SCAE UK News Updates

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.

#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