SCAE UK News Updates

Discuss and Vote on the Proposed SCAE/SCAA Unification

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

All SCAE members are invited to a meeting to discuss and vote of the proposed SCAE/SCAA unification.

The SCAE are hosting a meeting with the SCAE UK Chapter

  • Date: Thursday 7th April at 6.30pm
  • Venue: ETC Venues Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate Court, 4-12 Norton Folgate, London, E1 6DQ.

The plan is to discuss this unification and cast your vote on this important matter.

All SCAE Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

 

UKBC 2016 Semi-Finals Running Order

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

We have the running order for the UKBC 2016 Semi-Finals that are to be held on Saturday 9th April.

Don Altizo – 10:15
Dan Fellows – 10:35
Tom Hopkinson – 10:55
Jana Slamova – 11:15
Lina Piprek – 11:35
Will Pitts – 11:55

James Wallace – 13:15
Kieran Carney – 13:35
Dale Harris – 13:55
Joe Meagher – 14:15
Claire Wallace – 14:35
Jesse Dodkins – 14:55

* Please note these times are correct as at time of posting, but may change and could run late. please use the timings as a guide only.

 

 

SCAE UK Brewers Cup 12 Semi Finalists Announced

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Following a busy brewing weekend we have our 12 semi-finalists for this years SCAE UK Brewers Cup Competition.
The 12 will compete at the London Coffee Festival on Thursday 7th April for one of 6 places in the final the following day; Friday 8th April.

Thank you to everyone who helped put on an amazing event!

The semi-finalists are:

Name                                                  Open/Compulsory        Total

Jeremy Challender, Prufrock                     79.79/77.00        156.78
Jack Henderson, Origin Coffee                  84.24/71.83        156.07
Josh Tarlo, Origin Coffee                             83.58/71.92        155.51
Daniel Say, Union Hand Roasted              81.98/73.30        155.28
Edward Greenall, Origin coffee                   81.77/72.58        154.35
Simon Clark, Climpsons                               81.25/71.33        152.58
Anthony Piper, Climpsons                           77.81/70.40        148.21
Alison Bell, BLK Coffee                                 76.09/71.67        147.76
Edward Anderson Brown, Vagabond         72.29/73.50        145.79
John Gibson, Brew Lab                                 76.36/68.00        144.36
Hyungeun Kim, Milk Bar / Flat White          74.78/69.16        143.95
Liam Field, Macintyre Coffee                       72.92/69.75        142.67

Thank you to everyone who competed and congratulations to all the above. See you in London!

 

To register for your complimentary industry access, on the Thursday & Friday trade days, visit: www.londoncoffeefestival.com tickets and use the promo code: SIGLCF

UK Brewers Cup 2016

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The UK Brewers Cup Competition kicks off the weekend in Brighton and features a menu of unusual pursuits alongside the competition, including a one-off dinner by award-wining chef Douglas McMaster structured entirely around coffee waste and the long-awaited second issue of Longberry.

Longberry magazine, an occasional journal about coffee, will dive into the remarkable (and potentially tasty) offshoots of coffee production that are currently wasted; the unexamined context of violence in many coffee-producing countries; and the ways in which the industry uses farmer images to sell products, among other things. Alongside the launch, illustrator Philippe Nash will exhibit a selection of original images from the issue, while Editors James Hoffmann and Ben Szobody helped conceive the dinner with Silo.

The meal is being produced in collaboration with Szobody, who manages the One Church Brighton venue and its coffee- and waste-related projects, as well as Hoffmann, co-owner of Square Mile Coffee.

Hoffmann has begun to produce small batches of cascara-based chocolate, which will be available, while Szobody has helped mastermind a weekly Brighton pop-up with The Real Junk Food Project that radically mixes social groups by generating chef-produced canteen food and speciality coffee service based on surplus ingredients.

McMaster is a co-owner of the acclaimed no-waste restaurant and a veteran of some of the world’s top-ranked restaurants. At Silo, he has developed ways to reuse waste from the coffee bar while incorporating the results into a fine dining menu that is among Brighton’s best.

Excess milk is frequently converted into cheese, and the whey processed as sorbet or syrup. There are no bins in Silo, and coffee grounds are both the base nutrient for edible mushrooms and a major component of an aerobic compost machine named Bertha. McMaster’s sample menu for the Brewers Cup include carrots slow-cooked in the natural heat inside the compost.

This evening meal will follow the Saturday leg of the competition. Tickets are £8, limited to 50 people and are available from the SCAEUK Competitons website www.scaecompetitions.co.uk.

Thanks to the kind sponsorship of Square Mile Coffee Roasters, Small Batch Coffee Company and BWT-Water and More all proceeds from the meal will now go to charity.

These two incredible events will flesh out what promises to be an excellent Brewers Cup heat, with 24 of the UK’s best coffee professionals vying for a place in the national finals at the London Coffee Festival in April.

And so on to the finals!

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Wow, what fantastic heats we’ve had this year. Big thanks to our three hosts, Timberyard, Dear Green Coffee and Beyond the Bean for looking after us and make the events the success they have been.

