SCAE UK News Updates

2016 Judges Certification Event Announced

September 4th, 2015

UKBC 2016 Judges Training

Ahead of the 2016 season of SCAE coffee competitions, the SCAEUK is holding a judges certification and calibration event for new and existing judges.

Who – Any SCAE members who would like to be a UKBC judge.

What – Judges certification and calibration for the 2016 UKBC

Where – Clifton Coffee Roasters, Bristol

When – Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th September 2015

Why – So you can judge one of the world’s best coffee competitions!

How – Simply email for more info or to register your interest.

Due to the number of changes to the WBC rules this year, everyone wishing to judge will have to both certify and calibrate, even if you certified last year. The cost for certification and calibration is £50 per person and there is no guarantee you will pass! You will also need to cover your own travel and accommodation costs.

Once certified and calibrated, all reasonable expenses will be paid by the SCAEUK for any SCAEUK coffee competition judging duties.

Don’t forget that in order to compete in any SCAE UK competitions you need to be a current SCAE member or work for a company that has SCAE company membership. To join the SCAE or enquire visit


UK Cup Tasters Competition 2015

April 23rd, 2015

May 14, 2015 – May 14, 2015

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We’re delighted to announce that the UK Cup Tasters Competition registrations will go live at 5pm today and close 5pm Tuesday 5th May or when we fill all 30 competitor places.

The competition will be held 14th May 2015 at Caffe Culture - you can register for your free tickets to the event here

Our UK champion will go through to compete in the World Cup Tasters Competition held in Gothenburg at the World of Coffee event.

Please take time to go through the rules.

Don’t forget that in order to compete in any SCAE uK competitions you need to be a current SCAE member or work for a company that has SCAE company membership. Join the SCAE Here 

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #UKCUPT15 so you can track all social media activity!


UK Coffee In Good Spirits Championship 2015

April 23rd, 2015

May 13, 2015 – May 13, 2015

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May 13, 2015 – May 13, 2015


We’re delighted to announce that the UK Coffee In Good Spirits Championship registrations will go live at 5pm today and close 5pm Tuesday 5th May or when we fill all 24 competitor places.

The competition will be held 13th May 2015 at Caffe Culture - you can register for your free tickets to the event here

Our UK champion will go through to compete in the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship held in Gothenburg at the World of Coffee event.

Please note that 2015 CIGS competition will follow the same format as last year’s competition with the final round being run only, there will be no preliminary round. Please take time to go over the rules.

Don’t forget that in order to compete in any SCAE uK competitions you need to be a current SCAE member or work for a company that has SCAE company membership. Join the SCAE Here 



#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.