Specialty Coffee Expo

Registration opens for 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo

Registration is open for the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo, taking place in Boston, United States from 11 to 14 April.

More than 500 exhibitors will attend the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)-hosted event, including roasters, grower groups, equipment manufacturers, and auxiliary suppliers. Read more

New Zealand Barista Championship

NZSCA opens entries to 2019 New Zealand Barista Championship

The New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) is searching for the best baristas in the country to compete in the 2019 New Zealand Barista Championship at the Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt from 2 to 3 February.

Only 20 baristas will be chosen to compete in the New Zealand Barista Championship. In the event that there are more than 20 entrants, the NZSCA will conduct a selection process, awarding entry to those competitors it considers best able to excel in competition conditions. This means the information entrants provide at the time of entry is important to help the NZSCA make a sound selection. Read more

#ASCAtop12

#ASCAtop12 ranks top baristas in Australia

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) has ranked Tilly Sproule of Tim Adams Specialty Coffee the top barista in Australia according to its #ASCAtop12 list.

The announcement was made on 29 November following the completion of all regional competitions, and a comparison of scores across the country. Read more

Australian Roasting Championship

2019 AMC Australian Roasting Championship registration opens soon

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Roasters Guild will open registration for the 2019 AMC Australian Roasting Championship at 9am on 3 December 2018.

Once registered, competitors will be sent more details on the initial round, which includes roasting the compulsory coffee in their own roastery before sending it back for assessment.

From here, the top six competitors will be selected to compete in the final round as part of the 2019 ASCA Australian Coffee Championships, taking place at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo from 7 to 9 February 2019.

To register for the championship, roasters must be signed up as ASCA Roasters Guild members by 5pm on 30 November.  Up to 20 competitors can register for the preliminary round.

This is the third Australian Roasting Championship the ASCA Roasters Guild has held since the competition launched in 2016. Jack Allisey of Veneziano Coffee Roasters won in the competition’s inaugural year, and Ben Toovey of Genovese Coffee took the 2018 title.

The winner of the 2019 AMC Australian Roasting Championship will compete in the World Coffee Roasting Championship, taking place in Rimini, Italy in January.

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La Marzocco

La Marzocco sponsors first Milan Coffee Festival

The Milan Coffee Festival is making its debut this year, opening its doors for the first time in Italy from 30 November to 2 December. The festival will play host to Milan’s growing specialty coffee community at the Spazio Pelota venue in Italy.

Sponsoring the event, La Marzocco will host a large booth celebrating the community and those who are passionate about great coffee. Dedicated areas for the Leva X and the new Modbar AV will give event goers a close-up look at the latest products from the Modbar and La Marzocco family. Read more