SCAE UK News Updates

SCAE UK Chapter AGM Meeting

Friday, October 10th, 2014
We will be holding our annual AGM Saturday 18th October at Has Bean Coffee at 4pm, directly after the first day of this year’s judges certification and calibration.
The agenda will be as follows.
Message from Communications Chair
Message from Competitions Chair

Message from Education Chairs
Message from Membership Chair
Message from Treasurer
Message from NC
Sponsorship update on Latte Art
Sponsorship update on CIGS
Sponsorship update on Brewers Cup
Sponsorship update on Cupping comp
Sponsorship update on Ibrik
Sponsorship and long term approach to UKBC
Questions and any other business
If you are unable to attend, please forward any questions to before friday the 17th of october.
Minutes will be available as soon as possible after the meeting.


Essential Café to host SCAE UK Barista Championships for 2015

Friday, July 4th, 2014
Essential Café to host SCAE UK Barista Championships for 2015

In a major coup for Essential Café Magazine, 2015 will see the launch of a new event for the coffee shop and café industry called UK Barista Championships Live! which will host the SCAE UK Barista championships (UKBC) for 2015 and also offer a comprehensive showcase for the industry.

The move has come to offer a new impetus to the SCAE UK Barista Championships (UKBC) by calling on the industry relationship, reach and influence of Essential Café, as well as the considerable experience of providing trade and consumer facing events offered by All Things Media (ATM) parent company of Essential Café Magazine.

Steve Leighton, national coordinator for the SCAE UK chapter says: “The SCAE UK Barista Championships (UKBC) are hugely important to the chapter and for the café and coffee industry in the UK. We are delighted to be partnering in this collaboration with Essential Café in order to increase the awareness, impact and credibility of this already hugely successful initiative, but also lay some foundations for the years to come in this three year partnership.”

David Kitchener, publishing director of Essential Café magazine, adds: “We are delighted to be able
to act as hosts for this fantastic event. We will be able to use Essential Café Magazine to promote the event to the trade like never before and use our expertise in live events to give the heats and finals the platform they deserve.”

Exciting sponsorship opportunities will be available to manufacturers, distributors and service providers active in the hospitality sector. Operating on a sealed bid basis, the categories will include Coffee Machines, Grinders and Water. All other sponsorship opportunities will be dealt with outside of the sealed bid process.

More information on location and dates for the heats and the finals will be released very soon. Meanwhile email or for details on the deal or more information on sponsorship opportunities.

About the SCAE UK?

The overriding goal of SCAE UK is to spread the knowledge of great coffee. Whether this is through entering any of the competitions the organisation oversees or by attending any of the training events it hosts throughout the year. SCAE UK is also about fun and friendship. The competitions are not only a great way to learn but also about meeting other people in the UKs ever expanding coffee industry and forging great new friendships and contacts. SCAE UK is an association with a growing number of members, who are looking for coffee excellence. Members come from all areas of the coffee industry, from machine manufacturers to roasters, café owners and ancillary suppliers.

About Essential Café

Essential Café is the only monthly dedicated trade magazine for the UK café, coffee shop and hospitality industry. Working right at the coalface of the industry, the magazine brings the very latest news, views, comment, features and facts about this fast-paced and on-trend sector. Putting editorial quality, design and highly targeted circulation at its core, Essential Café offers the definitive guide to the industry it serves., +44 (0)1634 673163

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Important SCAE UK Chapter News

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Issued: 09 August 2013

SCAE UK Chapter Meeting

Following our previous communication to members regarding the restructure of SCAE Chapters, I would like to cordially invite you to the SCAE UK Chapter meeting as follows:

Date: Tuesday 3rd September 2013

Time: 6pm

Location: The London Canal Museum, 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT.

At this meeting, there will be a vote for the new SCAE UK Chapter Board. There will also be a presentation of the new SCAE strategy, new Chapter structure and an opportunity for members to participate, offer ideas and ask questions.

