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About the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild

Guild Mission
The Guild mission is to build a tight and inclusive community of highly engaged, enthusiastic and skilful coffee professionals in New Zealand.
About the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild
Formed in 2012, The New Zealand Barista/Roaster Guild (NZBG & NZRG) were two separate guilds of the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA). The NZBG & NZRG were the national representative body for baristas and roasters within the specialty coffee industry in New Zealand. In 2016 the guilds were joined together to form the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild representing all professionals in our industry.
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The purpose of the Guild is:
1. Create a solid platform to communicate and engage with the New Zealand coffee community
2. To be the primary voice for the coffee community in New Zealand
3. To build community by running events that are relevant to the membership
4. To encourage and facilitate communication between members
5. To recognize and celebrate excellence in the specialty coffee profession
Membership criteria
Membership is open to all individuals who fulfil the following criteria:
1. The desire to develop skills as a professional coffee enthusiast
2. Have a passion for the New Zealand coffee industry and all that entails
3. Pay the annual dues
Annual Membership Dues
Individuals $25.00
Please note that the main membership period is aligned with the Association financial year which runs from 1 April to 31 March. Fees are reviewed annually.
Membership Benefits
Voting rights: Each member has one vote. Voting includes the election of the committee at the Guild AGM.
Committee representation: Each member is entitled to stand for election to the Committee of the Guild.
Logo use: All members may use the NZSCG logo on specified collateral (see logo use guidelines document)
Website presence: All members shall have their membership recognized on the Guild webpage with their name published
E-newsletter: All members shall receive the e-newsletters.
Event invitations & participation: Invitations to member-only events such as the Guilds AGM and other networking events
Discounted booking rates for events such as Professional Development courses and social events
The NZSCA, with help from the Guild, runs a number of industry events such as the New Zealand Barista Championship, New Zealand Latte Art Championship, and New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship.
Common forum
All membership events and activities are an excellent forum for members to network and interact with other baristas, coffee roasters, coffee company representatives and people involved in the industry from within New Zealand and abroad.
Professional Development
The Guild, alongside the NZSCA, runs a program of internationally recognized professional development courses that cover these disciplines – coffee preparation, coffee grading and evaluation, coffee roasting and processing.
Industry Voice
The Guild provides a focused voice for the community within the NZSCA Board and wider specialty coffee industry in New Zealand. The NZSCA facilitates communication of industry issues to the public and media when pertinent and relevant.
Recognition of Contribution & Excellence
The Guild and the NZSCA recognize excellence in the coffee industry via Championship events (Barista, Cup Tasters, Latte Art), the Recognition Awards and the NZSCA member sponsorship fund.
Code of Conduct
The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association and Guild are committed to the tenets of equality, diversity and respect. 
Our events through our code of conduct aim to further these beliefs. The global coffee community and industry progress through collaboration, inclusion and mutual respect. 
We aim to create safe and welcoming environments for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, economic or social status. 
Our events, people, and companies we support are expected to adhere to our code of conduct policy. 
 “NZSCA has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, violent behaviour, and sexually offensive behaviour or actions. This includes, but it not limited to: harassment toward another individual on the basis of gender, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, creed, race, color, national origin, medical condition, genetic disorder, physical or mental disability, marital status, age or sexual orientation; physical or verbal threats; unwelcome attention; bullying, stalking; use of physical force; behavior that creates a disturbance or is dangerous, including lewd or generally offensive behavior or language; using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct; and obscene gestures. Anyone found to be behaving in any way that violates this policy, either in person or online, may be removed from the Association or Association event without refund and may be banned from future NZSCA events.” 
We aim to produce events that: 
1. Provide a welcoming, inclusive, and harassment-free environment for all attendees, sponsors and organisers
2. Commit to a diversity of judges, MCs, panel participants and speakers 
We will not endorse or promote events that include: 
1. Sexualized images on event posters and promotional materials
 All-male judges for competitions, all-male panel discussions, or all-male speakers
3. Harassing behaviour by event organizers or participants with no repercussions 
The Guild is governed by a committee which includes a collection of passionate coffee professionals from around the country who are working together towards a common goal – to make even better coffee!