Meadow Fresh NZ Barista Championship 2021

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 and 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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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 20 March – National heats

Sunday 21 March – 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 2021 is kindly sponsored by:

Meadow Fresh, La Marzocco, AMC Roastery Supply NZ, Cafetto, Acme & Co, Puqpress and Castaway

Who’s up to compete:

Matt Ross, Folk Brewers, Tauranga

Jae Ho Shin, Tob Coffee, Auckland*

Woohyung Lee, Camper Coffee, Auckland*

Luise Metelka, Flight Coffee, Wellington

Hanna Teramoto, Independent, Auckland

Bonnie Lam, The Dojo, Wanaka

The schedule:

Thursday 19 March: 10 am – 4 pm Judge’s calibration, (invitation only) on-site

Thursday 19 March: 4 pm Competitor briefing, on-site

Saturday 20 March: 8 am – 5 pm (9:30 am Stage performance starts)
4 pm (approx) announcement of finalists debrief for competitors not continuing.

Sunday 21 March: 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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