SCAE UK News Updates

#UKBC Semi Final Scores

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

How AMAZING were yesterday’s semi finals? Below are our runners up’s scores – and just look at them! Some epic scores there, well done to absolutely everyone that competed in this year’s UK Barista Championships.

Don Altizo – 512

Joe Meagher – 482

William Pitts – 464

Wes Bond – 450.5

Jesse May Peters – 448

Paul Ross – 442.5

Catherine O’Shea – 424

James West – 421

Nicola Peacock – 417.5

Will Sumner – 413.5

James Wallace – 402.5

Jimmy Dimitrov – 401.5

Jessie Dodkins – 377.5

Kieran Carney – 366.5

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…


2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 2 Results

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results for Regional Heat 2 hosted by Pumphreys Coffee at  Life Science Centre - Newcastle

Pumphreys Coffee


24 baristas from all over the country (click to view the baristas coffee shop locations) competed over 2 days in front of a good crowd.

Newcastle upon Tyne based barista Joe Meagher from Flat Caps Coffee (@flatcapjoe) scooped 3 awards; Best Signature Drink, Best Cappuccino and Overall Winner of 2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 2.

Steve Dyson from Spring Espresso (@springespresso) in York  - a 4th time UKBC entrant - took second place just ahead of fellow York barista Nicola Peacock from The Perky Peacock (@theperkypeacock).

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Nicola also picked up the award for Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer at this heat.

Union Hand-Roasted barista trainer Chris Walton (@espressochris) received the award for Best Espresso.

The Top 20 leaderboard will be updated shortly

Congratulations to all baristas who took part and thank you to all volunteers, judges and the Sanremo UK Roadcrew for helping to stage this event.


Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The SCAE UK Chapter held both the Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters competitions at The London Coffee Festival on Sunday 29 April 2012. These events, hosted by Allegra, focussed on brewed coffee and taste profiles.

The 2012 Brewers Cup attracted 12 entrants who put their brewing skills to the test using a Mahlkonig Tanzania Grinder and Bunn Hot Water Boiler to prepare and serve three individual beverages for a panel of judges. This years judges were Lynsey Harley(SCAE UK National Coordinator, Coffee Development Manager & Q Grader at United Coffee UK), Joanne Berry (Sales and Logistics at Mercanta) and Cory Bush (Trader / Supply Chain Manager at Falcon Commodities in Uganda).

In the Brewers Cup, competitors may utilise any whole bean coffee of their choosing and must also accompany their beverage preparation with a presentation, which were all informative, well thought out and in some cases quite entertaining too.

James Bailey (Prufrock Coffee, London) was announced 2012 UK Brewers Cup Champion after his performance, and will now represent the UK at the World Brewers Cup event taking place in Vienna as part of the World of Coffee Show, 12-15 June.

Winning the 2012 UK Brewers Cup was the icing on the cake for James, as he competed in the UK Barista Championships the previous day and came second in only his first year of competition. James also won the Best Newcomer prize category sponsored by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee and will be accompanying them to origin later this year.

Following the Brewers Cup was the 2012 UK Cup Tasters Championship. This competition draws in the best palates in theUKcoffee industry. Contestants have to slurp their way through 8 sets of triangle tests (three “cups” of coffee where two are the same and one differs) to spot the odd one out. The competition gets increasingly harder as the coffees in each test get increasingly similar. The results are instant as contestants lift their cups to discover if a red dot on the base tells them they have spotted the odd one out. It’s the coffee equivalent of a penalty shoot out!

The Cup Tasters competition had by far the greatest amount of audience participation, with the volume increasing as the number of correct choices was made. The top 6 tasted a second grouping of 8 triangles, which cupping coordinator John Sherwood, made as challenging as possible, using in some instances coffees from the same origin but with a different processing method. The coffees were brewed using Bunn brewers and roasted coffee beans supplied by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee.

A further £75 was raised for Coffee Kids as the final space in this competition was auctioned off to an audience member – Jamie Banwell, who participated in his first ever cupping competition.

