18th October 2014, 5pm
Location: Has Bean Coffee, Stafford
In attendance: Rob Ward, Gosia Lendzioszek, Dave Jones, Matt Lasek, Chris Hall, Denise Hall, Steve Leighton, Tom Booth, Jonny England, Rob Dunne, Rohan Potumpe, Natasha Kemp, Edgars Kazlousky, Edita Chodarcevic, Sonja Bjork Grant, Lyndsey Harley, Jamie Treby! !
This has been a very positive year, with a number of fixed contracts for sponsorship amounting to just under £40,000 of sponsorship last year. Due to a tightening of control of expenses, particularly judges expenses, total expenses were just over £26,000, resulting in net retained earnings of just over £13,500 along with £7,500 brought forward from last year meaning we are in a good financial position having approximately £21,000 going forward into next year.
The biggest expenses were in relation to the Superheat (Approx £11,500), judges expenses (Approx £6,500) and winners expenses (Approx £5,000)
Both Simon and Steve expressed their appreciation to those judges who had endeavored to keep the judges expenses at a minimum, whether by accepting costs personally as in many cases they would have been attending the event anyway or by employers generously meeting costs.
Steve put this into perspective by quoting the previous years figures where the full £60,000 sponsorship money was spent. This year the Superheat helped to reduce the overall costs. This was the first time ever SCAE UK had paid for a venue, whereas normally the hosts have paid for the venue.
Communications Co-ordinator – Chloe
Apologies from Chloe. Steve Leighton spoke on her behalf.
Twitter has been a great way to communicate with baristas. Chloe has taken on a great deal of responsibility on a voluntary basis from a previous committee that was paid to do this job. She has dealt with the competitors entering , filtering any queries through to Steve and Denise. We are very lucky to have Chloe as the Communications Co-ordinator and she is doing a great job.
Competitions Co-ordinator – Denise
Denise said that she believed the UK had one of the best teams of judges in the world. Also we have the highest calibre of competitors in the world.
Denise thanked all those that helped at the Superheat. With special thanks given to Tim Sturk, Richard Hardwick, Jonathan Wadham, Sonja Grant for running judges certification and Jess McDonald for her substantial assistance with certification/judges last year.
We will again be having events at different venues/parts of the country. Whilst this may add additional dates it was asked that judges nearest to the events offer their skills as judges to keep costs at a minimum. Judges closest to a venue will be chosen in preference to those living further away.
Denise is looking for people to help with each competition on the day and people who would do some work maybe in advance with the venue. Please could you contact her if you would be interested.
Steve noted that last year was the first year that no complaints were received in relation to judges and this was put down to the professionalism demonstrated by judges at both the Superheat and London Coffee Festival. With special thanks going to Head Judges Jamie and Jochem.!
Education Co-ordinator – Tim
Apologies from Ben Townsend.
The team wanted to initiate something that was non competition based. The plan being quartlery coffee information evenings with the first one, a cupping workshop, on Tuesday 21 Oct. We have linked up with the International Coffee Organisation to use their facilities in London, but the first event will be held at Bank Street, with Noble Street Coffee, New York, who own farms and have the whole bean to cup journey included in their business presenting for 2 hours tasting and brewing coffees 6.30-8.30pm. Space limited to 40 people.
The next event will be at the ICO in January and further information will be announced on Twitter. We are also connecting with the Barista Guild and the education co-ordinators from around Europe, sharing resources using the CDS and so not trying to reinvent the wheel.
Steve indicated that there will be a lot more coming from the education sector as with the money in place it is looking to start doing things for roasters, shop owners, not just for baristas. As a chapter it is hoped that events will be aimed at the whole coffee community. That is the plan once the current competition season has taken place, With a view to looking forward to a summer event for other coffee professionals, not just the barista community.
Membership Committee – Jonathan
Apologies from Jonathan. Steve Leighton spoke on his behalf.
In April 2013, when Jonathan became Membership chair we had 158 members, as of 12 October we have 351. This is a positive as we are the biggest chapter in SCAE. We receive a rebate on all those memberships. A large number of these new memberships are judges and competitors who joined in order to take part in the UKBC, having not previously been required to be members to do so, as well as other new members wishing to join the SCAE community in the UK.
Jonathan asked that people contact him with any membership queries that they may have.
