SCAE UK News Updates

#UKBC2015 Southern Regional Heat in Bristol

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

We hope you’re as excited as we are for the second of our three regional heats. This will be taking place in Bristol, hosted by our Southern Heat sponsors Origin Coffee this Friday 28th November and we’re expecting it to kick off at around 8.30am.

We’ve had lots of questions about the location – yes it is indeed on a boat! Here’s some more info to help you find it….

The full land address is below

ss Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard

Gas Ferry Road



There’s some great resources on the SS Great Britain website on how to get there, and there’s plenty of nearby hotels.

Tim Whyte, the event organiser, has these comments on parking for those who choose to drive up.

This is on Spike Island in Bristol Harbour.  There is quite a large car-park on site (ca. 150 vehicles), operated on a first-come first-serve basis by the City Council.  On arrival, please disregard the City’s parking machines and purchase a ticket from one of the stewards at the gate (or ask at the visitors’ centre if arriving in the midst of the day).   Tickets are £2.50 and cover the entire day of purchase until midnight – probably the best rate in the city centre.  Guests will need to write the date and their registration number on their tickets, and display them on their dashboards.

The next-best car park is probably Millenium Square at @Bristol (the science museum).  This is on the north shore of the Harbour, which is linked to Spike Island via the cross-harbour ferry.  It would take about five minutes to walk from Millenium Square to the ferry landing stage at Hanover Quay, which takes about two minutes to cross the harbour and arrives right at the ss Great Britain.  We can’t make any guarantees regarding Millenium Square for obvious reasons, but their website with all the info is here:  Please see for ferry information.

Entry is free and we hope many of you will turn up to spectate, it’s looking to be a busy day with some really great competitors.

See you there!

#UKBC2015 Warwick Midlands Regional Heat

Monday, November 24th, 2014

A huge thanks to all of Sunday’s competitors, judges, volunteers, sponsors and spectators – here’s the results of our first regional heat in the running order of the day.

Diana Johnstone – Workshop Coffee – 528

Dale Harris – Has Bean – 635.5

Wes Bond – Bean Loved – 521

Estelle Bright – La Marzocco – 621.5

Simon Frewin – The Coffeekabin – 430

Paul Ross – Harris & Hoole – 459.5

Omar Al-Sabahi – Java Lounge – 355.5

Lee Hart – Giddy Up Coffee – 406.5

Best Espresso – Dale Harris

Best Cappuccino – Dale Harris

Best Signature Drink – Estelle Bright

We hope to see you at The Southern Heat in Bristol this Friday 28th November, followed by the Northern Heats in Glasgow.

2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 2 Results

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results for Regional Heat 2 hosted by Pumphreys Coffee at  Life Science Centre - Newcastle

Pumphreys Coffee


24 baristas from all over the country (click to view the baristas coffee shop locations) competed over 2 days in front of a good crowd.

Newcastle upon Tyne based barista Joe Meagher from Flat Caps Coffee (@flatcapjoe) scooped 3 awards; Best Signature Drink, Best Cappuccino and Overall Winner of 2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 2.

Steve Dyson from Spring Espresso (@springespresso) in York  - a 4th time UKBC entrant - took second place just ahead of fellow York barista Nicola Peacock from The Perky Peacock (@theperkypeacock).

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Nicola also picked up the award for Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer at this heat.

Union Hand-Roasted barista trainer Chris Walton (@espressochris) received the award for Best Espresso.

The Top 20 leaderboard will be updated shortly

Congratulations to all baristas who took part and thank you to all volunteers, judges and the Sanremo UK Roadcrew for helping to stage this event.

UKBC 2012 Northern Ireland Heat Results

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The final heat of the 2012 UK Barista Championships took place on Tuesday 20 March at the Old Courthouse in Hillsborough, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Hosts of the event Johnsons Coffee welcomed baristas from both Northern Ireland and England to compete.

Due to travel disruption one of the entrants had to pull out at the last minute, leaving a field of 4 to see who would become UKBC 2012 Northern Ireland Regional Heat Champion.

This event marked the penultimate time that the San Remo roadcrew set up the stage in 2012. Next stop is The London Coffee Festival – hosted by Allegra, where the Semifinals and Final will take place on consecutive days 28/29 April 2012.

