SCAE UK News Updates

Essential Café to host SCAE UK Barista Championships for 2015

July 4th, 2014
Essential Café to host SCAE UK Barista Championships for 2015

In a major coup for Essential Café Magazine, 2015 will see the launch of a new event for the coffee shop and café industry called UK Barista Championships Live! which will host the SCAE UK Barista championships (UKBC) for 2015 and also offer a comprehensive showcase for the industry.

The move has come to offer a new impetus to the SCAE UK Barista Championships (UKBC) by calling on the industry relationship, reach and influence of Essential Café, as well as the considerable experience of providing trade and consumer facing events offered by All Things Media (ATM) parent company of Essential Café Magazine.

Steve Leighton, national coordinator for the SCAE UK chapter says: “The SCAE UK Barista Championships (UKBC) are hugely important to the chapter and for the café and coffee industry in the UK. We are delighted to be partnering in this collaboration with Essential Café in order to increase the awareness, impact and credibility of this already hugely successful initiative, but also lay some foundations for the years to come in this three year partnership.”

David Kitchener, publishing director of Essential Café magazine, adds: “We are delighted to be able
to act as hosts for this fantastic event. We will be able to use Essential Café Magazine to promote the event to the trade like never before and use our expertise in live events to give the heats and finals the platform they deserve.”

Exciting sponsorship opportunities will be available to manufacturers, distributors and service providers active in the hospitality sector. Operating on a sealed bid basis, the categories will include Coffee Machines, Grinders and Water. All other sponsorship opportunities will be dealt with outside of the sealed bid process.

More information on location and dates for the heats and the finals will be released very soon. Meanwhile email or for details on the deal or more information on sponsorship opportunities.

About the SCAE UK?

The overriding goal of SCAE UK is to spread the knowledge of great coffee. Whether this is through entering any of the competitions the organisation oversees or by attending any of the training events it hosts throughout the year. SCAE UK is also about fun and friendship. The competitions are not only a great way to learn but also about meeting other people in the UKs ever expanding coffee industry and forging great new friendships and contacts. SCAE UK is an association with a growing number of members, who are looking for coffee excellence. Members come from all areas of the coffee industry, from machine manufacturers to roasters, café owners and ancillary suppliers.

About Essential Café

Essential Café is the only monthly dedicated trade magazine for the UK café, coffee shop and hospitality industry. Working right at the coalface of the industry, the magazine brings the very latest news, views, comment, features and facts about this fast-paced and on-trend sector. Putting editorial quality, design and highly targeted circulation at its core, Essential Café offers the definitive guide to the industry it serves., +44 (0)1634 673163

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MICE 2014 & First Wave of The World Championships

May 14th, 2014

MICE 2014 starts tomorrow and we’re so very proud to have our UK champions out there competing over the next three days.

Dhan Bahadur Tamang from Caracoli Coffee House will competing in the World Latte Art Championship

Jason Gonzalez from Colonna & Smalls will be competing in the World Cup Tasters Championship

David Jameson from Union Hand Roasted will be competing in the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship

We wish them all the very best of luck, we’re so proud of all of them and will be cheering them on every step of the way!!

A Goodbye and Thank You from our sponsor of 6 years – Sanremo

April 18th, 2014

Andrew Tucker says “Thank you” after the end of Sanremo UK’s 6 years of UKBC sponsorship

As our last season as sponsor of the UK barista championships comes to a close, I want to say a huge thank you to everybody who has had a hand in the competitions over the past 6 years.

We have had so much support and positive feedback from baristas, judges and other sponsors about our team and our machines, it has been a truly fantastic period for us!

The competition has changed so much during this time.  It has been a privilege to have been able as a team to play our part in that.

The Italian connection

Of course, we owe a tremendous amount to Sanremo in Italy.  What a fantastic company to represent!  Smaller and younger than most, they are so focussed on doing things better that it is infectious, and as John Gordon said, ‘if half the population had just 10% of Carlo de Sordi’s passion, the world would be a much better place’.

