SCAE UK News Updates

Important Announcement – Competition News & Merge of the Regional Heats

Monday, December 9th, 2013

With the national committee now in place as follows:

National Coordinator:                       Steve Leighton

Membership Coordinator :               Jonathan Wadham

Education Coordinators:                  Tim Sturk and Ben Townsend

Events Coordinator:                         Denise Hall

Communication  Coordinator :         Chloe Callow

The SCAE UK Chapter is thrilled to announce the merging of the regional UKBC heats in the run up to the UKBC finals, which will be held, as last year, at The London Coffee Festival (03rd – 06th April), to form one week-long ‘super heat’. It was thought that in previous years the regional heats have been diluted by competitors travelling from all over the country to compete, thus diminishing the prestige of the regional heat winners. By bringing the heats together, we can steer competitors to the correct heats based on their current places of work, and thus bring prestige back to the title of regional heat winner in the UKBC. In addition, it is felt a a joint event will be more efficiently organised with significantly greater scope to be able to generate a real buzz around more of a festival feel.

An added advantage of a lengthier, grouped format is that it will allow a range of extra curricular activities to be organised around the schedule of competitions; from talks and seminars, from leading figures within the coffee industry, to cuppings and inspiring barista events and competitions. In essence, an opportunity for all involved to prepare, network, learn and generally get into the spirit of the competitions in the run up to the UKBC finals – an equally fun, coffee conference event for both competitors and those wishing to spectate.

We’ve managed to secure a fantastic venue for the ‘super heat’ at Birmingham’s Millenium Point, just ten minutes walk from Birmingham Moor Street station. Not only is the location central and easy to get to, it has great parking facilities and fabulous, modern practice and competition spaces. Almost more importantly though is the fact that they’re really keen to have us meaning they’re being highly accommodating of our requirements and happy for us to make use of their state of the art sound and vision facilities. Dates for the ‘super heat’ are 9th – 14th February.

Managing Director of Sanremo – the Machine Sponsor for the UKBC 2009-2014 – Andrew Tucker said “After all the recent uncertainty surrounding the SCAE and UKBC arrangements, it is great to see a new committee forming and particularly, to see them come up with a bold new format for the regional events.  We think this will be a great week, and think a competition that is likely to attract more competitors than the UKBC has ever seen before”.

Sanremo have a number of their Verona machines available for practice at the following locations – please contact the hosts directly to book a time slot:

Ø  Sanremo UK, Buckfastleigh Devon

Ø  Sanremo UK, Watford

Ø  Coffee West, Hayle Cornwall

Ø  Extract Coffee, Bristol

Ø  Union Hand Roasted, London

Ø  Prufrock, London

Ø  Has Bean Coffee, Stafford

Ø  Roasted, Brighton

Ø  Casa Espresso, Shipley Yorkshire

Ø  Pumphreys, Newcastle

Ø  Heavenly Coffee, Dinnington Yorkshire

Ø  Arden Coffee,  Derbyshire

Ø  Rombouts Coffee GB, Berkshire

Ø  Kimbo, London

As it was such a success last year, registration for 2014 UK Barista Championship competitors will be managed online once again and will be opening imminently. Registration will be free for all SCAE members or £75 for those without but will also include annual membership.

Further announcements to be released ASAP.

For more info please contact me directly on

2013 UK Barista Championships Results

Monday, April 29th, 2013



2013 UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results of the 2013 UK Barista Championships Final which took place on Sunday 28 April at The London Coffee Festival hosted by Allegra

The London Coffee Festival

Score Barista
644 John Gordon
627 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
610.5 Estelle Bright
602.5 Joe Meagher
548 Chee Wong
524.5 Don Altizo

Congratulations to John Gordon – Operations Manager for Square Mile Coffee Roasters who has become only the second person to win the UK Barista Championships 3 times (2010, 2011 and 2013), joining Simon Robertson 2002, 2003, 2005) in the history books.

Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

The winner of the Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer award for 2013 is Chee Wong (Taylor St Baristas)

Chee reached the final in his first year of competition and will accompany the Union Hand-Roasted green buyers on a trip to Origin within the next 12 months

Last years winner James Bailey has recently returned from a trip to Rwanda and is already planning a return to origin as soon as possible.


