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    #UKBC Finals Results

    March 5th, 2015

    Ok, so we’ve got some scores for you……

    At the end of today’s finals, we can reveal the following positions.

    Maxwell Colonna Smalls – 636

    Dale Harris – 635

    Jana Slamova – 562

    Dan Fellows – 559

    Estelle Bright – 553

    Diana Johnston – 515.5

    Best espresso goes to Dale Harris

    Best cappuccino goes to Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

    Best signature drink goes to Dale Harris

    We’re delighted to announce that Maxwell Colonna Dashwood is our UK Barista Champion and will be going through to compete in the World Barista Championships in Seattle.



    #UKBC Semi Final Scores

    March 5th, 2015

    How AMAZING were yesterday’s semi finals? Below are our runners up’s scores – and just look at them! Some epic scores there, well done to absolutely everyone that competed in this year’s UK Barista Championships.

    Don Altizo – 512

    Joe Meagher – 482

    William Pitts – 464

    Wes Bond – 450.5

    Jesse May Peters – 448

    Paul Ross – 442.5

    Catherine O’Shea – 424

    James West – 421

    Nicola Peacock – 417.5

    Will Sumner – 413.5

    James Wallace – 402.5

    Jimmy Dimitrov – 401.5

    Jessie Dodkins – 377.5

    Kieran Carney – 366.5

    #UKBC2015 Semi Final Results

    March 4th, 2015

    We’ve had a long but fun and nerve racking day of semi finals, 20 amazing competitors and 20 cracking performances.

    We’re pleased to announce our top scoring 6 competitors, who will be going through to tomorrow’s finals, will be performing in the following running order*!

    10.15 – Dan Fellows

    11.00 – Dale Harris

    11.45 – Diana Johnston

    12.45 – Estelle Bright

    13.45 – Jana Slamova

    14.30 – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

    *running order decided via our special random slipper number generator



    #UKBC2015 Semi Finals

    March 2nd, 2015

    We’re more than a little bit excited about the impending semi Finals in Glasgow on Wednesday, where we’ll see the UK’s 20 best baristas get whittled down to just 6!

    Please don’t forget to register for entrance to ScotHot if you intend to spectate – we hope to see you there, and for the finals on Thursday.

    We’re delighted to have Sprudge as our media partners again this year, so please keep a close eye on their live updates across the two days. They’ll be tweeting @SprudgeLive .

    Running order for the UK Barista Championship semi finals.

    9.20 Catherine O’Shea – Artisan Roast

    9.45 James Wallace – Laboratorio Espresso

    10.10 Jana Slamova – Baxter Story

    10.35 Joe Meagher – Flat Caps Coffee

    11.00 Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee

    11.25 Dale Harris – Has Bean Coffee

    11.50 Jimmy Dimitrov – Boston Tea Party

    12.15 William Pitts – The Brew House Portleven

    12.40 Jesse Dodkins – Crankhouse Coffee and Camper Coffee

    13.05 Don Altizo – EMA Canary Wharf

    13.55 Will Sumner – Artisan Roast

    14.20 Nicola Peacock – The Perky Peacock

    14.45 Wes Bond – Bean Loved Coffee Bar

    15.10 Paul Ross – Harris & Hoole

    15.45 Estelle Bright – La Marzocco

    16.00 James West – Union Hand Roasted

    16.25 Jessie May Peters – Union Hand Roasted

    16.50 Kieran Carney – The Royal Exchange Theatre

    17.15 Diana Johnston – Workshop Coffee

    17.40 Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna & Small’s


    Bewley’s to send best UKBC rookie to Barista Camp

    March 2nd, 2015

    The final stages of the competition are almost upon us, but UKBC coffee sponsor Bewley’s is adding even more excitement into the mix by announcing that the top ‘rookie’ barista as indicated by points after the final, will be offered the chance to take up a fully sponsored place at the Barista Guild of Europe Barista camp later this year.

    As a company that has always invested in its staff and training team, it was felt that extending the offer to the newer competitors was a way of demonstrating our genuine commitment to advancing coffee skill set in this country. Any competitor who reaches the semi-final stage is already an ambassador for speciality coffee in the UK, and will have excellent barista skills. This prize will only further those skills and will attach qualifications and experience that the winner can use as they progress in their career.

    Along these lines, Bewley’s will also sponsor the runner-up in the ‘rookie’ category through, both the intermediate and professional brewing module of the SCAE diploma, giving that individual a great start on their way to gaining their full coffee diploma.

    “We are genuinely delighted to be involved in supporting the UKBC for the next several years,” comments Brendan McDonnell who heads up Bewley’s Coffee in the UK. “The championships are of course an opportunity for the best baristas in the UK to showcase their craft and ultimately compete for the top spot, but more than that, the competition ultimately provides the means to   inspire baristas throughout the industry to hone and develop their skills. Their efforts to match and emulate their peers who will perform in Glasgow this year ultimately will enhance the coffee drinkers’ appreciation of the craft of the barista and in the end deliver even greater new levels of cup quality to be enjoyed by consumers. Now that is the prize that motivates Bewley’s!”

