The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Condesa Co Lab 2020 Australian Coffee Championships will take place at Tasting Australia in Adelaide from 27 to 30 March.
The event will include the Vitasoy Barista Championship, Pauls Professional Latte Art Championship, Brewers Cup, TCX Cup Tasters Championship, Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, AMC Coffee Roasting Championship preliminary tasting, and Monin Coffee Chain Challenge.
“With the excitement of the World Barista Championship coming back to Australian shores, hosted again at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE), the ASCA board has had to ask, ‘where will the Australian National Championships be held in 2020?’,” ASCA President Kieran Westlake says.
“Ultimately, we saw this as an excellent opportunity to take the nationals outside of Melbourne for the first time in recent memory, to engage with other markets, and provide a renewed and reinvigorated level of enthusiasm in the baristas, supporters and industry partners who travel every year to watch, participate in, support, and celebrate the best of the best Australian talent.”
Kieran says the ASCA board’s goal was to find a suitable venue, eight to 12 weeks prior to MICE, that celebrated food, wine, coffee, and culture, while providing a destination/holiday feel “like Hobart’s Dark Mofo or Noosa’s Food and Wine festival”.
“From this search and with the support of Condesa Co Lab, the opportunity came for ASCA to host the 2020 National Championships at Tasting Australia, which is internationally recognised as an event where foodies come to discover what’s new on the menu,” Kieran says.
“Whether it’s due to a collaboration between world-class chefs, an inimitable tasting of beer, wine or spirits, or now, attending a custom built arena in the heart of Adelaide showcasing the very best talent of the Australian coffee industry, Tasting Australia is an event any foodie would be sad to miss.”
The #ASCATop12 competitors taking part in the Brewers Cup, Barista, Latte Art, and Cup Tasters Championships were announced on 6 December. They can be viewed HERE.
For more information, visit www.australianspecialtycoffee.com.au/ascatop12
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