SCAE UK News Updates

2016 Judges Certification Event Announced

Friday, September 4th, 2015

UKBC 2016 Judges Training

Ahead of the 2016 season of SCAE coffee competitions, the SCAEUK is holding a judges certification and calibration event for new and existing judges.

Who – Any SCAE members who would like to be a UKBC judge.

What – Judges certification and calibration for the 2016 UKBC

Where – Clifton Coffee Roasters, Bristol

When – Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th September 2015

Why – So you can judge one of the world’s best coffee competitions!

How – Simply email for more info or to register your interest.

Due to the number of changes to the WBC rules this year, everyone wishing to judge will have to both certify and calibrate, even if you certified last year. The cost for certification and calibration is £50 per person and there is no guarantee you will pass! You will also need to cover your own travel and accommodation costs.

Once certified and calibrated, all reasonable expenses will be paid by the SCAEUK for any SCAEUK coffee competition judging duties.

Don’t forget that in order to compete in any SCAE UK competitions you need to be a current SCAE member or work for a company that has SCAE company membership. To join the SCAE or enquire visit


#UKBC Semi Final Scores

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

How AMAZING were yesterday’s semi finals? Below are our runners up’s scores – and just look at them! Some epic scores there, well done to absolutely everyone that competed in this year’s UK Barista Championships.

Don Altizo – 512

Joe Meagher – 482

William Pitts – 464

Wes Bond – 450.5

Jesse May Peters – 448

Paul Ross – 442.5

Catherine O’Shea – 424

James West – 421

Nicola Peacock – 417.5

Will Sumner – 413.5

James Wallace – 402.5

Jimmy Dimitrov – 401.5

Jessie Dodkins – 377.5

Kieran Carney – 366.5

#UKBC2015 Semi Final Results

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

We’ve had a long but fun and nerve racking day of semi finals, 20 amazing competitors and 20 cracking performances.

We’re pleased to announce our top scoring 6 competitors, who will be going through to tomorrow’s finals, will be performing in the following running order*!

10.15 – Dan Fellows

11.00 – Dale Harris

11.45 – Diana Johnston

12.45 – Estelle Bright

13.45 – Jana Slamova

14.30 – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

*running order decided via our special random slipper number generator



#UKBC2015 Semi Finals

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

We’re more than a little bit excited about the impending semi Finals in Glasgow on Wednesday, where we’ll see the UK’s 20 best baristas get whittled down to just 6!

Please don’t forget to register for entrance to ScotHot if you intend to spectate – we hope to see you there, and for the finals on Thursday.

We’re delighted to have Sprudge as our media partners again this year, so please keep a close eye on their live updates across the two days. They’ll be tweeting @SprudgeLive .

Running order for the UK Barista Championship semi finals.

9.20 Catherine O’Shea – Artisan Roast

9.45 James Wallace – Laboratorio Espresso

10.10 Jana Slamova – Baxter Story

10.35 Joe Meagher – Flat Caps Coffee

11.00 Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee

11.25 Dale Harris – Has Bean Coffee

11.50 Jimmy Dimitrov – Boston Tea Party

12.15 William Pitts – The Brew House Portleven

12.40 Jesse Dodkins – Crankhouse Coffee and Camper Coffee

13.05 Don Altizo – EMA Canary Wharf

13.55 Will Sumner – Artisan Roast

14.20 Nicola Peacock – The Perky Peacock

14.45 Wes Bond – Bean Loved Coffee Bar

15.10 Paul Ross – Harris & Hoole

15.45 Estelle Bright – La Marzocco

16.00 James West – Union Hand Roasted

16.25 Jessie May Peters – Union Hand Roasted

16.50 Kieran Carney – The Royal Exchange Theatre

17.15 Diana Johnston – Workshop Coffee

17.40 Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna & Small’s


Coffee Sponsor for UK Brewers Cup

Friday, January 16th, 2015

With The UK Brewers Cup Championship fast approaching, we’re looking for a sponsor for this prestigious opportunity.

The sponsor will be responsible for sending each of the 25 competitors 250g of coffee prior to the competition as well as another 250g on the morning of the competition.

Brewers Cup is one of the most popular of the UK competitions, for good reason, and we have an illustrious line up of competitors ready to compete this March in Cardiff, making it the perfect showcase for the right roaster’s coffee beans.

Please email with your interest.


UK Latte Art Championship – the Results!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

What an epic event La Marzocco’s Out Of The Box event was! In the midst of a full day of myriad talks and demos was our Latte Art Championship. Huge thanks, as always, to all of our volunteers, sponsors and to La Marzocco for hosting the competition.

Results from the day below.

Dan Tamang – Caracoli Coffee – 377.5

Kunha Hwang – Poilane – 331

Luke Evans – Roasted Coffee – 324

Zain Kara Bernou – Harris & Hoole – 314.5

Scott Tedder – Mrs Athas – 314

Sarah Ward – Spring Espresso – 303

Don Altizo – Baxter Storey – 283.5

Matthew Randell – Climpson & Sons – 274

Tom Pye – Origin Coffee – 265.5

Nathan Taylor – Ozone Coffee Roasters – 259

Joao Almeida – Impresso Cafe – 247

Derek Buckley – Baxter Storey – 224.5

Keisey Arends – Baxter Storey – 223.5

Manuel Bursato – Climpson & Sons – 221.5

Christina Yip – Boston Tea Party – 209.5

Michael Dow – Allpress Espresso – 184.5

Ben Loebell – Baltzersens – 181.5

John Nguyen – Allpress Espresso – 138

Emilya Yordanova – Brew Lab – DQ

Dan Tamang will be going through to compete in the World Latte Art Championships in Gothenburg.

