SCAE UK News Updates

Cimbali announced as the official sponsor of UK Coffee In Good Spirits 2015

Tuesday, 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.

Caffe Culture To Host UK CIGS & Cup Tasters Competitions

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The Caffè Culture Show will host the SCAE Coffee In Good Spirits and UK Cup Tasters Competitions on the 13th and 14th May 2015 at London’s Olympia, Upper Streets Events can announce.

To mark the ten year anniversary of the leading trade event for the café sector, the best talents in the barista world will compete in two fiercely-contested battles with the winners representing Great Britain at the World of Coffee in Gothenburg in June 2015.

Steve Leighton, SCAE National Coordinator, has commented, “It’s wonderful that the SCAE UK chapter and Upper Street Events are working together on the Coffee in Good Spirits and the UK Cup Tasters competitions – the Caffè Culture show is the perfect platform to raise the stakes for these amazing competitions and we’re so happy to be working together”.

Cheryl Carroll, Event Director of the Caffè Culture Show continued, “We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with the SCAE to give these competitions a fitting home and are very excited about this new element of the show. We know the show’s visitors have a huge appetite to learn more from the most innovative minds in the business, and we can’t wait to see what the nation’s leading baristas have in store for us when they come together at Olympia”.

With already over 65% of the floorplan now allocated and with more new feature content just being finalised, the 10th birthday show is looking set to be one of the best yet so not one to be missed.

 

MICE 2014 & First Wave of The World Championships

Wednesday, 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!!

2014 UK Coffee In Good Spirits Championship Results

Saturday, 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.

 

Coffee In Good Spirits Needs YOU

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Firstly – there is a UK title up for grabs.

Secondly –  the winner gets to go to Australia to represent their country.

Lastly – for some reason practising when there’s alcohol involved is just more fun.

With this in mind, we want this competition to be fun, well participated with passionate skilled baristas, we also want it to be massively well supported at the finals.

With the  The London Coffee Festival and the UK Barista Championship finals only a month away, we would like to give those of you that are thinking of entering an insight into the world of coffee and good spirits.

So, we are running a coffee in good spirits Jam/workshop in London at Prufrock Coffee on the 13th March 2014 at 6.30pm.

Gordon Howell who represented the UK last year and came 3rd in the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship will be our guide for the evening as he talks us through his routine from Nice last year.

Through the evening we will touch on rules, regulations and scoresheets and help to explain the format of the competition, but the focus of the evening will be to give more of an insight into how to perform and prepare for the competition.

If nothing else it’s an opportunity to network, have fun and drink some booze (oh and some coffee too).

There will be an opportunity to discuss any aspect of the competition at the end of the session.

For Preparation for the Workshop we ask that you all please study the information on http://www.worldcoffeeingoodspirits.org , concentrating on the final round scoresheets (technical/sensory/head judge). Write down any questions you have about them for us to explain and discuss at the end of the workshop. All the documents can be downloaded from the WBC or SCAE UK website, you will also find links to videos of past performances, should you wish to study them.

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

The UK finals will be based on the final round of the World competition where each competitor has 5 minutes to set up their work area and then 8 minutes to prepare two perfect Irish Coffees and two of their own signature hot or cold coffee cocktail.

Take a look at our information page on the competition.

If you wish to attend this evening of fun and frolics please email chloe@scaeuk.com to confirm your interest.

 

UK Coffee In Good Spirits Championship 2014

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

April 4, 2014 – April 4, 2014

Register

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Registration for The UK Coffee In Good Spirits Championship is now live!

The competition will be held afternoon of Friday 4th April at The London Coffee Festival.

The UK Champion will go through to the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship in Melbourne for the chance to compete for the title of World Coffee In Good Spirits Champion.

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

Take a look at our information page on the competition.

Please send any questions you might have through to chloe@scaeuk.com

Register

2013 UK Coffee Events Competitors

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The links below contain competitor details for the 2013 UK Coffee Events being held at The London Coffee Festival – organised by SCAE UK Chapter / UK Coffee Events

Although the event starting times have been set, the final competitor performance times are being finalised. As some competitors have entered more than 1 event on a day the running order may change at short notice.

The provisional running orders are contained in the links below. Competitors will receive entry instructions by email early next week once times and entry details have been finalised.

