Barista Champs 2023

Let’s goooooo!

Trophies and prizes for:

Best Newcomer: The highest-ranking new competitor takes home a sweet $2,000 (in the New Zealand Championship, note that all entrants must be eligible to compete as per WBC & NZBC rules & regulations).

Outstanding Milk Beverage: will take home $500

The People’s Champion: all the bragging rights and assorted goodies and a bar tab, for the people’s favourite. Vote here: ‘The People’s Champion’ 

Date: Sat-Sun 25-26 March 2023

Venue: Whirinaki Whare Taonga Centre, Upper Hutt

Thanks to these generous folks our sponsors and supporters, we have a world-class competitive championship scene.

Registered competitors and time line Saturday 25th open heats:

Start of proceedings 10:15am 

10:35am Nara Lee, Handpicked Coffee, Auckland

11:00am Scott Crawford, The Auction House Cafe & Bar, Invercargill *

11:25am Jenna Phillips, Sacred Grounds Ltd, Taupo *

11:50am Jason Moore, Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co, Dunedin

12:15pm Honoka Kawashima, Frank’s Coffee, Wellington *

12:40pm Mike Tan, Meebz Coffee Roasters, Auckland

1:05pm Jenny Kim, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland *

1:30pm Jiaxiang (Ted) Zhang, Independent, Auckland *

1:55pm Lauren Dodson, La Panier Boulangerie, Christchurch *

2:20pm Chace Tian, Mavis & Co, Hamilton *

* Denotes first-time competitor

3:30pm announcement of top 6, Outstanding Milk beverage, The People’s Champion, Best Newcomer

Read about them here>

Available to registered competitors:

Free competition ceramics via ACME Cups

Plant-based milk to try via Alternative Dairy Co

Meadow Fresh Milk for you to practice sent to your cafe

Practice machinery via La Marzocco and Mythos in Auckland and Wellington

 Vote now for ‘The People’s Champion’.

Date: Sat-Sun 25-26 March 2023 Venue: Whirinaki Whare Taonga Centre, Upper Hutt

Thanks to our amazing sponsors:

Meadow Fresh

The team at Meadow Fresh loves coffee, and with over 80 million coffees made each year with Meadow Fresh milk, they think it’s important to do their part to support New Zealand’s coffee industry.

That’s why they are so proud to be a long-time supporter of the NZSCA and the principal sponsor of the New Zealand Barista Championship and New Zealand Latte Art Championship.

They love supporting the existing talent within the industry and nurturing new and emerging talent.

La Marzocco

La Marzocco is a trendsetter, trailblazing innovations in style, technique, and craftsmanship within the espresso equipment industry. Basing our strength on our heritage to tackle new daily challenges, we look for the perfect balance between tradition and revolution.

Our coffee machines are handmade in Florence by artisan professionals since 1927, when La Marzocco was founded by the Bambi brothers, Giuseppe and Bruno, whose distinct heritage still lingers today. At La Marzocco New Zealand, a branch office of La Marzocco, we distribute high quality coffee machines, espresso equipment, and genuine parts throughout the country.

We are dedicated to improving the coffee world and we look to seize opportunities to engage in events across the country to support, educate, connect with, and inspire the specialty coffee community.

We believe the New Zealand Barista Championship is about innovation, creativity, quality, and connection; ideals that La Marzocco embodies and delivers upon in all that we do as a proud member of the NZSCA.

We wish the best of luck to all the competitors in this year’s Championship!


Grinding perfection. Again.

Mythos was born to define absolute control and precision in coffee grinding.

Reborn today, Mythos further advances its user experience by bringing evolution to its function and design. Together we achieve grinding perfection. Again.

The Alternative Dairy Co

The Alternative Dairy Co. range of plant-based milk are crafted for baristas and exclusive to café. Made to highlight the espresso with a neutral taste, it is perfect to stretch and pour into latte art you’re proud of every time. Collaborating with industry professionals, we strive for continuous improvement in both taste and performance, because we don’t settle for the status quo.

We are a team who are equally passionate about the craft and the fight for a better brew, so join The Alternative for a quality plant-based milk partner for those small yet significant moments you serve up to your customers.


The Monin brand is about the creation of innovative gourmet flavour solutions.

Trusted by hospitality professionals for generations, to champion premium quality beverages that continue to inspire the industry and enjoyed by people around the world.

AMC Roastery Supply NZ

“Roast It… Pack It… Grind It… Brew It!”
By now you will hopefully know AMC Roastery Supply as the place to get your Mahlkoenig, Ditting, and Anfim grinders, thanks to our 15-year-long sponsorship of the New Zealand Coffee Championships. And if you have been paying closer attention, you will also know we are the place to go for your Diedrich coffee roasters, Actionpac packaging scales, Fetco filter brewers, and Brew-Rite coffee filters.
Sixty years after Alec Clubb – a canny ex-pat Scot – first started importing coffee brewing equipment, our third-generation family-owned and run business has assembled an enviable stable of the best-performing equipment brands in each market segment we have expanded into. We like to sell solutions, not headaches, and back them up with expert product knowledge, local spare parts, technical training, and support.
We also like to give back to the industry that we operate in, which is why we have gladly sponsored the various New Zealand Coffee Championships for such a long time, and look forward to continuing that support for many years to come. We would also encourage others to similarly support the NZSCA and/or the competitions and events that they organise, which allow coffee professionals to showcase and improve their products, knowledge, and skills. A rising tide lifts all boats, as they say.
So, volunteer your time or sponsor with some coin, if you can, or at the very least become a member of the Association and patronise their events. I guarantee you’ll get more out of it than you put in. And remember, if you need to “Roast It, Pack It, Grind It, or Brew It” then give Emma, Dave, or Greg at AMCRS a call. Go on, you know you want to!


Cafetto has been proud sponsors of the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Championships for over 10 years.

It’s our pleasure to be supplying the talented baristas with the most effective products to keep the machines hygienic and the coffee tasting exactly as they intended – rich and delicious!

On behalf of the global Cafetto team, we wish every competitor the very best of luck and look forward to seeing the championships.


Acme Cups was founded 10 years ago by NZSCA Lifetime Award and the inventor of the Flatwhite, Jeff Kennedy. He was on a mission to create the ideal cup.

Ten years later Acme Cups is now under the ownership of longtime employees, Paddy and Megan, who are striving towards the same mission. Cause it’s a goodie!


Over the past 35 years, Castaway® products have been at the forefront of innovation for the foodservice industry. The core value of all Castaway® products is innovation, and the desire to create true value for our customers. This remains the cornerstone of the Castaway® range as new product development and continual product improvement are at the heart of our business. 
We are coffee lovers just like you so it may come as no surprise that we turned our attention to the coffee market to see where we could add value to our customers and the environment through innovation. We have developed a range of products that have an aqueous or water-based lining instead of a plastic or PLA plastic lining. These products can be recycled or composted and deliver superior outcomes no matter where they are disposed of as the aqueous lining dissolves leaving a paper product behind. 
The lead product in this range is our coffee cup and lid which have the ability to be recycled. We have also developed takeaway food containers, gelato cups, and milkshake cups from this material making Castaway the market leaders for sustainability in the New Zealand Coffee Market. Visit for more details.

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