SCAE UK News Updates

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.

The results are in…

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Wow, La Marzocco really know how to put on an event and Saturday’s Generation Coffee was no exception. With over 400 people through the doors it made for the perfect backdrop to two more of our competitions, Coffee in Good Spirits and Latte Art.

But who won what? Well here’s how the top six looks…

Dahn Tamang     438.5         Caracoli
Rohan Pitumpe   358            Harris + Hoole
Jack Henderson  326.5        Origin Coffee
Don Altizo             318.5        Baxter Storey
Midori Fujimoto  304           Ozone Coffee
Sam Jones             297           Coffee at Ltd

So massive congratulations to Dahn from Caracoli who will go on to represent the UK in Shanghai in March.

And a final thank you to our Latte Art competition sponsors, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee for supplying the coffee and Northiam Dairy for supplying the much needed milk!

And so to Coffee In Good Spirits, this year kindly sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka.

David Jameson is our new champion and will go onto Shanghai – cheers to that!

David Jameson        339.5       Union Hand Roasted
Dan Fellows              295          Origin Coffee
Katelyn Thomson    237          Avenue Coffee
Maja Jaworska        235.5        White Lyan
Kate Beard               219            Independent
Anthony Piper         213.5        Climpson and Sons

And finally, a really big thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the day too – from clearing tables, to updating social media, we couldn’t do it without you – huge thanks to you all!

 

World Competitions Education Programme

If you are serious about entering any of our competitions, and hopefully going on to represent the UK at a world level, you may be interested in the new World Competitions Education Program. Developed by World Coffee Events’ Instructional Design Sub-Committee (IDSC) to provide in-depth instruction about world competitions the London located event is hosted by Timberyard and SCAE UK, and supported by Nuova Simonelli.Taking place between 23-27 January 2016 the WCEP is specifically focused on competitions training and includes reviewing current rules and regulations, competition procedures, judging skills, and how competitions are judged. The modules are suited for anyone interested in competition, as a judge, competitor or coach. Whether you are looking to compete, or judge, there is a module for you. For full details and how to register please email Anne-Marie.

 

Happy Christmas and a super New Year from SCAE UK

So, as 2015 comes towards its end we can look back on completed Cup Tasting, Roasting, CIGS and Latte Art competitions, and forward to next years Brewers Cup in Brighton, and of course the return of UKBC to London Coffee Fest.

Wishing you all happy holidays!

from Maxwell, Mat, Jonathan, Chloe, and Helen.

UKBC Competition Dates Announcement

Monday, November 30th, 2015

UKBC COMPETITION DATES ANNOUNCEMENT!

With two competitions under our belts and Latte Art and CIGS just the corner, we are excited to announce the dates for the 2016 UK Barista Championship. UKBC 2016 will be made up of 3 regional heats, the semi-final and final. Places are limited so be sure to be around on the 17th December to get your place. All the details you need about the competition can be found here

What: UKBC Regional Heats
Registration opens: 9am, 17th December
How to register: Visit the SCAE Competitions site and purchase your place.
Cost: £25 (as before, this is to reduced the number of no shows for these valuable spots)

The dates…

Where: London, Timberyard
Host: Timberyard
When:  Wednesday 17 / Thursday 18 February 2016
Number of places: 20

Where: Glasgow, venue Glasgow Collective
Host: Dear Green Coffee
When: Wednesday 24 February 2016
Number of places: 20

Where: Bristol, Paintworks
Host: Beyond the Bean
When:  Wednesday 9 March 2016
Number of places: 20

UKBC Semi-finals
Where: London

Host: London Coffee Festival
When:  Saturday 9 April 2016
Number of places: 12

UKBC Final
Where: London

Host: London Coffee Festival
When:  Sunday 10 April 2016
Number of places: 6

We are planning all kinds of super stuff around the heats, including parties, networking, film screening and art, so make sure you come along and enjoy the day, even if you are not competing. We’ll be sending out more details on each heat nearer the time so keep your eyes peeled.

