SCAE UK News Updates

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


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