SCAE UK News Updates
It’s official; the best coffee in the country will be brewed up in Glasgow as the UK Barista Championship takes place in Glasgow as part of ScotHot.
Taking place across 4 and 5 March 2015 at ScotHot, Scotland’s food, drink, hospitality and tourism show, the UK Barista Championship tests competitors on their coffee knowledge, presentation, preparation and all round barista ability. The winner of the competition will represent the UK at the World Barista Championships in Seattle in April 2015
UK Barista Championship contestants will get 15 minutes to set up their work area and then 15 minutes to make 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and finally 4 espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks.
The 20 competitors will compete in front of a live audience of food and drink insiders at ScotHot. Running from 4 to 5 March 2015, ScotHot will take place at Glasgow’s SECC and will bring together suppliers of food and drink; catering equipment; décor and design; tableware and technology products with chefs and buyers from hotels, restaurants, bars, catering outlets and tourism destinations.
ScotHot 2015 will also include the 30th Scottish Culinary Championships, which challenges chefs to create show-stopping food sculptures as well as being judged in a live cook-off on the main stage. Visitors will also be treated to a line-up of experts giving business advice and workshops at The Spotlight Stage. Cutting edge developments in catering equipment will be showcased in the CESA Innovation Zone, providing the largest collection of new catering products available anywhere on the market.
ScotHot’s Event Director, Soraya Gadelrab, said:
“ScotHot 2015 is going to be the ultimate show for those working in the hospitality industry and we’re thrilled to have the UK Barista Championships within our programme. These championships encompass so much about what makes hospitality an exciting industry to be in: flair, creativity, inspiring people and of course, great taste. It’s this passion that comes to the fore at ScotHot, which has a deserved reputation as the place for showcasing catering trends and industry insights, as well as a prime place to network with those in the know.”
Stephen Leighton, Managing Director of Has Bean Coffee and organiser of the UK Barista Championship said:
“I’m really excited to be renewing the partnership with ScotHot. The last time we were at ScotHot in 2009 we found the last World Barista Champion to come from the UK. I think this is a great opportunity to bring the UK Barista Championships back to Scotland – at this prestigious show. ”
ScotHot is taking place as part of the Year of Food & Drink 2015 within Scottish Tourism Week’s Signature Programme.
For the latest show news, exhibitor information and to register for the show please visit:
For more information about the UK Barista Championships or to enter the competition, visit www.scaeuk.com.
We’re excited to announce, that after our 3 successful regional heats, these are the 20 highest scoring competitors who’ll be going through to compete for the title of UK Barista Champion in the semi finals next year.
|Maxwell Colonna Dashwood||
Kieran Carney 432.5
HUGE congratulations and thank you to every one that’s competed across the three competitions.
This may have been the coldest regional heat to take place in the history of regional heats but it was also a great one; held at The Briggait at The Glasgow Coffee Festival and hosted and curated by Dear Green. Results below.
Davide Birse – Roast Central – Coffee On Wooer – 357.5
Catherine O’Shea – Artisan Roast – 447.5
James West – Union Hand Roasted – 427.5
James Wallace – Laboratorio Espresso – 486
Andrea Liguori – Baxter Story – 355
Don Altizo – EMA Canary Wharf – 542.5
Nicola Peacock – The Perky Peacock – 474
Joe Meagher – Flat Cap Coffee – 598.5
Will Sumner – Artisan Roast – 477
Jana Slamova – Baxter Story – 451
Marek Kalianko – Taylor St Baristas – 407.5
Mike Haggerton – Habitat Cafe – 326
Jo-Anne Deeb – Taylor St Baristas – 402.5
Jack O’Keefe – Ozone Coffee Roasters – 417
Maxwell Colonna Dashwood – Colonna & Smalls – 637
Best Espresso – Joe Meagher
Best Capuccino – Joe Meagher
Best Signature Drink – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood
Now that we’re two heats into our three regional heats, with the last one in Glasgow next Saturday, here’s a look at our current top 20.
The third regional heat could change everything…!
We hope you’re as excited as we are for the second of our three regional heats. This will be taking place in Bristol, hosted by our Southern Heat sponsors Origin Coffee this Friday 28th November and we’re expecting it to kick off at around 8.30am.
