The Australian Specialty Coffee Association is proud to release updated rules for the 2016 DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Chain Challenge.

The event will take place in early November, with the final date and location to be announced in the coming weeks. Registration will also be open at that time, but interested parties can register their interest early by emailing

The new rules build upon the general format launched last year, where teams of four compete in three rounds:

– Latte Art, where teams have five minutes to produce three different latte art patterns chosen by spinning the Sponsored Latte Art wheel.

– Seasonal Beverage, where teams have seven minutes to produce and present a new espresso-based drink using at least one DaVinci Gourmet product.

– Service Time, where teams draw a card from a hat containing 20 random drink orders which they must prepare within 10 minutes to a high standard.

The format is a world-first competition exclusive to ASCA, created to display the specific skills required of baristas in Australia’s competitive Coffee Chain industry.

The competition will once again be proudly sponsored by DaVinci Gourmet. DaVinci Gourmet has proven its commitment to the Australian coffee industry through its ongoing sponsorship of this competition.

“We are proud to once again sponsor this exciting competition, which promotes excellence and exposes the impressive skills of Australia’s coffee chain baristas,” says Vince Monardo, Business Development Manager with DaVinci Gourmet.

The new rules can be downloaded HERE.