Designed to celebrate individuals who have contributed to New Zealand’s (NZ) coffee industry and community, the 2021 New Zealand Speciality Coffee Association (NZSCA) Recognition Awards was held on the 21 of June in Queenstown.
Sponsored by coffee roaster and NZSCA member, Sucafina, award nominees are put forward by their peers, customers, and providers.
Names are then collected and presented on the day, with the 2021 Recognition Awards seeing more than 80 coffee industry leaders attend.
Sarah Kennard was presented the Friend of the Association award for her efforts in Championship volunteering.
“It’s all about coming along and supporting the community and this is the one time I can be fully involved in the community,” Sarah says.
“One of my favourite moments is the proud mum moment when the competitors finish their performance and you’re proud of yourselves, and the awards ceremonies and I cry.”
David Worth was also awarded the Friend of the Association award for his support and attendance of NZSCA events for many years.
“To receive this from my friends and peers in the NZSCA is very humbling. Coming over here in 2012, I was very new to the coffee industry. I was promised beer and skittles! It’s been a ride and an honour to be a part of the industry worldwide,” says David.
Tom Handiside of La Marzocco in Auckland was awarded the Development award for his contributions to NZSCA projects and events, as well as his inclusive industry knowledge.
“While this is an individual award, I know that the countless talented teamwork that goes on to make the industry great is what really matters,” says Tom.
Craig Miller of Miller’s Coffee, Auckland was presented the Ongoing Contribution award for his consistently dedicating his time and knowledge to improving New Zealand’s coffee industry and NZSCA.
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