Barista Champs ’24 Update

You asked, we’re delivering!  Get excited, REGIONAL’s are HAPPENING!!!!!!!

TICKETS are now available!

What’s happening for Barista Champs?

We are bringing you pared-down Barista events to the regions next March. Get out your 2024 calendars, there are more events for baristas than ever!

Then the big event to showcase all that talent, the Aotearoa New Zealand Barista Champs will be held on Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 October 2024.

What are the regionals about?

We are breaking down the barriers to entry by focusing on what baristas know. It’s all about knowing your coffee and serving it with great customer service. No signature drink in the regions, just espresso and milk beverages.

You bring your coffee and presentation. We will provide the machine, grinder, milk, cups, spoons even the milk jugs and tamper if you need it. Table decoration and all the other stuff are actively discouraged. Baristas may bring menus to assist in describing their coffee, however, this still needs to be verbalised during the competition time.

Similar to the main event you will have to pour four (4) x espresso and four (4) x milk beverages to two (2) scoring sensory judges and two (2) guest non-scoring sensory judges, one (1) technical judge, and a one (1) head judge. All competitors will receive a full debrief on their performances to set them up for the main event. You don’t have to go on to compete in the main event, but we would love to see you there!

You will have 5 mins to dial in and 10 mins to present.

There will be three (3) regional titles and prizes TBC. Places 2-4 will receive a reserved space to compete in the national event if they wish.

Entry will be through application. In the event that more baristas wish to compete than places available, a selection process will be based on the information provided.

Expressions of interest to apply for the regional events please fill this in>

NZBC Regional Rules and Regulations 2024

When is it all happening?

Aotearoa Barista Champs ’24 Regionals Dates:

Sunday 3 March, venue TBC, Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau

Sunday 10 March, C4 Coffee Roasters, Christchurch / Ōtautahi

Sunday 17 March, Mojo Featherston, Wellington / Te Whanganui a Tara

Aotearoa Barista Champs ’24

Whirinaki Whare Taonga, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt / Te Awa Kairangi ki Uta

Saturday 5 October – Round one

Sunday 6 October – Final

Judge’s workshops and set up will be held the day before each event. Rules and regulations and all the details are being worked through and will be published shortly.

What about sponsoring?

We are working through all sponsorship agreements/tenders and these will be announced soon. If you wish to talk sponsorship or event partner sponsorship please do reach out to

More info on sponsorship here>