SCAE UK News Updates

2014 UK Barista Championship Semi Finals

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the running order for this year’s UK Barista Championship Semi Finals, held once again at The Truman Brewery on Saturday 5th April as part of The London Coffee Festival. Please don’t forget to register for the festival in order to spectate.

9.05 Imogen Ludman – Six Eight Kafe

9.30 Dale Harris – Has Bean Coffee

9.55 Steve Pearson – Devon coffee

10.20 Don Altizo – Baxter Story

10.45 Laura Holmes – Small Batch Coffee Company

11.10 Jason Gonzalez – Colonna and Smalls

11.35 Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna and Smalls

12.00 Joe Meagher – Flat Cap Coffee

12.25 Estell Bright – Caravan Coffee

12.50 Ewan Osprey-Allan – Brew Lab

13.40 Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee

14.05 Heidi Beeton – Prufrock Coffee

14.30 Diana Johnston – Avenue G Cafe

14.55 John Gordon – Square Mile

15.30 Emiliya Yordanova – Avenue G Cafe

15.45 Mark Williams – Relish

16.10 Darryl Docherty – Artisan Roast

16.35 Caspar Steel – J Atkinson & Co

17.00 Alex Passmore – Origin Coffee

17.25 Chris Walton – Union Hand Roasted

The top scoring 6 competitors will go through to the finals on Sunday 6th April.

Coffee In Good Spirits Needs YOU

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Firstly – there is a UK title up for grabs.

Secondly –  the winner gets to go to Australia to represent their country.

Lastly – for some reason practising when there’s alcohol involved is just more fun.

With this in mind, we want this competition to be fun, well participated with passionate skilled baristas, we also want it to be massively well supported at the finals.

With the  The London Coffee Festival and the UK Barista Championship finals only a month away, we would like to give those of you that are thinking of entering an insight into the world of coffee and good spirits.

So, we are running a coffee in good spirits Jam/workshop in London at Prufrock Coffee on the 13th March 2014 at 6.30pm.

Gordon Howell who represented the UK last year and came 3rd in the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship will be our guide for the evening as he talks us through his routine from Nice last year.

Through the evening we will touch on rules, regulations and scoresheets and help to explain the format of the competition, but the focus of the evening will be to give more of an insight into how to perform and prepare for the competition.

If nothing else it’s an opportunity to network, have fun and drink some booze (oh and some coffee too).

There will be an opportunity to discuss any aspect of the competition at the end of the session.

For Preparation for the Workshop we ask that you all please study the information on , concentrating on the final round scoresheets (technical/sensory/head judge). Write down any questions you have about them for us to explain and discuss at the end of the workshop. All the documents can be downloaded from the WBC or SCAE UK website, you will also find links to videos of past performances, should you wish to study them.

SCAE membership is a requirement for entry. This can be a personal membership or that of your employer. You can join here

The UK finals will be based on the final round of the World competition where each competitor has 5 minutes to set up their work area and then 8 minutes to prepare two perfect Irish Coffees and two of their own signature hot or cold coffee cocktail.

Take a look at our information page on the competition.

If you wish to attend this evening of fun and frolics please email to confirm your interest.


2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinals Performance Times

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

2013 UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the performance times for the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semi-final on Saturday 27 April at The London Coffee Festival



Barista Employer


Steve Dyson Spring Espresso


Catherine O’Shea Artisan Roast


Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood Colonna and Smalls


Jose Melim Easy Jose Coffee


Nicola Peacock The Perky Peacock


Alex Sargeant Strangers Coffee


Will Corby Mercanta


John Gordon Square Mile Coffee Roasters


Wes Bond Bean Loved


Yann Chalmers 3FE


Xanne Carey Amid Giants and Idols


Estelle Bright Caravan


Joe Meagher Flat Caps Coffee


Don Altizo Baxter Storey


Dan Fellows Origin Coffee


Shaun Young Kaffeine


Chee Wong Taylor St Baristas


Peter Grosvenor-Attridge Colonna and Smalls


Edita Chordacevic Federation Coffee


Hugo Hercod Relish


The Top 6 Finalists will be announced just before 7pm

The London Coffee Festival is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased at

