SCAE UK News Updates

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.

Origin coffee can be experienced in leading independent cafes, boutique hotels and at online at

Your SCAE Committee Needs YOUR Help

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

We are looking for a someone to help with our Sponsorship Management at the SCAE UKBC chapter.

Competitions don’t pay for themselves, and we need sponsors for the life blood. The sponsorship manager will liaise with sponsors and the committee, to be the link to all the different chairs. You will be given all the tools you need so no previous experience necessary, you have to like coffee, like talking to people and like managing relationships (and spending lots of time on your telephone).

The pay is nil, the conditions are worse, but you do get to help your SCAE and the chapter do a better job with competitions, and that should be reward enough.
Please let us know asap.

UK Barista Championship Regional Heats Registration

Friday, October 10th, 2014


We’re pleased to announce that the UK Barista Championship Regional Heats are now open for registrations.

Warwick – 23rd November 2014

Bristol – 28th November 2014

Glasgow -06th December 2014

Please select the nearest region to your place of work. There will be 20 places available for each of the regional heats, so please also select a 2nd choice for if your 1st choice fills up.

More details on all the hosts and their venues will be released over the next few days.

Entry is free for all SCAE members.

Entrants must be 18 years of age and above.

Please keep an eye on our Twitter feed @SCAEUK for updates

Please send all questions to


SCAE UK Chapter AGM Meeting

Friday, October 10th, 2014
We will be holding our annual AGM Saturday 18th October at Has Bean Coffee at 4pm, directly after the first day of this year’s judges certification and calibration.
The agenda will be as follows.
Message from Communications Chair
Message from Competitions Chair

Message from Education Chairs
Message from Membership Chair
Message from Treasurer
Message from NC
Sponsorship update on Latte Art
Sponsorship update on CIGS
Sponsorship update on Brewers Cup
Sponsorship update on Cupping comp
Sponsorship update on Ibrik
Sponsorship and long term approach to UKBC
Questions and any other business
If you are unable to attend, please forward any questions to before friday the 17th of october.
Minutes will be available as soon as possible after the meeting.


Pentair foodservice announced as water sponsor for UKBC Live

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Pentair Foodservice has secured the prestigious position of water sponsor for the 2015 SCAE UK Barista Championships hosted and organised by Essential Café Magazine.

Pentair filtration and treatment products will play a key role in providing competitors with the raw ingredients needed to create their drinks in this annual and hotly contested competition to find the top barista in the land.

Tony Monks, marketing manager EMEA, Pentair Foodservice, says: “We are delighted to be the water sponsors for the SCAE UK Barista Championships 2015, hosted by our good friends at Essential Café Magazine. We share the same passion for quality as the barista’s striving to reach the very top of their game and so are delighted that our products will be used to help the contestants create the very best beverages they can in their quest to be crowned the UK’s very best.”

For more information on the UK Barista Championships Live, contact the organisers,
Essential Café Magazine on +44 (0)1634 673163.

Mythos One announced as official grinder at UKBC Live

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

At the UKBC 2015 the Nuova Simonelli’s Mythos One will be the official grinder. The same machine was also chosen by five out of the six finalists at the 2014 SCAJ competition in Japan and was used by the 2014 World Barista Champion Hidenori Izaki at the WBC in Rimini.

Mythos One, the first on-demand grinder from Nuova Simonelli, was created to become an indispensable practical tool for espresso professionals and locales with high sales volumes, for coffee corners, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants.

Using its own Clima Pro technology to make genuinely consistent doses a reality, the Mythos One ‘On Demand’ offers innovative and intelligent management of the milling chamber temperature ensuring a constant dose and therefore a better quality of espresso extraction.

The new model also pays increased attention to the sustainable aspects of operation including waste management, acoustic comfort, ergonomics and ease of use. There is a new system for attaching the filter holder so the barista does not have to hold it by hand during the filling phase and an innovative ‘Clump Crusher’, which ensures maximum regularity of the output stream of any coffee blend.

For more information on the UK Barista Championships Live, contact the organisers, Essential Café Magazine on +44 (0)1634 673163.

La Spaziale announced as machine sponsor for UKBC Live

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

La Spaziale has been announced as the winning bid for the machine sponsor for the 2015 SCAE UK Barista Championships hosted and organised by Essential Café Magazine.

The machine chosen for this highly sought after role will be the La Spaziale S40. This state of the art espresso machine has been built for baristas who strive for perfection in the cup and offers control and reliability for every drink produced and will provide the perfect partner for competitors to deliver their finest coffee creations and ultimately impress the judges.

Steve Penk, commercial director for the company, says: “Naturally we are delighted to be involved with the SCAE UK Barista Championships again for 2015. Our S40 machine was created to allow the barista the freedom and control needed to create the very best coffee, showcasing their abilities, whilst supporting this great competition is a real thrill for the whole La Spaziale team. We are all looking forward to seeing who comes out on top in this exciting and prestigious event.”

For more information on the UK Barista Championships Live, contact the organisers, All Things Media on +44 (0)1634 673163.

Judges Calibration and training for 2014

Friday, September 26th, 2014
The Uk Competitions certification will be held at Has Bean coffee roaster in Stafford on October 18th. This will be followed by calibration on the 19th for ALL judges. EVERYONE must attend the calibration day to be entitled to judge.

To register, please email and we’ll send you a link to online registration. Please fill the form out fully so that you receive all information. The certification day is charged at £50 per person, payable in advance.

Both days will be run by Sonja Grant, WCE representative and WBC Head judge. Sonja judges competitions around the world and also runs the World Judges certification programme so we are very happy to have her running our certifications for us. Sonja has been involved in barista competitions from the start and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us.
Denise will be holding a training day for new judges on October 14th at Coffee XTC in Essex, so any volunteers for this would be most welcome. The training will be free of charge and lunch will be provided at a cost of £10 per person. Please email and you’ll be sent a link to online registration.
New judges are very welcome, and experienced judges – we look forward to welcoming you back!

Seeking A Host For UK Brewers Cup Championship

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Dear Members.

We are looking for a partner to host this years brewers cup competition in order for us to discover the 2015 UK Brewers Cup Champion. In the past we have relied on other competitions to host this amazing championship, but this year we would like to make it a stand alone event.
As host you will be required to provide a venue and facilities for the 2 day competition. In return, you will be listed as one of the main sponsors of the competition and get the chance to meet with, exchange ideas and network with other coffee professionals.
If you’re interested please contact us through the SCAE UK website with details of who you are and where you propose to hold the event.
We will be selecting a venue after the closing date of Friday the 3rd of November 2014.


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