Thank you Sanremo Italy!

World beating Baristas

We have also been so lucky to have many of the world’s best baristas in the UK competition.  The guys who reach the finals are always inspirational and amazing to be around.  But we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the wave that is driving them.  New Baristas pushing standards ever higher are such an important part of the competition.

Remember, what you see these guys do in competition will become common practice in the months and years ahead.

We as a team give a huge applaud to every one of them who has competed over the past 6 years.  The Baristas, we love you, thank you!

What a team 

As this is our farewell to the UK barista championship, I want to say huge thank you to the fantastic team I am so lucky to have behind me.

We are a small company so it is not just our road crew who carry, set up and run the events, but the people holding together a busy fort, running with half of the team out of the business working the competitions.

So I do say a big thank you to each and every one of them!

The big man

Although we have a great team here there is one person in particular who has worked alongside me for 12 years who has been a rock to me and the UKBC.  I don’t think there is one barista in the last 6 years who hasn’t felt a depth of gratitude for the help, support and guidance he has given in the competition.

So from me personally and I am sure I speak of behalf of almost all competitors, Thank you David Wilson for everything you have done and given to the UKBC over the last 6 years.

UK Barista Champion 

Our whole team all say huge congratulations to Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood for winning the UKBC 2014 and wish him success in World Barista Championship in Rimini.  As well as being an amazing Barista, the UK coffee industry couldn’t ask for a better national and international Ambassador.

Looking ahead

We are proud to pass the baton on to whoever takes on the sponsorship next and really hope they continue to enhance the competition further and find the pride in being associated with it, that we at Sanremo have.

Thank you once again, to everyone who has been involved in the UKBC in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Andrew Tucker


2014 UK Barista Championships Results

April 6th, 2014

We’re delighted to announce the results of the 2014 UK Barista Championships held at The London Coffee Festival this weekend.

669.5 Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

643 Dale Harris

634 Estelle Bright

623.5 John Gordon

593 Joe Meagher

592.5 Don Altizo

Congratulations to Maxwell Colonna Dashwood who is the UK Barista Champion, the second time he’s taken the title, he’ll be going through to compete in the World Barista Championships, taking place in Rimini in June.

Both best espresso and best cappuccino of the day go to Maxwell and best signature drink is awarded to John Gordon.

The Union Hand Roasted Best Newcomer award, now in it’s third consecutive year, goes to Imogen Ludman from Six Eight Kafe in Birmingham. Imogen wins a fantastic trip to a coffee origin country along with Union Hand Roasted.

A full set of images will be up on the SCAEUK Flickr account and competitor videos uploaded to our Youtube channel as soon as possible.


2014 UK Barista Championship Finals Running Order

April 6th, 2014

10.00 John Gordon – Square Mile

10.45 Estelle Bright – Caravan Coffee

11.30 Don Altizo – Baxter Story

12.30 Dale Harris – Has Bean

13.30 Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

14.15 Joe Meagher – Flat Cap Coffee

2014 UK Barista Championship Semi Final Results

April 5th, 2014

We’ve reached the end of day 3 of The London Coffee Festival and now seen all 20 incredible performances from our UK Barista Championship semi finalists. The standard this year is phenomenal with some particularly good scores.

Darryl Docherty – Artisan Roast – 496.5

Caspar Steel – J Atkinson & Co – 477

Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee – 476.5

Ewan Osprey-Allan – Brew Lab – 474.5

Ewan Osprey-Allan – Brew Lab – 474.5

Imogen Ludman – Six Eight Kafe – 471.5

Laura Holmes – Small Batch Coffee Company – 471.5

Steve Pearson – Devon coffee – 462

Mark Williams – Relish – 461

Jason Gonzalez – Colonna and Smalls – 454

Emiliya Yordanova – Avenue G Cafe – 448

Diana Johnston – Avenue G Cafe – 439.5

Alex Passmore – Origin Coffee – 432

Chris Walton – Union Hand Roasted – 431.5

Heidi Beeton – Prufrock Coffee – DQ

Our fantastic sponsors, Sanremo, awarded the following best of the day awards to:

