Meadow Fresh NZ Barista Championship – All the details.

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EDIT: Change of date.
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This truly is the main event for Baristas in New Zealand. We are searching for the ‘Best Barista in New Zealand’ to represent us at the World Barista Championship 2021.
The winner will travel to the World Barista Championship 2021 which is taking place in Athens, Greece,  24-26 June 2021 in conjunction with the World of Coffee. Flights and accommodation will be covered as part of the Champion’s prize.
Trophies & prizes for:
The highest-ranking new competitor will take home a sweet $2,000 (in the New Zealand Championship, note that all entrants must be eligible to compete as per WBC and NZBC rules and regulations) and a trophy.
Outstanding Milk Beverage: will take home $500 and a trophy.
People’s Choice: will take home bragging rights and assorted goodies and a bar tab, and a trophy.
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Who’s up to compete & when? the timeline has been chosen by
9:30am Yui Park, Ugly Coffee, Auckland*
9:49am Logan Collinge, Mojo Coffee, Wellington
10:08am Joey Hong, Ozone Coffee Roasters, Auckland*
10:27am Hanna Teramoto, Three Beans Coffee Roasters, Auckland
10:46am Rachel Chalmers, Meebz Coffee Roasters, Auckland*
11:05am Anne-Lise Mornard-Stott, Ripe Coffee Roasters, Petone
11:24am Bill Zheng, Independent, Auckland
11:43am Nara Lee, Handpicked Coffee, Auckland
12:02pm Matt Ross, Independent, Tauranga
12:21pm Jae Ho Shin, Tob Coffee, Auckland*
12:40pm Shogo Shimoji, Cafe Eighty Eight, Mount Maunganui*
12:59pm Frank Hsu, Franks, Wellington
1:18pm Woohyung Lee, Camper Coffee, Auckland*
1:37pm Luise Metelka, Flight Coffee, Wellington
1:56pm Bonnie Lam, The Coffee Shack, Wanaka
* new competitor

The World Barista Championship organisation (WBC) has licensed The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) to run the New Zealand Barista Championships from 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.
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 20 contestants through in a day. In the event that there are more than 20 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 the time of entry is particularly important and will help us make a sound selection.

Dates and venue: Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Saturday 5 September – National heats
Sunday 6 September – Final
Competitors, trainers, mentors and judges, make sure you read up on the WBC Rules, Scoresheets and Code of Conduct
Machines: La Marzocco two group Linea standard 17-gram precision La Marzocco baskets
Grinders: Mahlkonig E65s provided, Mahlkonig EK43 & EK43s may also be used (not provided)
Full rules and regulations:
Code of Conduct. NZBC Rules
Follow updates of the Championship on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Any curly questions regarding the Championship? Contact 021 415 810
The Meadow Fresh NZ Barista Championship 2020 is kindly sponsored by:
Meadow Fresh, La Marzocco, AMC Roastery Supply NZ, Cafetto, Acme & Co, Puqpress and Castaway

The schedule:
Friday 4 September: 10 am-4 pm Judge’s calibration, (invitation only) on-site
Friday 4 September: 4 pm Competitor briefing, on-site
Saturday 5 September: 8 am-5 pm (9:30 am Stage performance starts)
4 pm (approx) announcement of finalists debrief for competitors not continuing
Sunday 6 September: 10:30 am-3 pm Final
4:30 pm (approx) Announcement of Champion
5:15 pm (approx) after pack down, a celebration of the Championship at Brewtown.
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