SCAE UK News Updates

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.

#UKBC2015 Northern Regional Heat Results

December 8th, 2014

This may have been the coldest regional heat to take place in the history of regional heats but it was also a great one; held at The Briggait at The Glasgow Coffee Festival and hosted and curated by Dear Green. Results below.

Davide Birse – Roast Central – Coffee On Wooer – 357.5

Catherine O’Shea – Artisan Roast – 447.5

James West – Union Hand Roasted – 427.5

James Wallace – Laboratorio Espresso – 486

Andrea Liguori – Baxter Story – 355

Don Altizo – EMA Canary Wharf – 542.5

Nicola Peacock – The Perky Peacock – 474

Joe Meagher – Flat Cap Coffee – 598.5

Will Sumner – Artisan Roast – 477

Jana Slamova – Baxter Story – 451

Marek Kalianko – Taylor St Baristas – 407.5

Mike Haggerton – Habitat Cafe – 326

Jo-Anne Deeb – Taylor St Baristas – 402.5

Jack O’Keefe – Ozone Coffee Roasters – 417

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna & Smalls – 637

Best Espresso – Joe Meagher

Best Capuccino – Joe Meagher

Best Signature Drink – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood


#UKBC2015 Top 20

November 29th, 2014

Now that we’re two heats into our three regional heats, with the last one in Glasgow next Saturday, here’s a look at our current top 20.

The third regional heat could change everything…!

Dale Harris


Estelle Bright


Dan Fellows


Diana Johnstone


Wes Bond


Heidi Beeton


Jessie Dodkins


William Pitts


Jessie May


Paul Ross


Jimmy Dimitrov


Kieran Carney


Simon Frewin 


Darrell Ellis


James Litchfield


Dennis Tutbury


Lee Hart


Dennis Tutbury


Ivan Hewitt


Nathan Harber


#UKBC2015 Southern Regional Heat – Results!

November 28th, 2014

At the end of our Southern regional heat, hosted by Origin Coffee in Bristol, the results are as follows:

Ivan Hewitt – Strangers With Coffee – 390.5

Mark Williams – Relish – 403 (DQ)

Jimmy Dimitrov – Boston Tea Party – 458

Dennis Tutbury – Harris and Hoole – 406.50

Kieron Carney – The Royal Exchange Theatre – 432.5

Joshua Newman – Matthew Algie – 376.5

Heidi Beeton – Prufrock Coffee – 510.5

William Pitts – The Brew House Porthleven – 477.5

Darrell Ellis – Harris and Hole – 427

Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee – 581

Jessie May Peters – Harris and Hoole – 470.5

James Litchfield – Boston Tea Party – 417

Jessie Dodkins – Camper Coffee – 495

Charlie Arnold – Boo Boo Coffee – 314.5

Nathan Harber – James Gourmet Coffee Co – 379.5

Derek Buckley – Baxter Story – 349.5

Best Espresso – Dan Fellows

Best Cappuccino – Dan Fellows

Best Signature Drink – Dan Fellows

Bewley’s announced as the official sponsor of the UKBC 2015

November 27th, 2014

25th November 2014: Leading coffee company, Bewley’s have today been announced as the official coffee sponsor of the UK Barista Championships 2015.

Bewley’s has been roasting great quality coffees and blending award winning teas for over 170 years and their commitment to excellence has never wavered.  Established in 1840, Bewley’s is one of the largest coffee roasters in Ireland and the UK and is the Irish market leader in the provision of fresh coffee and service solutions to the foodservice and retail sectors.

Recognising that high quality coffee beans from reputable producers and farming co-operatives is only the starting point, Bewley’s believes the greater emphasis being placed on the craft behind roasting, blending and brewing a great tasting cup of coffee is really positioning the barista as a key influencer in the supply chain and ultimately the consumer’s experience

Speaking about the UKBC sponsorship, Brendan McDonnell, Managing Director Bewley’s UK said, “We are delighted to announce our 2015 sponsorship of the UKBC which extends beyond this year and into the next three years. As a full solutions provider with a leading role in bringing speciality coffee to a wider audience, Bewley’s is very excited to be involved with the UKBC and SCAE UK as it continues to grow and develop.

Today’s generation of barista’s are stepping up their game in coffee preparation and presentation by tapping into the science and creativity that lies behind crafting a cup of coffee. Bewley’s established their Barista Training Academy many years ago to offer support to any operator that chooses to serve Bewley’s coffee or tea in their outlet. In addition to a state-of-the-art training facility in Dublin, the Bewley’s training team provides knowledge and hands-on expertise to staff in commercial and institutional foodservice environments all across Ireland and the UK.

“Competitions such as the UK Barista Championship offer fantastic opportunities for learning, development and innovation for all those working in the industry. In previous years Bewley’s staff have competed and been very successful in the Irish Barista Championships, the World Latte Art Championships, the UKBC and the Brewer’s Cup. We look forward to seeing the UKBC progress over the coming months as each of the heats take place” added McDonnell.


#UKBC2015 Southern Regional Heat in Bristol

November 26th, 2014

We hope you’re as excited as we are for the second of our three regional heats. This will be taking place in Bristol, hosted by our Southern Heat sponsors Origin Coffee this Friday 28th November and we’re expecting it to kick off at around 8.30am.

We’ve had lots of questions about the location – yes it is indeed on a boat! Here’s some more info to help you find it….

The full land address is below

ss Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard

Gas Ferry Road



There’s some great resources on the SS Great Britain website on how to get there, and there’s plenty of nearby hotels.

Tim Whyte, the event organiser, has these comments on parking for those who choose to drive up.

This is on Spike Island in Bristol Harbour.  There is quite a large car-park on site (ca. 150 vehicles), operated on a first-come first-serve basis by the City Council.  On arrival, please disregard the City’s parking machines and purchase a ticket from one of the stewards at the gate (or ask at the visitors’ centre if arriving in the midst of the day).   Tickets are £2.50 and cover the entire day of purchase until midnight – probably the best rate in the city centre.  Guests will need to write the date and their registration number on their tickets, and display them on their dashboards.

The next-best car park is probably Millenium Square at @Bristol (the science museum).  This is on the north shore of the Harbour, which is linked to Spike Island via the cross-harbour ferry.  It would take about five minutes to walk from Millenium Square to the ferry landing stage at Hanover Quay, which takes about two minutes to cross the harbour and arrives right at the ss Great Britain.  We can’t make any guarantees regarding Millenium Square for obvious reasons, but their website with all the info is here:  Please see for ferry information.

Entry is free and we hope many of you will turn up to spectate, it’s looking to be a busy day with some really great competitors.

See you there!