Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood - 6th best barista in the world 2012
We are pleased to announce that Maxwell came 6th in the World Barista Championships in Vienna. View photos from his performance here
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We have set-up an FAQ section where you can get answers to your questions.
With the national committee now in place as follows:
National Coordinator: Steve Leighton
Membership Coordinator : Jonathan Wadham
Education Coordinators: Tim Sturk and Ben Townsend
Events Coordinator: Denise Hall
Communication Coordinator : Chloe Callow
The SCAE UK Chapter is thrilled to announce the merging of the regional UKBC heats in the run up to the UKBC finals, which will be held, as last year, at The London Coffee Festival (03rd – 06th April), to form one week-long ‘super heat’. It was thought that in previous years the regional heats have been diluted by competitors travelling from all over the country to compete, thus diminishing the prestige of the regional heat winners. By bringing the heats together, we can steer competitors to the correct heats based on their current places of work, and thus bring prestige back to the title of regional heat winner in the UKBC. In addition, it is felt a a joint event will be more efficiently organised with significantly greater scope to be able to generate a real buzz around more of a festival feel.
An added advantage of a lengthier, grouped format is that it will allow a range of extra curricular activities to be organised around the schedule of competitions; from talks and seminars, from leading figures within the coffee industry, to cuppings and inspiring barista events and competitions. In essence, an opportunity for all involved to prepare, network, learn and generally get into the spirit of the competitions in the run up to the UKBC finals – an equally fun, coffee conference event for both competitors and those wishing to spectate.
We’ve managed to secure a fantastic venue for the ‘super heat’ at Birmingham’s Millenium Point, just ten minutes walk from Birmingham Moor Street station. Not only is the location central and easy to get to, it has great parking facilities and fabulous, modern practice and competition spaces. Almost more importantly though is the fact that they’re really keen to have us meaning they’re being highly accommodating of our requirements and happy for us to make use of their state of the art sound and vision facilities. Dates for the ‘super heat’ are 9th – 14th February.
Managing Director of Sanremo – the Machine Sponsor for the UKBC 2009-2014 – Andrew Tucker said “After all the recent uncertainty surrounding the SCAE and UKBC arrangements, it is great to see a new committee forming and particularly, to see them come up with a bold new format for the regional events. We think this will be a great week, and think a competition that is likely to attract more competitors than the UKBC has ever seen before”.
Sanremo have a number of their Verona machines available for practice at the following locations – please contact the hosts directly to book a time slot:
Ø Sanremo UK, Buckfastleigh Devon
Ø Sanremo UK, Watford
Ø Coffee West, Hayle Cornwall
Ø Extract Coffee, Bristol
Ø Union Hand Roasted, London
Ø Prufrock, London
Ø Has Bean Coffee, Stafford
Ø Roasted, Brighton
Ø Casa Espresso, Shipley Yorkshire
Ø Pumphreys, Newcastle
Ø Heavenly Coffee, Dinnington Yorkshire
Ø Arden Coffee, Derbyshire
Ø Rombouts Coffee GB, Berkshire
Ø Kimbo, London
As it was such a success last year, registration for 2014 UK Barista Championship competitors will be managed online once again and will be opening imminently. Registration will be free for all SCAE members or £75 for those without but will also include annual membership.
Further announcements to be released ASAP.
For more info please contact me directly on email@example.com
Following my letter of 10th August outlining the election process for the UK chapter we have had a number of requests from members for more time for nominating so we have decided to extend the period of the election to give everyone a chance to nominate themselves or others and also to give more time for voting.
The new election timetable therefore is as follows.
September 3rd Members meeting at the London Canal Museum as previously arranged to learn more about SCAE strategy and how it affects the UK chapter and to meet members of the Membership committee and SCAE Executive.
There will now be no vote at this meeting.
September 15th New date for closing of nominations.
September 30th Voting papers sent out.
October 13th Closing date for election.
October 25th New UK National Committee formed.
I apologise for any confusion that these changed plans may cause but as this is the first chapter election under our new structure, and because the UK is one of SCAE’s most important chapters, we want the process to be to take place with complete transparency, integrity and clarity. We are very encouraged by the numbers of members who are indicating that they are willing to be involved in the future of SCAE and the UK chapter.
Please do not hesitate to contact Jayne or myself if you have any further questions and confirm if you will be attending on 3rd September.
Executive Director, SCAE
Issued: 09 August 2013
SCAE UK Chapter Meeting
Following our previous communication to members regarding the restructure of SCAE Chapters, I would like to cordially invite you to the SCAE UK Chapter meeting as follows:
Date: Tuesday 3rd September 2013
Location: The London Canal Museum, 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT.
