SCAE UK News Updates

#UKBC2015 Finals To Take Place At ScotHot

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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:

www.scothot.co.uk

www.twitter.com/ScotHot2013

www.facebook.com/ScotHot

For more information about the UK Barista Championships or to enter the competition, visit www.scaeuk.com

 

#UKBC2015 Top 20

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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

637

Dale Harris

635.5

Estelle Bright

621.5

Joe Meagher

598.5

Dan Fellows

581

Don Altizo

542.5

Diana Johnston

528

Wes Bond

521

Heidi Beeton

510.5

Jessie Dodkins

495

James Wallace

486

William Pitts

477.5

Will Sumner

477

Nicola Peacock

474

Jesse May

470.5

Paul Ross

459.5

Jimmy Dimitrov

458

Jana Slamova

451

Catherine O’Shea

447.5

Kieran Carney                 432.5

HUGE congratulations and thank you to every one that’s competed across the three competitions.

#UKBC2015 Northern Regional Heat Results

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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

 

#UKBC2015 Top 20

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

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…!

Dale Harris

635.5

Estelle Bright

621.5

Dan Fellows

581

Diana Johnstone

528

Wes Bond

521

Heidi Beeton

510.5

Jessie Dodkins

495

William Pitts

477.5

Jessie May

470.5

Paul Ross

459.5

Jimmy Dimitrov

458

Kieran Carney

432.5

Simon Frewin 

430

Darrell Ellis

427

James Litchfield

417

Dennis Tutbury

406.5

Lee Hart

406.5

Dennis Tutbury

406.5

Ivan Hewitt

390.5

Nathan Harber

379.5

#UKBC2015 Southern Regional Heat in Bristol

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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

BRISTOL

BS1 6TY

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!

#UKBC2015 Warwick Midlands Regional Heat

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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 hope to see you at The Southern Heat in Bristol this Friday 28th November, followed by the Northern Heats in Glasgow.

UK Barista Championship Regional Heats Registration

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Register

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

Register

2014 UK Barista Championship Semi Final Results

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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!!

 

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 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 chloe@scaeuk.com to confirm your interest.

 

A Look Back at #UKBC2014 Super Heat by Our National Coordinator – Steve Leighton

Monday, February 17th, 2014

I thought it might be nice with a few days between us to look back at the super heats of Birmingham, and share with you lessons learnt. When I took this temporary role, I said I would try and bring some transparency. So here it is warts and all:

I think overall it was a great event, and I am very proud of the team that put it together. Special thanks to Sanremo who delivered the roadshow, Denise Hall for pulling together the competition strings, Chloe for sharing all the information, and being there every time I needed her, Jonathan for just fixing things without even telling me, Tim and Ben from the education committee, and of course our wonderful judges. But this is not just to be pats on the back of congratulations so lets look at what didn’t go so well…

Competitor Prep Area

This was not so good, we started with a very small space, and this slowly (no in fact quickly) turned into Chaos, people taking over huge space, people leaving rubbish and equipment everywhere, and generally, not looking after it. David from Sanremo did a great job trying to police the area, but as soon as his back was turned (to do some work), it became a real mess. I think we need to police it better, but the baristas also need to mange these spaces better. Lesson learnt.

Brewers Cup / Cup Tasters

I’ve paired these together as I think it was applicable for both. We could and should have done better with the space and the organisation. The prep areas were not good enough, and although there were many good intentions, the feet on the ground were not good enough, this will be addressed for both London Coffee Festival, and for next years. Lesson learnt.

Live Scoring

This should be in both for me, it went well, and people liked it, but if we are going to do it then we need to have a system and a routine and someone dedicated to scoring. Those who jumped in and just got on with it, thank you, you were amazing, but next time I’d like to have people on it ready to go.

Tamper Tantrum

I think I’d not run this next time, while the competition was on, I think both suffered from sharing an audience (particularly the competition). But I do think the competition gained in the afternoon from an increase in audience.

Emcee’ing

Between myself, Jeremy Torz and Andrew Tucker we did a solid job. I think for the future, some more guidelines of thanking the sponsors, information on the judges and on the competition would be good. As the lead for this the blame lies firmly at my door. We will fix.

Education

I’d like to see more educational events at these events, I think we missed a trick this year, but I’d like to incorporate for the future for sure. These are opportunities missed.

Things that went well – you didn’t just think I was going to say the bad things right ? Lots of things were right about the heat, things like…

Communication.

Well done Chloe for running the show, but a SUPER well done to Simon Floyd, who gave up 4 days of his life to tweet the heck out the competition. Simon did this after being asked by the committee, and did an amazing job. I have received praise as far away as El Salvador and Australia about the quality of tweeting, and its all down to Simons hard work, thank you buddy. Also huge thanks to Kate Beard who gave up huge ammounts of her time to photograph every single competitor, dedication above and beyond the call.

Social Elements

I loved the fact we had more than just a competition. In 7 weeks we managed to get 5 speakers and a tamper tantrum (videos to follow too) and we put on a film with Q & A’s following John Gordon on his 2010 UKBC and WBC journey. The beers that followed after this in Brew Dog, and the fun around the competition was one of the highlights for me. Seeing baristas, organisers (and judges drinking soft drinks) a leap forwards.

Judges

What can I say, we were blessed with professional judges, who were waiting for competitors, not the other way around as its been so many times in the past. I’ve not heard one moan or groan about the judging, and this has to be a first. They were amazing machines that did all they could to help make the competition run smoothly. Special praise must go to the head judges, who stepped in at the last minute to save the day, and looked like they had done it forever. Well done Jamie and Jochem, my new super heroes.

Live Scoring 

I know this was in the part that said we could have done better, but I thought this added to the competition and is something I think we should pursue and hone, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Audience

I was told by more than one person this is the most supported heat they had seen in many a year (comparisons with the legendary London heat of 2010 were made). For me the London heat of 2010 should be what we are aiming for, and what I had in my mind, so I am very pleased others saw it too. Audience was good, people milling around and networking was good, and competitors hanging around to see others was amazing. Thank you to every one who came.

There are no pats on the back just yet though, we have Semi finals and finals to do, and I want them to be the best ever. We have done half a job.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the super heat. We will obviously have some decisions to make after the London Coffee Festival for next year. Should we do one heat again, should we maybe do three mini super heats (the names are getting sillier) or would you prefer to go back to the 7 heats of the past ? I know my personal preference is somewhere in the middle but I’m ready to have my opinions changed if you feel strongly about it, after all its your SCAE UK Chapter not mine.