The Northern Ireland regional heat was won by newcomer Joe Beaver from 6/8 Kafe in Birmingham, who put on an impressive performance to win all drink categories as well, taking home certificates for Best espresso, Best Cappuccino and Best Signature Drink.

Runner up was Conor Leverton from The Bottle Kiln, with Louise Smyth (Ground Espresso) and Andrew Gribben completing the order.

Joe’s signature drink was described on Twitter as “lemonade over ice, espresso floated on top. Science element to drink, density of coffee & sweetness of sugars balance” which sounded quote appealing and I’m sure many people are looking forward to seeing what he creates in the semifinal round. Even the competitors were congratulating each other’s drink standards via twitter as each performance took place.

Thank you to Rob Smyth (@smythrob) and Union Hand Roasted (@unionroasted) for keeping the twitter stream updated today with hashtag #ukbcht6, and to Suzi Salt and the Northern Ireland heat volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly.

We look forward to seeing as many people at The London Coffee Festival as possible.

Keep an eye out for the next announcement – Semifinalists!



UKBC 2012 Scottish Heat Results

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

The 5th Heat of the 2012 UK Barista Championships took place in Scotland last Friday (16 March) at Glasgow Caledonian University – hosted by Matthew Algie.

12 baristas battled it out for places in the semifinal to be held at The London Coffee Festival on Saturday 28th April.

Lynsey Harley attended the event, her first official engagement as SCAE UK National Coordinator, and commented “The standard of this years Scottish Heat was very high, and it is pleasing to see local competitor Laura Timpany do so well.” She goes on to say ” I was very impressed with the creativity of the signature drinks and the baristas knowledge, and look forward to seeing a number of the competitors from this heat in the semifinals in London”.

Laura Timpany who works for SSP UK(*1) as Unit Manager and Head Barista at Glasgow Prestwick Airport won this event. She is the highest placed female barista in this years competition. Laura used an Ethiopian Tchembe coffee throughout her routine, and finished with an inspiring signature drink containing rhubarb and cascara, infused with chocolate nibs, which brought out a raspberry taste.

4 of the Scottish Heat baristas made it into the Top 20. Keep an eye out for the Top 20 Leaderboard update.

UKBC 2012 Scottish Heat Winners

  • 1st Place: Laura Timpany
  • 2nd Place: Mark Lamberton
  • 3rd Place: Dan Shannon
  • Best Espresso: Thom Harlow
  • Best Cappuccino: Mark Lamberton
  • Best Signature Drink: Laura Timpany

Northern Ireland Heat – 20 March

The UKBC 2012 roadshow team is already in Northern Ireland and will be setting up tomorrow afternoon for the heat taking place on Tuesday 20 March at Hillsborough Courthouse, The Square, Hillsborough, Co Down.

We have 5 entrants for this event. Please pop along and support them, and the hosts Johnsons Coffee.

If you’re unable to make it to Hillsborough you can follow the action via the Twitter hashtag #ukbcht6


(*1) SSP UK has entered a number of baristas into the UK Barista Championships over the past few years. SSP UK operates over 610 retail and catering outlets including restaurants, pubs, bars and coffee shops at 20 airports and 115 rail stations throughout UK and Ireland.


Top 20 Barista Leaderboard (after 4 heats…)

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

This weekend the 4th heat of the UK BaristaChampionships took place in Norwich, hosted by Mad About Coffee.

We are pleased to announce that the scores have been made available earlier than expected and that several of the Midlands heat entrants have made it into the Top 20.

Top 20 Barista Leaderboard after 4 heats

Sang Ho Park
Dale Harris
Maxwell Colonna Dashwood
Howard Barwick
Gordon Howell
Dave Jones
Dan Fellows
Matthew Robley-Siemonsma
Rummy Keshett
Alex Sargent
Sam Dunford
Stuart Archer
James Bailey
Steve Dyson
Mark Pooley
Luke Evans
Chris Walton
Alex Passmore
Don Altizo
Christopher Killen


Congratulations to all baristas who are on the leaderboard so far and commiserations to those who no longer appear; we hope to see you again next year!

