SCAE UK News Updates

2013 UK Barista Championships Top 20

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The SCAE UK Chapter UK Coffee Events team would like to thank all baristas who entered the 2013 UK Barista Championships.

UK Barista Championships

4 regional heats were held in 2013, hosted by Hale Events Ltd (Expowest Westcountry in Exeter), Pumphreys Coffee (Newcastle), Butterworth & Son (Bury St Edmunds) and Cafe Trade Ltd (Chester as part of the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival).

The Top 20 Baristas from across the UK are invited to compete in London at The London Coffee Festival – hosted by Allegra – on Saturday 27 April 2013.

A running order for this event will be published later in the week.

Top 20 scores in descending order;

  • 592.5 Estelle Bright
  • 588.5 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
  • 588 Will Corby
  • 567.5 John Gordon
  • 567 Hugo Hercod
  • 566 Dan Fellows
  • 565 Jose Melim
  • 563.5 Shaun Young
  • 562 Joe Meagher
  • 530.5 Edita Chordacevic
  • 524 Wes Bond
  • 519 Chee Wong
  • 513.5 Peter Grosvenor-Attridge
  • 505.5 Alex Sargeant
  • 503 Xanne Carey
  • 493 Don Altizo
  • 492.5 Yann Chalmers
  • 480 Steve Dyson
  • 478.5 Nicola Peacock
  • 475 Catherine O’Shea

Follow the buildup on Twitter @scaeuk @ukbc @ukcoffeeevents and using the hashtag #ukbc2013



Sanremo UK – Official Machine Sponsor of the 2013 UK Barista Championships

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Sanremo Italy

Established for almost 50 years, Sanremo s.r.l. is still a family owned company that is driven by design, innovation and a love for great coffee, but retains the integrity of its Artisan past, still building each and every machine meticulously by hand.

Sanremo UK

Sanremo UK

Sanremo UK Ltd was established in 2006 and is a sole distributor of Sanremo in the UK.  Our success to date has been driven by the exceptional selection of machines Sanremo produce and our team of dedicated individuals, all passionate about espresso machines and espresso coffee are focused on making a difference to every one of our clients’ business success.

Sanremo Verona 

UK Barista Championship (official Machine Sponsor)

Sanremo sponsorship of the UKBC started back in 2009.  The UK competition circuit is one of the most vibrant in the world.  We not only wanted to learn from the UK’s top Baristas, but saw the Championship as a fantastic opportunity to launch and test the performance of Sanremo’s temperature control system (TCS).  The results were so good that the head judge on the first day of competition commented that the difference in consistency of crema and extraction in the competition espressos was significant.

Indeed the competition has since changed significantly and, rather than argue over whether the temperature was within the WBC specified 90-96°C range during performances, Baristas now debate whether the temperature should be set at 92, 93 or 93.5°C!

We have also had some great feedback on the performance and special functions featured on the Sanremo Verona and Roma, such as the espresso timer, steam wand performance, self-cleaning functions etc., and just how nice the machines are to work on.  For example, 95% of competition baristas rated solid build of Sanremo machines as very good or excellent.

“The Competition circuit is a bit like the University of Coffee.  Baristas, roasters and equipment suppliers are pushing back the boundaries of coffee and influencing what we see and expect in our coffee cups in the years ahead.  If you get a buzz from coffee, it is a great place to be!” says Andrew Tucker, Managing Director of Sanremo UK.

For more information about the machines and Sanremo UK’s involvement in the UKBC 2013 visit their website, follow them on Twitter @SanremoUK or like on Facebook.

Sanremo Roma

Sanremo announces VST 20g Competition Filter Basket to be used for 2013 UKBC

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Selected for the 2012 WBC in Vienna Austria

Selected by USBC for the 2013 Regional & National Competitions

& now Selected by Sanremo for the 2013 UK Barista Championships!

VST Precision Filter Baskets

SCAE UK Chapter would also like to welcome VST as a UK Coffee Events sponsor for 2013.

VST has made available a number of heavily discounted 20g Ridgeless baskets for UKBC competitors. During the online competitor registration process you will be offered the chance to purchase 2 baskets.

Due to the limited number of baskets and anticipated levels of demand a maximum of 2 baskets per person can be purchased. Additional baskets (if required) can be purchased directly from authorised UK distributors.

