SCAE UK News Updates

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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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.


#UKBC2014 Super Heat End of Day 4 – Results

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Today, the finale of this years UK barista Championship Super Heat, kicked off with a bang with two incredible performances by Dale Harris and John Gordon. The pace didn’t let up as we saw 13 baristas compete across the day, with Cup Tasters running alongside, culminating in a fascinating and confident routine by Maxwell Colonna Dashwood.

The scores for those competing on day 4 are below

Dale Harris – Hasbean – 603.5

John Gordon – Square Mile – 593.5

Gayan Munaweera – United Coffee -

Joe Meagher – Flat Caps Coffee – 581

Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee – 562.5

Tom Hamlyn – Cafedirect London- 385

Jason Gonzalez – Colonna and Smalls – 471.5

Ivan Hewitt – Strangers with Coffee – 292.5

Stuart Archer – Pumphrey’s Coffee – 294.5

James Green – Coco Jambo – 356

Daisy Rea – Pumphrey’s Coffee – 337

Eve Purdy – Pumphrey’s Coffee – 417

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna and Smalls – 616.5

The following top scoring Cup Tasters will be going through to the final of the competition at The London Coffee Festival where the winner will go on to compete in the World Cup Tasters challenge at the SCAE World of Coffee show in Rimini.

TJ Phillips

Jason Gonzalez

Alex Passmore

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

Katherine Macarthy

Dennis Tutbury

As per the last three days, our sponsor Sanremo awarded the following best drinks of the day:

Best espresso – Joe Meagher

Best cappuccino – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

Best signature drink – Dale Harris

So, after four intense days of competitions here at Birmingham’s Millennium Point, we have the following baristas going through to the finals of the UK Barista Championships at The London Coffee Festival to compete for a place in the World Barista Championships which will be held at the SCAE World of Coffee show in Rimini.

Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

Dale Harris

John Gordon

Darryl Docherty

Estelle Bright

Joe Meagher

Dan Fellows

Diana Johnston

Heidi Beeton

Ewan Osprey-Allan

Casper Steel

Don Altizo

Imogen Ludman

Steve Pearson

Alex Passmore

Chris Walton

Emiliya Yordonova

Mark Williams

Jason Gonzalez

Laura Holmes

See you in London!


#UKBC2014 Super Heat End of Day 2

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Day two’s a wrap – another fun filled day of UK Barista Championship heats. Today we also had the Brewers Cup championship taking place and a screening of the ace documentary Barista or Bust.

The end of day two looks like this:

UKBC’s Day 2

Robert Ross – Taylor Street Baristas – 456

Joe Grainger – Takk Manchester – 405

Mark Williams – Relish – 480

Imogen Ludman – Six Eight Kafe – 509

Caspar Steel – J Atkinson & Co – 535

Sungsoon Yune – Masher Espresso – 423.5

David Felgate – The Apple Tree – 316

Bartosz  Ciepaj – The Proud Archivist – 303

Connor Bramley – The Black Lab – 421.5

Martin Pearson – Takk Manchester – 283

Brewers Cup (in no particular order)

Jeremy Challender – 198.75

Steve Leighton – 257.25

Mark Williamson – 218.75

Liam Field – 229.25

Howard Barwick – 209.5

Sebastian Stephenson – 207.5

Matthew Van Elkan – 197.5

Sang Ho Park – 194.25

Gareth Jones – 189.5

Gordon Howell – 193

Sanremo, our sponsor, awarded best drinks today to:

Best espresso – Caspar Steel

Best Cappuccino – Caspar Steel

Best signature drink – Robert Ross

Don’t forget, if you can’t make it to Birmingham, we’re streaming the whole thing live here



Sanremo UK to sponsor UK Barista Championships for a sixth year

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Sanremo UK, one of the UK’s leading professional espresso coffee machine suppliers, has announced that it will be continuing for the sixth and final year as the main sponsor of the 2014 UK Barista Championships (UKBC). 

Andrew Tucker, Managing Director of Sanremo UK, said:  “Sponsorship of the UKBC has been tremendous.  Although Sanremo is a well-established manufacturer in Italy, we only started to break into the UK Market in 2006.  The sponsorship has propelled Sanremo from being relatively unknown in the UK, to being widely recognised in the market and established its reputation for producing temperature stable and well made coffee machines.

“Continuing to sponsor the UKBC was an easy decision to make.  We are lucky to be on the front line witnessing some truly talented people doing the most amazing things with coffee.  The competition is without doubt becoming stronger each year. We love being a part of it and can’t wait for the next year’s season to start.”

And with new machine developments in the pipeline – Sanremo UK has every reason to be excited about the 2014 UKBC competition.

For more information about Sanremo UK, please visit –

2013 UK Barista Championships Results

Monday, April 29th, 2013



2013 UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results of the 2013 UK Barista Championships Final which took place on Sunday 28 April at The London Coffee Festival hosted by Allegra

The London Coffee Festival

Score Barista
644 John Gordon
627 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
610.5 Estelle Bright
602.5 Joe Meagher
548 Chee Wong
524.5 Don Altizo

Congratulations to John Gordon – Operations Manager for Square Mile Coffee Roasters who has become only the second person to win the UK Barista Championships 3 times (2010, 2011 and 2013), joining Simon Robertson 2002, 2003, 2005) in the history books.

Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

The winner of the Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer award for 2013 is Chee Wong (Taylor St Baristas)

Chee reached the final in his first year of competition and will accompany the Union Hand-Roasted green buyers on a trip to Origin within the next 12 months

Last years winner James Bailey has recently returned from a trip to Rwanda and is already planning a return to origin as soon as possible.


For photographs from the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal click the image below

2013 UK Barista Championships Trophy

 image courtesy of Glenn Watson (

Trophy lovingly crafted by UK Coffee Events Sponsor Reg Barber (

More images and a round-up of the UK Coffee Events held at The London Coffee Festival to come over the next few days…


2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal Scores

Monday, April 29th, 2013

2013 UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results of the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinals which took place on Saturday 27 April at The London Coffee Festival hosted by Allegra

Score Barista
594 Estelle Bright
567 John Gordon
551.5 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
551 Joe Meagher
539 Don Altizo
522 Chee Wong
518 Shaun Young
510.5 Dan Fellows
497.5 Wes Bond
482.5 Jose Melim
481.5 Xanne Carey
478.5 Nicola Peacock
474.5 Will Corby
459 Yann Chalmers
454.5 Alex Sargeant
450 Peter Grosvenor Attridge
432.5 Steve Dyson
427.5 Catherine O’ Shea
DQ Edita Chodarcevic
DQ Hugo Hercod


For photographs from the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal click the image below

2013 UKk Barista Championships Semifinal

 image courtesy of Glenn Watson (

The Top 6 will compete on Sunday 28 April at The London Coffee Festival


Saturday, April 27th, 2013

2013 UK Barista Championships

SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the performance times and Finalists for the 2013 UK Barista Championships on Sunday 28 April at The London Coffee Festival

  • 1330 Joe Meagher (Flat Caps Coffee)
  • 1400 John Gordon (Square Mile Coffee Roasters)
  • 1430 Don Altizo (Baxter Storey)
  • 1500 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (Colonna and Smalls)
  • 1530 Chee Wong (Taylor St Baristas)
  • 1600 Estelle Bright (Caravan)

Please Note: This is a ticketed event and some sessions may already be sold out. Visit to book your ticket

Images from the 2013 UK Barista Championships Semifinal can be viewed here courtesy of Glenn Watson (

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