At this meeting, there will be a vote for the new SCAE UK Chapter Board. There will also be a presentation of the new SCAE strategy, new Chapter structure and an opportunity for members to participate, offer ideas and ask questions.
The plan is to take the pressure off just one person (the National Coordinator) and to share responsibility, and the new structure will be based on a board, which will include responsibilities as follows:
Details of the Chapter Board roles and responsibilities can be downloaded (click here)
National Coordinator role and responsibilities can be downloaded (click here)
The UK is the third Chapter to undergo the reorganisation under the new strategy. In Austria and Germany were nominated and accepted by members without a vote. However, because we have had so much interest in the new UK Chapter, we have decided to hold an election if you wish to nominate yourself or for the Board or a working group then you may do so.
The election process will be undertaken as follows:-
Please note membership payments must be up to date for the vote to be counted and only existing members as at 23rd August 2013 will be able to vote on 3rd September.
I look forward to meeting with you.
SCAE Executive Director
After an incredible four days of coffee celebration, the visitors of The London Coffee Festival were asked to vote for their favourite stands, festival experiences and most innovative products.
With more than 1,100 people taking part in the survey a clear set of winners emerged including Union Hand-Roasted, Starbucks Coffee Co. United Coffee, Ozone Coffee Roasters and teapigs.
Union Hand-Roasted took home both the Most Engaging Stand Experience and Ultimate Coffee Experience awards. The artisan roastery, based in East London, bought its legendary San Francisco roaster to the festival to conduct live roasting on-site.
“We are thrilled to win not one but two London Coffee Festival visitor awards. The festival was a really great experience and the level of enthusiasm from the visitors was infectious. After each demonstration so many spectators stayed behind to ask questions and discover what makes speciality coffee a genuinely unique experience. We’ll definitely be back next year!” Said Jeremy Torz, Director, Union Hand-Roasted.
After live roasting sessions the team from Union Hand-Roasted invited visitors to taste the coffee and take part in a pro-triangulation taste test; creating an experience that allowed visitors to see the coffee journey from green bean to cup.
The Best Stand Design award went to Starbucks Coffee Co. who brought the Guatemalan experience to London, with the launch of their first single origin espresso from Guatemala. The Starbucks stand, which was designed to replicate a Guatemalan farm, was completed with photo booth and various interactive activities throughout the weekend.
The Make Decent Coffee Lounge was another festival favourite, winning the Favourite Festival Feature award. Make Decent Coffee invited visitors to sample the same coffee using four different home-brewing methods (the V60, Chemex, Aeropress and Cafetiere) to show the effects preparation methods have on taste.
ROK Espresso was awarded Most Innovative Product for their ROK Espresso Maker – the manual espresso maker that lets users feel the experience of pulling the water through the coffee grind and prepare it to personal taste.
Coffee was not the only order of the day, tea companies were out in full force at the festival and for the second year running teapigs received the prize for Best Tea Experience. The tea experts were showcasing their range of tea pyramids with an iced tea offering as well as sampling the renowned Matcha, which is said to have 70 times the amount of antioxidants as orange juice.
The Favourite Artisan Market Stall prize was awarded to Alchemy and the Roast Hog took home the prize for Best Street Food Stall.
Ozone Coffee Roasters were awarded the Best Newcomer award – a category added by festival organisers this year to recognise overall exceptional feedback for first time exhibitors.
“Exhibitors at this year’s festival really raised the bar in terms of stand design and creating engaging visitor experiences. We really encourage our partners to think outside the box and get creative – coffee is a vibrant industry and we wanted the event to represent that”, added Ludovic Rossignol, Head of Events for Allegra Events.
The London Coffee Festival took place from 25-28 April reaching unprecedented attendee levels of 16,209 (a 38% increase from 11,728 in 2012), attracted more than 160 exhibitors and raised more than £50,000 for Project Waterfall, the charitable initiative delivering clean drinking water in African coffee-making countries.
FULL LIST OF AWARDS
Favourite Key Feature
Make Decent Coffee Lounge
Ultimate Coffee Experience
Union Hand-Roasted ‘Roastery on Tour’
Most Engaging Stand Experience
Union Hand-Roasted ‘Roastery on Tour’
Favourite Stand Design
Best Tea Experience
Favourite Artisan Market Stall
Street Food Market
Most Innovative Product
ROK espresso maker
Best Newcomer Award
Ozone Coffee Roasters
Sanremo UK, one of the UK’s leading professional espresso coffee machine suppliers, has announced that it will be continuing for the sixth and final year as the main sponsor of the 2014 UK Barista Championships (UKBC).
