FAQs about ASCA Competitions

We know competing in a Regional or National Championship can be daunting – especially if you’re a first-time competitor. To help make the process as straightforward as possible, we’ve compiled a bunch of frequently asked questions below, in relation to all competitions that ASCA runs.

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Registering for a competition

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 must 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.

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 can’t attend the regional competition in your state, or your nearest state, you can attend another regional competition, as a prerequisite to ranking in the country, to make it into the top 12 and compete in the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships. 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 the same discipline in more than one regional competition. You can compete in more than one regional competition if you are competing in different disciplines, however the same rules still apply as above with regards to winning/placing in regions outside your own.

Can I compete in more than one country?
No you can’t, even in a different competition. WCE have recently clarified their rules and updated this point. Competitors are restricted to one National Body/Chapter for all National Championships in a given competition year. The easiest way to find out which competition year you are in, is by asking which World Coffee Championship (WCC) your NB event is qualifying you for.

How can I compete at Nationals?
To compete in the ASCA Australian Coffee Championships which take place annually at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, you must either win your competition to win automatic entry into the semi or final competitions, or rank in the top 12 baristas for that category in the country to be eligible to compete in Open Heats. Any remaining positions will be granted to competitors based on their national ranking.


What rules are we using?
For the 2019 Competition Year (all competitions leading up to the 2019 ASCA Australian Coffee Championships, even if they are held at the end of 2018) we will use 2018 world rules for all regional competitions. At the 2019 Nationals we will then use the 2019 updated rules (subject to WCE release), which are usually released at the beginning of the year. The rules can be found at the following links. Please note there are some variances off the world rules for ASCA competitions, please see notes below.

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 Equipment and Sponsored Products. We only use the Final Round rules at every level of our regional and national competitions, which means we now only use the larger size cup.

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


We run Finals Round only of Coffee in Good Spirits at a 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.
Please note: competitors may not be practicing on the same station and machine that they’re competing on.  

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

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.

Can I change anything on the grinder?
No you can’t.

How many rounds are there?
At all regional competitions, there is only one round of competition. For the Latte Art competition, this uses the same rules at the “Final Round” as per the World Latte Art Championship. For the Brewers Cup, we follow open service round rules only. 

Equipment and sponsored products

What cups are we using for the Latte Art Championship?
The 2019 Latte Art Championship will be using d’ancap 180mL cups.

What milk are we using?
White milk for the 2019 Australian Latte Art Championship will be announced shortly. Vitasoy will be available at all competitions.

What water are we using?
For regional and national competitions, all water is tap/mains water only, and 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

What Espresso Machines are we using, and what’s the set-up?
As announced on the ASCA website, machines will be Victoria Arduino VA388 Black Eagle volumetric espresso machines. All machines will have Pullman Filtration Baskets, competition version, size 19g to 22g, 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 turned off. All machines will be levelled on the competition benches. Barista Championship competitors can choose their temperature per WBC rules – these temperatures must be communicated to ASCA Stage Managers ahead of time and cannot be adjusted by competitors on-stage.

At the 2018 Australian Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, we will be using the La Marzocco GS3 AV.

What grinders are available?
Mahlkönig EK43 grinders, and the K30 Vario Air will be provided per WCE rules. For the 2018 Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, the filter grinder will be an EK43S and the espresso grinder will be a Compak E5.


Can I both judge and compete in the competitions?
You can’t judge and compete in the same WCE sanctioned competition anywhere in the world. For example, you can’t judge the Australian Barista competition, and then compete in the barista championship in another state. You also can’t 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.

How do i become a judge?
You must first be a valid ASCA member. All judges must have purchased their own membership, or have a membership assigned to them through their company. You must 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 choose which event I judge at?
You can choose to judge at any regional event. However, judging at Nationals is invitation only to ensure that our judges are the highest possible standard.

For more information on judging, click here.


How does the #ASCATop12 ranking system work?
After every regional competition, all competitors will be ranked, based on their final score, against all other competitors in the country. As each regional competition takes place, the scores will be considered in the national tally, revealing the running top 12 competitors in the country that will be published on the ASCA web site. Please note that there will be no weighing by region, all scores will be compared to reveal the running top 12 from across the country.

For more information on the #ASCATop12, click here.

Terms & Conditions

Are there terms and conditions to compete?
Yes, ASCA has a number of terms and conditions that you agree to when you register to compete. Please click here to view all terms and conditions. It’s important that you read them carefully and understand them to ensure you are eligible to compete.
If you are unsure about any terms and conditions, please email info@aasca.com.







































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 the open round only for Open Heats, and both open and compulsory rounds for finals.