About Us:

The Huhtamaki New Zealand Coffee Awards started life as a small idea and, not surprisingly, first emerged in a discussion with industry professionals over a cup of coffee. The New Zealand coffee scene is rated as amongst the finest in the world , with ever growing high standards of delivery from Roasters and Baristas. We felt it lacked only one thing, an industry standard for the best coffees, a showcase for excellence in both roasting and delivery of fine espresso coffee. Heck they do it for wine, why not coffee? Here at Coffee Central, we are all highly passionate about these things, and thought 'what the heck, let's start an event! Michael Guy a man with great contacts and limitless energy, was elected head of the organisation, and he thrust himself into the event with fervour.

With support from several leading industry notables, and key sponsorship from BP, the first NZ Coffee Awards were held in Taupo in October 2004. This was an excellent start, with a successful trade show and other events. The head judge for the Coffee awards was brought in from Australia and a panel of experts assisted the awarding of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the outstanding coffees. With such luminaries as Tom Shadbolt and Gary McCormick attending and excellent media support this event paved the way for ongoing events. Bica a small Auckland roastery won the first ever Supreme award, fab!

The second annual NZ Coffee Awards in 2005 were a great success and we also hosted the NZ Barista Final. The New Zealand media provided excellent support. A small Northland roaster, Max, took the supreme award and gained valuable exposure on television news programmes. Go Max!

In our third year, 2006, we had a huge festival at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. Notable were the numbers of international visitors along with thousands of local coffee fiends. The Coffee Awards, once again proved a great success and Orb Coffee, who feature regularly amongst the medals, won their first ever Supreme award.

In its 4th year, the 2007 annual coffee-lovers event was held at the Alinghi Base on the Viaduct Basin over the weekend of 17-19 August. Once again it proved to be a big success with an excellent turnout over the 3 day event. The winner of the Supreme Award was Toasted Espresso from Auckland's North Shore.

The 5th birthday is always a landmark for any proud parent and we were rapt with the response for the 2008 New Zealand Coffee Awards. Record entries from the trade showed that the gold , silver bronze , and of course the Supreme Award are highly sought after by the best New Zealand Roasters. The winner was an excellent coffee from Barista@home.

In 2009, our sixth year, a new champion, Altura, was crowned Supreme winner and another record level of entries confirmed the calibre of this competition.

2010 had more entries than ever: 283 blends... wow! Our great venue, the MIT was perfect for judging conditions. Avalanche rolled away with the the prized Supreme gong. Prizes were presented at the Auckland Museum Coffee festival.

2011 saw Coffee Lab deserved winners with their superb Ethiopian Yirgacheffe single origin bean. Coffee are super geeky coffee nerds who are serious about coffee but a whole lot of fun to be around.

The 2012 winners, Vivace of Christchurch, proved that karma does exist. They had thown open their doors to other coffee roasters who were badly hit after the Canterbury  earthquake, providing their roastery facilities for free. Good guys DO win sometimes.

 In 2013, for the tenth annual event, Bell Tea and Coffee hosted the judging for the awards and it was a super turnout with record numbers of entries. The prize giving, for the second year, was held at Altura's grooovy roastery and the Supreme Winner was Icoco Coffee from New  Plymouth.

2014 saw Bell Tea and Coffee again provide their laboratory-like premises and also hosted the Awards function. Over 300 enties from 80 roasters saw keen competition. The winners on the night were Orb Coffee whose Yirgacheffe won 2 golds and a silver as well.
 
Thank you all for your support and your fantastic coffee beans! We salute you!

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