SCAE UK News Updates

UK Barista Championship La Spaziale S40 Practice Machines

October 30th, 2014

Our machine sponsor, La Spaziale, have kindly despatched eight S40 espresso machines across the country, these can be used by competing baristas for practice with prior appointment of the the venues.

Prufrock – London –  Jeremy Challender -


Origin Coffee – Helston, Cornwall – Tom Sobey –


Myrtle Espresso – Burntisland, Fife – Mark Braid –


Limini Coffee – Bradford, Yorkshire – Youri Vlag –


Has Beans Coffee – Stafford – Steve Leighton –


Clifton Coffee – Bristol – James Fisher –


Cornico – Wadebridge, Cornwall –


La Spaziale UK – Chesterfield – Dan Farrer –


A reminder that any competitor wishing to use any of the facilities of the businesses above MUST make contact with them prior to turning up. Anyone turning up out of the blue is likely to be refused entry.


University of Warwick hosts Midlands heat of the SCAE Barista Championships

October 27th, 2014

Skilled baristas are currently preparing for the Midlands heat of the UK’s most prestigious barista competition, the UK Barista Championships, run by SCAE UK (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe – UK chapter).  The heat takes place Sunday 23 November 2014.

This year, the Midlands heat will be hosted by the University of Warwick, which has just been voted “University of the Year 2014” by both the Times and Sunday Times newspapers, at their prestigious Warwick Arts Centre.  Wholly owned by the University, Warwick Arts Centre is one of the largest performing and visual arts complexes in the UK outside London and situated at the very centre of the University campus.

The heat will see twenty baristas gather to demonstrate their brewing prowess.  Each barista will have fifteen minutes to make four espresso, four cappuccino and four espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks.  The drinks are judged by two technical and four sensory judges, who between them will assess everything from technical knowledge to taste balance.

Tony Howard, Director of Strategy and Development (Food & Drink) at the University and a SCAE Technical Judge, said “I am delighted that the University of Warwick has been selected to host the Midlands heat.  We are the only university in the UK to have taken part in this year’s London Coffee Festival as well as having award-winning baristas on our team, so I am really proud of what we have achieved so far.  It’s incredibly important that events like the SCAE Barista Championships are well supported to help promote the skills that go into brewing exceptional coffee. We’re delighted to be hosting this year and helping to recognise this talent.”

For competitors and guests wishing to stay overnight on Saturday 22 November, the University is offering bed and breakfast at its Training and Conference Park at the discounted rate of £75.  Simply visit to make your booking.  Please enter “Scarman” as the area and “BARISTA14” as the promotion code.  The Training and Conference Park was an award winner in the Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards 2014.

For press information, interviews and images please contact Suzanne Brown:

02476 151192 |

The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry.

The University is globally connected, forward looking and entrepreneurial. It prides itself on creating new ways of thinking and achieving, making the University stand out from its competitors and creating an inspiring place to study and undertake research. Consistently at the top of UK league tables, the University topped the list of universities targeted by the top 10 employers in 2013 and ranked 7th in the UK for its research.

In 2015 the University will celebrate its 50th anniversary and has established a formidable reputation on the national and international stage as a powerhouse of teaching excellence and business focussed research.


The SCAE Barista Championships see Origin Coffee host the Southern heats in Bristol

October 21st, 2014

The South’s most skilled baristas are currently preparing for the Southern heat of the UK’s most prestigious barista competition, the UK Barista Championships run by SCAE UK (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe – UK chapter).

This year the Southern Heat sees Origin coffee, Cornish based roasters, host the regional championships, and their chosen location is the famous Bristol site, SS Great Britain.

The site of Brunel’s famous ship, located in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside will see twenty baristas gather to demonstrate their brewing prowess. The heat will comprise of fifteen minute slots in which each barista will have the opportunity to make four espresso, four cappuccino and four espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks. The drinks are judged by two technical and four sensory judges, who between them will assess everything from technical knowledge to taste balance. A test of both art and science.

Tom Sobey, founder of Origin said “the location is iconic to the South and will be a unique venue for the South’s talented baristas to gather and demonstrate their ability. It’s incredibly important that events like this are well supported to help promote the skills that go into brewing exceptional coffee. The UK’s playing catch up with the coffee cultures in America, Australia and New Zealand, in which being a barista is a well-respected and understood profession. We’re delighted to be hosting this year and helping to recognise this talent.”

For press information, interviews and images please contact Grace Reith on:

01326 574337 |

Origin Coffee is one of the UK’s leading speciality coffee roasters, based in Cornwall.

They believe that seasonal coffee traded directly is the best way to ensure an exceptional product and achieve this by visiting the farms and mills they work with directly (or do so through their trusted partners) and rewarding them for producing the best quality crops through sustainable and ethical practices. Origin coffees are rotated based on seasonality with monthly single origin’s and special small lot coffees.

The coffee beans are roasted at Origin in Cornwall, using a Loring Smart Roast, the world’s first environmentally friendly coffee roaster.

This pursuit of quality continues with the baristas they work with; amongst the best in the country, including UK Barista Champions.