#UKBC2015 Finals To Take Place At ScotHot

Monday, December 8th, 2014

It’s official; the best coffee in the country will be brewed up in Glasgow as the UK Barista Championship takes place in Glasgow as part of ScotHot.

Taking place across 4 and 5 March 2015 at ScotHot, Scotland’s food, drink, hospitality and tourism show, the UK Barista Championship tests competitors on their coffee knowledge, presentation, preparation and all round barista ability. The winner of the competition will represent the UK at the World Barista Championships in Seattle in April 2015

UK Barista Championship contestants will get 15 minutes to set up their work area and then 15 minutes to make 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and finally 4 espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks.

The 20 competitors will compete in front of a live audience of food and drink insiders at ScotHot.  Running from 4 to 5 March 2015, ScotHot will take place at Glasgow’s SECC and will bring together suppliers of food and drink; catering equipment; décor and design; tableware and technology products with chefs and buyers from hotels, restaurants, bars, catering outlets and tourism destinations.

ScotHot 2015 will also include the 30th Scottish Culinary Championships, which challenges chefs to create show-stopping food sculptures as well as being judged in a live cook-off on the main stage.  Visitors will also be treated to a line-up of experts giving business advice and workshops at The Spotlight Stage.  Cutting edge developments in catering equipment will be showcased in the CESA Innovation Zone, providing the largest collection of new catering products available anywhere on the market.

ScotHot’s Event Director, Soraya Gadelrab, said:

“ScotHot 2015 is going to be the ultimate show for those working in the hospitality industry and we’re thrilled to have the UK Barista Championships within our programme.  These championships encompass so much about what makes hospitality an exciting industry to be in: flair, creativity, inspiring people and of course, great taste.  It’s this passion that comes to the fore at ScotHot, which has a deserved reputation as the place for showcasing catering trends and industry insights, as well as a prime place to network with those in the know.”

Stephen Leighton, Managing Director of Has Bean Coffee and organiser of the UK Barista Championship said:

“I’m really excited to be renewing the partnership with ScotHot. The last time we were at ScotHot in 2009 we found the last World Barista Champion to come from the UK. I think this is a great opportunity to bring the UK Barista Championships back to Scotland – at this prestigious show. ”

ScotHot is taking place as part of the Year of Food & Drink 2015 within Scottish Tourism Week’s Signature Programme.

For the latest show news, exhibitor information and to register for the show please visit:

For more information about the UK Barista Championships or to enter the competition, visit


#UKBC2015 Northern Regional Heat Results

Monday, December 8th, 2014

This may have been the coldest regional heat to take place in the history of regional heats but it was also a great one; held at The Briggait at The Glasgow Coffee Festival and hosted and curated by Dear Green. Results below.

Davide Birse – Roast Central – Coffee On Wooer – 357.5

Catherine O’Shea – Artisan Roast – 447.5

James West – Union Hand Roasted – 427.5

James Wallace – Laboratorio Espresso – 486

Andrea Liguori – Baxter Story – 355

Don Altizo – EMA Canary Wharf – 542.5

Nicola Peacock – The Perky Peacock – 474

Joe Meagher – Flat Cap Coffee – 598.5

Will Sumner – Artisan Roast – 477

Jana Slamova – Baxter Story – 451

Marek Kalianko – Taylor St Baristas – 407.5

Mike Haggerton – Habitat Cafe – 326

Jo-Anne Deeb – Taylor St Baristas – 402.5

Jack O’Keefe – Ozone Coffee Roasters – 417

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna & Smalls – 637

Best Espresso – Joe Meagher

Best Capuccino – Joe Meagher

Best Signature Drink – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood


#UKBC2015 Top 20

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Now that we’re two heats into our three regional heats, with the last one in Glasgow next Saturday, here’s a look at our current top 20.

The third regional heat could change everything…!

Dale Harris


Estelle Bright


Dan Fellows


Diana Johnstone


Wes Bond


Heidi Beeton


Jessie Dodkins


William Pitts


Jessie May


Paul Ross


Jimmy Dimitrov


Kieran Carney


Simon Frewin 


Darrell Ellis


James Litchfield


Dennis Tutbury


Lee Hart


Dennis Tutbury


Ivan Hewitt


Nathan Harber


#UKBC2015 Southern Regional Heat – Results!

Friday, November 28th, 2014

At the end of our Southern regional heat, hosted by Origin Coffee in Bristol, the results are as follows:

Ivan Hewitt – Strangers With Coffee – 390.5

Mark Williams – Relish – 403 (DQ)

Jimmy Dimitrov – Boston Tea Party – 458

Dennis Tutbury – Harris and Hoole – 406.50

Kieron Carney – The Royal Exchange Theatre – 432.5

Joshua Newman – Matthew Algie – 376.5

Heidi Beeton – Prufrock Coffee – 510.5

William Pitts – The Brew House Porthleven – 477.5

Darrell Ellis – Harris and Hole – 427

Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee – 581

Jessie May Peters – Harris and Hoole – 470.5

James Litchfield – Boston Tea Party – 417

Jessie Dodkins – Camper Coffee – 495

Charlie Arnold – Boo Boo Coffee – 314.5

Nathan Harber – James Gourmet Coffee Co – 379.5

Derek Buckley – Baxter Story – 349.5

Best Espresso – Dan Fellows

Best Cappuccino – Dan Fellows

Best Signature Drink – Dan Fellows