NZSCA presents Coffee in Good Spirits!


Coffee in Good Spirits is cancelled.

Unfortunately, we have not reached our minimum numbers to run this competition. With the best of intentions, we have tried to get this event to happen and thanks to our sponsors, we were almost there.
We are required by World Coffee Events to have minimum numbers to run a nationally sanctioned event. Thank you to all judges and volunteers who had registered interest. It is only with the help of the team of many people that these events can occur.

We remain committed to producing world standard events and are excited to announce that the New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship is almost sold out and a full field of Meadow Fresh New Zealand Latte Art contestants will be competing this 3 – 5 May. See you then! ^ejm


The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) holds the license to run the national leg of the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship.

The Championship is held in strict accordance with the WCE’s Rules and Regulations. The World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship will be taking place in Berlin, Germany 6-8 June 2019.

We are excited to bring the Coffee in Good Spirits Championship to New Zealand for the first time!

Limited places are available to compete.

The World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship promotes innovative beverage recipes that showcase coffee and spirits in a competition format.

This competition highlights the barista/barkeeper’s mixology skills in a setting where coffee and alcohol go perfectly together. From the traditional Irish Coffee (with whiskey and coffee) to unique cocktail combinations.

During the preliminary round, competitors produce four drinks – two identical hot/warm coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks, and two identical cold coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks. The six competitors with the highest preliminary round scores will compete in the final round. The final round requires competitors to produce two Irish Coffees and two coffee-and-alcohol-based designer drinks. The highest scoring final round competitor will be named the World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion.

In its first year in New Zealand, we will run a pared-down event with the preliminary round only, with the highest scoring competitor taking the crown and a chance to compete in Berlin Germany 6-8 June at the World Event.

Competitors must use the provided alcohol within their drinks and the provided coffee. Havana will provide a Cuban espresso & a single origin if the competitor prefers filter in one of their drinks. 500g of each will be sent out to the competitors 10 days prior to the event and the coffee will be listed openly prior. Failure to use either sponsored coffee or alcohol will result in disqualification.


Espresso: Cuban Peaberry
Endorsed by Fidel Castro himself as the greatest coffee in the world. This medium roast has it all. Sweet chocolate, Cuban cigars, and lush dark berries – full and rhythmic coffee. Enjoy strong and often as we do!

Regions: Sierra Del Rosario, Sierra Maestra. Processing: Washed – sundried. Altitude: 350-800masl. Varietal: Original French Typica

Filter: Fairtrade Ethiopian Harrar
This high mountain coffee has the delicious aroma of Shrewsbury biscuits and tastes like chocolate, blueberry and sweet ginger wine. COFFEEUFEEL! This one has rhythm and ZING! One of our favourites.

Region: Harrar (Oromia) Southern Ethiopia. Altitude: 1500 – 1800. Process: Naturally sundried. Varietal: Heirloom

Outline: Full rules are posted here> reference page 6 3.3 for a summary of the stage presentation.

During the Stage presentation, competitors have ten (10) minutes preparation time, and then ten (10) minutes performance time in which they are to produce four drinks: two hot/warm, coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks (both drinks must follow the same recipe), and two cold, coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks (both drinks must follow the same recipe).

Competitors MUST use the alcohol supplied by the sponsor in BOTH the hot and cold beverages. The alcohol sponsored is under the Bacardi brand and includes the following spirits:

Vodka – 42 Below Pure
Rum – Bacardi Ocho 8-year-Old
Whisky – Dewars

Competitors must use the espresso machine and grinder provided by the sponsor to produce either the hot/warm or cold beverage in the preliminary round.

Monin will have the following syrups available on site for competitors if they choose to use:

MONIN le Syrup:
Habanero Lime
Matcha Green Tea
Orange Spritz

Equipment provided on stage:
Espresso machine: La Marzocco mini Linea x 1
Espresso Grinder: Mahlkonig E65s
Filter Grinder: Ditting 804
Brewster kettles will be provided for hot water for soft brew methods.
No other grinders will be permitted on stage for use during the championship, other than the provided grinders.

Thank you to our sponsors: Havana Coffee WorksLa Marzocco espresso machinesCafettoAMC Roastery Supply NZACME & COMeadow FreshCastaway, Monin, Bacardi via Lion and venue host La Marzocco.

New Zealand Rules and Competitor terms and conditions

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Who’s in the mix?

Nico Refiti, Ozone Coffee Roasters, Auckland

An Nguyen, JDE, Auckland

Alan Bruce, Flight Coffee, Wellington

Anne-Lise Monard-Stott, Ripe Coffee Company, Petone

Luise Metelka, Flight Coffee, Wellington