Restaurant & Cafe Magazine are delighted to announce the inclusion of the Barista SmackDown coffee competition at the New Zealand Hospitality Championships 2019.

Are you a connoisseur of coffee? A bodacious barista? Could you knock out a flat white just right all day and all night? Then make sure you're coming along to test your skills in our Barista SmackDown event, held at Auckland's Trust Arena on Sunday the 11th of August.

Competitors will be given ninety seconds on the clock to prepare and present a single cup of coffee, in a style selected at random by our judges. Their drinks will then be judged for taste and presentation. The drink prepared will be either a latte, a cappuccino, a flat white, a macchiato, or a mocha, and made with either dairy or soy milk, provided by our sponsors Vitasoy. Prior to the coffee being selected, competitors will have three minutes to prepare their grinders and espresso machine.

Prizes will be available for the winners!

If this sounds like your idea of fun, make sure you come along on Sunday the 11th August. Entries will be taken on the day. No need to bring anything - beans, milk, crockery, grinders, and espresso machine to be provided at the event.