Judging of the 2021 Australian International Coffee Awards to be postponed

Wednesday 21 July

Due to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including recently extended restrictions on movement in Melbourne, Victoria and new state border closures, the organisers of the Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA), Melbourne Royal®, in consultation with the AICA Industry Advisory Group have made the difficult decision to postpone the judging of the 2021 AICA.

Having received a record number of entries, the 2021 AICA was scheduled to commence judging in Melbourne on Monday 9 August, with judges from around the country assembling at Melbourne Showgrounds to assess the 850+ entries. However, current restrictions and state border closures mean this is not possible.

The health of AICA judges, stewards and staff is the highest priority of the Melbourne Royal® and in the current climate, postponing the event to a later date is believed to be the best option for all involved and will ensure that the awards continue to be delivered to the highest possible standard.

What will happen to my entry fees?

All fully paid exhibitors have the option to remain entered in the Awards until a suitable date for judging is announced or to have their entry fees refunded and re-enter at a later date.

To indicate your preference, please click the "Postponement option form" button below to advise Melbourne Royal® of your choice regarding your entry fees.

When will judging be held?

Melbourne Royal® will notify exhibitors as soon as new judging dates are confirmed.

Should I still send my samples?

No. To ensure that entries are judged in their best possible condition, Melbourne Royal® asks exhibitors to await further communication before dispatching their samples.

What will happen to samples I have already submitted?

Samples that have already been submitted or are in transit to the AICA logistics partner, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, will be stored by Hellmann. Melbourne Royal® will contact entrants individually to discuss next steps for these samples.