The plan is to take the pressure off just one person (the National Coordinator) and to share responsibility, and the new structure will be based on a board, which will include responsibilities as follows:

  • National Coordinator
  • Membership
  • Education
  • Events and Competitions
  • Communication

Details of the Chapter Board roles and responsibilities can be downloaded (click here)

National Coordinator role and responsibilities can be downloaded (click here)

The UK is the third Chapter to undergo the reorganisation under the new strategy. In Austria and Germany were nominated and accepted by members without a vote. However, because we have had so much interest in the new UK Chapter, we have decided to hold an election if you wish to nominate yourself or for the Board or a working group then you may do so.

The election process will be undertaken as follows:-

  1. Nominations to be emailed to Jayne Richards, by 23rd August 2013 including a CV with no more than 100 words
  2. SCAE will send a list of the nominees to all UK members on Monday 26th August 2013
  3. A vote on SCAE Chapter Board will take place at the SCAE UK Chapter meeting on 3rd September 2013
  4. Votes can be emailed to Jayne by midday 2nd September 2013 for members who cannot attend the meeting
  5. The votes will be counted at the meeting and the successful candidates, once ratified, will be announced to the SCAE UK members within 3 working days
  6. SCAE may also , if appropriate, co-opt additional members to the Board

Please note membership payments must be up to date for the vote to be counted and only existing members as at 23rd August 2013 will be able to vote on 3rd September.

I look forward to meeting with you.

Kind Regards,

David Veal,

SCAE Executive Director

UKBC Regional Heat 1 Running Order

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 1

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the running order for Regional Heat 1 hosted by Hale Events at Expowest Westcountry in Exeter on 06/07 February 2013.

The show address is Westpoint Exhibition Centre Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ and entry to the show is free

Register online at

Expowest Westcountry

Follow this event on Twitter @expowest_uk  or @ukbc and via the hashtags #ukbcht1 and #ukbc2013

The 2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 1 Entrants are

Competitor First Name Last Name Date Time
1 Toby Frere 06 Feb 1000
2 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood 06 Feb 1100
3 Mark Williams 06 Feb 1200
4 Jason Gonzalez 06 Feb 1300
5 Ryan Brodie 07 Feb 1000
6 Hugo Hercod 07 Feb 1100
7 Xanne Carey 07 Feb 1200
8 Sam Dunford 07 Feb 1300
9 Peter Grosvenor-Attridge 07 Feb 1400

UK Coffee Events Registration Update

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

In addition to the UK Barista Championships, UK Coffee Events – the competition and events arm of the SCAE UK Chapter) runs the UK Cup Tasters Competition, UK Coffee in Good Spirits, UK Brewers Cup, UK Latte Art Championship and the UK Cezve / Ibrik Competition

Registration for these events is managed online at and entry has been set at £25 per person per event

All of the events listed below will be taking place at The London Coffee Festival , hosted by Allegra Events

Follow The London Coffee Festival on Twitter @LdnCoffeeFest

Registration will close for each event 1 week prior or when the event fills up

 25 April 2013

UK Cup Tasting

UK Cup Tasters Competition

Available Spaces: 4

Twitter #ukcuptasters2013


UK Coffee in Good Spirits

UK Coffee in Good Spirits

Available Spaces: 10

Please Note: This event needs at least 3 entrants to go ahead. 1 more currently required

Twitter #ukcigs2013


26 April 2013

Uk Brewers Cup

UK Brewers Cup

Available Spaces: 0

This event is fully subscribed

Twitter #ukbrewerscup2013

UK Latte Art Championship

UK Latte Art Championship

Available Spaces: 0

This event is fully subscribed

Twitter #uklatteart2013


28 April 2013

UK Cezve / Ibrik Competition

UK Cezve / Ibrik Competition

Available Spaces: 6

Please Note: This event needs at least 3 entrants to go ahead. 3 more currently required

Twitter #ukibrik2013

We’re having a makeover

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The SCAE UK Chapter team has been working hard behind the scenes to organise the 2013 UK Coffee Events.

A major part of our focus over the past few months has been to make the SCAE UK and UK Coffee Events more accessible.

To help give you a voice, we have created 2 new Facebook pages

SCAE UK Chapter

UK Coffee Events

We will be retiring the existing UK Barista Championships page at the end of January 2013.

