Huhtamaki New Zealand Barista Championship 2015

Boom!…. It’s on
It’s on…. Baristas will battle to take the Crown of New Zealand Champion! This truly is the main event for Baristas in NZ the winner will get to travel to the USA to compete at the World Barista Championship in Seattle, USA in April 2015. Flights & accommodation, a Vario home grinder & a full competition set of ACME & CO cups + bragging rights are on the table!
About the Champs….We are searching for the best barista in New Zealand to represent us each year at the World Barista Championship.
The World Barista Championship organization (WBC) has licensed The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association to run the New Zealand Barista Championships for 2008 and into the future.
NZSCA is committed to running the event in close accordance with WBC standards. Our focus is on producing a field of finalists capable of competing successfully at an international level, and of course a winner who can excel at the world finals.
The Champion will travel to Seattle, USA from 9-12 April to represent New Zealand at the WBC International Final.
Kiwis have historically done well at the WBC. NZ’s 2013 Champion Nick Clark placed 5th.
If you are keen to compete there are a few things you should consider. Running to the WBC standards is time consuming and means we can put only 24 contestants through in a day. In the event that there are more than 24 entrants for the championship, we will conduct a selection process, awarding entry to those competitors we consider best able to excel in competition conditions. This means the information entrants provide us at time of entry is particularly important, to help us make a sound selection.
Dates and venue: 21-22 March, Shed 6, Wellington Waterfront
Saturday 21st March – national heats
Sunday 22nd March – semi-final & final
Competitors, trainers, mentors and judges, make sure you read up on the WBC Rules, Scoresheets and Code of Conduct
Full rules and regulations.
Code of Conduct. NZBC Rules
Follow updates of the championship on Facebook
Any curly questions regarding the champs? Contact 021 415 810
Huhtamaki New Zealand Barista Championship 2015 is kindly sponsored by:
HuhtamakiMeadow FreshNuova Simonelli via Atomic Coffee RoastersAMC Roastery Supply NZCafettoBRITA Professional
Many thanks also to our official ceramic cup sponsor of NZSCA championship events 2015 ACME & CO
The schedule:
Thursday 20 March: 10am-4pm Judges calibration, (invitation only) TBC
Friday 20 March: 7pm Competitor briefing, Shed 6 competition stage
Saturday 21st March: 8- 8:30am-5pm
4pm (approx) announcement of semifinalists & debrief for competitors not continuing to semi final
Sunday 22nd : 8-8:30am-6pm Semi-final & final
5:30pm (approx) Announcement of Champion
Please view the NZSCA ticketing terms & conditions here>
Our Sponsors! without them we just could not run events like these….
Huhtamaki Huhtamaki Henderson are New Zealand manufacturer supporting Kiwi’s and their love for coffees for over 70 years. Whether you require an off-the-shelf solution or a specific custom design they have the right packaging that helps great products reach more people more easily.
Meadow Fresh Meadow Fresh are the proud sponsors of the Barista Champs and have been for over 5 years proving our commitment to bringing you the best milk to make the best coffees… and we’ve been doing so for over 60 years now.  Meadow Fresh… It’s all good.
Nuova Simonelli Atomic Coffee Roasters are our proud sponsor of our espresso machines. The Aurelia II is the 2012-2014 World Barista Championship official espresso machine. Aurelia II is dedicated to demanding professional baristas because it guarantees even more advanced performance in terms of accuracy, extraction quality, flexibility and consistency of results. More details of the Aurelia here> We are using 2 group Volumetric machines with the volumetric’s locked out and standard 18gram Nuova baskets. Contact Dave T: 0800 NUOVA NZ
AMC Roastery Supply NZ Support NZ Roasters with Ditting, Mahlkonig & Anfim Grinders as well as Diedrich roasters and packaging machines. AMC are the proud sponsor of the Barista Champs providing the Championship grinders the Mahlkonig K30 Vario.
Cafetto Cafetto is a specialist manufacturer of cleaning and sanitation products for espresso, coffee brewing and dispensing equipment. Cafetto prides itself on innovative and thoughtful solutions always keeping abreast of customers’ needs to ensure a clean machine every time. Get the best from your equipment, keep it Cafetto Clean.
BRITA is the World’s No.1 Water Filter Company. BRITA is a family owned and managed company with products distributed in 60 countries.  250 million people enjoy BRITA optimised water a day.  They are the experts in drinking water optimisation with over 40 years’ experience. BRITA Professional optimises water for the respective applications.  We balance the water used in coffee to provide the right balance of minerals and hardness.  Only in this way can coffee fully develop its aroma and best crema.Using the best quality of water in preparing coffee, ensures that you maximise the customer experience. BRITA Professional’s filters allow for your machines to be optimally protected without compromise on your coffee enjoyment, look and taste.
Running order of competitors for Saturdays open heat:
Running order was selected using a randomiser
1. 8:30am Andy Shen, Interlslander, Cook Straight
2. 8:49am B K Kang, Return of Rad, Auckland
3. 9:08am Nico Refiti, Ozone Coffee Roasters, New Plymouth
4. 9:27am Ofisa Maligi, Interlslander, Cook Straight
5. 9:46am Addison Dale, Pure Cafe, Christchurch
6. 10:05am Sam Mctavish, Good One, Auckland
7. 10:24am Alla Heta, Bell Tea & Coffee, Auckland
8. 10:43am Sophie McCombe, Columbus Coffee, Hamilton
9. 11:02am Alan Bruce, Mojo Coffee, Wellington
10. 11:21am Ryan Huthnance, Crazy Good, Napier
11. 11:40am Alex Casserly, Crafted Coffee Company, Christchurch
12. 11:59am River Vili, Rocket Coffee, Hamilton
13. 12:18pm Sam Low, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland
14. 12:37pm Justin Baek, The Shelf, Auckland
15. 12:56pm Megan Wyper, Flight Coffee, Wellington
16. 1:15pm Logan Collinge, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
17. 1:34pm Joshua Kim, Cafe Melba, Auckland
18. 1:53pm Michael Tan, Meebz Coffee, Auckland
19. 2:12pm Adam Kyne-Lilley, L’affare, Wellington
20. 2:31pm Dove Chen, Grey Street Kitchen, Hamilton
21. 2:50pm Ken Shi, Roma Coffee Roasters, Auckland
22. 3:09pm Kate Gardner, Bell Tea & Coffee, Auckland
23. 3:28pm Sarah Lindley, L’affare, Wellington
24. 3:47pm