With our judges training, certification and calibration days just completed and barista workshops, organised by Ben Townsend and Tim Sturk, currently going on across the country, we’re rapidly approaching the Super Heat of this year’s UK Barista Championship. These heats will all be held at Birmingham’s Millennium Point 9th – 12th February.
We’re thrilled to be working with our host venue, Millennium Point, it’s set just a few minutes from the transport network hub of Birmingham Moor Street Station as well as having plenty of parking. The space itself is fully geared up to impress; containing a giant cinema, science museum, Thinktank, and also Birmingham City University, and we’re planning on fully utilising it’s state of the art sound and vision facilities.
Philip Singleton, CEO of Millennium Point said “Millennium Point has built up a reputation for hosting exciting and unique events, and the planned programme for the Superheats, including demonstrations, film and presentations, will perfectly compliment our striking array of spaces.
We know that both delegates and general visitors alike will be delighted to see Baristas from around the UK battle it out for a place in the UK Championships. As an aficionado for great coffee myself, I’ll be hoping to pick up some tricks of the trade!”
We’ll be kicking proceedings off in grand style with a Tamper Tantrum on Sunday morning; join Colin Harmon and Steve Leighton as they put some true UK greats in the spotlight. The incredible, not to be missed line-up includes James Hoffman, 2007 World Barista Champion and MD of Square Mile Coffee, Rob and Vic of creative coffee consultancy Dunnefrankowski, Peter Dore Smith from popular London cafe Kaffeine, Cory Bush from green speciality coffee importer Falcon and Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, 2012 UK Barista Champion and joint owner of Bath cafe Colonna & Smalls.
Monday late afternoon, 4.30pm, will see a public screening of the documentary Barista or Bust, as Stephen and Graham, the documentary makers, follow John Gordon’s journey through the 2010 UK heats and onto the world championships. This will be followed by an exclusive question and answer session with the creators including an insight into the background and making of it.
Steve Leighton, SCAE UK National Coordinator said “We are all very excited about the super heat, this will be the first time in UKBC history that we have all the competitors together in one place, we have presentations from UK industry greats along with a screening in a 350 seat cinema of the film Barista or Bust to add a social element to the competition, oh and it really is a great venue too.”
In addition to the schedule of competitions and events, we’ll be running 30 minute workshops every day, organised by Ben Townsend and Tim Sturk, the SCAE UK Education Coordinators, and run by industry experts. These will be on the following subjects; Milk Chemistry, Water – testing and filtration, Roasting/Blending and Brewing Methods – to include testing with a refractometer.
The UK Barista Championship heats will run throughout the four days with baristas from across the country competing in the regional heats together. Regional winners will be announced at the end of the heats and will be awarded to the top scoring barista from their pre-declared region; one each from the 5 regions of – London & South East and East of England, South West and Wales, The Midlands, The North of England & Scotland and Northern Ireland. Regional winners are not guaranteed a spot in the finals however as these will be based on the top 20 scoring baristas from the entire UK going through to the finals; the finals will be held at The London Coffee Festival (3rd – 6th April 2014)
The UK Barista Champion will represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 World Barista Championships at The SCAE World of Coffee Show in Rimini, Italy (10th – 12th June 2014).
The Brewers Cup Compulsory Service will be held on Monday 10th, with top scorers going through to an open service at the finals. The Cup Tasters Competition will be held on Wednesday 12th, the top 6 scorers going through to the semi finals at The London Coffee Festival.
We’re excited to announce that for the 3rd year running Union Hand Roasted will sponsor the Best Newcomer Prize in the hope of attracting baristas that may ordinarily be put off by competing against more seasoned competitors. Union Hand Roasted will be keeping a close eye on those newcomers, and updating their leaderboard, as they compete throughout the heats, before awarding the new barista with the highest points an incredible trip to a coffee origin country.
Registration for 2014 UK Barista Championship competitors is once again being managed online. Competitors are required to be SCAE members, and can download an application from the SCAE website http://www.scae.com/membership.html or call directly +44 (0) 1245 426060, memberships start at £65 + VAT. Online registrations for the competitions are via the link on our website and are free to all SCAE members http://scaeuk.com/news/index.php/event-registration/
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