With the first event of the 2013 competition season rapidly approaching we are pleased to unveil our new suite of UK Coffee Events logos.

click to enlarge

UK Coffee Events sets apart the competitions and events from the focus of the SCAE UK Chapter which is trade and consumer education and to create awareness of speciality coffee in the UK.

Keep an eye out for the new UK Coffee Events Logo in the press and on our sponsors websites, packaging, products and merchandise.

click to visit the UK Coffee Events website

All UK Coffee Events information can be found on the new website which is also used for competitor registration to the events

To become a member of SCAE UK please download the membership application form

Follow @scaeuk and @ukcoffeeevents for more information


SCAE UK and UK Coffee Events Committee Positions

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The positions identified on the document linked to below are integral to the successful running of the SCAE UK Chapter, which includes the UK Coffee Events competitions feeding into the World Coffee Events framework.

In 2012 these roles were filled by 7 people and we would like to open this to a wider working party.

Should you wish to enquire about a specific role or register your interest in fulfilling any of these positions please contact

Further information on each role will be made available upon request.

Click here to view the available positions and get involved in the running of the SCAE UK Chapter.


UKCE 2013 Host Requirements

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Planning for the 2013 UK Coffee Events Competitions is underway and we are already receiving interest from Baristas.

We are seeking hosts for the 2013 season and have published the UKCE 2013 Host Requirements Document.

Please download the document and contact Jamie Banwell if you would like to be considered as a Host for 2013.

Traditionally the competitions run from late January to late March and the final will be held at The London Coffee Festival 25-28 April 2013.

If you would like to see a UKCE Regional Heat in your area then contact with the name of the venue or the host that you would like to see. We’d be happy to get in touch directly.





UKBC 2012 Top 20 Scores

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

UKBC 2012 Finalists

photo courtesy of Glenn Watson (

UKBC 2012 Final
Placing Score Barista
1 607 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
2 595 James Bailey
3 585 Howard Barwick
4 582 Mark Lamberton
5 550 Dale Harris
6 549 Dan Fellows
UKBC 2012 Semifinal
Placing Score Barista
1 621.5 Dale Harris
2 602.5 Dan Fellows
3 599 James Bailey
4 598.5 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
5 591 Howard Barwick
6 589 Mark Lamberton
7 565.5 Sang Ho Park
8 544 Gordon Howell
9 508 Stuart Archer
10 497.5 Sam Dunford
11 492.5 Alex Sargent
12 479 Dave Jones
13 470 Rummy Keshett
14 468.5 Dan Shannon
15 444.5 Steve Dyson
16 435.5 Mark Pooley
17 421 Thom Harlow
18 394.5 Joe Beaver
19 433 Matthew Robley-Siemonsma
20 355 Laura Timpany


Certificates for Best Espresso, Best Cappuccino and Best Signature Drink were also awarded

Best Espresso James Bailey
Best Cappuccino Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
Best Signature Drink James Bailey


For further information please click here

More images from the UKBC here

Please direct any media enquiries to

Message from the outgoing National Coordinator Kenneth Cooper

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

A message from the outgoing National Coordinator of the SCAE UK Chapter, Kenneth Cooper,

“The time has come for me to welcome Lynsey Harley as the new national coordinator of the United Kingdom Chapter of the SCAE.

I stood down as the NC after two great years because of business reasons.

One of the great things about being the national coordinator was meeting many members of the Chapter. Of course the most profiled event for the chapter during my tenure was the world competitions held in 2010 at Caffe Culture.

I must thank the members past and present of UKBC committee whose unpaid work is amazing.

I am sure the present committee will be a great help to Lynsey who has many ideas for the forthcoming 2 years in education and training, as well as publicity of the chapter.

I wish Lynsey best wishes in her additional role, and look forward to seeing members at various events. I ask that all members talk about the SCAE and recruit new members which as we all know is the life blood of the association.”

On behalf of the SCAE UK Chapter we would like to wish Kenneth well and we look forward to his guidance over the coming months during the remaining UKBC 2012 events.