Best espresso – John Gordon

Best Cappuccino – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

Best Signature Drink – John Gordon

Best Technical – Dan Fellows

We look forward to seeing our finalists;  John Gordon, Maxwell Colonna Dashwood, Estelle Bright, Don Altizo, Dale Harris and Joe Meagher competing in the 2014 UK Barista Championship grand finals tomorrow to fight for the title of 2014 UK Barista Champion!!


2014 UK Coffee In Good Spirits Championship Results

April 5th, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the results of the 2014 UK Coffee In Good Spirits Championship.

David Jameson – Union Hand Roasted Coffee – 351.50

Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee – 336.50

Rob Dunne – Dunnefrankowski – 295.50

Kate Beard - Freelance Barista/Ristretto – 277

Diana Johnston – Avenue G – 260.50

Gareth Jones – Prufrock Coffee – 245

Chris Bunce – Clifton Coffee – 187

David will be travelling to Melbourne to compete in the 2014 World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship.


2014 UK Ibrik/Cezve Championship Results

April 5th, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the results of the 2014 UK Ibrik/Cezve Championship.

Vadym Granovskiy – Coffee In Action – 432.50

Gordon Howell – Northern Academy of Coffee – 423.50

Gwilym Davies – Prufrock Coffee – 404.50

Stephen Leighton – Has Bean Coffee – 369

Vadym will be going through to compete in the World Ibrik/Cezve Championship.

2014 Uk Brewers Cup Championship Results

April 5th, 2014

We’re delighted to announce the results of the 2014 UK Brewers Cup Championship.

Sebastian Stephenson – Colonna and Smalls – 256.97

Howard Barwick – Grumpy Mule – 240.72

Jeremy Challender – Prufrock Coffee – 239.46

Mark Williamson – Brew Lab – 238.21

Stephen Leighton – Has Bean Coffee – 235.72

Liam Field – Square Mile Coffee – 209.11

Sebastian will be going to Rimini to compete in the 2014 World Brewers Cup Championship.



2014 UK Cup Tasters and Latte Art Championship Results

April 3rd, 2014

Day one of The London Coffee Festival is over; a busy, busy first of the industry days which also saw the finals of our Latte Art and Cup Tasters Championships. Scores and champions below….

We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 UK Cup Tasters Championship is Jason Gonalez, who scored 7 6.10 minutes, from Colonna and Smalls who will be going through to the World Cup Tasters Championship in Melbourne.

Second place goes to Alex Passmore with a score of 6 in 4.41 minutes

Third place goes to TJ Phllips who scored 6 in 6.36 minutes

We’re pleased to announce the results for the 2014 UK Latte Art Championships as below.

Dhan Bahadur Tamang – Caracoli Coffee House – 306

Matthew Woolley – Artigiano Exeter – 298.5

Matthew Van-Elkan – Mrs Athas – 264.5

Alex Sergeant – Strangers Coffee – 260

James Wilson – La Bottega Milanese – 261.5

Peter Grosvenor-Attridge – Colonna and Smalls – 230.5

Gabby Collett – The Perky Peacock – 224.5

Agnieszka (Aga) Baranowska – Boston Tea Party – 213.5

Rosalind Hardy – Coffee Revolution – 182

Andy Shirtliff – Harris and Hoole – 152.5

Josh Dring – J Atkinson & Co – 152

Daniel Atkin – J Atkinson & Co – 152

Fion Kay-Lavelle – J Atkinson & Co – 130

Dhan Bahadur Tamang will be travelling to Melbourne to compete in the 2014 Latte Art Championship.

See you tomorrow for day two and the finals of the 2014 UK Brewers Cup, Ibrik/Cezve and Coffee In Good Spirits!