SCAE UK News Updates

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.

Dear Prospective SCAE UK Chapter Judge

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Without you the UK Barista Championships wouldn’t happen

We’re asking you all to consider this important role so we have a crack team of judges ready for the 2014 UK Barista Championships

Judging is such a great skill to have and we have some of the best trainers available to you

Training, certification and calibration days will take place at Masteroast with Sonja Grant.
Judges training will be run by Jessica McDonald of Square Mile Coffee who is also chair of the world rules committee and we are extremely pleased to have her on board this year. Also training will be Andrew Tolley of Taylor Street Baristas, who is also a world sensory judge.
Dates have now been confirmed as 12th January 2014 for the training day, 13th for certification and 14th for calibration.
Certification and a current SCAE membership are now compulsory in order to judge and in order to attend these dates you will need to be available to judge a number of days of the Superheat – 9th to 13th February 2014 and then if chosen, the semi’s and finals at the London Coffee Festival – 3rd to 6th April 2014.
At this time we are unable to accept any judges who will not be available for UK judging as this is a UK certification process only.
Cost of certification is £50.
If you are a new judge attending the training day is compulsory. All are welcome to attend and we advise this.
The Bull Hotel in Peterborough are offering preferential rates, when booking please quote ‘masteroast’.

To register interest or if you have any questions please email

New timelines for nominations and voting announced

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Dear Member,

Following my letter of 10th August outlining the election process for the UK chapter we have had a number of requests from members for more time for nominating so we have decided to extend the period of the election to give everyone a chance to nominate themselves or others and also to give more time for voting.

The new election timetable therefore is as follows.

September 3rd Members meeting at the London Canal Museum as previously arranged to learn more about SCAE strategy and how it affects the UK chapter and to meet members of the Membership committee and SCAE Executive.

There will now be no vote at this meeting.

September 15th           New date for closing of nominations.

September 30th           Voting papers sent out.

October 13th                Closing date for election.

October 25th                New UK National Committee formed.

I apologise for any confusion that these changed plans may cause but as this is the first chapter election under our new structure, and because the UK is one of SCAE’s most important chapters, we want the process to be to take place with complete transparency, integrity and clarity. We are very encouraged by the numbers of members who are indicating that they are willing to be involved in the future of SCAE and the UK chapter.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jayne or myself if you have any further questions and confirm if you will be attending on 3rd September.

Kind regards,

David Veal,

Executive Director, SCAE

Important SCAE UK Chapter News

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Issued: 09 August 2013

SCAE UK Chapter Meeting

Following our previous communication to members regarding the restructure of SCAE Chapters, I would like to cordially invite you to the SCAE UK Chapter meeting as follows:

Date: Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Time: 6pm

Location: The London Canal Museum, 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT.

At this meeting, there will be a vote for the new SCAE UK Chapter Board. There will also be a presentation of the new SCAE strategy, new Chapter structure and an opportunity for members to participate, offer ideas and ask questions.

The plan is to take the pressure off just one person (the National Coordinator) and to share responsibility, and the new structure will be based on a board, which will include responsibilities as follows:

  • National Coordinator
  • Membership
  • Education
  • Events and Competitions
  • Communication

Details of the Chapter Board roles and responsibilities can be downloaded (click here)

National Coordinator role and responsibilities can be downloaded (click here)

The UK is the third Chapter to undergo the reorganisation under the new strategy. In Austria and Germany were nominated and accepted by members without a vote. However, because we have had so much interest in the new UK Chapter, we have decided to hold an election if you wish to nominate yourself or for the Board or a working group then you may do so.

The election process will be undertaken as follows:-

  1. Nominations to be emailed to Jayne Richards, by 23rd August 2013 including a CV with no more than 100 words
  2. SCAE will send a list of the nominees to all UK members on Monday 26th August 2013
  3. A vote on SCAE Chapter Board will take place at the SCAE UK Chapter meeting on 3rd September 2013
  4. Votes can be emailed to Jayne by midday 2nd September 2013 for members who cannot attend the meeting
  5. The votes will be counted at the meeting and the successful candidates, once ratified, will be announced to the SCAE UK members within 3 working days
  6. SCAE may also , if appropriate, co-opt additional members to the Board

Please note membership payments must be up to date for the vote to be counted and only existing members as at 23rd August 2013 will be able to vote on 3rd September.

