SCAE UK News Updates

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

Bewley’s announced as the official sponsor of the UKBC 2015

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

25th November 2014: Leading coffee company, Bewley’s have today been announced as the official coffee sponsor of the UK Barista Championships 2015.

Bewley’s has been roasting great quality coffees and blending award winning teas for over 170 years and their commitment to excellence has never wavered.  Established in 1840, Bewley’s is one of the largest coffee roasters in Ireland and the UK and is the Irish market leader in the provision of fresh coffee and service solutions to the foodservice and retail sectors.

Recognising that high quality coffee beans from reputable producers and farming co-operatives is only the starting point, Bewley’s believes the greater emphasis being placed on the craft behind roasting, blending and brewing a great tasting cup of coffee is really positioning the barista as a key influencer in the supply chain and ultimately the consumer’s experience

Speaking about the UKBC sponsorship, Brendan McDonnell, Managing Director Bewley’s UK said, “We are delighted to announce our 2015 sponsorship of the UKBC which extends beyond this year and into the next three years. As a full solutions provider with a leading role in bringing speciality coffee to a wider audience, Bewley’s is very excited to be involved with the UKBC and SCAE UK as it continues to grow and develop.

Today’s generation of barista’s are stepping up their game in coffee preparation and presentation by tapping into the science and creativity that lies behind crafting a cup of coffee. Bewley’s established their Barista Training Academy many years ago to offer support to any operator that chooses to serve Bewley’s coffee or tea in their outlet. In addition to a state-of-the-art training facility in Dublin, the Bewley’s training team provides knowledge and hands-on expertise to staff in commercial and institutional foodservice environments all across Ireland and the UK.

“Competitions such as the UK Barista Championship offer fantastic opportunities for learning, development and innovation for all those working in the industry. In previous years Bewley’s staff have competed and been very successful in the Irish Barista Championships, the World Latte Art Championships, the UKBC and the Brewer’s Cup. We look forward to seeing the UKBC progress over the coming months as each of the heats take place” added McDonnell.


#UKBC2015 Warwick Midlands Regional Heat

Monday, November 24th, 2014

A huge thanks to all of Sunday’s competitors, judges, volunteers, sponsors and spectators – here’s the results of our first regional heat in the running order of the day.

Diana Johnstone – Workshop Coffee – 528

Dale Harris – Has Bean – 635.5

Wes Bond – Bean Loved – 521

Estelle Bright – La Marzocco – 621.5

Simon Frewin – The Coffeekabin – 430

Paul Ross – Harris & Hoole – 459.5

Omar Al-Sabahi – Java Lounge – 355.5

Lee Hart – Giddy Up Coffee – 406.5

Best Espresso – Dale Harris

Best Cappuccino – Dale Harris

Best Signature Drink – Estelle Bright

We hope to see you at The Southern Heat in Bristol this Friday 28th November, followed by the Northern Heats in Glasgow.


Friday, November 14th, 2014

18th October 2014, 5pm

Location: Has Bean Coffee, Stafford

In attendance: Rob Ward, Gosia Lendzioszek, Dave Jones, Matt Lasek, Chris Hall, Denise Hall, Steve Leighton, Tom Booth, Jonny England, Rob Dunne, Rohan Potumpe, Natasha Kemp, Edgars Kazlousky, Edita Chodarcevic, Sonja Bjork Grant, Lyndsey Harley, Jamie Treby! !


Presented by Simon, Treasurer and Barista

This has been a very positive year, with a number of fixed contracts for sponsorship amounting to just under £40,000 of sponsorship last year. Due to a tightening of control of expenses, particularly judges expenses, total expenses were just over £26,000, resulting in net retained earnings of just over £13,500 along with £7,500 brought forward from last year meaning we are in a good financial position having approximately £21,000 going forward into next year.

The biggest expenses were in relation to the Superheat (Approx £11,500), judges expenses (Approx £6,500) and winners expenses (Approx £5,000)

Both Simon and Steve expressed their appreciation to those judges who had endeavored to keep the judges expenses at a minimum, whether by accepting costs personally as in many cases they would have been attending the event anyway or by employers generously meeting costs.

Steve put this into perspective by quoting the previous years figures where the full £60,000 sponsorship money was spent. This year the Superheat helped to reduce the overall costs. This was the first time ever SCAE UK had paid for a venue, whereas normally the hosts have paid for the venue.

Communications Co-ordinator – Chloe 

Apologies from Chloe. Steve Leighton spoke on her behalf.

