One week to go until MICE2017

Baristas from each corner of the country will compete in the 2017 ASCA Australian Coffee Championships at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, taking place from 30 March to 1 April. Entry to the competition is included with tickets to the Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Five championship events will take place under big tent of the Grand Pavilion at the Melbourne Showgrounds, consisiting of the Australian Barista, Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters, Pura Latte Art, and inaugural Coffee Roasting Championships.

Winners from each regional competition will prepare to dazzle the judges – and crowd – with their timed performances, creative latte art, and delicious coffees, with the ultimate goal of taking out the national title and representing Australia on the world stage.

This year, the World Barista Championship will take place in Seoul from 9 – 21 November 2017.

The World Brewers Cup, World Latte Art, and World Cup Tasters Championship will take place from 13 – 15 June 2017 in Budapest, and the World Coffee Roasting Championship will take place in December in Guangzhou, China.

Can Hugh Kelly go back-to-back and win the Barista Championship? Will we see another World Latte Art Champion in the making? All will be revealed at MICE.

Follow the cheers, applause, and routine music to the main stage in the Grand Pavilion.

Here is the ASCA Competition Schedule:

Thursday 30 March

ASCA Main Stage, Grand Pavilion

9:30am – 4pm
ASCA Australian Barista Championship – Open Heats.


Announcement of semi-finalists for ASCA Australian Barista Championship.

ASCA Brewers Lounge

10:30am – 4pm
ASCA Australian Brewers Cup Open Heats – Day 1.

ASCA Roasting Zone
9am – 1pm
Lab competition and roaster practice for the ASCA Australian Coffee Roasting Championship.

2pm – 4:30pm
Lab competition and sample roast.

ASCA Practice Station, Grand Pavilion

9am – 1pm
ASCA Australian Pura Latte Art Open Heats Competitor  practice.
All Pura Latte Art Open Heats competitors will be allocated a slot at the practice station.

1pm – 4pm
ASCA Regional Barista winners competitor practice.
Winners of the regional Barista Championship competitions will be allotted a slot to practice.

Friday 31 March

ASCA Main Stage, Grand Pavilion

10am – 2pm
ASCA Australian Barista Championship Semi-Finals.

2pm – 3:30pm
ASCA Australian Pura Latte Art Championship – Open Heats.

3:30pm – 5pm
ASCA Australian Cup Tasting Championship – Open Heats.

Announcement of finalists for ASCA Australian Barista Championship, Australian Pura Latte Art Championship, and Brewers Cup.

ASCA Brewers Lounge

10:30am – 2:30pm
ASCA Australian Brewers Cup Open Heats – Day 2.

ASCA Roasting Zone

8am – 9am – Open Cupping
9:30am – 5pm
Single Origin and Blend Roasting Competition as part of
ASCA Australian Coffee Roasting Championship.

Saturday 1 April

ASCA Main Stage

10am – 2pm
ASCA Barista Championship Finals
ASCA Pura Latte Art Championship Finals
Competitions will be run concurrently, one barista competitor, then one latte art competitor.

2pm – 2:30pm
ASCA Cup Tasting Championship – Finals.

Winner announcement of MICE Product Innovation Award.

Barista Big Bash latte art smackdown.

ASCA Australian Coffee Championship – all winner announcements.

ASCA Brewers Lounge

9:30am – 3pm
ASCA Australian Brewers Cup Open Service Round – Finals.

ASCA Roasting Zone

9:30am – 3pm
ASCA Australian Brewers Cup Compulsory Service Round – Finals.

ASCA Australian Coffee Roasting Championship
10am – 11:30am – Single Origin Cupping.
12pm – 1:30pm – Blend Cupping.
2pm – 3:30pm – Open Cupping

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