Managing Director of Sanremo UK, Andrew Tucker said “We are pleased to announce the use of VST 20g Precision Filter Baskets for the 2013 UK Barista Championships as part of our ongoing commitment to UK baristas. A growing number of coffee shops are using these products and we are constantly looking at ways of helping UK’s baristas compete on the world stage.”

Sanremo Distributors are able to access stock of portafilters which take the VST 20g Ridgeless filter baskets. Please contact your local distributor to place an order.

For detailed information on the VST 20g Competition Filter Basket please visit the VST website.

Follow @scaeuk , @ukbc and @Sanremouk for further updates.

Call for Judges

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Judges are required for all UK Coffee Events, and we are expecting a record number of competitors again this season.

The first regional heat (#ukceheat1) date for the 2013 UK Barista Championships has been announced, and takes place 06-07 February 2013 at Expowest Westcountry

We are in the process of securing the training venues for the Judges Training and Calibration and anticipate running Judges Training in the second week of January 2013.

Dates and venue details will be released shortly.

Anyone interested in learning about judging or wanting to certify for 2013 is encouraged to contact Jamie Banwell by emailing

The SCAE UK Chapter  would also like to congratulate UKCE Judge Candice Madison on her WCE Judging accreditation for World Barista Championships and World Latte Art Championships, UKCE Judge Ken Cooper on his World Coffee in Good Spirits certification and UKCE Head Judge Marc Pierre Dietrich on his World Barista Championships and World Brewers Cup certifications.

This year, for the first time, competitors will also be welcome to attend the training sessions.

Any competitor certifying will not be able to judge the competition(s) in which they enter.

Fees for certification have not yet been set, but will also be announced when the dates and venues have been secured.


UK Coffee Events Regional Heat 1 Announcement

Friday, October 12th, 2012

UK Coffee Events (managed by the SCAE UK Chapter) is pleased to announce that Expowest Westcountry has been selected to host Regional Heat 1 of the 2013 UK Barista Championships.

Expowest Westcountry - hosts of UKCE Heat 1

The Expowest Westcountry Exhibition is set to take place on 6th- 7th February 2013, at Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ and is now owned and managed by Hale Events.

Visitor entry to this exhibition is free

Registration for 2013 UK Barista Championship competitors will be managed online this year. Entry has been set at £25 and the registration link will be provided later this month.

Follow @scaeuk or @ukbc and @expowest_uk on Twitter and search for information using the hashtag #ukceheat1

UK Coffee Events is in the final stages of host discussions with 2 further parties and details of these Regional Heats will be released next week

We are still seeking hosts in the South East region for the 2013 season and have published the UKCE 2013 Host Requirements Document

Please download the document and contact Jamie Banwell if you would like to be considered as a Host for 2013.

The UK Coffee Events finals will be held at The London Coffee Festival 25-28 April 2013.

2013 UKBC Machine Temperature Announcement from San Remo

Friday, October 12th, 2012

2013 UK Barista Championships Machine Sponsor – San Remo – has announced that a temperature of 93.5c will be set on the San Remo Verona TCS coffee machines which will be used throughout next years’ competition.

This is in line with the temperature announced for the 2013 World Barista Championships which will be held in Melbourne and is a change from the historically used temperature of 92c during the UK Barista Championships.

Follow @scaeuk  and @ukbc for further information



SCAE UK Open Forum – 11 July 2012 – Save the Date

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

From: Lynsey Harley – SCAE UK National Coordinator

The SCAE UK National Coordinator and team would like to invite all SCAE UK Chapter members along with any person involved or interested in the UK Coffee Industry to a meeting taking place from 6:30pm on 11 July 2012 at Prufrock, 23-25 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TE.

This meeting will provide all parties with the opportunity to get involved in the running of the SCAE UK Chapter and to put forward suggestions of what you would like to see the SCAE UK team achieve in the next 12 months.

Please register interest by email to or by Twitter to @scaeuk so that we can ensure adequate seating.

We have several positions available in training & education co-ordination, media & communications roles, as well as spaces within the competition / event management team to help deliver a fantastic UKBC in 2013.

All positions are voluntary and will run until after the 2013 UK Barista Championships when another meeting will be held. Expressions of interest can be made in advance of the event by email to the address above.

An agenda for this meeting will be published on the SCAE UK website in the first week of July.

We look forward to seeing a great turnout on the night. This is your opportunity to get involved in shaping the SCAE UK Chapter.