Steve acknowledged that the sponsorship from Pullman and Pulycaf last year were all the work of Jonathan and his is an amazing person to have on the team, with a personal thanks going to Jonathan from Steve.
National Co-ordinator – Steve
Steve took the position as National Co-ordinator in November last year after Lyndsey left the post as there was no one else that wanted to take the position. It was noted that Steve was coerced into the position during a drunken discussion in Milan, taking the role full time after the 2013 UKBC. Once the new sponsors are all signed up and we have a successful competition this year Steve will be stepping down as National Co-ordinator, but will still be part of the committee. The position of National Co-ordinator is available to anyone. “The wages are nil, the stresses are many and the pressure on your own business because you can’t focus on that is huge.” If you would like to stand for the position please do. It would be nice if anyone interested could get involved now to see how the position works for the next nine months before taking over.
Latte Art Competition – 13th December 2014 – Sponsored by La Marzocco
La Marzocco have not paid to be the sole sponsors, this was encouraged by Steve. It is a one year contract. Steve wanted them to show SCAE UK what an event it can be and that there would be value to them should they want to be sponsors next year. They’re going to have educational “stuff” going on La Mazocco-Style – “I’m sure there will be Pizza, Scalextrics and maybe Subbuteo in there”.
The “fun” nature of the event may make it more challenging for judges, but it should be a very exciting event.
Coffee in Good Spirits
This event possibly taking place at Cafe Culture in March, with it’s own stage along with the cupping competition. A meeting to discuss this will take place on Wednesday. There are currently no agreed sponsors although there are interested parties. One machine sponsor is required for the whole event covering the cost of the winner’s expenses going away and the judges costs, with no other charge to the sponsor.
There has been lots of interest from those wishing to host this event. As a committee we decided Waterloo Tea in Cardiff had the strongest offer. They will also run their tea event at the same time. The date is to be decided, although is likely to be January.
To be run alongside the Coffee in Good Spirits as Cafe Culture offers a great space to do this. Denise has been talking to Bunn with a view to them running this event.
Is there anyone who would like to sponsor this competition? Steve said that if he was not National Co-ordinator he would host the Ibrik competition and everybody would have to wear Fez’ who came to watch and there would be lots of beer involved!!
We are actively looking for a host for this competition. It is low cost. It requires a venue and flights to Greece, some accommodation and maybe a trophy and the judges normally judge for free as the person behind the main competition loves it so much she will find judges for us who won’t charge.
Essential Cafe were going to be hosting the whole competition. A deal with struck where they would manage all of the sponsorship and we would get a lump sum as a chapter come in. They would cover all the judges expenses. They would run the UKBC alongside their own event which is trade show. Handshakes and gentleman’s agreements where made which they backed out of at 7pm 17th October following Steve asking them for a contract before the AGM on 18th.
This means there is currently no venue for the finals and we do not have any sponsorship contracts in place as this was something that Essential Cafe were in the process of doing.
The machine sponsor is La Spaziali. There was talk of many companies putting bids in for the sponsorship of the event. As of the closing date we had no bids from sponsors. They were all recontacted again by different members of the committee and by Essential Cafe, with just one bid received from La Spaziali.
Two bids received from Mahlkonig and Simonelli. Simonelli are the chosen sponsors.
This decision was made not necessarily because theirs was the highest bid, but they were the strongest bid, willing to provide people on the ground, also a WC rep for the finals (Lauro Fioretti – Also a WBC judge) and technical support. The bids were incredibly close.
Pentair to sponsor for the next three years.
To be announced over the next few weeks.
There is an amount of work to be done before the heats including signing contracts with sponsors. If anyone would like to look after a sponsor we would be grateful for that. There are approx 10-12 sponsors. It would be great to have a group of people who were part of a sponsorship committee who would volunteer and maybe look after two sponsors who you’d have to speak to once a month to see if there was anything they wanted from us as a chapter and report this back to the National Co-ordinator.
The loss of Arla as a sponsor last year cost £14,000 and Inter-America £5,000. These sponsor had simply not been contacted during their time as sponsors and they felt no one was looking after them.
Tim Sturk has visited the Scotland venue and is very pleased with it. This space is now organised and paid for. Gratitude to all three heat hosts was expressed by Steve and SCAE UK.
There is a meeting on Wednesday re the finals with a view to maybe having this in Scotland and maybe back to London next year
Meeting adjourned approx 5.30pm