On Wednesday, the New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association will be hosting “Chat with the Champs,” a night of coffee and conversation with four of New Zealand’s sitting coffee champions. Open to competition hopefuls and coffee neophytes alike, the event will grant attendees access to the inner workings of coffee competitions as told by those with firsthand experience and will allow them the rare opportunity to taste each of the champions’ winning beverages.

Taking place at Cerebos in Auckland’s Newmarket suburb, Chat with the Champs “is an eventful coffee evening with current national coffee champions in their respected fields where you not only get to hear insight on their experience and journey to the World Coffee Competitions but you get to get a taste of what these competitions are really about with group sessions with all of the champions during the night.”

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The list of current New Zealand coffee champions to present this year includes: Sam Low (Barista Champion), Ria Mariano-Lingad (Brewers Cup Champion), Takahito Koyanagi (Cup Tasters Champion), and Woo Hyung Lee (Aeropress Champion).

Doors open at 5:00pm, with the festivities beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets for Chat with the Champs are $20 for non-NZSCA members and $10 for members. More information can be found via Chat with the Champs’ Eventbrite page.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network.

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