SCAE UK News Updates

Important Announcement – Competition News & Merge of the Regional Heats

Monday, December 9th, 2013

With the national committee now in place as follows:

National Coordinator:                       Steve Leighton

Membership Coordinator :               Jonathan Wadham

Education Coordinators:                  Tim Sturk and Ben Townsend

Events Coordinator:                         Denise Hall

Communication  Coordinator :         Chloe Callow

The SCAE UK Chapter is thrilled to announce the merging of the regional UKBC heats in the run up to the UKBC finals, which will be held, as last year, at The London Coffee Festival (03rd – 06th April), to form one week-long ‘super heat’. It was thought that in previous years the regional heats have been diluted by competitors travelling from all over the country to compete, thus diminishing the prestige of the regional heat winners. By bringing the heats together, we can steer competitors to the correct heats based on their current places of work, and thus bring prestige back to the title of regional heat winner in the UKBC. In addition, it is felt a a joint event will be more efficiently organised with significantly greater scope to be able to generate a real buzz around more of a festival feel.

An added advantage of a lengthier, grouped format is that it will allow a range of extra curricular activities to be organised around the schedule of competitions; from talks and seminars, from leading figures within the coffee industry, to cuppings and inspiring barista events and competitions. In essence, an opportunity for all involved to prepare, network, learn and generally get into the spirit of the competitions in the run up to the UKBC finals – an equally fun, coffee conference event for both competitors and those wishing to spectate.

We’ve managed to secure a fantastic venue for the ‘super heat’ at Birmingham’s Millenium Point, just ten minutes walk from Birmingham Moor Street station. Not only is the location central and easy to get to, it has great parking facilities and fabulous, modern practice and competition spaces. Almost more importantly though is the fact that they’re really keen to have us meaning they’re being highly accommodating of our requirements and happy for us to make use of their state of the art sound and vision facilities. Dates for the ‘super heat’ are 9th – 14th February.

Managing Director of Sanremo – the Machine Sponsor for the UKBC 2009-2014 – Andrew Tucker said “After all the recent uncertainty surrounding the SCAE and UKBC arrangements, it is great to see a new committee forming and particularly, to see them come up with a bold new format for the regional events.  We think this will be a great week, and think a competition that is likely to attract more competitors than the UKBC has ever seen before”.

Sanremo have a number of their Verona machines available for practice at the following locations – please contact the hosts directly to book a time slot:

Ø  Sanremo UK, Buckfastleigh Devon

Ø  Sanremo UK, Watford

Ø  Coffee West, Hayle Cornwall

Ø  Extract Coffee, Bristol

Ø  Union Hand Roasted, London

Ø  Prufrock, London

Ø  Has Bean Coffee, Stafford

Ø  Roasted, Brighton

Ø  Casa Espresso, Shipley Yorkshire

Ø  Pumphreys, Newcastle

Ø  Heavenly Coffee, Dinnington Yorkshire

Ø  Arden Coffee,  Derbyshire

Ø  Rombouts Coffee GB, Berkshire

Ø  Kimbo, London

As it was such a success last year, registration for 2014 UK Barista Championship competitors will be managed online once again and will be opening imminently. Registration will be free for all SCAE members or £75 for those without but will also include annual membership.

Further announcements to be released ASAP.

For more info please contact me directly on

2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal Running Order

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the running order for the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal on Saturday 27 April at The London Coffee Festival

The London Coffee Festival

The first 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal performance will start at 1000

Spectators are encouraged to purchase tickets on The London Coffee Festival website

Practice and Prep Times will be communicated to baristas and competition times updated later this week.