For photographs from the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal click the image below

2013 UK Barista Championships Trophy

 image courtesy of Glenn Watson (

Trophy lovingly crafted by UK Coffee Events Sponsor Reg Barber (

More images and a round-up of the UK Coffee Events held at The London Coffee Festival to come over the next few days…


2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinals Performance Times

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

2013 UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the performance times for the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semi-final on Saturday 27 April at The London Coffee Festival



Barista Employer


Steve Dyson Spring Espresso


Catherine O’Shea Artisan Roast


Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood Colonna and Smalls


Jose Melim Easy Jose Coffee


Nicola Peacock The Perky Peacock


Alex Sargeant Strangers Coffee


Will Corby Mercanta


John Gordon Square Mile Coffee Roasters


Wes Bond Bean Loved


Yann Chalmers 3FE


Xanne Carey Amid Giants and Idols


Estelle Bright Caravan


Joe Meagher Flat Caps Coffee


Don Altizo Baxter Storey


Dan Fellows Origin Coffee


Shaun Young Kaffeine


Chee Wong Taylor St Baristas


Peter Grosvenor-Attridge Colonna and Smalls


Edita Chordacevic Federation Coffee


Hugo Hercod Relish


The Top 6 Finalists will be announced just before 7pm

The London Coffee Festival is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased at

The London Coffee Festival

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

You can be involved in the build up on Facebook (UK Coffee Events) and Twitter using the hashtag #ukbc


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

Click to view competitor details

2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits

Click to view competitor details

Friday 26 April 2013

2013 UK Brewers Cup

Click to view competitor details 

2013 UK Latte Art Championship

Click to view competitor details 

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

SCAE Coffee Diploma System – Sensory and Cup tasting Foundation level course

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Coffee Diploma System

Sensory and Cup tasting Foundation level course

Date: Friday 5th April 2013

This course covers the essentials of sensory evaluation.  You will learn the way we perceive what we taste and how to apply it to the evaluation of coffee’s intrinsic characteristics.  Secondly, you will get started with the identification of specialty coffee qualities and gain an overview on how to implement it in your business.

Trainer: John Thomson

Timing: 12 noon – 16.00

Includes practical and written exam and certification fee.  A light sandwich lunch will be offered from 11.30 a.m.

Special introductory price (due to beta test of this course) £130 per delegate (non-member of SCAE)

£65 per delegate (member of SCAE)

Venue: Masteroast, Peterborough

Masteroast has a dedicated training area for presentations, coffee blend development, coffee cupping, roasting demonstrations, hosting courses and competitions.


Plantation House, Newark Rd, Peterborough, PE1 5UA

01733 842 000


Please contact Julie Barwick: for bookings and enquiries

UKBC Regional Heat 1 Running Order

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 1

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the running order for Regional Heat 1 hosted by Hale Events at Expowest Westcountry in Exeter on 06/07 February 2013.

The show address is Westpoint Exhibition Centre Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ and entry to the show is free

Register online at

Expowest Westcountry

Follow this event on Twitter @expowest_uk  or @ukbc and via the hashtags #ukbcht1 and #ukbc2013

The 2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 1 Entrants are

Competitor First Name Last Name Date Time
1 Toby Frere 06 Feb 1000
2 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood 06 Feb 1100
3 Mark Williams 06 Feb 1200
4 Jason Gonzalez 06 Feb 1300
5 Ryan Brodie 07 Feb 1000
6 Hugo Hercod 07 Feb 1100
7 Xanne Carey 07 Feb 1200
8 Sam Dunford 07 Feb 1300
9 Peter Grosvenor-Attridge 07 Feb 1400

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

UK Coffee Events Judges Calibration Date has been set

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Masteroast has generously offered their training facility in Peterborough to host the 2013 UK Coffee Events Judges Calibration day which takes place on 21st January 2013.

All new judges and any 2012 judges will need to attend this calibration day, aimed at ensuring consistency across all regional heats.

Please confirm your attendance to Jamie Banwell via email

A further calibration will take place prior to the London Coffee Festival where the Semifinal and Final for the UK Barista Championships and other UK Coffee Events will be taking place.

Thankyou to Masteroast for offering to host this calibration.



UK Coffee Events 2013 Cezve/Ibrik Announcement

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Despite World Coffee Events announcing that it will not be running the Cezve/Ibrik Championship in 2013, UK Coffee Events would like to announce that we intend to run the UK Cezve/Ibrik Championship in the UK, subject to a minimum number of entrants being met.

Re-inclusion at the World level is very much dependent on participation and sponsorship levels steadily increasing – a stance we also support.

In order to have a meaningful UK event, minimum entry levels of 3 competitors is required. If we cannot reach this number then the competition will not take place this year and it’s future in the UK may also be in doubt.

We intend to run this event at The London Coffee Festival on Sunday 28 April 2013.

If the event does not take place then any competitor who had applied to enter will receive a full refund.

Registration will be managed online at

Click to read the WCE announcement in full