2023 NZ Barista Champion – Honoka Kawashima, Frank’s Coffee, Wellington

Congratulations to Honoka Kawashima, Frank’s Coffee, Wellington who is your Meadow Fresh NZ Barista Champion for 2023.

It was a weekend to celebrate all things espresso, as New Zealand’s best baristas put their skills to the test.
Your top six are:

1Honoka KawashimaFrank’s Coffee 644.5
2Mike TanMeebz Coffee Roasters610
3Jenny KimAtomic Coffee Roasters558
4Jenna PhillipsSacred Grounds Ltd515.8
5Jason MooreVanguard Specialty491.5
6Nara LeeHandpicked Coffee450
L-R Nara, Jason, Jenna, Jenny, Mike and Honoka
Champion: Honoka Kawashima, Frank’s Coffee, Wellington
Runner Up: Mike Tan, Meebz Coffee Roasters, Auckland
Third: Jenny Kim, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Auckland
Fourth: Jenna Phillips, Sacred Grounds Ltd, Taupo
Fifth: Jason Moore, Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co, Dunedin
Sixth: Nara Lee, Handpicked Coffee, Auckland

Congratulations to all. We had new rules and a new champion to crown and we did it!

And what a weekend for Honoka! She was also crowned Best Newcomer and Most Outstanding Milk Beverage taking home some sweet cash prizes.

Special thanks go to the amazing sponsors, judges, volunteers, competitors, and coffee companies who help make it happen.

We are so pleased to be able to bring this incredible event to our community. We can’t wait to see where Honoka will go in 2024.

First round scoring:

1Honoka KawashimaFranks Coffee653
2Mike TanMeebz Coffee595
3Jason MooreVangaurd Coffee518.5
4Jenny KimAtomic Coffee Roasters498.5
5Nara LeeHandpicked Coffee496
6Jenna PhillipsSacred Ground Taupo490
7Ted ZhangIndependent426
8Chace TianMavis & Co381.5
9Lauren DodsonLa Panier Boulangerie345.5
10Scott CrawfordThe Auction House Café & Bar209