Twitter has been a great way to communicate with baristas. Chloe has taken on a great deal of responsibility on a voluntary basis from a previous committee that was paid to do this job. She has dealt with the competitors entering , filtering any queries through to Steve and Denise. We are very lucky to have Chloe as the Communications Co-ordinator and she is doing a great job.

Competitions Co-ordinator – Denise


Denise said that she believed the UK had one of the best teams of judges in the world. Also we have the highest calibre of competitors in the world.

Denise thanked all those that helped at the Superheat. With special thanks given to Tim Sturk, Richard Hardwick, Jonathan Wadham, Sonja Grant for running judges certification and Jess McDonald for her substantial assistance with certification/judges last year.

We will again be having events at different venues/parts of the country. Whilst this may add additional dates it was asked that judges nearest to the events offer their skills as judges to keep costs at a minimum. Judges closest to a venue will be chosen in preference to those living further away.

Denise is looking for people to help with each competition on the day and people who would do some work maybe in advance with the venue. Please could you contact her if you would be interested.

Steve noted that last year was the first year that no complaints were received in relation to judges and this was put down to the professionalism demonstrated by judges at both the Superheat and London Coffee Festival. With special thanks going to Head Judges Jamie and Jochem.!

Education Co-ordinator – Tim


Apologies from Ben Townsend.

The team wanted to initiate something that was non competition based. The plan being quartlery coffee information evenings with the first one, a cupping workshop, on Tuesday 21 Oct. We have linked up with the International Coffee Organisation to use their facilities in London, but the first event will be held at Bank Street, with Noble Street Coffee, New York, who own farms and have the whole bean to cup journey included in their business presenting for 2 hours tasting and brewing coffees 6.30-8.30pm. Space limited to 40 people.

The next event will be at the ICO in January and further information will be announced on Twitter. We are also connecting with the Barista Guild and the education co-ordinators from around Europe, sharing resources using the CDS and so not trying to reinvent the wheel.

Steve indicated that there will be a lot more coming from the education sector as with the money in place it is looking to start doing things for roasters, shop owners, not just for baristas. As a chapter it is hoped that events will be aimed at the whole coffee community. That is the plan once the current competition season has taken place, With a view to looking forward to a summer event for other coffee professionals, not just the barista community.

Membership Committee – Jonathan


Apologies from Jonathan. Steve Leighton spoke on his behalf.

In April 2013, when Jonathan became Membership chair we had 158 members, as of 12 October we have 351. This is a positive as we are the biggest chapter in SCAE. We receive a rebate on all those memberships. A large number of these new memberships are judges and competitors who joined in order to take part in the UKBC, having not previously been required to be members to do so, as well as other new members wishing to join the SCAE community in the UK.

Jonathan asked that people contact him with any membership queries that they may have.

Steve acknowledged that the sponsorship from Pullman and Pulycaf last year were all the work of Jonathan and his is an amazing person to have on the team, with a personal thanks going to Jonathan from Steve.

National Co-ordinator – Steve

Steve took the position as National Co-ordinator in November last year after Lyndsey left the post as there was no one else that wanted to take the position. It was noted that Steve was coerced into the position during a drunken discussion in Milan, taking the role full time after the 2013 UKBC. Once the new sponsors are all signed up and we have a successful competition this year Steve will be stepping down as National Co-ordinator, but will still be part of the committee. The position of National Co-ordinator is available to anyone. “The wages are nil, the stresses are many and the pressure on your own business because you can’t focus on that is huge.” If you would like to stand for the position please do. It would be nice if anyone interested could get involved now to see how the position works for the next nine months before taking over.

Latte Art Competition – 13th December 2014 – Sponsored by La Marzocco

La Marzocco have not paid to be the sole sponsors, this was encouraged by Steve. It is a one year contract. Steve wanted them to show SCAE UK what an event it can be and that there would be value to them should they want to be sponsors next year. They’re going to have educational “stuff” going on La Mazocco-Style – “I’m sure there will be Pizza, Scalextrics and maybe Subbuteo in there”.

The “fun” nature of the event may make it more challenging for judges, but it should be a very exciting event.

Coffee in Good Spirits

This event possibly taking place at Cafe Culture in March, with it’s own stage along with the cupping competition. A meeting to discuss this will take place on Wednesday. There are currently no agreed sponsors although there are interested parties. One machine sponsor is required for the whole event covering the cost of the winner’s expenses going away and the judges costs, with no other charge to the sponsor.

Brewers Cup


There has been lots of interest from those wishing to host this event. As a committee we decided Waterloo Tea in Cardiff had the strongest offer. They will also run their tea event at the same time. The date is to be decided, although is likely to be January.

