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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