The London Coffee Festival

Follow @scaeuk @ukbc @ukcoffeevents and @LdnCoffeeFest in the build-up to The London Coffee Festival

You can be involved in the build up on Facebook (UK Coffee Events) and Twitter using the hashtag #ukbc


2013 UK Coffee Events Competitors

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The links below contain competitor details for the 2013 UK Coffee Events being held at The London Coffee Festival – organised by SCAE UK Chapter / UK Coffee Events

Although the event starting times have been set, the final competitor performance times are being finalised. As some competitors have entered more than 1 event on a day the running order may change at short notice.

The provisional running orders are contained in the links below. Competitors will receive entry instructions by email early next week once times and entry details have been finalised.

The London Coffee Festival is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased at


Thursday 25 April 2013

2013 UK Cup Tasting

Click to view competitor details

2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits

Click to view competitor details

Friday 26 April 2013

2013 UK Brewers Cup

Click to view competitor details 

2013 UK Latte Art Championship

Click to view competitor details 

Saturday 27 April 2013

 2013 UK Barista Championships

 Click to view the Top 20 – Semifinalists


The 6 UK Barista Championships Finalists will be announced after all 20 semifinalists scores have been calculated. The announcement is due to take place just before 1900

The Final of the 2013 UK Barista Championships will take place after the 2013 UK Cezve / Ibrik competition and is due to start at 1330 on Sunday 28 April 2013

Details of the 2013 UK Cezve / Ibrik competition will be released once finalised.

Follow @scaeuk @ukbc @ukcoffeevents and @LdnCoffeeFest in the build-up to The London Coffee Festival

Final Call for UK Coffee in Good Spirits competitors

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

The 2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits competition is scheduled to take place at The London Coffee Festival on Thursday 25 April.

2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirts

Please Note: Subject to minimum numbers being met, the Finals Round only will be held in 2013

The final round requires competitors to produce two Irish Coffees and two coffee-and-alcohol-based designer drinks

At this time only 2 registrations have been received. We require at least 3 entrants in order to run the event.

Online registration for the 2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits competition closes at midnight on 28 February 2013.

If the minimum number of entrants is not reached, the 2013 UK Coffee in Good Spirits Competition will not go ahead and the 2013 UK Latte Art Championships will be extended to fill this space.

2013 UK Latte Art Championships

A waitlist for this event is already in operation. Please email if you wish to join the waitlist and be notified if this competition will be opened to more entrants.



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

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



UK Coffee Events 2013 Cezve/Ibrik Announcement

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Despite World Coffee Events announcing that it will not be running the Cezve/Ibrik Championship in 2013, UK Coffee Events would like to announce that we intend to run the UK Cezve/Ibrik Championship in the UK, subject to a minimum number of entrants being met.

Re-inclusion at the World level is very much dependent on participation and sponsorship levels steadily increasing – a stance we also support.

In order to have a meaningful UK event, minimum entry levels of 3 competitors is required. If we cannot reach this number then the competition will not take place this year and it’s future in the UK may also be in doubt.

We intend to run this event at The London Coffee Festival on Sunday 28 April 2013.

If the event does not take place then any competitor who had applied to enter will receive a full refund.

Registration will be managed online at

Click to read the WCE announcement in full


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 Finalists

Friday, April 27th, 2012

We had a fantastic day at The London Coffee Festival today, with 20 UK Barista Championship semifinalists performing in front of a full house most of the day, and with over 1000 viewers on the livestream as well!

We are back in action tomorrow from 1030am online at and in person at The London Coffee Festival taking place at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

The 6 UKBC Finalists for 2012 are as follows;

  • Dale Harris
  • Dan Fellows
  • James Bailey
  • Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
  • Howard Barwick
  • Mark Lamberton

We’d love to see you at the festival. You’ll need to get there early to grab a seat!