Due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA) has postponed the 2021 NZ Cup Tasters Championship and the 2021 Meadow Fresh NZ Latte Art Championship to 3 and 5 December.
“We want to celebrate your skills in person, share a coffee or two together, so what are another few weeks?” asks the NZSCA.
Initially planned for 24 and 26 September, the NZSCA says tickets for the Cup Tasters Championship ran out the day NZ was moved into level four lockdown in August.
Currently, Auckland remains at level three restrictions with rest of NZ at level two. To successfully run the championships, the NZSCA says a minimum of level one restrictions is required.
Latte Art competitor tickets are still available, with the winner proceeding to the 2022 World Latte Art Championship. The 2021 champion prize pack also includes flights and accommodation to the 2022 event.
“Hit up your Auckland coffee friend for accommodation, food recommendations, and re-book those Flexi flights etc, and let’s support local,” says the NZSCA.
“Thanks to our sponsors, competitors, hosts, volunteers, and for all those keeping the faith.
It will be worth the wait.”
The NZ Cup Tasters Championship 2021 will be held from 5pm to 9pm on 3 December and the Meadow Fresh NZ Latte Art Championship 2021 will be held from 9am to 5pm on 5 December.
Both events are free to spectators who RSVP, with the association encouraging the NZ coffee industry to finish the year with a community celebration.