SCAE UK News Updates

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 Cup Tasters and Latte Art Championship Results

Thursday, 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!


UK Cup Tasters Championship 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

February 12, 2014 – February 12, 2014

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Registration for the Cup Tasters Championship 2014 is now live.

The first round of the competition will be held at the Super Heat at Millennium Point in Birmingham on 12th February.

The 6 winners of the heat will go through to semi finals and then on to the finals, these will be held on 3rd April at The London Coffee Festival.

Take a look at our information page on the competition.

SCAE membership is a requirement for entry, you can join here.

Please send any questions you might have to


2013 UK Cup Tasters Results

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results for the 2013 UK Cup Tasters competition held on Thursday 25 April at The London Coffee Festival – hosted by Allegra

21 of the UK’s finest cup tasters battled out for the title and a chance to represent the UK at the World Cup Tasters Championship to be held during SCAE World of Coffee in Nice in June

The winner of this event was Jason Gonzalez of Colonna and Smalls (Bath).

To view photos from this event click here

2013 UK Cup Tasting Champion Jason will be heading to Nice. On behalf of the SCAE UK Chapter / UK Coffee Events we wish Jason all the best.

Follow @scaeuk and @ukcoffeevents for coverage of this event or visit the World Cup Tasters Championship website

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


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

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 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

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

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

UKCE 2013 Host Requirements

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Planning for the 2013 UK Coffee Events Competitions is underway and we are already receiving interest from Baristas.

We are seeking hosts for the 2013 season and have published the UKCE 2013 Host Requirements Document.

Please download the document and contact Jamie Banwell if you would like to be considered as a Host for 2013.

Traditionally the competitions run from late January to late March and the final will be held at The London Coffee Festival 25-28 April 2013.

If you would like to see a UKCE Regional Heat in your area then contact with the name of the venue or the host that you would like to see. We’d be happy to get in touch directly.





Team UK at SCAE World of Coffee Vienna

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

At the 2012 SCAE World of Coffee exhibition in Vienna, Raul Rodas from Guatemala was crowned 2012 World Barista Champion, becoming the second producing nation barista to take home this coveted accolade.

Congratulations also to Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood of the UK for his 6th placing in his first World Barista Championships.

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood - 6th Place - WBC


2012 WBC Finalists and Placing

  1. Raul Rodas – Guatemala
  2. Fabrizio Sencion Ramirez – Mexico
  3. Colin Harmon – Ireland
  4. Miki Suzuki – Japan
  5. Stefanos Domatiotis – Greece
  6. Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood – United Kingdom

Incorporating the World Barista Championships, World Brewers Cup Championships, World Cup Tasters Championships, World Cezve/Ibrik Championships and the World Coffee Roasters Challenge, the SCAE World of Coffee exhibition took place over 4 days in Vienna – 12-15 June.

A huge thankyou should go to the SCAE Events team, WBC organisers and hoards of amazing volunteers who gave up their time to staff this event, making it the most memorable coffee experience I have had in the past couple of years.

I had the privilege of photographing the majority of WBC competitors and also access to the other World Coffee Events (WCE) competitions events taking place. Images from the SCAE World of Coffee 2012 can be found on my Flickr account and selected images will also be featured in trade publications such as Essential Cafe which will be running a full article in the next issue.

2012 World Brewers Cup Finalists

L to R: (2) Andy Sprenger – USA, (1) Matt Perger – Australia, (3) – Christos Loukakis – Greece, (4) Anthony Benda – Canada, (5) James Bailey – UK, (6) Robert Gruber – Austria

James Bailey - 5th Place - Brewers Cup

2012 World Cup Tasters Results

  1. Cory Andreen – Germany
  2. Tassos Moschopoulos – Greece
  3. Kim Ossenblok – Spain

Lynsey Harley represented Team UK. Scores of 7 and 8′s were required to make the final in this fantastic competition which was well attended.

Lynsey Harley - Cup Taster


2012 World Cezve/Ibrik Results

  1. Zoltan Kis – Hungary
  2. Stavros Lamprinidis – Greece
  3. Havva Kaba – United Kingdom

Representing UK in the Cezve / Ibrik was 2011 winner Havva Kaba, who came 3rd in the competition

Havva Kaba - 3rd Place - Cezve/Ibrik

We’re immensely proud of Team UK who all put in amazing performances.

Peter Attridge (Latte Art) and Dan Fellows (Coffee in Good Spirits) are still to compete and will be in action in November at the Cafe and Bakery Show in Seoul, Korea.

I hope you’ll join with me in congratulating all of Team UK and in wishing Peter and Dan well for their competitions later in the year.

Photos and article courtesy of Glenn Watson (



Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The SCAE UK Chapter held both the Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters competitions at The London Coffee Festival on Sunday 29 April 2012. These events, hosted by Allegra, focussed on brewed coffee and taste profiles.

The 2012 Brewers Cup attracted 12 entrants who put their brewing skills to the test using a Mahlkonig Tanzania Grinder and Bunn Hot Water Boiler to prepare and serve three individual beverages for a panel of judges. This years judges were Lynsey Harley(SCAE UK National Coordinator, Coffee Development Manager & Q Grader at United Coffee UK), Joanne Berry (Sales and Logistics at Mercanta) and Cory Bush (Trader / Supply Chain Manager at Falcon Commodities in Uganda).

In the Brewers Cup, competitors may utilise any whole bean coffee of their choosing and must also accompany their beverage preparation with a presentation, which were all informative, well thought out and in some cases quite entertaining too.

James Bailey (Prufrock Coffee, London) was announced 2012 UK Brewers Cup Champion after his performance, and will now represent the UK at the World Brewers Cup event taking place in Vienna as part of the World of Coffee Show, 12-15 June.

Winning the 2012 UK Brewers Cup was the icing on the cake for James, as he competed in the UK Barista Championships the previous day and came second in only his first year of competition. James also won the Best Newcomer prize category sponsored by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee and will be accompanying them to origin later this year.

Following the Brewers Cup was the 2012 UK Cup Tasters Championship. This competition draws in the best palates in theUKcoffee industry. Contestants have to slurp their way through 8 sets of triangle tests (three “cups” of coffee where two are the same and one differs) to spot the odd one out. The competition gets increasingly harder as the coffees in each test get increasingly similar. The results are instant as contestants lift their cups to discover if a red dot on the base tells them they have spotted the odd one out. It’s the coffee equivalent of a penalty shoot out!

The Cup Tasters competition had by far the greatest amount of audience participation, with the volume increasing as the number of correct choices was made. The top 6 tasted a second grouping of 8 triangles, which cupping coordinator John Sherwood, made as challenging as possible, using in some instances coffees from the same origin but with a different processing method. The coffees were brewed using Bunn brewers and roasted coffee beans supplied by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee.

A further £75 was raised for Coffee Kids as the final space in this competition was auctioned off to an audience member – Jamie Banwell, who participated in his first ever cupping competition.

The honour of representing theUKat the 2012 World Cup Tasters Championship goes toLynsey Harley, who entered at the last minute. The final round was tense, coming right down to the very last cup raised.

The UK Coffee Events were live streamed across the world on the video feed managed by the LSFX Productions team and arranged by the SCAE UK Chapter.