SCAE UK News Updates

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

Friday, 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

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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 Brewers Cup Championship Results

Saturday, 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 Brewers Cup Championship

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the running order for this year’s UK Brewers Cup Championship, held once again at The Truman Brewery on Friday 4th April as part of The London Coffee Festival. Please don’t forget to register for the festival in order to spectate.

10.00 Jeremy Challender – Prufrock Coffee

10.30 Mark Williamson – Brew Lab

11.00 Howard Barwick – Grumpy Mule

11.30 Stephen LEighton – Has Bean Coffee

12.00 Liam Field – Square Mile Coffee

12.30 Sebastian Stephenson – Colonna and Smalls

 

2014 UK Barista Championship Semi Finals

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the running order for this year’s UK Barista Championship Semi Finals, held once again at The Truman Brewery on Saturday 5th April as part of The London Coffee Festival. Please don’t forget to register for the festival in order to spectate.

9.05 Imogen Ludman – Six Eight Kafe

9.30 Dale Harris – Has Bean Coffee

9.55 Steve Pearson – Devon coffee

10.20 Don Altizo – Baxter Story

10.45 Laura Holmes – Small Batch Coffee Company

11.10 Jason Gonzalez – Colonna and Smalls

11.35 Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna and Smalls

12.00 Joe Meagher – Flat Cap Coffee

12.25 Estell Bright – Caravan Coffee

12.50 Ewan Osprey-Allan – Brew Lab

13.40 Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee

14.05 Heidi Beeton – Prufrock Coffee

14.30 Diana Johnston – Avenue G Cafe

14.55 John Gordon – Square Mile

15.30 Emiliya Yordanova – Avenue G Cafe

15.45 Mark Williams – Relish

16.10 Darryl Docherty – Artisan Roast

16.35 Caspar Steel – J Atkinson & Co

17.00 Alex Passmore – Origin Coffee

17.25 Chris Walton – Union Hand Roasted

The top scoring 6 competitors will go through to the finals on Sunday 6th April.

2014 Ibrik/Cezve Championship

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the running order for this year’s UK Ibrik/Cezve Championship, held once again at The Truman Brewery on Friday 4th April as part of The London Coffee Festival. Please don’t forget to register for the festival in order to spectate.

16.15 Gwilym Davies – Prufrock Coffee

16.40 Stephen Leighton – Has Bean Coffee

17.15 Vadym Granovskiy – Coffee In Action

17.45 Gordon Howell – Northern Academy of Coffee

 

2014 UK Coffee In Good Spirits Championship

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the running order for this year’s Coffee in Good Spirits, held once again at The Truman Brewery as part of The London Coffee Festival on Friday 4th April. Please don’t forget to register for the festival in order to spectate.

13.00 Gareth Jones – Prufrock Coffee

13.20 Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee

13.40 David Jameson – Union Hand Roasted Coffee

14.00 Diana Johnston – Avenue G

14.20 Janice Frost – Ciao

14.40 Kate Beard – Freelance Barista/Ristretto

15.00 Jaanus Uksik – Mouse Tail Coffee

15.20 Rob Dunne – Dunnefrankowski

15.40 Chris Bunce – Clifton Coffee

2014 UK Latte Art Championship

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the running order for this year’s Latte Art Championship on Thursday 3rd April at The London Coffee Festival:

On the art bar:

9.10 Peter Grosvenor-Attridge – Colonna and Smalls

9.25 Daniel Atkin – J Atkinson & Co

9.40 Josh Dring – J Atkinson & Co

9.55 Fion Kay-Lavelle – J Atkinson & Co

10.10 Dhan Bahadur Tamang – Caracoli Coffee House

10.25 Sean Pittaway – UCC UK

10.40 Gabby Collett – The Perky Peacock

10.55 Matthew Van-Elkan – Mrs Athas

11.10 Rosalind Hardy – Coffee Revolution

11.25 – Matthew Whoolley – Artigiano Exeter

11.40 Agnieszka (Aga) Baranowska – Boston Tea Party

11.55 James Wilson – La Bottega Milanese

12.10 Andy Shirtliff – Harris and Hoole

12.25 Alex Sergeant – Strangers Coffee

And on the main stage:

13.00 Peter Grosvenor Attridge

13.15 Daniel Atkin

13.30 Josh Dring

13.45 Fion Kay-Lavelle

14.00 Dhan Bahadur Tamang

14.15 Sean Pittaway

14.30 Gabby Collett

14.45 Matthew Van Elkan

15.00 Rosalind Hardy

15.15 Matthew Whoolley

15.30 Agnieszka (Aga) Baranowska

15.45 James Wilson

16.00 Andy Shirtliff

16.15 Alex Sargeant

Don’t forget, you’ll need to register for The London Coffee Festival in order to be able to spectate.

 

 

Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer Award

Monday, March 31st, 2014

We’re really excited about our coffee sponsor, Union Hand-Roasted’s Best Newcomer Award. Not only is it designed to support and encourage those starting out in the competitions, it’s also a great platform to showcase new barista talent and the prize is an education in itself. Triple whammy!

Now in it’s third year, inaugural winner was James Bailey now head of quality at Workshop Coffee and last year’s winner was Chee Wong, a barista at Taylor Street Baristas. Both won an incredible and inspiring trip to a coffee producing country of origin along with Union themselves. Take a look at Chee Wong’s video below….

This year, the same fantastic prize is up for grabs and the finalists are a trio of fabulous ladies:

Heidi Beeton – Prufrock Coffee

Imogen Ludman – Six Eight Cafe

Emiliya Yordonova – Avenue G Cafe

They’ll all be competing in the semi finals on Saturday 5th April at The London Coffee Festival.

The winner will be announced at the end of the festival.

See you there!