Hanna Taramoto of Coffee Tech in Auckland has won the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship 2022.
YJ Huang of Mojo Coffee in Auckland placed second and Luise Metelka of Flight Coffee in Wellington placed third.
Hanna also won Outstanding Milk Beverage, an award given to the barista with the highest scored milk beverage on day one, receiving NZ$500 (about AU$460) and a trophy.
YJ also won the Best Newcomer award and Johnny Leung from Archie Coffee in Auckland won the People’s Choice award, placing fourth overall.
Hanna will compete at the 2023 World Barista Championship and joins the New Zealand Cup Taster Champion, Ewan Kim, in representing New Zealand in Athens next June 2023.
The NZSCA thanks all sponsors, judges, volunteers, competitors, and coffee companies who helped make the competition happen.
For more information, visit nzcra.org.nz