SCAE UK News Updates

#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.


#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.

Glasgow Coffee Festival Official Host of UKBC Scottish Heat

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Curated by Glasgow’s own Dear Green Coffee Roasters, the first Glasgow Coffee Festival is confirmed to take place on 6th December 2014 at the city’s iconic The Briggait.

Open to the public from 10am – 7pm, the Briggait will also play host to the Scottish Heat of the UK Barista Championship. The highlight of the UK barista calendar, participants from across Scotland will compete for the chance to represent Scotland at the nationwide competition in 2015.

To compliment the event, exhibitors from around Scotland will set up shop within the main hall. Confirmed to take part so far include Artisan Roast, Avenue G, Coffee Hit, Dear Green Coffee Roasters, Dormouse Tea Co, Falcon Speciality, Fun In A Cup, Glad Cafe, Glen Lyon, Knock, La Marzocco, Libby Walker, Marco Beverage Systems, LA Group, Machina, Papercup, Piers Alexander,  Riverhill, Roast Central, Sugarwings, Treemendous and more TBA.

LA Group and Williams Brothers will set up bar and the #GI Coffee initiative (McCune Smith, The Glad Cafe, Riverhill, Siempre Cafe, Avenue G, Papercup, Laboratorio Espresso, Veldt Deli, Artisan Roast) manning the coffee provision.

Masterclasses will take place throughout the day including Espresso Martini making, Anatomy of an Espresso Machine and Latte Art and Brewing to name a few. Public cupping tastings will also be available to increase knowledge and appreciation.

Fringe events will also take place: the Scottish premiere of ‘A Film About Coffee’, a “love letter to, and meditation on, speciality coffee and an exclusive exhibition of Will Freeborn’s stunning illustrations and paintings.

Tickets are now on sale for £9 + booking fee at

Ticket price includes general admission, one hot drink and prize draw entry.

All proceeds will be donated to Coffee Kids and SocialBite


UK Barista Championship La Spaziale S40 Practice Machines

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Our machine sponsor, La Spaziale, have kindly despatched eight S40 espresso machines across the country, these can be used by competing baristas for practice with prior appointment of the the venues.

Prufrock – London –  Jeremy Challender -


Origin Coffee – Helston, Cornwall – Tom Sobey –


Myrtle Espresso – Burntisland, Fife – Mark Braid –


Limini Coffee – Bradford, Yorkshire – Youri Vlag –


Has Beans Coffee – Stafford – Steve Leighton –


Clifton Coffee – Bristol – James Fisher –


Cornico – Wadebridge, Cornwall –


La Spaziale UK – Chesterfield – Dan Farrer –


A reminder that any competitor wishing to use any of the facilities of the businesses above MUST make contact with them prior to turning up. Anyone turning up out of the blue is likely to be refused entry.


University of Warwick hosts Midlands heat of the SCAE Barista Championships

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Skilled baristas are currently preparing for the Midlands heat of the UK’s most prestigious barista competition, the UK Barista Championships, run by SCAE UK (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe – UK chapter).  The heat takes place Sunday 23 November 2014.

This year, the Midlands heat will be hosted by the University of Warwick, which has just been voted “University of the Year 2014” by both the Times and Sunday Times newspapers, at their prestigious Warwick Arts Centre.  Wholly owned by the University, Warwick Arts Centre is one of the largest performing and visual arts complexes in the UK outside London and situated at the very centre of the University campus.

The heat will see twenty baristas gather to demonstrate their brewing prowess.  Each barista will have fifteen minutes to make four espresso, four cappuccino and four espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks.  The drinks are judged by two technical and four sensory judges, who between them will assess everything from technical knowledge to taste balance.

Tony Howard, Director of Strategy and Development (Food & Drink) at the University and a SCAE Technical Judge, said “I am delighted that the University of Warwick has been selected to host the Midlands heat.  We are the only university in the UK to have taken part in this year’s London Coffee Festival as well as having award-winning baristas on our team, so I am really proud of what we have achieved so far.  It’s incredibly important that events like the SCAE Barista Championships are well supported to help promote the skills that go into brewing exceptional coffee. We’re delighted to be hosting this year and helping to recognise this talent.”

For competitors and guests wishing to stay overnight on Saturday 22 November, the University is offering bed and breakfast at its Training and Conference Park at the discounted rate of £75.  Simply visit to make your booking.  Please enter “Scarman” as the area and “BARISTA14” as the promotion code.  The Training and Conference Park was an award winner in the Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards 2014.

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