    ‘Rookie’ is defined by not having competed (or judged) in a WCE sanctioned barista competition.


    Sprudge At The 2015 United Kingdom Barista Championship

    February 10th, 2015

    We’re beyond excited to have Sprudge reporting again as our media partners for the 2015 UK Barista Championship Semis and finals. Please keep an eye on their social media channels for live updates on all of the action as well as posts and updates on their excellent website. We’re delighted to share their announcement in the link below:

    Don’t forget to watch the hashtag #UKBC2015



    Cimbali announced as the official sponsor of UK Coffee In Good Spirits 2015

    February 3rd, 2015

    It’s official, the SCAE UK Coffee in Good Spirits competition, the home of the  best alcoholic signature drinks in the country, will this year take place at Caffe Culture, London and benefit from the support of La Cimbali, the world’s largest coffee machine manufacturer as headline sponsor.

    La Cimbali, with a 100 year brand heritage, manufactures some of the most technically advanced, traditional espresso machines in the world.  As part of the sponsorship package, the bar keepers and baristas who enter Coffee in Good Spirits will use Cimbali’s award winning M100 espresso machine and Magnum on demand grinders to produce their signature coffee cocktails and Irish Coffees.

    The M100 features an exclusive thermal system consisting of a 10 litre steam boiler and Cimbali heat exchangers which pre-heat the water before entering individual coffee boilers for each group, which will maintain incredible temperature stability. A different water temperature can be set for each group head which allows for greater flexibility across the speciality coffee menu.

    For the purposes of the competition, the water temperature will be pre-set at the same level for each competitor.   As the M100 can be relied on to deliver consistent espresso quality at a predetermined temperature, the barista is free to concentrate on delivering a perfect mix, knowing the coffee is taken care of.

    The World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship promotes innovative beverage recipes that showcase coffee and spirits in a competition format.  This competition highlights the barista/barkeeper’s mixology skills in a setting where coffee and alcohol go perfectly together. From the traditional Irish Coffee (with whiskey and coffee), to unique cocktail combinations.

    During the preliminary round, competitors produce four drinks – two identical hot/warm coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks, and two identical cold coffee and alcohol-based designer drinks. The six competitors with the highest preliminary round scores will compete in the final round. The final round requires competitors to produce two Irish Coffees and two coffee-and-alcohol-based designer drinks. The highest scoring final round competitor will be named the World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion. The winner of the competition will represent the UK at the Coffee in Good Spirits in Gothenburg in June 2015.

    Caffe Culture, 13-14th May, Olympia,  now in its 10th year, is the nation’s leading gathering place for the café and coffee community and continues to bring together all those who have a passion for pushing the industry forward. Whether a start-up or an experienced coffee shop operator,  Caffè Culture is the place to be to discover, learn, share and celebrate all that is great about the industry.

    Rob Ward, Gruppo Cimbali/Mumac Academy Coffee Specialist and UKBC Sensory Judge said:  “Cimbali is extremely thrilled to be a part of a competition which showcases the growing creativity of some our leading baristas and bar keepers.

    “Anyone who enters a competition such as CIGS has a clear passion for what they do so I am very interested to see how these enthusiastic and creative baristas use our flagship machine, the M100, to creative innovative signature drinks.”

    Stephen Leighton, Managing Director of Has Bean Coffee and SCAE UK National Co-ordinator said  “I’m really excited about this new partnership with Cimbali, and Caffe Culture. This is the first time Cimbali has worked with a competition like this in the UK. I think this is a great opportunity to work with this long established company and the ever increasingly popular CIGS competition – at this prestigious show.

    Coffee Sponsor for UK Brewers Cup

    January 16th, 2015

    With The UK Brewers Cup Championship fast approaching, we’re looking for a sponsor for this prestigious opportunity.

    The sponsor will be responsible for sending each of the 25 competitors 250g of coffee prior to the competition as well as another 250g on the morning of the competition.

    Brewers Cup is one of the most popular of the UK competitions, for good reason, and we have an illustrious line up of competitors ready to compete this March in Cardiff, making it the perfect showcase for the right roaster’s coffee beans.

    Please email with your interest.


    UK Brewers Cup Championship 2015

    December 16th, 2014

    March 21, 2015 – March 22, 2015


    We’re delighted to open up entries for our UK Brewers Cup Championship.

    Waterloo Tea will be kindly hosting the competition at The Old Library on 21st and 22nd March. Closed and open rounds on Saturday will determine the 6 highest scorers who’ll go through to an open round on the Sunday.

    We have just 20 places up for grabs, with the winner going through to compete in the World Brewers Cup Competition in Gothenburg.

