SCAE UK News Updates

2013 UK Barista Championships Top 20 after Heat 3

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the Top 20 Leaderboard after Regional Heat 3 hosted by Butterworth & Son at The Apex – Bury St Edmunds on 05/06 March 2013

Butterworth & Son

2013 UK Barista Championships Top 20 Leaderboard

Score Barista
592.5 Estelle Bright
588.5 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
588 Will Corby
567.5 John Gordon
567 Hugo Hercod
562 Joe Meahger
530.5 Edita Chordacevic
513.5 Peter Grosvenor-Attridge
505.5 Alex Seargent
503 Xanne Carey
492.5 Yann Chalmers
480 Steve Dyson
478.5 Nicola Peacock
467 Anthony Atkinson
463.5 Jason Gonzalez
460.5 Marta Twardygrosz
460 Thomas Bruckus
446.5 Benjemyn Deyn
444.5 Ewan Allen
441.5 Jonathan Drake

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

The Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer for the heat was Edita Chordacevic – Head Barista at Federation Coffee in London

Peter Grosvenor-Attridge who was Best Newcomer for Heats 1 and 2 relinquishes this spot but has a further chance to gain it back at the Semifinal in London

The Top 20 baristas after the conclusion of Regional Heat 4 will progress to the Semifinal of the 2013 UK Barista Championships which will take place on Saturday 27 February at The London Coffee Festival

Regional Heat 3 Results

Estelle Bright (Heads Barista at Caravan) not only took the award for Best Cappuccino but has taken the overall lead in this years UK Barista Championships with a score of 592.5.

Will Corby (Coffee Hunter at Mercanta), who missed competing in 2012 due to injury, was awarded Best Espresso and Best Signature Drink and took second place.

London based John Gordon – Operations Manager at Square Mile Coffee Roasters took the award for third place.

*John was originally awarded first place but a subsequent review of the scoresheets found that a time penalty hadn’t been taken into account.

The Top 20 has been amended to reflect the correct scores.

Regional Heat 4 – hosted by Café Trade

The next (and final) heat in the 2013 UK Barista Championships takes place at Chester Racecourse on 31March/01 April as part of the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, hosted by Café Trade.

Follow the build-up on  Twitter #ukbcht4 or via @ukbc , @ukcoffeeevents or @scaeuk

UKBC Open Day for Regional Heat 3 entrants hosted by Butterworth and Son

Monday, January 7th, 2013

UKBC Regional Heat 3 host Butterworth and Son is running an open day for Heat 3 entrants in Studio 2a at the apex on February 13th at 10.30.

This session will cover rules & give you time to run through your set on competition equipment.

Managing Director Rob Butterworth says “We would encourage competitors to bring their competition coffee, although good quality practise coffee will be available”

This is also a great chance to see the competition venue;

The Apex
Charter Square
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3FD

Regional Heat 3 competitors should rsvp to

There are still 23 places available in this heat taking place March 5/6. Please register online at either as a competitor or to volunteer 

You can follow the build up to UKBC Regional Heat 3 on Twitter #ukbcht3 and follow Butterworth and Son on Twitter @butterworthsUK

UK Coffee Events Regional Heat 3 Announcement

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

UK Coffee Events is pleased to advised that Bury St Edmunds based coffee roaster Butterworth & Son has been chosen as the host for Regional Heat 3 of the 2013 UK Barista Championships.

Regional heat 3 will be held at The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds on 05 and 06 March 2013.

SCAE UK Event Coordinator Jamie Banwell said “The venue is absuloutely superb and will allow the baristas to showcase their skills to the wider public. Being centrally located in Bury St Edmunds means we will be able to engage with the public and demonstrate the skills of talented local and visiting baristas.”

Registration for this regional heat of the 2013 UK Barista Championship is now open. Entry has been set at £25 and registration will be via a link placed on

Judges Training and Calibration is scheduled to take place at Masteroast in Peterborough- 7th – 8th January 2013. Anyone wishing to certify as a UK Coffee Events Judge is invited to register their interest by emailing Jamie Banwell

Follow @scaeuk or @ukbc and @ButterworthsUK on Twitter and search for information using the hashtag #ukceheat3

UKBC 2012 Midlands Heat Results

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

The fourth heat of the 2012 UK Barista Championships took place in Norwich yesterday, hosted by Mad About Coffee.

Combining the UKBC with the first Norfolk Coffee Festival was a brilliant idea, and created a great atmosphere.

Although we had 14 competitors at the start of the week only 12 could make it to the event, but all put on a great show.

We ran 2 teams of sensory judges, with the 2 technical judges covering all performances.

Before we announce the results I’d like to give a special mention to Simon, who ran the AV for the event, and did a stirling job with tweets using the hashtag #ukbcht4 throughout the day. Simon also volunteered at the South East Heat in January. We value the time and effort our volunteers put in to helping run a great competition and welcome volunteers to register by emailing

The San Remo demo machine (the San Remo Roma) was well frequented with baristas pulling shots for the crowd after their performance. This was placed alongside the Union Brewbar where a lovely selection of Union coffee and Novus teas were available to try throughout the event.

Donations to our chosen charity Coffee Kids were being accepted, and the total will be announced later this week.

The winners of the event were;

  • 1st Howard Barwick (Opposite Cafe, Leeds – also a freelance coffee trainer)
  • 2nd Alex Sargeant (Strangers Coffee)
  • 3rd Luke Evans (Marks and Spencer)

Howard also won the Best Espresso, Best Cappuccino and Best Signature drink awards.

Howard used Peru Tunki San Jorge coffee roasted by Bury St Edmunds based Butterworth and Son during his performance.

For the signature drink he wanted to get across the idea that iced espresso is often disappointing – but that it needn’t be. To do this Howard used a balanced coffee (the Peru Tunki San Jorge) and added a reduction of sultanas, cranberries and cascara (heated in a syphon) to a glass, before extracting the espresso, and finally adding lemon, lime juice and soda water. The judges obviously liked it, awarding him best signature drink.

London based Callum Hale-Thompson was the last performer of the day and completed a great set in the allotted time, presenting to the judges a polished performance. Callum first competed last year, and had hoped to be eligible to compete in this years competition, before the age limit was raised from 16 to 18 by World Coffee Events. We hope to see Callum compete again in the future. His presentation was informative and enjoyable.

Finally, a big thank you to our host Richard and his team from Mad About Coffee who arranged the Norfolk  Coffee festival and hosted this heat of the UKBC for 2012.

We will be updating the Top 20 Leaderboard and announce who is top of the Best Newcomer category once our scorekeeper has safely arrived home and caught up on sleep, after being on the road all week running the Coffee in Good Spirits, and Latte Art events along with the San Remo road crew.

It’s not too late to register for the Send Me To Vienna competition being run by our sponsor Natvia. The World Barista Championships are only around the corner now!

We’re still accepting entries for the final heat of the UKBC – Northern Ireland. If you’ve been inspired and fancy competing and going for the chance to become the UK Barista Champion for 2012 then visit the SCAE UK website and download an entry form. Entries close on Friday 09 March.