SCAE UK News Updates

#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


UKBC Regional Heat 3 Running Order

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the running order for Regional Heat 3 hosted by Butterworth & Son at

The Apex – 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD – on 05/06 March 2013

Butterworth & Son


Visitor entry is free - but please bring along coins for donation to our chosen charity Coffee Kids

Coffee Kids

Follow this event on Twitter @scaeuk  @butterworthsuk  or @ukbc and via the hashtags #ukbcht3 and #ukbc2013

The 2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 3 Entrants are

05-Mar 1010 Yann Chalmers
05-Mar 1035 Dhan Bahadur Tamang
05-Mar 1100 Mario Kassa
05-Mar 1125 Magda Grzelka
05-Mar 1150 Sandra Ebassa Ongbiteke
05-Mar 1215 Tomas Bruckus
05-Mar 1240 Davide Pastorino
05-Mar 1305 Guillaume Le Coz
05-Mar 1355 Alex Sargeant
05-Mar 1420 Jarunee Thanasawasdeechaiyakul
05-Mar 1445 James Franklin
05-Mar 1510 Marta Twardygrosz
05-Mar 1535 Estelle Bright
05-Mar 1600 David Caple
05-Mar 1625 Ash Bookluck
06-Mar 1010 Mark Pooley
06-Mar 1035 Alessandro Bonuzzi
06-Mar 1100 Ben Cox
06-Mar 1125 Laura Holmes
06-Mar 1150 Edita Chodarcevic
06-Mar 1215 John Gordon
06-Mar 1240 Barry Cook
06-Mar 1305 Norman Ciemala
06-Mar 1355 Nerijus Latakas
06-Mar 1420 Will Corby
06-Mar 1445 Benjemyn Deyn


Times are subject to change at short notice. Please get there early to support your local barista!

Volunteer positions are available by registering on

UKBC 2012 Scottish Heat Running Order

Monday, March 12th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the Scottish Heat of the 2012 UK Barista Championships takes place this Friday – hosted by Matthew Algie

When:Friday 16 March 2012
Where: Glasgow Caledonian University

With free entry to this event, and 12 baristas eyeing up a semi-final position, we’re looking forward to a good turnout.

If you’re unable to make it to Glasgow you can follow the action via the Twitter hashtag #ukbcht5

Friday 16 March

  • 0955 Gavin Rowland
  • 1025 Fiona Watson
  • 1055 Nathan Davis
  • 1135 Todd Whiteford
  • 1205 Thom Harlow
  • 1315 Tim Sturk
  • 1355 Laura Timpany
  • 1425 Harry Henderson
  • 1505 Dan Shannon
  • 1535 Mike Haggerton
  • 1615 Clair Muir
  • 1645 Mark Lamberton


Northern Ireland – Monday 20 March

On Monday 20 March the final heat of the 2012 Uk Barista Championships takes place in Hillsborough, County Down – Northern Ireland.

We have 5 baristas confirmed so far but would dearly love to have more.

It’s not too late to enter – download an entry form here and fast track the application!

Send Me To Vienna

It doesn’t matter whether you are a competitor, a spectator, a roaster, a cafe owner or just a coffee groupie, there’s a competition that you should enter. Sponsored by Natvia – the official sweetener of the 2012 UK Barista Championships – there’s a chance for 8 lucky people from around the globe to join this years UKBC winner in Vienna!

Click here to visit the SendMeToVienna website


UKBC 2012 Midlands Heat Running Order

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

This years Midlands Heat is being held at

The Space – Norwich (Roundtree Way, Norwich NR7 8SQ)

hosted by Mad About Coffee – on Saturday 03 March 2012

We have 13 competitors lined up, and 2 teams of judges to get through them all on time, and leave the Sensory Judges palates intact!

If you cannot make it to the event please follow #ukbcht4 for updates

We are still accepting volunteer applications – please email if you are interested

13 baristas are competing and their performance times* are as follows;

Saturday 03 March

  • 0955 Alex Sargeant
  • 1025 Liam Ward
  • 1055 Howard Barwick
  • 1135 Alex Bitsios
  • 1205 Luke Evans
  • 1245 Matthew Roberts
  • 1315 Don Altizo
  • 1355 Ewa Skarbinska
  • 1425 Alex Redgate
  • 1505 Thomas Kettle
  • 1535 Michelle Warne
  • 1615 Neil Scopes
  • 1645 Callum Hale-Thompson

*with 13 competitors this will be an action packed event and times may need to vary slightly throughout the day

Please dig deep for Coffee Kids

We have collected an outstanding £312.79 for Coffee Kids this competition season. Lets see if we can continue to help this worthy cause.

Any donations for drinks consumed on the exhibition machines provided by San Remo and manned by the volunteers and baristas are gratefully received.

Still time to apply for Northern Ireland UKBC Heat

We now have entrants for the Northern Ireland heat on 20 March. Applications for the Northern Ireland Heat are still being accepted too. If you’ve been inspired by performances so far, or the Best Newcomer Prize  sponsored by Union Hand Roasted then please download and fill in an application form as soon as possible.

UK Coffee Events at Hotelympia

If you’re attending the Latte Art or Coffee in Good Spirits events at Hotelympia (hosted by Fresh RM) this week please ensure you have pre-registered to avoid the £30 on the door charge Register Here

Coffee in Good Spirits takes place on Wed 29th Feb, with Latte Art taking place on Thu 01st Mar. Both events start at 1030

We look forward to bringing you results from these events later in the week



UKBC 2012 Northern Heat Running Order

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

The 2012 UKBC Northern Heat – hosted by Pumphrey’s Coffee – kicks off at 1015 on Friday 17th February at Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 4EP

If you cannot make it to the event please follow #ukbcht3 for updates

We are still accepting volunteer applications – please email if you are interested

14 baristas are competing and their performance times* are as follows;

Friday 17 February

  • 1015 Michael Hadwin
  • 1045 Anthony Smith
  • 1120 Chris Walton
  • 1150 Steve Dyson
  • 1215 Gordon Howell
  • 1345 Christopher Killen
  • 1415 Dan Rowe
  • 1445 Tom Booth
  • 1515 John Broad
  • 1545 Joe Meagher
  • 1630 Paul Byrne
  • 1650 Stuart Archer
  • 1720 Michael Ryan
  • 1745 Alex Mackay

*with 14 competitors this will be an action packed event and times may need to vary slightly throughout the day

Not to be confused with Northern Ireland

Applications for the Northern Ireland Heat are still being accepted too. If you’ve been inspired by performances so far, or the Best Newcomer Prize  sponsored by Union Hand Roasted then please download and fill in an application form as soon as possible.

Mahlkonig Grinders

If you’re worried about taking your equipment on a journey to compete then consider using the Mahlkonig Grinder which is made available for competitors to use at each event. We are pleased to have Mahlkonig on board as grinder sponsor for 2012, and a number of competitors have already taken up their generous offer. Click their logo to the right of this to view their range and find out more about Mahlkonig Grinders.

The Send Me To Vienna competition is also underway this year, with more chances than ever to win a place to visit the World Barista Championships in Vienna .

Send Me To Vienna is sponsored by NatVia – the official sweetener of the UK Barista Championships

And finally… thankyou to everyone who has been using the hashtags for each event. We’re getting lots of updates coming through, and would love to see more tweets with pictures to help paint a great picture for all who cannot attend.