regional Competition registration is now Open!

Registration is now open for competitors looking to participate in the 2017 ASCA Australian Regional Coffee Championships, as a competitor, judge, or judges intern. To register, you must be an ASCA member. You will not be able to purchase registration unless you log...

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Announcing our scholarship winners

Announcing our scholarship winners

ASCA would like to congratulate 11 winners of the ASCA travel scholarships for the 2018 Competition year. Applicants are reviewed by the ASCA Competitions Committee, and considered based on the member's past contributions to ASCA. The ASCA Scholarships are open to...

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MICE2018 to take place 22 – 24 March

MICE2018 to take place 22 – 24 March

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) has announced next year's dates, taking place from 22 - 24 March 2018, and returning to the Melbourne Showgrounds. MICE2018 will once again host the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships, which includes the Australian...

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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.