Cupping Competition


To be run alongside the Coffee in Good Spirits as Cafe Culture offers a great space to do this. Denise has been talking to Bunn with a view to them running this event.


Is there anyone who would like to sponsor this competition? Steve said that if he was not National Co-ordinator he would host the Ibrik competition and everybody would have to wear Fez’ who came to watch and there would be lots of beer involved!!
We are actively looking for a host for this competition. It is low cost. It requires a venue and flights to Greece, some accommodation and maybe a trophy and the judges normally judge for free as the person behind the main competition loves it so much she will find judges for us who won’t charge.



Essential Cafe were going to be hosting the whole competition. A deal with struck where they would manage all of the sponsorship and we would get a lump sum as a chapter come in. They would cover all the judges expenses. They would run the UKBC alongside their own event which is trade show. Handshakes and gentleman’s agreements where made which they backed out of at 7pm 17th October following Steve asking them for a contract before the AGM on 18th.

This means there is currently no venue for the finals and we do not have any sponsorship contracts in place as this was something that Essential Cafe were in the process of doing.

Machine Sponsorship


The machine sponsor is La Spaziali. There was talk of many companies putting bids in for the sponsorship of the event. As of the closing date we had no bids from sponsors. They were all recontacted again by different members of the committee and by Essential Cafe, with just one bid received from La Spaziali.

Grinder sponsorship

Two bids received from Mahlkonig and Simonelli. Simonelli are the chosen sponsors.

This decision was made not necessarily because theirs was the highest bid, but they were the strongest bid, willing to provide people on the ground, also a WC rep for the finals (Lauro Fioretti – Also a WBC judge) and technical support. The bids were incredibly close.

Water Sponsor


Pentair to sponsor for the next three years.

Other sponsors 


To be announced over the next few weeks.

Sponsorship committee

There is an amount of work to be done before the heats including signing contracts with sponsors. If anyone would like to look after a sponsor we would be grateful for that. There are approx 10-12 sponsors. It would be great to have a group of people who were part of a sponsorship committee who would volunteer and maybe look after two sponsors who you’d have to speak to once a month to see if there was anything they wanted from us as a chapter and report this back to the National Co-ordinator.

The loss of Arla as a sponsor last year cost £14,000 and Inter-America £5,000. These sponsor had simply not been contacted during their time as sponsors and they felt no one was looking after them.

Other matters


Tim Sturk has visited the Scotland venue and is very pleased with it. This space is now organised and paid for. Gratitude to all three heat hosts was expressed by Steve and SCAE UK.

There is a meeting on Wednesday re the finals with a view to maybe having this in Scotland and maybe back to London next year

Meeting adjourned approx 5.30pm

The SCAE Barista Championships see Origin Coffee host the Southern heats in Bristol

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The South’s most skilled baristas are currently preparing for the Southern heat of the UK’s most prestigious barista competition, the UK Barista Championships run by SCAE UK (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe – UK chapter).

This year the Southern Heat sees Origin coffee, Cornish based roasters, host the regional championships, and their chosen location is the famous Bristol site, SS Great Britain.

The site of Brunel’s famous ship, located in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside will see twenty baristas gather to demonstrate their brewing prowess. The heat will comprise of fifteen minute slots in which each barista will have the opportunity to make four espresso, four cappuccino and four espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks. The drinks are judged by two technical and four sensory judges, who between them will assess everything from technical knowledge to taste balance. A test of both art and science.

Tom Sobey, founder of Origin said “the location is iconic to the South and will be a unique venue for the South’s talented baristas to gather and demonstrate their ability. It’s incredibly important that events like this are well supported to help promote the skills that go into brewing exceptional coffee. The UK’s playing catch up with the coffee cultures in America, Australia and New Zealand, in which being a barista is a well-respected and understood profession. We’re delighted to be hosting this year and helping to recognise this talent.”

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Origin Coffee is one of the UK’s leading speciality coffee roasters, based in Cornwall.

They believe that seasonal coffee traded directly is the best way to ensure an exceptional product and achieve this by visiting the farms and mills they work with directly (or do so through their trusted partners) and rewarding them for producing the best quality crops through sustainable and ethical practices. Origin coffees are rotated based on seasonality with monthly single origin’s and special small lot coffees.

The coffee beans are roasted at Origin in Cornwall, using a Loring Smart Roast, the world’s first environmentally friendly coffee roaster.

This pursuit of quality continues with the baristas they work with; amongst the best in the country, including UK Barista Champions.

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