 Best Newcomer Prize Leaderboard

Sponsored by Union Hand Roasted, the  current leader of the Best Newcomer competition is still Dan Fellows.

Dan also became the UK Coffee Events (UKCE) 2012 Coffee in Good Spirits champion on Wednesday at Hotelympia.

Dan Fellows just edged out Matthew Robley-Siemonsma to take this coveted spot during Heat 2.

Next Heat – Glasgow (#ukbcht5)- hosted by Matthew Algie

On March 16th the UKBC heads to Glasgow where we have a full heat planned.

Follow @scaeuk and @ukbc for more details and the hashtag #ukbcht5 for the buildup to this event.

If you would like to volunteer please contact and one of the organising team will be in touch with further details.

We are also looking for a photographer to cover this event. If you’re up for the challenge please contact Glenn to receive the photographic brief.

Northern Ireland – 20 March – Last call for competitors

There is still room for more entrants in Northern Ireland. Applications for the Northern Ireland Heat are still being accepted. The final cutoff date is Friday 09 March 2012.

If you’ve been inspired by performances so far, or the Best Newcomer Prize  sponsored by Union Hand Roasted then please download and fill in an application form as soon as possible.

The running orders for the last 2 events will be posted as soon as possible.

Top 20 Barista Leaderboard (after 3 heats…)

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

After 3 heats of the 2012 UK Barista Championships the top 20 places to date can be announced.

3 heats are yet to take place

  • Midlands – Sat 03 March – Hosted by Mad About Coffee – at The Space, Roundtree Way, Norwich NR7 8SQ
  • Scotland – Fri 16 March – Hosted by Matthew Algie – at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Northern Ireland – Tue 20 March – Hosted by Johnsons Coffee – at Hillsborough Courthouse, The Square, Hillsborough, Co Down

The leaderboard will be updated with placings from these heats

 Top 20 Barista Leaderboard (after 3 heats)

Sang Ho Park
Dale Harris
Maxwell Colonna Dashwood
Gordon Howell
Dave Jones
Dan Fellows
Matthew Robley-Siemonsma
Rummy Keshett
Sam Dunford
Stuart Archer
James Bailey
Steve Dyson
Mark Pooley
Chris Walton
Alex Passmore
Christopher Killen
Philip Hambleton
Steve Pearson
Amber Rodgers
Gerraint James


Congratulations to all baristas who are on the leaderboard so far.

 Best Newcomer Prize Leaderboard

Sponsored by Union Hand Roasted, the  current leader of the Best Newcomer competition is Dan Fellows.

Dan Fellows just edged out Matthew Robley-Siemonsma to take this coveted spot.

The best newcomer after all the heats have taken place (and who meets the eligibility criteria set by Union Hand Roasted) will participate in a trip to origin. For further details please read the interview with Alan Miller which outlines eligibility criteria and prize inclusions

If you’ve competed and your name is not on the leaderboard, we hope you have enjoyed the UKBC experience so far, and hope to see you enter again next year. Your scoresheets will be sent to you after the finals.

A big thankyou to …

We’d like to thank the sponsors and heat hosts who have each played a huge part in the success of the UKBC to date. They have given time and money to help the SCAE UK bring the event to your region.


  • South East Heat – DunneFrankowski
  • South West Heat – Westcountry Catering Exhibition at Expowest
  • Northern Heat – Pumphrey’s Coffee


Please support the hosts and sponsors where you can. Their continued support helps support the development of baristas and the quality of coffee produced throughout the UK

  • San Remo – Machine Sponsor 2009-2012
  • Arla / Cravendale – Milk Sponsor
  • Bunn – Brewing Equipment Sponsor
  • InterAmerican – Green Coffee Sponsor
  • Mahlkonig/Ditting – Grinder Sponsor
  • Pentair – Water Filtration Sponsor
  • Union Hand Roasted – Roasted Coffee Supplier
  • Monin – Syrups Sponsor
  • Natvia – Official Sweetener of the UKBC
  • Reg Barber – Trophy Sponsor
  • Novus – Tea Sponsor
  • London School of Coffee – Training School Sponsor


UKBC 2012 SouthWest Heat Results

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Dale Harris of Has Bean completed a clean sweep of all drink categories, taking awards for Best Espresso, Best Cappuccino and Best Signature Drink, in addition to winning the 2012 UKBC SouthWest Heat held at the Westcountry Catering Exhibition at Expowest on 08/09 February 2012.

