About ASCA Competitions

ASCA is the premiere provider of coffee competitions in Australia. We are the only certified body with World Coffee Events, meaning our winners go on to represent Australia on the world stage. Our competitions include:

Australian Barista Championship – Competitors have just 15 minutes to prepare and present four signature drinks, four espressos, and four cappuccinos.

Australian Pura Latte Art Championship – Competitors show off their latte art skills and creativity in this purely visual competition.

Australian Brewers Cup – Competitors prepare and serve three individual beverages via a brewing method for a panel of judges.

Australian Cup Tasting Championship – Competitors must pick which coffee out of eight groups of three is the odd one out. They are judged first on accuracy, and then on time.

Australian Coffee in Good Spirits – Competitors must prepare two Irish coffees, and two alcohol-based designer drinks.

Australians interested in taking part must have an Australian citizenship, or have resided in Australian for the past 12 months. They must first compete in a regional competition, which take place annually in four places around the country. Winners from those regional competitions are flown to the nationals to compete directly in the semi-finals. Only competitors who have already competed in the regional competitions can try for a second time by joining the open heats.

Regional Competitions usually take place between September and January, with the national competition between March and April at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. Check out the events calendar for details, and click on the relevant competitions to secure entry.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I register to compete?

You must first be a valid ASCA member. All competitors must have purchased their own membership, or have a membership assigned to them through their company. You then use your own account to log into the members only area at the top right of the screen, and click on the Events button. From here, you purchase your nearest regional competition.

Can I use someone else’s account to register to compete?  

No you cannot. You must login with your own details prior to purchasing the competition.

What rules are we using?

For the 2017 Competition Year (All competitions leading up to the 2017 ASCA National Championships, even if they are held at the end of 2016) we will use 2016 world rules for all regional competitions. At the Nationals we will then use the 2017 rules. The rules can be found at the following links. Please note there are some variances off the world rules for the competitions, please see notes below or email if you are uncertain.

Rules & Regulations

Please note, changes announced by World Coffee Events regarding multiple station set-ups, options to set espresso machine temperature, and team rules only apply to the world competition. All national bodies must continue to offer standard station set-up and espresso machine configurations.

Please note we do not have the art bar at the Regional or National Level. We also use different cups than the official rules, please see below.

Please note we don’t hold compulsory service at the Regional Level, however it is held at National level.

For the Australian Coffee Roasting Championship, we will use the world rules with the following exceptions:

2.1 B – competitors should submit the roasted coffee as a final product in a provided bag of 500 grams

Change relates to roaster size

2.3 C – A 1kg quantity of green coffee, one from each available option

Change relates to roaster size and in-availability of a sample roaster

2.3 J – A coffee-roasting machine designed for roasting 500g – 1kg samples will be provided

Change relates to roaster size and in-availability of a sample roaster  

2.3 K  The roasted coffee submission must weight a minimum of 500g each presented in the packaging supplied 

Change relates to roaster size

2.3 D – “Up to 3.0kg quantity of each green coffee will be provided

Change relates to roaster size

2.4.1 – Machines on which to do sample roasts

Change due to availability of Equipment

5.0 A Competitors may be given 45 minutes of practice time on the roasting machines

Change due to time constraints.

6.1 A – “Up to three (3) kilograms of each green coffee

Change relates to roaster size

Will there be competitor practice time?

Most regional competitions allow for practice time, typically the day before the competition. You will be emailed your practice time slot one week before.

What cups are we using for the Pura Latte Art Championship? 

d’ANCAP 190ml Palermo Cappuccino Cup and saucer

d’ANCAP 80ml Verona Espresso cup and saucer

What milk are we using? 

Pura Milk, Full Cream

What water are we using? 

ASCA’s Water Filter Sponsor is Pentair/Everpure. For regional and national competitions, unless otherwise stated, we use locally supplied tap water, filtered through Pentair Everpure Carbon Block Filter EV9691-66 Cartridges fitted to the espresso machines. We work to World Barista Championship water specifications of TDS (ppm) 80 – 120; Total Hardness (ppm) 40-110; Alkalinity (ppm) 40-90; pH 7-7.5

For the 2017 ASCA National Championships, we will be using Aqua to Go bottled water as a source.