All the news from SCAE UK

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Following a fantastic weekend of all things coffee at Cup North in Manchester, we can share what you missed, who took the title and who made it all possible…

The event started with 24 competitors in Round one, the top 9 then went through to the next round, including big names like James Bailey (Workshop), Gayan Munaweera (UCC), Alex Passmore (Origin), Ewan Osprey Bird (Brewlab) in Edinburgh and UK Roasting Champion Matthew Simoniesma-Robley.

No one scored a perfect 8 in round one, with the pressure telling, the 9 semi-finalists were:
Yuko Inoue – Timberyard / Paul Ross – Saint Espresso / Katelyn Thomson – Avenue Coffee / James Bailey – Workshop Coffee / Alex Passmore – Origin Coffee / Edward Greenall – Origin Coffee /Sonali Tailor – Selfridges/Origin / Aga Baronowska – Boston Tea Party / Gayan Munaweera – UCC.

Scores ranged from 1 to a perfect 8 (Gayan) and the triangulations got tougher.
The final round was made up of Gayan, Sonali, Katelyn; great to see two women in the final.
The final triangulations were especially tough with coffees from the same farm but different varieties, neighbouring regions of the same country, and same coffee from different roasters. How do you think you would have done?!
Gayan smashed it with another perfect 8/8 – a worth champion to represent us in in Shanghai!

All that is left is to thank all the people who helped make the event the success it was.

Obviously a huge thank you to the Cup North team who not only put on a great event, but hosted our Cup Tasters competition. We wouldn’t have been able to run the competition without them, or our lead sponsor, Bunnmatic who will be flying the winner to Shanghai in March to represent the UK at the world championships. The competition coffee was kindly supplied by Has Bean, Dear Green, Square Mile, Workshop, Hear and Graft (Manchester), Clifton Coffee, Colonna Coffee, James Gourmet – so thanks for their support too. And finally, a special shout out to our MC’s for the event, UKBC judges Rob Ward (Cimbali) and Dave Jameson (Union) for keeping the spectators up to speed with the event.

As with all SCAE UK events, it’s through the support of sponsors, businesses and individuals that make the competitions what they are, so we really do mean it when we say thank you.

Our thoughts now move to the next competitions, CIGS and Latte Art hosted by La Marzocco on 12th December, at Bl-nk in London. All the competition places got snapped up pretty quickly, so although you have missed the chance to compete, we hope you can come along, support the competitors and the event. The event is free, but you do need to register for a ticket in advance here

The winners from both events will be announced at the end of the day, and will go on to represent the UK in Shanghai, in March.

We are still sorting out dates and venues for the UKBC heats which will be taking place in the New Year, as soon as we have the details you will be the first to know.
We can however tell you about a new way to help with the ever increasing costs of entering the competition. Beyond the Bean, one of our UKBC Bronze Sponsors and long-time supporter of the competition has launched the BTB Barista Bursary, offering support to any barista looking to enter the competition. The support package includes a place on the World Competitions Education Program (more on that below) plus help and support throughout your UKBC journey. Full details can be found here – but be quick, you only have until 15th December to enter – good luck!

World Competitions Education Programme (WCEP)

If you are serious about entering any of our competitions, and hopefully going on to represent the UK at a world level, you may be interested in the new World Competitions Education Program.  Developed by World Coffee Events’ Instructional Design Sub-Committee (IDSC) to provide in-depth instruction about world competitions the London located event is hosted by Timberyard and SCAE UK, and supported by Nuova Simonelli.Taking place between 23-27 January 2016 the WCEP is specifically focused on competitions training and includes reviewing current rules and regulations, competition procedures, judging skills, and how competitions are judged. The modules are suited for anyone interested in competition, as a judge, competitor or coach. Whether you are looking to compete, or judge, there is a module for you. For full details and how to register please email Anne-Marie.

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Full Results from The 2016 SCAE UK Roasters Competition

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Here are the full results from the recent UK Coffee Roasting competition hosted by Dear Green and Coffee Nexus at the Glasgow Coffee Festival.

Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, Prufrock: 484.5
Alan Tomlins, Small Batch: 478
Edgars Juska, Vagabond/Prufrock: 475.5
Catherine O’Shea, Artisan: 473
Jamie McLuckie, Luckie Beans: 471.25
Simon Clark, Climpson & Sons: 465.5
Greg Jones, Footprint: 452.25
Anthony Piper, Climpson & Sons: 449.75

Congratulations to Matthew Robley-Siemonsma who will be going on to represent the UK at the 2016 World Coffee Roasting Championship in Shanghai, China next March.

A new Roasting Champion and dates for CIGS and Latte Art

Friday, October 30th, 2015

We hope those of you who made it enjoyed Glasgow Coffee Festival as nuch as we did, it really was a fantastic event.   Matthew Robley-Siemonsma from Prufrock walked away with the title of UK Cup Roaster for 2016, with Alan Tomlins of Small  Batch in second place and Edgaras Juska from Vagabond and Prufrock taking third place. Huge thanks to everyone at the fest for hosting, already looking forward to next year!

It’s now time to look ahead to our next competitions. We know that many of your were disappointed not to get one of the limited places for the Cup Tasters competition, and we are sorry about that. If you have a place, and for any reason can’t make it, please please let us know as we have a waiting list a long as a cupping spoon handle of people who want in!

But, more importantly we have some new news to share with you…

DATES FOR CIGS AND LATTE ART – 12TH DECEMBER 2015

We told you in our last mail out that La Marzocco have been kind enough to step up as hosts for both Coffee in Good Spirits, and Latte Art for 2016. Well now we have the details, and, advance notice of when you will be able to register…

Date of competitions: Saturday 12th December 2015
Venue:  Bl-nk, 24-27 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3LT
Registration opens: 9am, Saturday 7th November, on the competition entry website
Cost of entry:  £20
Number of places: CIGS = 18 places / Latte Art = 20 places

If you are wondering why we are charging it’s because over the last few years we have had a fair few people register for spot but fail to turn up on the day. This means they have taken a spot someone else could have filled. We hope by charging this fee people will be 100% engaged and value their place in the competition.

The winners from both events will be announced at the end of the day, and will go on to represent the UK in Shanghai, in March. Ooh indeed.

Please bear with us while we update each competition page on this site, it’s a bit archaic and we are doing what we can! You will be able to find all the rules here  too.

Running times for day two of the SCAE UK Roasters Competition.

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Here’s the running times for day two, Friday 16th October, the big day of roasting itself…

UK Roasters Cup 2016 – Roasting Timeslots                         

Hosted by Dear Green & Coffee Nexus

Start      Name                                                                    End                              

07:30     Edgaras Juska – Vagabond/Prufrock            09:00

09:10     Anthony Piper – Climpsons & Sons              10:40

10:50     Catherine O’Shea – Artisan Roast                 12:20

12:30     Simon Clark – Climpsons & Sons                   14:00

14:10     Mathew Robley-Siemonsma – Prufrock        15:40

15:50     Greg Jones – Footprint Coffee                         17:20

17:30     Alan Tomlins – Small Batch                              19:00

19:10     Jamie McLuckie – Luckie Beans                      20:40

 

UKBC 2016 is heading back to the London Coffee Festival!

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

This competition is starting to take shape in a big way. While we are still finalising details what we can tell you, (and we are very pleased to share this news with you) is that the finals are returning to London Coffee Festival. Whoop indeed.

The final stage of the championship at LCF will be spread over two days. The 12 semi-finalists will compete on Saturday 9 April for one of the 6 places in the UKBC final on Sunday 10 April. London Coffee Fest will also be home to the finals of the Brewers Cup (more on that below). So, what does our newly appointed National Coordinator have to say about all this? Over to you Maxwell…

“We are thrilled to be able to take the UKBC Semi and Final stages back to the London Coffee festival for the 2016 season. We will also be bringing the semi and final stages of the Brewers Cup to the festival. London Coffee Festival is unique and unrivaled in its focus on the specialty coffee movement. As a competitor I have always found the atmosphere electric. It is a fitting venue to host the industries premium competition. It offers an incredible engagement for competitors, judges and audience a like. We hope to see you there for what is shaping up to be an exciting and memorable year.”

