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 or final of their discipline, regardless of where they place in the #ASCATop12.

That means there are still 12 spots to be filled for the Open Heats in each competition at the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships. Once the winners from each region are removed, we take the highest 12-ranked competitors for each competition. So really, to have a chance to compete at the National level, you want to be in the top 16 competitors in the country.

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 12 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.

If I’m outside the #ASCATop12, but am eligible to compete at the National level, will I know my rank?

Only the #ASCATop12 will be ranked. Any additional competitors who make it through to the Open Heats will be listed, but not in ranking order. No scores will be published either, as these are confidential for each competitor.


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