Are we doing the art bar for the Pura Latte Art Championship? 


What Espresso Machines are we using, and what’s the set-up?

3 x Black Eagle 2grp volumetric machines will be used on the main stage. 1 x Black Eagle 2grp volumetric machine will be used in the practice area training room. All machines will have 20g VST baskets supplied, and large stem pipe (1.5mm). All machines will be temperature and pressure calibrated, to 130 psi ( 9 bar) 93.4 degrees via a scace and spirit levelled. All machines will be flow rate tested All machine will have the shot timers and group temperature turned off. All machines will be levelled on the competition benches. 

What grinders are available?

For the Barista Championship the Mahlkönig K30 Vario Air and the EK43 will be available.

For all other competitions the Qamar M80 model electronic grinder will be available. It has 63mL blades and a 1.2kg hopper

Do I have to use the provided Grinder?

As per WBC rules:

4.4 GRINDER WBC Competitors must use one of two specified grinder models from the official WBC Grinder Sponsor, Mahlkönig, to prepare the espresso for each course in their competition routine. The WCE certified grinders are the Mahlkönig K30 Vario Air and the EK43. Both models will be provided for use on-site. Grinders that are provided on-site have a fixed technical configuration including the hopper and cannot be opened/altered internally by the competitors. Competitors may adjust the grind particle size and dose from the external controls. The provided grinders will be calibrated to the same specifications for each competitor. The use of a competitor’s own grinder is allowed, as long as the grinder model is identical to one of the two acceptable Mahlkönig models.

Do I have to live in Australia, or be a citizen, to compete in the competition?

As per WBC rules:

Competitors must hold a valid passport from the country he or she represents or documentation substantiating 24 months of residency, employment or scholastic enrolment, some portion of which must have been within 12 months preceding the qualifying national competition. Competitors may only participate in one country per WBC Competition Year. A WBC Competition Year is defined as the time period between the completion of one year’s WBC Event and the completion of the next year’s WBC Event.

What happens if I cant make my regional competition?

If you cant attend the regional competition in your state, or your nearest state, you can attend another regional competition, as a prerequisite to compete in the Open Heats at Nationals. However, if you are attending an alternative regional competition, you will not be able to place. The Central Regional Champions (or 2nd Place or 3rd Place winners) must reside in NSW or ACT, the Southern Regional Champions (or 2nd Place or 3rd Place winners) must reside in Tasmania or Victoria, the Western Regional Champions (or 2nd Place or 3rd Place winner) must reside in South Australia or Western Australia, and the Northern Regional Champions (or 2nd Place or 3rd Place winners) must reside in Queensland or NT. 

Can I compete in more than one regional competition?

You cannot compete in more than one regional competition.

How can I compete at Nationals?

To compete at Nationals, you must have already competed in a regional competition. Open heats rounds are held on the first day of Nationals, however to register, you must have already competed in a regional competition. Winners automatically gain free entry into the semi-final rounds of nationals. This rule does not apply for competitions without regional rounds, mainly Coffee in Good Spirits.

Can I both judge and compete in the competitions?

You cant judge and compete in the same WCE sanctioned competition anywhere in the world.

For example, you cant judge the Australian Barista competition, and then compete in the barista championship in another state. You also cant compete in the New Zealand barista championship, if you judged in the Australian one.

You can judge and compete in different competitions. I.e. judge the Barista Championship then compete in Cup Tasters.

Is there a compulsory or open round for the Brewers Cup?

At the regional level, we will only hold the open round. The National level will have both open and compulsory.


ASCA Competitions – Terms & Conditions

1. Eligibility 

1.1 1.1 Competitors in all ASCA Competitions must be a valid ASCA member of Barista Level or above.

1.2 1.2 Any competitor using another person’s account to register for a competition will not be eligible to compete.

1.3 1.3 Competition spaces are limited, and are assigned based on a first-come, first-serve basis through the ASCA web site. It is up to members to ensure their login details are valid prior to registration opening.

1.4 1.4 Competitors must hold a valid Australian passport or documentation substantiating 24 months of residency, employment or scholastic enrolment, some portion of which must have been within 12 months preceding the qualifying national competition.

