SCAE UK News Updates

#UKBC Finals Results

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Ok, so we’ve got some scores for you……

At the end of today’s finals, we can reveal the following positions.

Maxwell Colonna Smalls – 636

Dale Harris – 635

Jana Slamova – 562

Dan Fellows – 559

Estelle Bright – 553

Diana Johnston – 515.5

Best espresso goes to Dale Harris

Best cappuccino goes to Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

Best signature drink goes to Dale Harris

We’re delighted to announce that Maxwell Colonna Dashwood is our UK Barista Champion and will be going through to compete in the World Barista Championships in Seattle.



#UKBC2015 Semi Final Results

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

We’ve had a long but fun and nerve racking day of semi finals, 20 amazing competitors and 20 cracking performances.

We’re pleased to announce our top scoring 6 competitors, who will be going through to tomorrow’s finals, will be performing in the following running order*!

10.15 – Dan Fellows

11.00 – Dale Harris

11.45 – Diana Johnston

12.45 – Estelle Bright

13.45 – Jana Slamova

14.30 – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

*running order decided via our special random slipper number generator



#UKBC2015 Semi Finals

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

We’re more than a little bit excited about the impending semi Finals in Glasgow on Wednesday, where we’ll see the UK’s 20 best baristas get whittled down to just 6!

Please don’t forget to register for entrance to ScotHot if you intend to spectate – we hope to see you there, and for the finals on Thursday.

We’re delighted to have Sprudge as our media partners again this year, so please keep a close eye on their live updates across the two days. They’ll be tweeting @SprudgeLive .

Running order for the UK Barista Championship semi finals.

9.20 Catherine O’Shea – Artisan Roast

9.45 James Wallace – Laboratorio Espresso

10.10 Jana Slamova – Baxter Story

10.35 Joe Meagher – Flat Caps Coffee

11.00 Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee

11.25 Dale Harris – Has Bean Coffee

11.50 Jimmy Dimitrov – Boston Tea Party

12.15 William Pitts – The Brew House Portleven

12.40 Jesse Dodkins – Crankhouse Coffee and Camper Coffee

13.05 Don Altizo – EMA Canary Wharf

13.55 Will Sumner – Artisan Roast

14.20 Nicola Peacock – The Perky Peacock

14.45 Wes Bond – Bean Loved Coffee Bar

15.10 Paul Ross – Harris & Hoole

15.45 Estelle Bright – La Marzocco

16.00 James West – Union Hand Roasted

16.25 Jessie May Peters – Union Hand Roasted

16.50 Kieran Carney – The Royal Exchange Theatre

17.15 Diana Johnston – Workshop Coffee

17.40 Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna & Small’s


Bewley’s to send best UKBC rookie to Barista Camp

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The final stages of the competition are almost upon us, but UKBC coffee sponsor Bewley’s is adding even more excitement into the mix by announcing that the top ‘rookie’ barista as indicated by points after the final, will be offered the chance to take up a fully sponsored place at the Barista Guild of Europe Barista camp later this year.

As a company that has always invested in its staff and training team, it was felt that extending the offer to the newer competitors was a way of demonstrating our genuine commitment to advancing coffee skill set in this country. Any competitor who reaches the semi-final stage is already an ambassador for speciality coffee in the UK, and will have excellent barista skills. This prize will only further those skills and will attach qualifications and experience that the winner can use as they progress in their career.

Along these lines, 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.

“We are genuinely delighted to be involved in supporting the UKBC for the next several years,” comments Brendan McDonnell who heads up Bewley’s Coffee in the UK. “The championships are of course an opportunity for the best baristas in the UK to showcase their craft and ultimately compete for the top spot, but more than that, the competition ultimately provides the means to   inspire baristas throughout the industry to hone and develop their skills. Their efforts to match and emulate their peers who will perform in Glasgow this year ultimately will enhance the coffee drinkers’ appreciation of the craft of the barista and in the end deliver even greater new levels of cup quality to be enjoyed by consumers. Now that is the prize that motivates Bewley’s!”

‘Rookie’ is defined by not having competed (or judged) in a WCE sanctioned barista competition.


Sprudge At The 2015 United Kingdom Barista Championship

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

We’re beyond excited to have Sprudge reporting again as our media partners for the 2015 UK Barista Championship Semis and finals. Please keep an eye on their social media channels for live updates on all of the action as well as posts and updates on their excellent website. We’re delighted to share their announcement in the link below:

Don’t forget to watch the hashtag #UKBC2015



#UKBC2015 Finals To Take Place At ScotHot

Monday, December 8th, 2014

It’s official; the best coffee in the country will be brewed up in Glasgow as the UK Barista Championship takes place in Glasgow as part of ScotHot.

Taking place across 4 and 5 March 2015 at ScotHot, Scotland’s food, drink, hospitality and tourism show, the UK Barista Championship tests competitors on their coffee knowledge, presentation, preparation and all round barista ability. The winner of the competition will represent the UK at the World Barista Championships in Seattle in April 2015

UK Barista Championship contestants will get 15 minutes to set up their work area and then 15 minutes to make 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and finally 4 espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks.

The 20 competitors will compete in front of a live audience of food and drink insiders at ScotHot.  Running from 4 to 5 March 2015, ScotHot will take place at Glasgow’s SECC and will bring together suppliers of food and drink; catering equipment; décor and design; tableware and technology products with chefs and buyers from hotels, restaurants, bars, catering outlets and tourism destinations.

ScotHot 2015 will also include the 30th Scottish Culinary Championships, which challenges chefs to create show-stopping food sculptures as well as being judged in a live cook-off on the main stage.  Visitors will also be treated to a line-up of experts giving business advice and workshops at The Spotlight Stage.  Cutting edge developments in catering equipment will be showcased in the CESA Innovation Zone, providing the largest collection of new catering products available anywhere on the market.

