The AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA) was founded in 2001 by a group of very passionate coffee professionals. AASCA is a not-for-profit whole-of-industry association, registered under Federal legislation for Australia-wide coverage.
The association has over 10 categories of membership and is open to anyone who is interested in specialty coffee. AASCA has formal links to both the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).
Our objectives were re-established by the 2011 Annual General Meeting, and include:
- AASCA is dedicated to promoting specialty coffee and providing professional training for the development of specialty coffee throughout Australasia.
To achieve this objective, AASCA will:
- convene and promote regional, state and national coffee championships, and sponsor winners to compete in international coffee events;
- develop appropriate training standards, and provide and/or accredit specialised training of coffee professionals throughout the Australasian coffee industry;
- endorse quality work practices amongst those involved in the processing, distribution consumption and education of specialty coffee;
- promote the specialty coffee activities of members;
- foster public information, education and promotion of specialty coffee;
- provide membership across all aspects of the specialty coffee industry, including but not limited to: baristas; roasters; coffee retailers; coffee bar, café and restaurant operators; growers and producers; brokers, importers and exporters; coffee equipment suppliers; coffee educators; and ancillary businesses; and
- liaise with organisations with similar objectives, both nationally and internationally.
The 2011/2012 Executive is:
~ President: Craig Dickson
~ Vice President: Penny Wolff
~ Secretary: Peter Wolff
~ Treasurer: Cam Ballard
~ Education Sub-C’ttee: Penny Wolff