The UKBC has a strong following in the SouthWest, with a growing number of roasters and coffee shops operating in this region. Host Peter Sugden and the Expowest team always make us feel welcome. Thank you for the support Peter !

Dale had some strong competition in this heat, with Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (co-owner of Colonna and Smalls coffee shop in Bath) and Dave Jones (Origin Coffee) taking podium places, not too far behind in points.

Dale and Maxwell both competed in the final of last years UK Barista Championships and had both been predicted to do well at this heat.

The coffee Dale used was from Finca Santuario in Colombia. Last year his roaster / employer Has Bean coffee  carried typica and bourbon selections from the same farm which Dale presented to the judges.

Maria Dragan was on hand to capture images of this heat, and had been following barista Alex Passmore in the buildup to his event. Her images can be found on the SCAE UK Flickr stream

Thank you Maria for providing such a vibrant set of images – you’ve well and truly captured the spirit of the event!

The attention now turns to Newcastle where hosts Pumphrey’s Coffee are gearing up to welcome Northern baristas on 17 February. Follow the buildup on Twitter with the hashtag #ukbcht3

Once all heats have been completed, the Best Newcomer prizewinner will also be announced. This prize has been sponsored by Union Hand Roasted.

Keep an eye out on this site over the next few days for the updated leaderboard (top 20 places) in the UKBC so far.

Congratulations Sang Ho Park – winner of 2012 UKBC SouthEast Heat

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Tapped and Packed barista Sang Ho Park made a clean sweep of the 2012 UK Barista Championship SouthEast Heat hosted by DunneFrankowski.

Sang Ho performed his set on Friday 27th January at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch.

During his performance Sang Ho produced 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 espresso based non-alcoholic signature drinks for a team of 4 sensory judges, 2 technical judges and a head judge.

For his efforts he was awarded a certificate for Best Espresso, Best Cappuccino and Best Signature Drink – and received a winners goody bag.

Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, also of Tapped and Packed took second place, ahead of Rummy Keshet, a barista trainer for Darlington’s.

L to R: Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, Sang Ho Park, Rummy Keshet

Hosts of first 2012 UK Barista Championships heat - DunneFrankowski - put on a great event, held in a gallery space in Shoreditch, East London, close to their new coffee shop Protein, based at number 18 Hewett Street, inside a gallery space.

Visitors were offered a coffee from the San Remo Roma coffee machine upon entering the gallery, before taking a tour of the history of London’s coffee houses, enjoying coffee themed artwork and finally sitting down on East London Furniture’s installation.

The event was well attended and visitors enjoyed making their own coffee with the Union Hand Roasted team on their Brew Bar, where syphon, aeropress and V60 filter coffees were produced and consumed. Novus Tea’s were also served as an alternative to coffee.

In the main theatre, grinder sponsor Mahlkonig and machine sponsor San Remo showcased their products.

The event used the hashtags #ukbcht1 and #ukbc . Click here for the twitter feed for the event

Scores from all 6 heats will be calculated and the top 20 people invited to compete in the semi-final taking place 27-29 April at The London Coffee Festival, with the top 6 after the semi-final heat competing to be crowned UK Barista Champion for 2012 the following day.

Once all heats have been completed, the Best Newcomer prizewinner will also be announced. This prize has been sponsored by Union Hand Roasted.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event memorable and to all who helped Rob Dunne and Victor Frankowski put on such a fantastic show. You’ve set the bar for the remaining heats – and it’s very high!

For more images click here

UKBC Northern Heat Results 2011

Monday, February 21st, 2011

1st – Dale Harris – Has Bean Coffee, Milton
2nd – Neil LeBihan – Exchange Coffee, London
3rd – Luke Byrne-Perkins – Bold Street Coffee, Liverpool

Best Cappuccino – Neil LeBihan – Exchange Coffee, London
Best Espresso – Dale Harris – Has Bean Coffee, Milton
Best Signature Drink – Caspar William Steel – J Atkinson & Co, Lancaster