ScotHot’s Event Director, Soraya Gadelrab, said:

“ScotHot 2015 is going to be the ultimate show for those working in the hospitality industry and we’re thrilled to have the UK Barista Championships within our programme.  These championships encompass so much about what makes hospitality an exciting industry to be in: flair, creativity, inspiring people and of course, great taste.  It’s this passion that comes to the fore at ScotHot, which has a deserved reputation as the place for showcasing catering trends and industry insights, as well as a prime place to network with those in the know.”

Stephen Leighton, Managing Director of Has Bean Coffee and organiser of the UK Barista Championship said:

“I’m really excited to be renewing the partnership with ScotHot. The last time we were at ScotHot in 2009 we found the last World Barista Champion to come from the UK. I think this is a great opportunity to bring the UK Barista Championships back to Scotland – at this prestigious show. ”

ScotHot is taking place as part of the Year of Food & Drink 2015 within Scottish Tourism Week’s Signature Programme.

For the latest show news, exhibitor information and to register for the show please visit:

For more information about the UK Barista Championships or to enter the competition, visit


#UKBC2015 Top 20

Monday, December 8th, 2014

We’re excited to announce, that after our 3 successful regional heats, these are the 20 highest scoring competitors who’ll be going through to compete for the title of UK Barista Champion in the semi finals next year.

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood


Dale Harris


Estelle Bright


Joe Meagher


Dan Fellows


Don Altizo


Diana Johnston


Wes Bond


Heidi Beeton


Jessie Dodkins


James Wallace


William Pitts


Will Sumner


Nicola Peacock


Jesse May


Paul Ross


Jimmy Dimitrov


Jana Slamova


Catherine O’Shea


Kieran Carney                 432.5

HUGE congratulations and thank you to every one that’s competed across the three competitions.

#UKBC2015 Northern Regional Heat Results

Monday, December 8th, 2014

This may have been the coldest regional heat to take place in the history of regional heats but it was also a great one; held at The Briggait at The Glasgow Coffee Festival and hosted and curated by Dear Green. Results below.

Davide Birse – Roast Central – Coffee On Wooer – 357.5

Catherine O’Shea – Artisan Roast – 447.5

James West – Union Hand Roasted – 427.5

James Wallace – Laboratorio Espresso – 486

Andrea Liguori – Baxter Story – 355

Don Altizo – EMA Canary Wharf – 542.5

Nicola Peacock – The Perky Peacock – 474

Joe Meagher – Flat Cap Coffee – 598.5

Will Sumner – Artisan Roast – 477

Jana Slamova – Baxter Story – 451

Marek Kalianko – Taylor St Baristas – 407.5

Mike Haggerton – Habitat Cafe – 326

Jo-Anne Deeb – Taylor St Baristas – 402.5

Jack O’Keefe – Ozone Coffee Roasters – 417

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna & Smalls – 637

Best Espresso – Joe Meagher

Best Capuccino – Joe Meagher

Best Signature Drink – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood


#UKBC2015 Top 20

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Now that we’re two heats into our three regional heats, with the last one in Glasgow next Saturday, here’s a look at our current top 20.

The third regional heat could change everything…!

Dale Harris


Estelle Bright


Dan Fellows


Diana Johnstone


Wes Bond


Heidi Beeton


Jessie Dodkins


William Pitts


Jessie May


Paul Ross


Jimmy Dimitrov


Kieran Carney


Simon Frewin 


Darrell Ellis


James Litchfield


Dennis Tutbury


Lee Hart


Dennis Tutbury


Ivan Hewitt


Nathan Harber


Bewley’s announced as the official sponsor of the UKBC 2015

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

25th November 2014: Leading coffee company, Bewley’s have today been announced as the official coffee sponsor of the UK Barista Championships 2015.

Bewley’s has been roasting great quality coffees and blending award winning teas for over 170 years and their commitment to excellence has never wavered.  Established in 1840, Bewley’s is one of the largest coffee roasters in Ireland and the UK and is the Irish market leader in the provision of fresh coffee and service solutions to the foodservice and retail sectors.

Recognising that high quality coffee beans from reputable producers and farming co-operatives is only the starting point, Bewley’s believes the greater emphasis being placed on the craft behind roasting, blending and brewing a great tasting cup of coffee is really positioning the barista as a key influencer in the supply chain and ultimately the consumer’s experience

Speaking about the UKBC sponsorship, Brendan McDonnell, Managing Director Bewley’s UK said, “We are delighted to announce our 2015 sponsorship of the UKBC which extends beyond this year and into the next three years. As a full solutions provider with a leading role in bringing speciality coffee to a wider audience, Bewley’s is very excited to be involved with the UKBC and SCAE UK as it continues to grow and develop.

Today’s generation of barista’s are stepping up their game in coffee preparation and presentation by tapping into the science and creativity that lies behind crafting a cup of coffee. Bewley’s established their Barista Training Academy many years ago to offer support to any operator that chooses to serve Bewley’s coffee or tea in their outlet. In addition to a state-of-the-art training facility in Dublin, the Bewley’s training team provides knowledge and hands-on expertise to staff in commercial and institutional foodservice environments all across Ireland and the UK.

“Competitions such as the UK Barista Championship offer fantastic opportunities for learning, development and innovation for all those working in the industry. In previous years Bewley’s staff have competed and been very successful in the Irish Barista Championships, the World Latte Art Championships, the UKBC and the Brewer’s Cup. We look forward to seeing the UKBC progress over the coming months as each of the heats take place” added McDonnell.