SCAE UK News Updates

La Marzocco UK, in partnership with SCAE UK, to host the 2015 UK Latte Art Championship

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

La Marzocco UK to host the 2015 SCAE UK Latte Art Championship

The day-long event has been scheduled for Saturday, 13 December and in addition to the competition itself, La Marzocco UK will organize pertinent workshops and talks throughout the day, which will be open to the public.  The day’s program aims to be in line with the goals of SCAE UK, to share quality coffee knowledge as well as share a La Marzocco experience with the barista, the people who are actually using the machine.  Over the years, the barista’s hands-on experience has played and continues to play a key role in the thought process within the company’s R&D department.

“It’s a pleasure and an honour to host the UK Latte Art competition at a London location ,” says Paul Kelly, La Marzocco UK’s Sales Manager.   “One of the core values of La Marzocco, and possibly the one we appreciate most, is building community.  The UK Latte Art competition is a perfect opportunity,” says Paul.

The UK Champion taking home the prize at the end of the day will attend the World Latte Art Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015.

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.

La Marzocco, founded in 1927 by the Bambi brothers, has traditionally specialized in producing high end hand crafted espresso coffee machines geared towards excellence, a quality cup and style.

The company is headquartered near Florence, Italy, with offices in Melbourne, Milan, London, Seattle and Seoul. La Marzocco has over 140 employees and produces espresso coffee machines and grinders that are exported to over 80 countries with the support of its distributors and partners, making La Marzocco’s presence known on the 5 continents.


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 Latte Art Championship 2014

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

April 3, 2014 – April 3, 2014

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Registration for The UK Latte Art Championship is now live!

The photography round will be held on Thursday morning at The London Coffee Festival, followed by the on – stage round, held on the same afternoon.

The UK Champion will go through to the World Latte Art Championship in Melbourne 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.

Take a look at our information page on the competition.

Please send any questions you might have through to



2013 UK Latte Art Championship Results

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

2013 UK Latte Art Championship

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results for the 2013 UK Latte Art Championship held on Friday 26 April at The London Coffee Festival – hosted by Allegra

10 of the UK’s finest latte artists battled out for the title and a chance to preresent the UK at the World Latte Art Championship to be held during SCAE World of Coffee in Nice in June


Competitor Art Bar Stage Total Score Position
Dhan Bahadur Tamang 120.00 271.50 391.50 1
Sang Ho Park 142.50 238.50 381.00 2
Liina Nutman 197.50 173.50 371.00 3
Matthew Woolley 105.00 216.00 321.00 4
Sam Dunford 102.50 197.00 299.50 5
Nico Georgakos 117.50 180.00 297.50 6
Luke Evans 70.00 223.50 293.50 7
Joao Almeida 102.50 149.50 252.00 8
Billy Powell 52.50 151.50 204.00 9
Hugo Hercod Over time 190.50 190.50 10


Photos from the event (courtesy of  Glenn Watson ( can be viewed here.

The winner of this event was Dhan Tamang from Caracoli Coffee House.

2013 UK Latte Art Champion Dhan will be heading to Nice. On behalf of the SCAE UK Chapter / UK Coffee Events we wish Dhan all the best.

Follow @scaeuk and @ukcoffeevents for coverage of this event or visit the World Latte Art 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

Team UK return from Korea with a trophy

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Team UK returned from the Cafe & Bakery Fair in Seoul with an extra item of luggage in the form of a 4th Place trophy – won by Dan Fellows in the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championships.

Dan Fellows (2012 UK Coffee in Good Spirits Champion / 4th Place World Coffee in Good Spirits) and Liina Nutman (2012 3rd place UK Latte Art) represented the UK, ably assisted by Sang Ho Park, who provided valuable support over the past week.

On behalf of the SCAE UK Chapter we’d like to congratulate both Dan and Liina on their performances and thank Sang Ho for his valuable assistance.

Videos of the performances are available on the World Coffee Events Livestream site

Registrations will open in December for the 2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits, UK Latte Art, UK Brewers Cup, UK Brewers Cup and UK Cezve / Ibrik and UK Cup Tasters competitions.

Registration details and further competition information will be available towards the end of November.


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.