New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild Annual Membership

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Guild Mission

The Guild mission is to build a tight and inclusive community of highly engaged, enthusiastic and skillful coffee professionals in New Zealand.

About the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild

Formed in 2012, The New Zealand Barista/Roaster Guild (NZBG & NZRG) were two separate guilds of the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association (NZSCA). The NZBG & NZRG were the national representative body for baristas and roasters within the specialty coffee industry in New Zealand. In 2016 the guilds were joined together to form the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild representing all professionals in our industry.


New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild on info@nzsca.org


The purpose of the Guild is:

1. Create a solid platform to communicate and engage with the New Zealand coffee community

2. To be the primary voice for the coffee community in New Zealand

3. To build community by running events that are relevant to the membership

4. To encourage and facilitate communication between members

5. To recognize and celebrate excellence in the specialty coffee profession

Membership criteria

Membership is open to all individuals who fulfill the following criteria:

1. Desire to develop skills as a professional coffee enthusiast

2. Have a passion for the New Zealand coffee industry and all that entails

3. Pay the annual dues

Annual Membership Dues

Individuals $25.00

Please note that the main membership period is aligned with the Association financial year which runs from 1 April to 31 March. Fees are reviewed annually.

Membership Benefits

1. Voting rights: Each member has one vote. Voting includes the election of the committee at the Guild AGM.

2. Committee representation: Each member is entitled to stand for election to the Committee of the Guild.

3. Logo use: All members may use the NZSCG logo on specified collateral (see logo use guidelines document)

4. Website presence: All members shall have their membership recognized on the Guild webpage with their name published

5. E-newsletter: All members shall receive the e-newsletters.

6. Event invitations & participation: Invitations to member-only events such as the Guilds AGM and other networking events

7. Discounted booking rates for events such as Professional Development courses and social events

8. The NZSCA, with help from the Guild, runs a number of industry events such as the New Zealand Barista Championship, New Zealand Latte Art Championship, and New Zealand Cup Tasters Championship.

Common forum

All membership events and activities are an excellent forum for members to network and interact with other baristas, coffee roasters, coffee company representatives and people involved in the industry from within New Zealand and abroad.

Professional Development

The NZSCA runs a program of internationally recognized professional development courses that cover these disciplines – coffee preparation, coffee grading and evaluation, coffee roasting and processing.

Industry Voice

The Guild provides a focused voice for the community within the NZSCA Board and wider specialty coffee industry in New Zealand. The NZSCA facilitates communication of industry issues to the public and media when pertinent and relevant.

Recognition of Contribution & Excellence

The Guild and the NZSCA recognize excellence in the coffee industry via Championship events (Barista, Cup Tasters, Latte Art), the Recognition Awards and the NZSCA member sponsorship fund.


The Guild is governed by a committee which includes a collection of passionate coffee professionals from around the country who are working together towards a common goal – to make even better coffee!

Meet the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Guild Committee

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