The honour of representing theUKat the 2012 World Cup Tasters Championship goes toLynsey Harley, who entered at the last minute. The final round was tense, coming right down to the very last cup raised.

The UK Coffee Events were live streamed across the world on the video feed managed by the LSFX Productions team and arranged by the SCAE UK Chapter.

UKBC 2012 Northern Ireland Heat Results

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The final heat of the 2012 UK Barista Championships took place on Tuesday 20 March at the Old Courthouse in Hillsborough, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Hosts of the event Johnsons Coffee welcomed baristas from both Northern Ireland and England to compete.

Due to travel disruption one of the entrants had to pull out at the last minute, leaving a field of 4 to see who would become UKBC 2012 Northern Ireland Regional Heat Champion.

This event marked the penultimate time that the San Remo roadcrew set up the stage in 2012. Next stop is The London Coffee Festival – hosted by Allegra, where the Semifinals and Final will take place on consecutive days 28/29 April 2012.

The Northern Ireland regional heat was won by newcomer Joe Beaver from 6/8 Kafe in Birmingham, who put on an impressive performance to win all drink categories as well, taking home certificates for Best espresso, Best Cappuccino and Best Signature Drink.

Runner up was Conor Leverton from The Bottle Kiln, with Louise Smyth (Ground Espresso) and Andrew Gribben completing the order.

Joe’s signature drink was described on Twitter as “lemonade over ice, espresso floated on top. Science element to drink, density of coffee & sweetness of sugars balance” which sounded quote appealing and I’m sure many people are looking forward to seeing what he creates in the semifinal round. Even the competitors were congratulating each other’s drink standards via twitter as each performance took place.

Thank you to Rob Smyth (@smythrob) and Union Hand Roasted (@unionroasted) for keeping the twitter stream updated today with hashtag #ukbcht6, and to Suzi Salt and the Northern Ireland heat volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly.

We look forward to seeing as many people at The London Coffee Festival as possible.

Keep an eye out for the next announcement – Semifinalists!



Congratulations Sang Ho Park – winner of 2012 UKBC SouthEast Heat

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Tapped and Packed barista Sang Ho Park made a clean sweep of the 2012 UK Barista Championship SouthEast Heat hosted by DunneFrankowski.

Sang Ho performed his set on Friday 27th January at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch.

During his performance Sang Ho produced 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 espresso based non-alcoholic signature drinks for a team of 4 sensory judges, 2 technical judges and a head judge.

For his efforts he was awarded a certificate for Best Espresso, Best Cappuccino and Best Signature Drink – and received a winners goody bag.

Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, also of Tapped and Packed took second place, ahead of Rummy Keshet, a barista trainer for Darlington’s.

L to R: Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, Sang Ho Park, Rummy Keshet

Hosts of first 2012 UK Barista Championships heat - DunneFrankowski - put on a great event, held in a gallery space in Shoreditch, East London, close to their new coffee shop Protein, based at number 18 Hewett Street, inside a gallery space.

Visitors were offered a coffee from the San Remo Roma coffee machine upon entering the gallery, before taking a tour of the history of London’s coffee houses, enjoying coffee themed artwork and finally sitting down on East London Furniture’s installation.

The event was well attended and visitors enjoyed making their own coffee with the Union Hand Roasted team on their Brew Bar, where syphon, aeropress and V60 filter coffees were produced and consumed. Novus Tea’s were also served as an alternative to coffee.

In the main theatre, grinder sponsor Mahlkonig and machine sponsor San Remo showcased their products.

The event used the hashtags #ukbcht1 and #ukbc . Click here for the twitter feed for the event

Scores from all 6 heats will be calculated and the top 20 people invited to compete in the semi-final taking place 27-29 April at The London Coffee Festival, with the top 6 after the semi-final heat competing to be crowned UK Barista Champion for 2012 the following day.

Once all heats have been completed, the Best Newcomer prizewinner will also be announced. This prize has been sponsored by Union Hand Roasted.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event memorable and to all who helped Rob Dunne and Victor Frankowski put on such a fantastic show. You’ve set the bar for the remaining heats – and it’s very high!

For more images click here