Andrew Tucker, Managing Director of Sanremo UK, said: “Sponsorship of the UKBC has been tremendous. Although Sanremo is a well-established manufacturer in Italy, we only started to break into the UK Market in 2006. The sponsorship has propelled Sanremo from being relatively unknown in the UK, to being widely recognised in the market and established its reputation for producing temperature stable and well made coffee machines.
“Continuing to sponsor the UKBC was an easy decision to make. We are lucky to be on the front line witnessing some truly talented people doing the most amazing things with coffee. The competition is without doubt becoming stronger each year. We love being a part of it and can’t wait for the next year’s season to start.”
And with new machine developments in the pipeline – Sanremo UK has every reason to be excited about the 2014 UKBC competition.
For more information about Sanremo UK, please visit – www.sanremouk.com
Congratulations Sang Ho Park (Square Mile Coffee Roasters) – 2013 UK Brewers Cup Champion, who has just been announced as a finalist in the 2013 World Brewers Cup in Melbourne.
This final performances for this competition start at 1000 Melbourne time (0100 UK time) on http://new.livestream.com/
Sang Ho took the 2013 UK Brewers Cup title at The London Coffee Festival last month and has travelled to Melbourne with his colleague John Gordon.
John competed in the semifinal of the World Barista Championships earlier this morning and placed 10th overall.
photo Glenn Watson (coffee-photography.com)
Late last night the 2013 UK Barista Champion – John Gordon (Operations Manager at Square Mile Coffee Roasters) – competed in the first round of the 2013 World Barista Championships.
In a routine similar to that crafted in UKBC Regional Heat 3 at Bury St Edmunds and perfected at The London Coffee Festival in London, John wowed the audience both on livestream and those standing around the WBC competition arena at the Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition.
John next competes at 2:05pm Melbourne time (05:05am UK time) on Saturday 25 May.
You can catch up on John’s Round One routine (recorded) and view the stream live at http://new.livestream.com/wbc2013/Melbourne2013
We wish John all the best and hope he can make the top 6 finalists who will compete for the title of World Barista Champion on Sunday 26 May.
SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results for the 2013 UK Cup Tasters competition held on Thursday 25 April at The London Coffee Festival – hosted by Allegra
21 of the UK’s finest cup tasters battled out for the title and a chance to represent the UK at the World Cup Tasters Championship to be held during SCAE World of Coffee in Nice in June
The winner of this event was Jason Gonzalez of Colonna and Smalls (Bath).
To view photos from this event click here
2013 UK Cup Tasting Champion Jason will be heading to Nice. On behalf of the SCAE UK Chapter / UK Coffee Events we wish Jason all the best.
SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results for the 2013 UK Latte Art Championship held on Friday 26 April at The London Coffee Festival – hosted by Allegra
10 of the UK’s finest latte artists battled out for the title and a chance to preresent the UK at the World Latte Art Championship to be held during SCAE World of Coffee in Nice in June
|Competitor||Art Bar||Stage||Total Score||Position|
|Dhan Bahadur Tamang||120.00||271.50||391.50||1|
|Sang Ho Park||142.50||238.50||381.00||2|
|Hugo Hercod||Over time||190.50||190.50||10|
The winner of this event was Dhan Tamang from Caracoli Coffee House.
2013 UK Latte Art Champion Dhan will be heading to Nice. On behalf of the SCAE UK Chapter / UK Coffee Events we wish Dhan all the best.
SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results of the 2013 UK Barista Championships Final which took place on Sunday 28 April at The London Coffee Festival hosted by Allegra
Congratulations to John Gordon – Operations Manager for Square Mile Coffee Roasters who has become only the second person to win the UK Barista Championships 3 times (2010, 2011 and 2013), joining Simon Robertson 2002, 2003, 2005) in the history books.
Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer
The winner of the Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer award for 2013 is Chee Wong (Taylor St Baristas)
Chee reached the final in his first year of competition and will accompany the Union Hand-Roasted green buyers on a trip to Origin within the next 12 months
Last years winner James Bailey has recently returned from a trip to Rwanda and is already planning a return to origin as soon as possible.
For photographs from the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal click the image below
image courtesy of Glenn Watson (coffee-photography.com)
Trophy lovingly crafted by UK Coffee Events Sponsor Reg Barber (coffeetamper.com)
More images and a round-up of the UK Coffee Events held at The London Coffee Festival to come over the next few days…