I look forward to meeting with you.

Kind Regards,

David Veal,

SCAE Executive Director

Sanremo UK to sponsor UK Barista Championships for a sixth year

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Sanremo UK, one of the UK’s leading professional espresso coffee machine suppliers, has announced that it will be continuing for the sixth and final year as the main sponsor of the 2014 UK Barista Championships (UKBC). 

Andrew Tucker, Managing Director of Sanremo UK, said:  “Sponsorship of the UKBC has been tremendous.  Although Sanremo is a well-established manufacturer in Italy, we only started to break into the UK Market in 2006.  The sponsorship has propelled Sanremo from being relatively unknown in the UK, to being widely recognised in the market and established its reputation for producing temperature stable and well made coffee machines.

“Continuing to sponsor the UKBC was an easy decision to make.  We are lucky to be on the front line witnessing some truly talented people doing the most amazing things with coffee.  The competition is without doubt becoming stronger each year. We love being a part of it and can’t wait for the next year’s season to start.”

And with new machine developments in the pipeline – Sanremo UK has every reason to be excited about the 2014 UKBC competition.

For more information about Sanremo UK, please visit –

UK makes the final of the 2013 World Brewers Cup in Melbourne

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Congratulations Sang Ho Park (Square Mile Coffee Roasters) – 2013 UK Brewers Cup Champion, who has just been announced as a finalist in the 2013 World Brewers Cup in Melbourne.

This final performances for this competition start at 1000 Melbourne time (0100 UK time) on

Sang Ho took the 2013 UK Brewers Cup title at The London Coffee Festival last month and has travelled to Melbourne with his colleague John Gordon.

John competed in the semifinal of the World Barista Championships earlier this morning and placed 10th overall.

photo Glenn Watson (

2013 UK Barista Champion John Gordon makes 2013 WBC Semifinal

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Late last night the 2013 UK Barista Champion – John Gordon (Operations Manager at Square Mile Coffee Roasters) – competed in the first round of the 2013 World Barista Championships.

In a routine similar to that crafted in UKBC Regional Heat 3 at Bury St Edmunds and perfected at The London Coffee Festival in London, John wowed the audience both on livestream and those standing around the WBC competition arena at the Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition.

John next competes at 2:05pm Melbourne time (05:05am UK time) on Saturday 25 May.

You can catch up on John’s Round One routine (recorded) and view the stream live at

We wish John all the best and hope he can make the top 6 finalists who will compete for the title of World Barista Champion on Sunday 26 May.

SCAE Coffee Diploma System Courses – May 2013

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

During May 2013, SCAE Authorised Trainer Denise Hall will be running modules from the SCAE Coffee Diploma System.


Wed 15 May – SCAE CDS Basic Barista Course

SCAE Members £100

Non-members £250


Thu 16 May – SCAE CDS Brewing and Grinding Levels One and Two

SCAE Members £190

Non-members £350

The above prices include certification


For module details please visit the SCAE Coffee Diploma System website


Courses take place at Coffee XTC, MYCO Garden Centre, Elder Street, Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2XA

RSVP by phone 01799 543809 or email


2013 UK Barista Championships Results

Monday, April 29th, 2013



2013 UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results of the 2013 UK Barista Championships Final which took place on Sunday 28 April at The London Coffee Festival hosted by Allegra

The London Coffee Festival

Score Barista
644 John Gordon
627 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
610.5 Estelle Bright
602.5 Joe Meagher
548 Chee Wong
524.5 Don Altizo

Congratulations to John Gordon – Operations Manager for Square Mile Coffee Roasters who has become only the second person to win the UK Barista Championships 3 times (2010, 2011 and 2013), joining Simon Robertson 2002, 2003, 2005) in the history books.

Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

The winner of the Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer award for 2013 is Chee Wong (Taylor St Baristas)

Chee reached the final in his first year of competition and will accompany the Union Hand-Roasted green buyers on a trip to Origin within the next 12 months

Last years winner James Bailey has recently returned from a trip to Rwanda and is already planning a return to origin as soon as possible.


For photographs from the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal click the image below

2013 UK Barista Championships Trophy

 image courtesy of Glenn Watson (

Trophy lovingly crafted by UK Coffee Events Sponsor Reg Barber (

More images and a round-up of the UK Coffee Events held at The London Coffee Festival to come over the next few days…