We’ve had lots of questions about the location – yes it is indeed on a boat! Here’s some more info to help you find it….
The full land address is below
ss Great Britain
Great Western Dockyard
Gas Ferry Road
There’s some great resources on the SS Great Britain website on how to get there, and there’s plenty of nearby hotels.
Tim Whyte, the event organiser, has these comments on parking for those who choose to drive up.
This is on Spike Island in Bristol Harbour. There is quite a large car-park on site (ca. 150 vehicles), operated on a first-come first-serve basis by the City Council. On arrival, please disregard the City’s parking machines and purchase a ticket from one of the stewards at the gate (or ask at the visitors’ centre if arriving in the midst of the day). Tickets are £2.50 and cover the entire day of purchase until midnight – probably the best rate in the city centre. Guests will need to write the date and their registration number on their tickets, and display them on their dashboards.
The next-best car park is probably Millenium Square at @Bristol (the science museum). This is on the north shore of the Harbour, which is linked to Spike Island via the cross-harbour ferry. It would take about five minutes to walk from Millenium Square to the ferry landing stage at Hanover Quay, which takes about two minutes to cross the harbour and arrives right at the ss Great Britain. We can’t make any guarantees regarding Millenium Square for obvious reasons, but their website with all the info is here: http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/parking.html. Please see http://numbersevenboattrips.com/crossharbour.html for ferry information.
Entry is free and we hope many of you will turn up to spectate, it’s looking to be a busy day with some really great competitors.
See you there!
A huge thanks to all of Sunday’s competitors, judges, volunteers, sponsors and spectators – here’s the results of our first regional heat in the running order of the day.
Diana Johnstone – Workshop Coffee – 528
Dale Harris – Has Bean – 635.5
Wes Bond – Bean Loved – 521
Estelle Bright – La Marzocco – 621.5
Simon Frewin – The Coffeekabin – 430
Paul Ross – Harris & Hoole – 459.5
Omar Al-Sabahi – Java Lounge – 355.5
Lee Hart – Giddy Up Coffee – 406.5
Best Espresso – Dale Harris
Best Cappuccino – Dale Harris
Best Signature Drink – Estelle Bright
We’re pleased to announce that the UK Barista Championship Regional Heats are now open for registrations.
Warwick – 23rd November 2014
Bristol – 28th November 2014
Glasgow -06th December 2014
Please select the nearest region to your place of work. There will be 20 places available for each of the regional heats, so please also select a 2nd choice for if your 1st choice fills up.
More details on all the hosts and their venues will be released over the next few days.
Entry is free for all SCAE members.
Entrants must be 18 years of age and above.
Please keep an eye on our Twitter feed @SCAEUK for updates
Please send all questions to Chloe@scaeuk.com
We’ve reached the end of day 3 of The London Coffee Festival and now seen all 20 incredible performances from our UK Barista Championship semi finalists. The standard this year is phenomenal with some particularly good scores.
Darryl Docherty – Artisan Roast – 496.5
Caspar Steel – J Atkinson & Co – 477
Dan Fellows – Origin Coffee – 476.5
Ewan Osprey-Allan – Brew Lab – 474.5
Ewan Osprey-Allan – Brew Lab – 474.5
Imogen Ludman – Six Eight Kafe – 471.5
Laura Holmes – Small Batch Coffee Company – 471.5
Steve Pearson – Devon coffee – 462
Mark Williams – Relish – 461
Jason Gonzalez – Colonna and Smalls – 454
Emiliya Yordanova – Avenue G Cafe – 448
Diana Johnston – Avenue G Cafe – 439.5
Alex Passmore – Origin Coffee – 432
Chris Walton – Union Hand Roasted – 431.5
Heidi Beeton – Prufrock Coffee – DQ
Our fantastic sponsors, Sanremo, awarded the following best of the day awards to:
Best espresso – John Gordon
Best Cappuccino – Maxwell Colonna Dashwood
Best Signature Drink – John Gordon
Best Technical – Dan Fellows
We look forward to seeing our finalists; John Gordon, Maxwell Colonna Dashwood, Estelle Bright, Don Altizo, Dale Harris and Joe Meagher competing in the 2014 UK Barista Championship grand finals tomorrow to fight for the title of 2014 UK Barista Champion!!
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 http://www.worldcoffeeingoodspirits.org , 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your interest.