Ludovic Rossignol, Head of Events at Allegra, added:

“We are delighted to support the SCAE UK chapter and welcome back the UK Barista Championship and the UK Brewers Cup to the London Coffee Festival. We are also very much looking forward to working closely with the new SCAE UK National Coordinator, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, who’s a fantastic ambassador for the industry and who shares our common vision and values in terms of delivering highly educational and lively events that elevate standards across the hospitality sector.”

We can also share with you some news on the 3 heats we will be having. We know for sure Beyond the Bean are hosting a heat in Bristol in March, and we are also planning on having heats in London and Scotland. As with all our news, as soon as details are available, we will let you know.

The Latest News from the SCAE UK…

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

The latest news from the SCAE UK…

We have been busy behind the scenes pulling together as many of the competitions as we can. We understand that having as much notice as possible is essential, not just in terms of competition prep, but the boring logistical details such as planning time away from work and travel. So, rather than wait we are going to let you know what we can, when we know it. This may mean we don’t have all the details at the time of the mail outs, but we think this is the best way forward. So….without further ado, what’s afoot?

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Registration is open for Cup Tasters at Cup North!

If you would like to register for one of the 24 places in the competition you can on our new competition registration site: www.scaecompetitions.co.uk Entries are now open and cost £18 per entrant.

Bunn will be overseeing proceedings for the 3 rounds over the one day event, with the winner representing the UK in Shanghai – very nice.

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UK Coffee Roasters Competition at Glasgow Coffee Festival

As we announced last week the first UK Coffee Roasting competition will be hosted at the festival with the help of sponsors Diedrich, Falcon Specialty, Mercanta, La Marzocco, Espresso Solutions, Dear Green, Coffee Nexus and Bunn.

We can’t believe how quickly the places filled, we’re sorry to say if you were umming and ahhing about whether to enter, you ummed and ahhed too long – they’ve all gone! But we hope you will all go along to the Glasgow Coffee Festival on Saturday 17 October, at the Briggait, Glasgow, to watch the final day of the competition and support the event.

About the Glasgow Coffee Festival
The festival’s aim is to educate, serve, entertain, and inspire coffee consumers! Visitors are invited to meet coffee professionals, sip and slurp their way around the carefully chosen gathering of roasters baristas, artists, brewers and bars whilst viewing competitions, art, film and photography! Workshops and presentations are all free to attend, watch national competitions, learn latte art, enjoy a ‘cupping’ experience, upgrade your home brewing kit, all in one day under one roof with all of your favourite coffee bars, beans, baristas and brewers.

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Latte Art 2016 & Coffee in Good Spirits 2016

We can also now announce that both Coffee in Good Spirits and Latte Art 2016 Competitions are going to be hosted by La Marzocco, in London, on Saturday the 12th of December, with the winner from each competition going on to represent the UK in Shanghai. We will have more details as they are finalised…

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Brewers Cups 2016 Competition

And one more date for your diary, the 2016 UK Brewers Cup is going to take place in Brighton on the 19th and 20th of March. A two day national heat is to 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! Super.

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Get the Insider Scoop at WCEP

If reading all this has got you a little worried about your competition game face, fear not, SCAE are on hand to help you prep with the professionals, at the new World Competitions Education Program (WCEP). The program is designed to get you fully up to speed with what the judges are looking for, those pesky score sheets, and a whole host of experience that may well be the difference between a place in the final or place in a taxi home! We are just sorting out the details for the event that will take place in London, but to give you an idea of the course please have a look at the SCAE WCEP page here.

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Don’t you judge me…

We have had our first judges certification and calibration at Clifton Coffee Roasters, so for all you competitors out there, take comfort in the fact that as we speak those would be judges are currently sweating it out while they wait for their all- important result to see if they have made the grade!
We have our second certification event on the 14th & 15th of this month at Has Bean. So we will let you know who makes it through in the next update.

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Join the SCAE – You literally have to be in it to win it!

Don’t forget that in order to compete (and judge) in any SCAE UK Competitions you need to be a current SCAE member or work for a company that has a SCAE Company membership. To join the SCAE or enquire please visit: www.scae.com/members/join-scae