Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship 2019 – Winner's of "People's Choice" and Outstanding Milk Beverage

Winner of Best Newcomer  – Kenneth Te
Twelve of our competitors were eligible for Best Newcomer.  The winner of this award was presented with $2000 cash, a trophy and hopefully the desire to come back and compete next year!  Kenneth Te from Society Coffee in Auckland and eventual third place winner was the recipient of this award.  Congratulations Ken!

‘People’s Choice’ Johnny Leung

This year we decided to award ‘People’s Choice’ where you could vote for your favourite Barista.  The phenomenal responses from the public, customers and support crews of these barista cemented the fact that they are all champions and ambassadors for the coffee industry.
The winner Johnny Leung was announced as the winner on Saturday 2 February before the announcement of the top six finalists at the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship.
He received a sweet trophy, a set of Tajimi cups from Acme & Co, some cool Upper Hutt goodies and bragging rights of course.
Megan Turnball had nominated Johnny and won herself a t-shirt and limited edition Acme & Co mug.
Stay tuned for more of the comments about our competitors
Well done to all competitors! It was tight because you’re all amazing!
Winner of Outstanding Milk Beverage was Dove Chen

He has won a sweet trophy along with $500 worth of prizes! And will be back tomorrow to compete.
Don’t forget to come on down and support your favourite Barista in person:
Sunday 3rd Feb Final 11:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre | 836 Fergusson Drive | Upper Hutt 5140 | New Zealand.
All welcome with free coffees and fluffies for all.
More details on what it’s all about here>
Photo credit Andrew Turner of ATPhoto