Barista Running Order
Steve Dyson 1
Catherine O’Shea 2
Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood 3
Jose Melim 4
Nicola Peacock 5
Alex Sargeant 6
Will Corby 7
John Gordon 8
Wes Bond 9
Yann Chalmers 10
Xanne Carey 11
Estelle Bright 12
Joe Meagher 13
Don Altizo 14
Dan Fellows 15
Shaun Young 16
Chee Wong 17
Peter Grosvenor-Attridge 18
Edita Chodarcevic 19
Hugo Hercod 20


Please Note: Baristas will be allowed 1 helper each backstage

Click Here for further details of the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinalists

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

The Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer after the 4 Regional Heats was Shaun Young from Kaffeine.

9 out of the Top 20 Baristas were first time entrants. All have a chance of winning this award. For further information please visit the Union Hand-Roasted website

Follow the build-up on  Twitter #ukbc2013 or via @ukbc , @ukcoffeeevents or @scaeuk


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

Free Entry to The London Coffee Festival for SCAE UK Members

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

SCAE UK National Co-ordinator Lynsey Harley has secured Free Entry to The London Coffee Festival in 2013 for SCAE UK Members.

The London Coffee Festival  

The London Coffee Festival is hosted and managed by Allegra Events

Lynsey will be emailing all current SCAE UK members with details on how to claim your Free Entry tickets in the coming weeks.

UK Coffee Events will be holding the finals of the following events at The London Coffee Festival

Thursday 25 April
UK Cup Tasters
UK Coffee in Good Spirits

Friday 26 April
UK Brewers Cup
UK Latte Art

Saturday 27 April
UKBC Semi Final (20 competitors)

Sunday 28 April
UK Cezve / Ibrik
UKBC Final (6 finalists)

For more information on these events (or to register to compete)  please visit

To see what else is on visit The London Coffee Festival 2013 Website

Follow The London Coffee Festival on Twitter @LdnCoffeeFest



Calling all graphic designers

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Are you a graphic artist or designer that would like to shape the image of the SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events?

We are accepting expressions of interest for tendering to supply a new logo and stationery design for the SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events championships.

To receive the briefing document for this opportunity please email with a link to your portfolio of recent and relevant work and any concepts that you wish to submit.

The document will be sent to all interested parties by the end of July and the final designs expected to be delivered by the chosen designer  before the end of August.

The ideal candidate will have experience in web and printed media design.

SCAE UK Open Forum Meeting Minutes – 11 July 2012

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all meeting attendees who gave up their time and in some cases travelled many hours to be at the SCAE UK Open Forum on 11 July 2012.

Oli and the Team at Prufrock Coffee in Leather Lane were great hosts and we greatly appreciated their hospitality and for hosting our meeting in their premises.

Please click the following link to Download the SCAE UK Open Forum Meeting Minutes

To provide feedback, ask any questions or to register interest to be a volunteer for for any of the new committee positions* please email

*a committee structure will be placed online early next week

SCAE UK Open Forum Agenda – 11 July 2012

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

With the date for the SCAE UK Open Forum coming around quickly (6:30pm 11 July at Prufrock Coffee, 23-25 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TE) we’re pleased to publish the agenda for the meeting.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm and as we’re expecting a big turnout and would like to take onboard as many ideas and as much feedback as possible have decided not to place times next to each section.

If there is an item you’d like placed on the agenda please email


Welcome – Lynsey Harley – SCAE UK National Coordinator

  • Introduce the current team
  • Set out expectations for the meeting
  • Cover previous minutes from last Open Forum
  • Accounts update

Structure / Overview of existing committee

Call for new committee members (for  separate Education & Events teams)

UKBC Update

  • Feedback taken onboard (temperature / water etc)
  • Venues
  • Hosts
  • Judges
  • Volunteers
  • Q&A

Competitions Update

  • Call for volunteers / judges
  • Q&A


We look forward to meeting you all at the SCAE UK Open Forum

If you are unable to attend on the night please follow the hashtag #scaeukopenforum via Twitter for updates

Minutes will be online a few days later

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.


Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood wins 2012 UK Barista Championship

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The SCAE UK Chapter held both the semi-final and final rounds of the UK Barista Championship at The London Coffee Festival on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 April 2012. The event, hosted by Allegra, saw the 20 top scoring baristas from the 6 regional heats, perform their routines in front of 4 Sensory Judges, 2 Technical Judges, 1 Head Judge, a packed spectator arena, and an international audience via the live video stream.

To evaluate all 20 competitors in one day, 2 teams of judges were in rotation. During their performance the competitor must prepare and serve 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 non-alcoholic espresso-based signature drinks. With a requirement to take at least 2 sips of each drink type placed before them, each judge consumes quite a large amount of coffee.

An emotionally charged finalists announcement revealed that 3 of the 6 finalists were newcomers to the UKBC, not having competed in this event before, and therefore the final would decide who would win the Best Newcomer prize category sponsored by Union Hand Roasted.

The six finalists were Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, James Bailey, Howard Barwick, Mark Lamberton, Dale Harris and Dan Fellows, who ran through their routine once again in front of a well-calibrated team, which included 3 World Coffee Events certified judges.

SCAE UK Organising Committee Member Glenn Watson comments “We made the right choice holding the UKBC Final at The London Coffee Festival. We were overwhelmed by the interest shown by consumers and industry professionals alike, creating great exposure for our sponsors and chosen charity, Coffee Kids. During the semi-final and finals it was standing room only. We would particularly like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly, and to all baristas and their supporters for making this the best UKBC yet”.

The scores for the top 6 this year were quite tightly bunched with only 1 point separating fifth and sixth places and 3 points separating third and fourth, making it impossible to predict the result from the sidelines. The certificates for Best Espresso and Best Signature Drink were awarded to James Bailey. Best Cappuccino was awarded to Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood.

James Bailey was announced Best Newcomer and will be invited to attend a trip to a producing country with roasted coffee supplier Union Hand-Roasted.

Speaking after being crowned 2012 UK Barista Champion, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood said “Everything we do at our coffee shop (Colonna and Smalls in Bath) is aimed to enthuse our customers about coffee. I’m now in a very privileged position and hope to continue to enthuse and engage with people and make great coffee, which I love to do. I would like to thank the previous UK Barista Champions for setting such a high standard and will do my best to uphold the tradition of driving awareness. I’m now in a very privileged position and am grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I am particularly looking forward to meeting the winners from other competing nations at the World Barista Championships. I will be working with our roaster to select a new coffee and construct a new routine over the next 6 weeks. But firstly, I am looking forward to coming back down to earth and working the bar. I’ll need to make space above the fireplace for my trophy ”.

Maxwell used two different coffee’s roasted by Cornwall based Origin Coffee Roasters. For his cappuccinos he used Lambari, a pulped-natural from Brazil, which tasted of peanut brittle and fudge. The espresso and signature drinks were made with Sacof Rolindo, a Rwandan Cup of Excellence coffee. The signature drink was prepared using ruby grapefruit with sparkling water, resulting in reduced acidity and brought out caramel and hops flavours. This was mixed with a root licorice and star anise to add more tart, sharp, fruity notes, and accentuated the weight and length of finish.

Maxwell will now represent the United Kingdom at the World Barista Championships in Vienna, Austria on 12th-15th June 2012.

photo courtesy of Glenn Watson (

UK Coffee Events – Brewers Cup and Cup Tasting – Timings

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The SCAE UK team is pleased to announce that the 2012 UK Brewers Cup and 2012 UK Cup Tasting events are both being held on on Sunday 29 April at The London Coffee Festival.

The first of these 2 events to take place will be the 2012 UK Brewers Cup, with 12 competitors.

This event is scheduled to start at 1030 and run until approximate 1330

The 2012 UK Cup Tasting event will begin at 1500 on the same stage with some of the UK’s top coffee cuppers battling it out to represent the UK in Vienna.

Entry tickets for The London Coffee Festival for Sunday 29th April can be purchased from The London Coffee Festival website

Follow @scaeuk for futher details. The Twitter hashtag for this event is #ukce