The London Coffee Festival is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased at www.thelondoncoffeefestival.com

 

Thursday 25 April 2013

2013 UK Cup Tasting

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2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits

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Friday 26 April 2013

2013 UK Brewers Cup

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2013 UK Latte Art Championship

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Saturday 27 April 2013

 2013 UK Barista Championships

 Click to view the Top 20 – Semifinalists

 

The 6 UK Barista Championships Finalists will be announced after all 20 semifinalists scores have been calculated. The announcement is due to take place just before 1900

The Final of the 2013 UK Barista Championships will take place after the 2013 UK Cezve / Ibrik competition and is due to start at 1330 on Sunday 28 April 2013

Details of the 2013 UK Cezve / Ibrik competition will be released once finalised.

Follow @scaeuk @ukbc @ukcoffeevents and @LdnCoffeeFest in the build-up to The London Coffee Festival

Final Call for UK Coffee in Good Spirits competitors

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

The 2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits competition is scheduled to take place at The London Coffee Festival on Thursday 25 April.

2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirts

Please Note: Subject to minimum numbers being met, the Finals Round only will be held in 2013

The final round requires competitors to produce two Irish Coffees and two coffee-and-alcohol-based designer drinks

At this time only 2 registrations have been received. We require at least 3 entrants in order to run the event.

Online registration for the 2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits competition closes at midnight on 28 February 2013.

If the minimum number of entrants is not reached, the 2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits Competition will not go ahead and the 2013 UK Latte Art Championships will be extended to fill this space.

2013 UK Latte Art Championships

A waitlist for this event is already in operation. Please email info@scaeuk.com if you wish to join the waitlist and be notified if this competition will be opened to more entrants.

 

 

UK Coffee Events Registration Update

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

In addition to the UK Barista Championships, UK Coffee Events – the competition and events arm of the SCAE UK Chapter) runs the UK Cup Tasters Competition, UK Coffee in Good Spirits, UK Brewers Cup, UK Latte Art Championship and the UK Cezve / Ibrik Competition

Registration for these events is managed online at www.ukcoffeeevents.com and entry has been set at £25 per person per event

All of the events listed below will be taking place at The London Coffee Festival , hosted by Allegra Events

Follow The London Coffee Festival on Twitter @LdnCoffeeFest

Registration will close for each event 1 week prior or when the event fills up

 25 April 2013

UK Cup Tasting

UK Cup Tasters Competition

Available Spaces: 4

Twitter #ukcuptasters2013

 

UK Coffee in Good Spirits

UK Coffee in Good Spirits

Available Spaces: 10

Please Note: This event needs at least 3 entrants to go ahead. 1 more currently required

Twitter #ukcigs2013

 

26 April 2013

Uk Brewers Cup

UK Brewers Cup

Available Spaces: 0

This event is fully subscribed

Twitter #ukbrewerscup2013

UK Latte Art Championship

UK Latte Art Championship

Available Spaces: 0

This event is fully subscribed

Twitter #uklatteart2013

 

28 April 2013

UK Cezve / Ibrik Competition

UK Cezve / Ibrik Competition

Available Spaces: 6

Please Note: This event needs at least 3 entrants to go ahead. 3 more currently required

Twitter #ukibrik2013

UK Coffee Events Update – some events are almost full

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

The introduction of online registration has proven itself to be hugely successful so far. We have almost filled a number of UK Coffee Events categories for 2013!

To make sure you don’t miss out on a place please register online at www.ukcoffeeevents.com

As at 2pm today we have the following spaces remaining:

  • UK Latte Art Championship – 3 spaces remaining
  • UK Brewers Cup – 3 spaces remaining
  • UK Cezve / Ibrik – 6 spaces remaining
  • UK Coffee in Good Spirits – 11 spaces remaining
  • UK Cup Tasters – 13 spaces remaining

2013 Rules can be downloaded from the link above.

There are currently places available at all UK Barista Championships Regional Heats in Exeter, Newcastle, Bury St Edmunds and Chester.

Volunteer and Judges Registration is also being managed online.

If you have any questions about the competitions, judging or volunteering don’t hesitate to contact us info@scaeuk.com

For up-to-the-minute information follow @scaeuk ,  @ukbc and @ukcoffeeevents or follow and Like UK Barista Championships on Facebook