1.51.5  Competitors must also not have competed in any other National Coffee Championship feeding into the WBC Competition Year. A WBC Competition Year is defined as the time period between the completion of one year’s WBC Event and the completion of the next year’s WBC Event. 

2      Refunds:

2.1  Competitors and Judges must provide two weeks notice if they are unable to make a competition or judges calibration session.

2.2  If two weeks notice is given, then a refund will be provided within 28 days of written notice.

2.3  If less than two weeks notice is given, then no refund will be provided.

3      Travel Compensation:

3.1  All flight and accommodation booking must be done through the ASCA nominated travel agent. Any travel booked independently by competitors, without written consent, will not be refunded.

3.2  ASCA Scholarships will be given to selective members at the boards’ discretion. The scholarships are designed for competitors living in Australian without a competition in their state. Scholarships will cover only flight costs to interstate competition, and $100 towards accommodation, from within Australia.

3.3  Regional Competition winners who have competed against a minimal five competitors will be compensated for flights and $100 towards accommodation, from within Australia, to travel to the National Competition.

3.4  Australian Competition winners will only be compensated flights, accommodation, and travel insurance to attend the world competition. The winner of the Australia Barista Championship will be compensated up to $2000 towards freight of equipment.

4      Requirements of competition winners

4.1 The winner of any qualifying Australian Coffee Championship feeding into a World Coffee Events competition must:

4.2  Be available to travel to that year’s World Coffee Event Competition.

4.3 Attend all world barista championship meetings and barista social events and be present at the debriefing.

4.4  Recognise that the Australian Specialty Coffee Association will provide airfares, accommodation and travel insurance.

4.5  Not take on any additional sponsors in association with their representation of Australia at the world competition without written consent of ASCA.

4.6  Take part in promotional activities, prior to, during, and after the competition in support of ASCA and its sponsors.

4.7 Partner with the relevant title sponsor for the competition that they have won on an event activation at least twice during the following competition year. Once with the intention that it should take place during the following National Championships, and Once during an ASCA event at the board’s discretion.

4.8  Have enough of their own funds to cover the costs of food, internal travel and miscellaneous costs while competing at the global event.

4.9  Allow ASCA and associated sponsors to use their name and image without charge for the purposes of promotion

4.10                Participate in associated media interviews, appearances, and functions and provide information for articles

4.11               Actively uphold the reputation of ASCA by promoting the ASCA Australian Coffee Championship as the only pathway to the World Coffee Events Competitions.

5      Competition Costs

5.1 The costs of competitions will be as follows, for both state and open heats at the national competitions

5.1.1     Cup Tasting Championship $175 + GST

5.1.2     Barista Championship $250 + GST

5.1.3     Latte Art Championship $225 + GST

5.1.4     Coffee in Good Spirits $175 + GST

5.1.5     Brewers Cup Championship $225 + GST

6      ASCA Judges

6.1 6.1 Any Judge at an ASCA event must be an active ASCA member at Barista level or higher,

6.2 6.2 Any judge must undergo judges calibration prior to the event.

6.3 6.3 Calibration costs are

6.3.1     New Judges $100

6.3.2     Returning Judges $50

6.4 6.4  A Judge must have participated as a judge at a least one regional level competition to judge at the National Championship event, and they must be a valid ASCA member of Barista Level or above..

6.4.1     Calibration costs for the National Competition are $100.

7. Limitation/Exclusion of Liability:

7.1 ASCA will not be held liable for any personal injury or loss following the result of a competitor, judge or volunteer taking part in an ASCA event. 

8. Use Rights to Exploit images and names of winners

8.1 ASCA and its Sponsors reserve the right to exploit the images and names of winners for its promotional purposes, in relation to the competitions.

9. The Right to disqualify or strip title(s)

ASCA Reserves the Right to disqualify or strip title(s) of participants, winners and judges if:

9.1 It is found that the participant did not meet the Eligibility requirements outlined in section1 of this document.

9.2 It is found that the participant undertook additional sponsorship, in relation to their participation in the ASCA related event and without written consent, that contradicts an ASCA Sponsor.

9.3 The participant was involved in actions that led to the financial loss or loss in reputation of ASCA and/or its sponsors

9.4 The participant refuses to comply with the terms and conditions outlined in this document.





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