Announcing the #ASCATOP12 for 2020

Vitasoy Barista Championship

  1. Hugh Kelly
  2. Tilly Sproule
  3. Anthony Douglas
  4. Alex Murfet
  5. Sargara Varamulia
  6. Zhuolu Xie
  7. Ben Cheong
  8. Matthew Goncalves
  9. Theveshran Moodley
  10. Sarah Jin
  11. Cindy Carolina
  12. Lena Richrath
Pauls Professional Latte Art Championship
  1. Victor Vu
  2. Kyujong Han
  3. Louis Cheung
  4. Zhao-Ting Wu
  5. Alice Park
  6. Kim Youngjun
  7. Pisitpol Pensookpita
  8. Yue Huang
  9. Andy Tseng
  10. Jibbi Little
  11. Ming Wan
  12. Vincent Do
TCX Cup Tasters Championship
  1. Frankie Shi
  2. Lloyd Thom
  3. Dongyeong Kim
  4. Kyoungha “Charlie” Chu
  5. Jie Gu
  6. Ru Teow
  7. Shangchul Lee
  8. Sinwu Nam
  9. Yuki Saito
  10. Paul Cheng
  11. Sheng-Wei Wu
  12. Ry Yu
Brewers Cup
  1. David Train
  2. Carlos Escobar
  3. Jack Allisey
  4. Anthony Sofatzis
  5. Sarah Jin
  6. Hyunsuk Ko
  7. Jack Henderson
  8. Yanina Ferreyra
  9. Brad Kim
  10. Devin loong
  11. Hany Ezzat
  12. Angus Mackie


How does the #ASCATop12 work?

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) is constantly striving to improve the standard of specialty coffee competition in Australia. As one of the strongest nations in the world (check out our results from 2018!) ASCA is determined to continually advance the level of competition standard to ensure our competitors continue to perform well on the world-stage, and are adequately prepared.

For the 2018 Competition Season, the #ASCATop12 was introduced, to ensure a higher standard of competition at the National level, but also to improve performance at a Regional level. As a result, Australian competitors placed in the top 10 in the 2018 World Brewers Cup and 2018 World Barista Championship, and in the top 5 for the 2018 World Coffee in Good Spirits and 2018 World Latte Art Championship, taking out the title position in the 2018 World Cup Tasters Championship.

But how does the #ASCATop12 work, and who’s eligible for a place?

The #ASCATop12 ranks the best 12 baristas in Australia, within each competition. All competitors who enter the Regional Championships are eligible to place in the #ASCATop12, including Regional winners.

So who makes it through to the National Championships?

All Regional winners for each competition go straight through to the respective semi-final of their discipline, regardless of where they place in the #ASCATop12.

The remaining eight (8) competitors go through to the Open Heats in each competition at the Condesa Co Lab Australian Coffee Championships. In the event that a Regional Winner does not make the #ASCATop12, an extra spot will be opened up in the Open Heats to accommodate the 12th highest placed competitor in that discipline.

The top four (4) competitors from Open Heats will join the Regional Winners in the semi-finals, and the top six (6) competitors from that round will proceed to the final.

How do I find out if I’m in the #ASCATop12, or competing at the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships?

The #ASCATop12 is announced each year via Facebook Live, to ensure everyone around the country can find out at the same time. The #ASCATop12, as well as the eight competitors competing in the Open Heats at the National level, will then be posted on the ASCA website. All competitors will also be notified directly via the email address used to register.


Competitor FAQs

CLICK HERE to view all our FAQs for competitors. 

If you have any questions about the #ASCATop12, please feel free to contact the ASCA Competitions Committee directly by emailing