Origin coffee can be experienced in leading independent cafes, boutique hotels and at online at

Your SCAE Committee Needs YOUR Help

October 21st, 2014

We are looking for a someone to help with our Sponsorship Management at the SCAE UKBC chapter.

Competitions don’t pay for themselves, and we need sponsors for the life blood. The sponsorship manager will liaise with sponsors and the committee, to be the link to all the different chairs. You will be given all the tools you need so no previous experience necessary, you have to like coffee, like talking to people and like managing relationships (and spending lots of time on your telephone).

The pay is nil, the conditions are worse, but you do get to help your SCAE and the chapter do a better job with competitions, and that should be reward enough.
Please let us know asap.

Announcement from our National Coordinator

October 17th, 2014

Dear Membership,

It is with sadness I have to inform you that I have received an email this morning; the planned finals event with Essential cafe will not be happening. Essential cafe at a very late stage has withdrawn their support. This has come out of the blue and completely unexpected, in fact we had a site visit booked for today for the proposed venue.
We will make an announcement in the very near future about plans for our finals.

UK Latte Art Championship 2015

October 14th, 2014

December 13, 2014 – December 13, 2014


We’re delighted to announce that registrations for the UK Latte Art Championships are now open.

Both rounds of the competition will be hosted by La Marzocco at their Out of The Box Event on December 13th amongst a whole host of pertinent talks and workshops.

We have 25 places available.

The La Marzocco Out of The Box event is free of charge and open to the public


37 East Road


N1 6AH

The UK Latte Art Championship will go through to the World Latte Art Championship in Gothenburg for the chance to compete for the title of World Latte Art Champion.

SCAE membership is a requirement for entry. This can be a personal membership or that of your employer. You can join here.

Please send any questions through to


UK Barista Championship Regional Heats Registration

October 10th, 2014


We’re pleased to announce that the UK Barista Championship Regional Heats are now open for registrations.

Warwick – 23rd November 2014

Bristol – 28th November 2014

Glasgow -06th December 2014

Please select the nearest region to your place of work. There will be 20 places available for each of the regional heats, so please also select a 2nd choice for if your 1st choice fills up.

More details on all the hosts and their venues will be released over the next few days.

Entry is free for all SCAE members.

Entrants must be 18 years of age and above.

Please keep an eye on our Twitter feed @SCAEUK for updates

Please send all questions to


SCAE UK Chapter AGM Meeting

October 10th, 2014
We will be holding our annual AGM Saturday 18th October at Has Bean Coffee at 4pm, directly after the first day of this year’s judges certification and calibration.
The agenda will be as follows.
Message from Communications Chair
Message from Competitions Chair

Message from Education Chairs
Message from Membership Chair
Message from Treasurer
Message from NC
Sponsorship update on Latte Art
Sponsorship update on CIGS
Sponsorship update on Brewers Cup
Sponsorship update on Cupping comp
Sponsorship update on Ibrik
Sponsorship and long term approach to UKBC
Questions and any other business
If you are unable to attend, please forward any questions to before friday the 17th of october.
Minutes will be available as soon as possible after the meeting.


Pentair foodservice announced as water sponsor for UKBC Live

October 1st, 2014
Pentair Foodservice has secured the prestigious position of water sponsor for the 2015 SCAE UK Barista Championships hosted and organised by Essential Café Magazine.

Pentair filtration and treatment products will play a key role in providing competitors with the raw ingredients needed to create their drinks in this annual and hotly contested competition to find the top barista in the land.

Tony Monks, marketing manager EMEA, Pentair Foodservice, says: “We are delighted to be the water sponsors for the SCAE UK Barista Championships 2015, hosted by our good friends at Essential Café Magazine. We share the same passion for quality as the barista’s striving to reach the very top of their game and so are delighted that our products will be used to help the contestants create the very best beverages they can in their quest to be crowned the UK’s very best.”

For more information on the UK Barista Championships Live, contact the organisers,
Essential Café Magazine on +44 (0)1634 673163.

Mythos One announced as official grinder at UKBC Live

October 1st, 2014

At the UKBC 2015 the Nuova Simonelli’s Mythos One will be the official grinder. The same machine was also chosen by five out of the six finalists at the 2014 SCAJ competition in Japan and was used by the 2014 World Barista Champion Hidenori Izaki at the WBC in Rimini.

Mythos One, the first on-demand grinder from Nuova Simonelli, was created to become an indispensable practical tool for espresso professionals and locales with high sales volumes, for coffee corners, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants.

Using its own Clima Pro technology to make genuinely consistent doses a reality, the Mythos One ‘On Demand’ offers innovative and intelligent management of the milling chamber temperature ensuring a constant dose and therefore a better quality of espresso extraction.

The new model also pays increased attention to the sustainable aspects of operation including waste management, acoustic comfort, ergonomics and ease of use. There is a new system for attaching the filter holder so the barista does not have to hold it by hand during the filling phase and an innovative ‘Clump Crusher’, which ensures maximum regularity of the output stream of any coffee blend.

For more information on the UK Barista Championships Live, contact the organisers, Essential Café Magazine on +44 (0)1634 673163.