Wednesday saw the final heat taking place in Bristol, with the top 3 spots of the heat ending up as:

1 Dale Harris Hasbean 607
2 Jesse Dodkins Origin Coffee 560.5
3 Don Altiozo Baxter Storey 498

Which of course means we now know who will be the 12 semi-finalists competing at London Coffee Festival in April…

1 Dale Harris Hasbean 607
2 Claire Wallace Brew Lab 576
3 Dan Fellows Origin Coffee 570.5
4 Jesse Dodkins Origin coffee 560.5
5 Will Pitts Origin Coffee 557.5
6 Joe Meagher Flat Caps Coffee 552.5
7 James Wallace Back to Black Coffee 531
8 Lina Piprek Knot Coffee & Pretzel 507.5
9 Tom Hopkinson Cloud Picker Coffee 499.5
10 Don Altiozo Baxter Storey 498
11 Jana Slamova Baxter Storey 495
12 Kieran Carney Baxter Storey 494.5

Some of those scores are VERY close so anything could happen – we hope you will be coming to watch!

It’s not just about the top 12 though, we want to thank, and congratulate all the 2016 competitors, no matter where they ranked in the end. Entering UKBC, and the other SCAE UK competitions, takes dedication, passion, and drive. We know the effort that goes into competing, and hope that the whole experience has been educational – and that we will see you again next year!

Of course, thanks to all our sponsors, who fund all our competitions, be sure to have a click on their logos and find out more about each other them.

Brewers Cup Update

The Brighton heat of the Brewers Cup heat this year will feature a menu of unusual pursuits alongside the competition, including a one-off dinner by award-wining chef Douglas McMaster structured entirely around coffee waste and the long-awaited second issue of Longberry.

Longberry magazine, an occasional journal about coffee, will dive into the remarkable (and potentially tasty) offshoots of coffee production that are currently wasted; the unexamined context of violence in many coffee-producing countries; and the ways in which the industry uses farmer images to sell products, among other things. Alongside the launch, illustrator Philippe Nash will exhibit a selection of original images from the issue, while Editors James Hoffmann and Ben Szobody helped conceive the dinner with Silo.

McMaster is a co-owner of the acclaimed no-waste restaurant and a veteran of some of the world’s top-ranked restaurants. At Silo, he has developed ways to reuse waste from the coffee bar while incorporating the results into a fine dining menu that is among Brighton’s best.

Excess milk is frequently converted into cheese, and the whey processed as sorbet or syrup. There are no bins in Silo, and coffee grounds are both the base nutrient for edible mushrooms and a major component of an aerobic compost machine named Bertha. McMaster’s sample menu for the Brewers Cup include carrots slow-cooked in the natural heat inside the compost.

This evening meal will follow the Saturday leg of the competition. Tickets are £8, limited to 50 people and are available from the SCAEUK Competitons website www.scaecompetitions.co.uk.

The meal is being produced in collaboration with Szobody, who manages the One Church Brighton venue and its coffee- and waste-related projects, as well as Hoffmann, co-owner of Square Mile Coffee.

Hoffmann has begun to produce small batches of cascara-based chocolate, which will be available, while Szobody has helped mastermind a weekly Brighton pop-up with The Real Junk Food Project that radically mixes social groups by generating chef-produced canteen food and speciality coffee service based on surplus ingredients.

These two incredible events will flesh out what promises to be an excellent Brewers Cup heat, with 24 of the UK’s best coffee professionals vying for a place in the national finals at the London Coffee Festival in April.

Glasgow Follow up

Friday, February 26th, 2016

With another fantastic heat done and dusted a massive thank you to Lisa and the team at Dear Green Coffee for hosting such a great day. Also, to all our sponsors for their help and support on the day and behind the scenes.

Most importantly, how do those results effect the leader board? As it stand the scores on the doors for the top 12, who would currently make it to the semis are:

Claire Wallace Brew Lab 576
Dan Fellows Origin Coffee 570.5
Will Pitts Origin Coffee 557.5
Joe Meagher Flat Caps Coffee 552.5
James Wallace Back to Black Coffee 531
Lina Piprek Knot Coffee & Pretzel 507.5
Tom Hopkinson Cloud Picker Coffee 499.5
Keiran Carney Baxter Storey 494.5
Ott Rosenfeld Taylor St Baristas 491.5
Olivia Walsh Ozone Coffee 484.5
Katelyn Thomson Avenue Coffee 482
Nicola Peacock Perky Peacock 479.5

The Bristol heat takes place at Paintworks on Wednesday 9th March, with more top competitors vying for one of those spots. So, who stays? who goes? You decide…. ok, so that’s not strictly true, obviously the judges decide, but it had a nice ring to it. See you on the 9th!