    More info on the competition here. As for all SCAEUK competitions, SCAE membership is a requirement for entry, this can be personal membership or that of your employer.


    UK Latte Art Championship – the Results!

    December 15th, 2014

    What an epic event La Marzocco’s Out Of The Box event was! In the midst of a full day of myriad talks and demos was our Latte Art Championship. Huge thanks, as always, to all of our volunteers, sponsors and to La Marzocco for hosting the competition.

    Results from the day below.

    Dan Tamang – Caracoli Coffee – 377.5

    Kunha Hwang – Poilane – 331

    Luke Evans – Roasted Coffee – 324

    Zain Kara Bernou – Harris & Hoole – 314.5

    Scott Tedder – Mrs Athas – 314

    Sarah Ward – Spring Espresso – 303

    Don Altizo – Baxter Storey – 283.5

    Matthew Randell – Climpson & Sons – 274

    Tom Pye – Origin Coffee – 265.5

    Nathan Taylor – Ozone Coffee Roasters – 259

    Joao Almeida – Impresso Cafe – 247

    Derek Buckley – Baxter Storey – 224.5

    Keisey Arends – Baxter Storey – 223.5

    Manuel Bursato – Climpson & Sons – 221.5

    Christina Yip – Boston Tea Party – 209.5

    Michael Dow – Allpress Espresso – 184.5

    Ben Loebell – Baltzersens – 181.5

    John Nguyen – Allpress Espresso – 138

    Emilya Yordanova – Brew Lab – DQ

    Dan Tamang will be going through to compete in the World Latte Art Championships in Gothenburg.

    #UKBC2015 Finals To Take Place At ScotHot

    December 8th, 2014

    It’s official; the best coffee in the country will be brewed up in Glasgow as the UK Barista Championship takes place in Glasgow as part of ScotHot.

    Taking place across 4 and 5 March 2015 at ScotHot, Scotland’s food, drink, hospitality and tourism show, the UK Barista Championship tests competitors on their coffee knowledge, presentation, preparation and all round barista ability. The winner of the competition will represent the UK at the World Barista Championships in Seattle in April 2015

    UK Barista Championship contestants will get 15 minutes to set up their work area and then 15 minutes to make 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and finally 4 espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks.

    The 20 competitors will compete in front of a live audience of food and drink insiders at ScotHot.  Running from 4 to 5 March 2015, ScotHot will take place at Glasgow’s SECC and will bring together suppliers of food and drink; catering equipment; décor and design; tableware and technology products with chefs and buyers from hotels, restaurants, bars, catering outlets and tourism destinations.

    ScotHot 2015 will also include the 30th Scottish Culinary Championships, which challenges chefs to create show-stopping food sculptures as well as being judged in a live cook-off on the main stage.  Visitors will also be treated to a line-up of experts giving business advice and workshops at The Spotlight Stage.  Cutting edge developments in catering equipment will be showcased in the CESA Innovation Zone, providing the largest collection of new catering products available anywhere on the market.

    ScotHot’s Event Director, Soraya Gadelrab, said:

    “ScotHot 2015 is going to be the ultimate show for those working in the hospitality industry and we’re thrilled to have the UK Barista Championships within our programme.  These championships encompass so much about what makes hospitality an exciting industry to be in: flair, creativity, inspiring people and of course, great taste.  It’s this passion that comes to the fore at ScotHot, which has a deserved reputation as the place for showcasing catering trends and industry insights, as well as a prime place to network with those in the know.”

    Stephen Leighton, Managing Director of Has Bean Coffee and organiser of the UK Barista Championship said:

    “I’m really excited to be renewing the partnership with ScotHot. The last time we were at ScotHot in 2009 we found the last World Barista Champion to come from the UK. I think this is a great opportunity to bring the UK Barista Championships back to Scotland – at this prestigious show. ”

    ScotHot is taking place as part of the Year of Food & Drink 2015 within Scottish Tourism Week’s Signature Programme.

    For the latest show news, exhibitor information and to register for the show please visit:

    For more information about the UK Barista Championships or to enter the competition, visit


    #UKBC2015 Top 20

    December 8th, 2014

    We’re excited to announce, that after our 3 successful regional heats, these are the 20 highest scoring competitors who’ll be going through to compete for the title of UK Barista Champion in the semi finals next year.

    Maxwell Colonna Dashwood


    Dale Harris


    Estelle Bright


    Joe Meagher


    Dan Fellows


    Don Altizo


    Diana Johnston


    Wes Bond


    Heidi Beeton


    Jessie Dodkins


    James Wallace


    William Pitts


    Will Sumner


    Nicola Peacock


    Jesse May


    Paul Ross


    Jimmy Dimitrov


    Jana Slamova


    Catherine O’Shea


    Kieran Carney                 432.5

    HUGE congratulations and thank you to every one that’s competed across the three competitions.