Take advantage of your ASCA membership

ASCA member advantage

Supporting our coffee community in many ways and on many levels is important for it to thrive.

The Australian Specialty Coffee Association was formed with one simple purpose: to promote and support our specialty coffee community.

Our competitions have done a great job over the years of endorsing best practice in the industry, coffee’s potential to the wider community, and our status as a leader on the world stage. But with the many challenges our industry has faced in 2020, from bushfires affecting our regional members to COVID-19 restrictions hurting our metro members, the day-to-day support we can offer is now more important than ever.

Kieran Westlake is the President of the Australian Specialty Coffee Association.

ASCA partnered with Member Advantage in 2019 to start offering its members access to a wide range of benefits, including lifestyle, leisure, and financial offers. This program offers you and your family unlimited use and helps you save money on everyday expenses. 

Take some pressure off the weekly shopping bill with discounts to Coles, Woolworths, Target, K-Mart, and Caltex. Treat yourself to a little ‘iso entertainment’ with eGift Cards to Dymocks, EB Games and Uber Eats. Or get exercising with savings from Foot Locker, Lorna Jane, and Rebel Sport.

With Christmas coming up, save a little on your online shopping from major retailers like JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, David Jones, Myer, Harvey Norman, and Rebel Sport.

You can even get ready for more post-COVID-19 time in the sun thanks to markdowns at City Beach, BCF, and Kathmandu.

Access the ASCA member advantage program by logging into the ASCA website and navigating to the Member Advantage section.  

Even more special offers from our partners and sponsors are available in the ASCA Members Area. 

These are small perks, but in a world with as much uncertainty as COVID-19 has created, every little bit helps. And with individual memberships still discounted for baristas and coffee lovers experiencing financial hardship, Member Advantage can quickly recoup the cost of signing up.

For more information about membership discounts, please email baristaguild@aasca.com

A little extra cash in pocket is great, but it’s not a fix-all solution. If you need legal advice to help your business, Lawpath is available in the ASCA Member Resources tab to help break down the barrier to seeking assistance.

If you’re feeling stressed or weighed down by the situation, don’t keep it to yourself. ASCA has a longstanding relationship with groups like BeyondBlue and Our Watch. If you need help accessing these services, visit www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-started-now, workplace.ourwatch.org.au, or find them in the ASCA Member Resources tab.

It’s the people in our coffee industry that make it so special, and ASCA is committed to supporting them as well as our businesses as community as a whole. 

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This article appears in the October 2020 edition of BeanScene Magazine. Subscribe HERE.

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