Barista Battle 2023

Got coffee-making skills to pay the bills? Enter the ultimate latte art smackdown and get the chance to rep your state at the national finals at Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE).

July - August 2023

How does the MILKLAB Barista Battle Series work?

  • Regional heats for the MILKLAB Barista Battle series will run in seven states across Australia in July 2023.
  • Winners of heats will go on to rep their state at the national finals, held at Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE).
  • The winner of the Australian final at MICE will be invited to become a MILKLAB Master Barista and go on to the international final, where they’ll compete against MILKLAB Master Baristas from across the globe for the chance to win a trip for two to Toronto Coffee Festival 2024!

Check out highlights from last year's event

State heats competition format

Each heat will see 24 baristas battling it out in a head-to-head, bracket-style tournament. Each round is a knock-out battle with the best pour, as decided by our expert panel of judges, moving on to the next round. 

To be crowned state champion, you’ll need to win 4 knock-out battles — there can be only 1 winner! 


  • 1st Place: a pass to MICE to represent your state at the national final,  return flights to Melbourne and 2 nights of accommodation, on MILKLAB. PLUS a weeks supply of MILKLAB Oat for your cafe/cafe you work at! (The VIC heat winner will get a pass to MICE and a $500 MasterCard gift card in place of flights and accommodation).
  • 2nd Place: $200 MasterCard gift card.
  • 3rd Place: $100 MasterCard gift card.
  • All competitors will also get a MILKLAB merch pack.

Locations & Ticketing

Spots are limited, so make sure you get in before they sell out. Find your nearest Barista Battle below!

Competitor tickets are $25 each. These are strictly limited as we’ll only be taking 24 competitors at each event.

All competitor ticket sales will be donated to the Wise Barista Program, to help support the training of individuals facing barriers to employment to become baristas.

Spectators, come and watch your mates compete – It’s FREE! Grab your general admission tickets before they run out!

There will be food, drinks, spot prizes & giveaways throughout the night, so you won’t be leaving empty handed!

Canberra, ACT
29 June
East Row Specialty Coffee
Melbourne, VIC
5 July
Roasting Warehouse - Airport West Flagship Cafe
Sydney, NSW
13 July
The Grounds of Alexandria
Brisbane, QLD
19 July
The Coffee Commune
Perth, WA
27 July
Dimattina Coffee
Adelaide, SA
29 July
Altura Coffee

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