UKBC 2016 – London Heats Running Order

Monday, February 15th, 2016

The London Heats of the UKBC are being hosted by Timberyard at their Soho branch, the running order is:

Day 1



Name Company Start time
Antonio Orria     Taylor St Baristas  09.30
Lina Piprek  Knot Coffee & Pretzel     10.20
Will Pitts Origin Coffee 11.10
Daniel o’regan Store St Espresso 12:00
Olivia Walsh Ozone Coffee 12.50
Ott Rosenfeld Taylor St Baristas 13.40
Simon Frewin The Coffeekabin 14.30
Christopher Rumney     Taylor St Room 15.20
Lee Harte Giddyup Coffee 16.10
Jack Goldsborough Taylor St Baristas 17.00



Day 2


Name Company Start time
Joshua Newman     Union Hand Roasted   09.30
Lisa-Laura Verhoest     Taylor St Baristas   10.20
Piotr Kulaga Taylor St Baristas 11.10
James West Union Hand Roasted 12:00
Atilla Toth Prufock Coffee 12.50
David Leeper FCB Artisan Espresso     13.40
Jack Dobby Matthew Algie 14.30
Samuel Coleman   Workshop Coffee 15.20
Dan Fellows Origin Coffee 16.10
Derek Buckley Baxter Storey 17.00


UKBC 2016 – When, Where and Who to watch.

Monday, February 15th, 2016

With the first heat of this years UKBC just around the corner many of you will want to go support your friend and family, here’s the lowdown on this years heats:

London Heat
When: 17th and 18th February
Where: Timberyard Soho, 4 Neal St, Soho, W1F 8GB
Evening events: Networking and Party on 17th, Barista Film screening @ 7.45pm on 18th

Glasgow Heat
When: 24th February
Where: Glasgow Collective Studios, 13-17 East Campbell Street, Glasgow, G1 5DT
Evening events: Pre-event party @ Launch of Scottish Indie Coffee Guide.

 

Bristol Heat
When: 9th March
Where: Paintworks, Bath Rd, Bristol, BS4 3EH
Evening events: Heat host Beyond the Bean are throwing and and of heats party.

 

Semi Finals and Finals
When: 9th and 10th April
Where: London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QR

 

The heats start at 9am each day and a full running order will be online soon.

 

If you can’t make it during the day, you can always follow the competition on Twitter @scaeuk or on the Live stream, details of which will be released shortly.

 

And if you miss all of this, make sure to come along in the evenings as each event will be open late giving you the chance to catch up on the days progress and mix with some of coffees finest people.

Bewley’s to send best UKBC rookie to Barista Camp

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Competition season is in full swing and the UKBC official coffee sponsor, Bewley’s, is adding even more excitement into the mix by announcing that the top ‘rookie’ barista, will be offered the chance to take up a fully sponsored place at the Barista Guild of Europe’s, Barista Camp later this year.

Bewley’s believes in investing in its staff and it was felt that extending the offer to the newer competitors was a way of demonstrating the genuine commitment to advancing coffee skill set in the UK. Any competitor who excels in competition is already an ambassador for speciality coffee and will have excellent barista skills. This prize will further those skills and will attach qualifications and experience that the winner can use as they progress in their career.

Bewley’s will also sponsor the runner-up in the ‘rookie’ category through, both the intermediate and professional brewing module of the SCAE diploma, giving that individual a great start on their way to gaining their full coffee diploma.

Last year’s winner of the prize, Will Pitts said: “Last year I was lucky enough to receive the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the UKBC. My prize, sponsored by Bewley’s, was a trip to barista camp, which took place over 3 days in Riccione, Italy. Barista camp is a mass communion of people who work in coffee.

 Over 3 days I was taught by some of the finest coffee professionals on the planet – and learnt so much alongside them. It has given me the tools to understand more about coffee, and I am even more driven to compete again this year. The best newcomer award is an amazing incentive to get new faces in the competition scene, and I highly recommend that anybody new to it who fancies it, just go for it!”

‘Rookie/newcomer’ is defined by not having competed (or judged) in a WCE sanctioned barista competition.

The top ‘rookie’ barista is indicated by points awarded by the UKBC judges.

 

Brewers Cup

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Happy New Year to you all! Since we last spoke another competition is full to burst, and we have entry details of the next one; 2016 is going to be great…

As we announced late last year the 2016 UK Brewers Cup is going to take place in Brighton on the 19th- and 20th March. A two day national heat will be held at One Church, Brighton. Accompanied by a coffee art exhibition, exploring the images and photography we so often view our industry through, this will be part of a celebration of coffee with a food hall live music and evening drinks! Good times.

We are now pleased to tell you how you can enter and snap up a place.

What: UK Brewers Cup
Registration opens: 9am, 30th January
How to register: Visit the SCAE Competitions site and purchase your place. Once you have bought your place, you are in.
Number of places: 24
Cost: £25
Rules: 2016 rules will apply, find them here and get cramming.

The event will be over both days, but you will only have to attend one of the days to compete.

Semi-finals and final
Where: London
Host: London Coffee Festival
When:  April 2016
Number of places: 12 Semi finalists / 6 finalists

The winner of the UK competition will represent us all in Dublin in June. No pressure there then. At all.