SCAE UK News Updates

2013 UK Barista Championships Top 20 after Heat 1

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The first heat of the 2013 UK Barista Championships took place at Expowest Westcountry on 06/07 February

2013 UK Barista Championships

The standard of competiton was very high and we’d like to thank all baristas, judges, sponsors and volunteers for making this a great first heat of the 2013 UK Barista Championships.


Top 20*

588.5   Maxwell Colonna Dashwood

567      Hugo Hercod

513.5   Peter Grosvenor-Attridge

503      Xanne Carey

463.5   Jason Gonzalez

418      Sam Dunford

390.5   Toby Frere

339.5   Ryan Brodie


*9 entrants competed in the first heat. The leaderboard will be updated after heat 2

Any entrants disqualified will not be shown. Disqualifications most commonly occur when a barista exceeds 16 minutes for their performance time.


Photos from the event have been provided by Ben Tyler ( and Laurent Rickling

View their images from Day 1 and Day 2


We would like to thank our hosts for this event Hale Events – organisers of Expowest Westcountry – for their support and for hosting this regional heat.

Expowest Westcountry


We are now building up to Regional Heat 2 hosted by Pumphreys Coffee in Newcastle on 15/16 February

It’s not too late to register to compete. We have 25 confirmed entrants. The Running Order will be released this evening one the final changes have been made

Register online at

Follow the buildup on Twitter @ukcoffeeevents @scaeuk @ukbc via the hashtag #ukbcht2 or online



UKBC Advice: from past competitors

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

With 5 weeks to go until Regional Heat 1 of the 2013 UK Barista Championships kicks off at Expowest Westcountry in Exeter, we thought new and old baristas might be able to benefit from some advice from past competitors.

UKBC Barista Mentor, Howard Barwick has kindly put together some thoughts which might just make preparations a little less scary and a lot more organised.

The advice can be downloaded from the UK Coffee Events website via this link 

We hope your preparations are coming along well and look forward to seeing the first baristas take to the stage on 06 February in Exeter.

If you have any competition related questions that you’d like to ask Howard then email them to and we’ll do our best to get them answered for you

The Twitter hashtags for this event are #ukbcht1 and #ukbc2013

Follow @expowest_uk , @sanremouk , @unionroasted, @ukbc as we count down to the first heat




Congratulations Sang Ho Park – winner of 2012 UKBC SouthEast Heat

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Tapped and Packed barista Sang Ho Park made a clean sweep of the 2012 UK Barista Championship SouthEast Heat hosted by DunneFrankowski.

Sang Ho performed his set on Friday 27th January at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch.

During his performance Sang Ho produced 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 espresso based non-alcoholic signature drinks for a team of 4 sensory judges, 2 technical judges and a head judge.

For his efforts he was awarded a certificate for Best Espresso, Best Cappuccino and Best Signature Drink – and received a winners goody bag.

Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, also of Tapped and Packed took second place, ahead of Rummy Keshet, a barista trainer for Darlington’s.

L to R: Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, Sang Ho Park, Rummy Keshet

Hosts of first 2012 UK Barista Championships heat - DunneFrankowski - put on a great event, held in a gallery space in Shoreditch, East London, close to their new coffee shop Protein, based at number 18 Hewett Street, inside a gallery space.

Visitors were offered a coffee from the San Remo Roma coffee machine upon entering the gallery, before taking a tour of the history of London’s coffee houses, enjoying coffee themed artwork and finally sitting down on East London Furniture’s installation.

The event was well attended and visitors enjoyed making their own coffee with the Union Hand Roasted team on their Brew Bar, where syphon, aeropress and V60 filter coffees were produced and consumed. Novus Tea’s were also served as an alternative to coffee.

In the main theatre, grinder sponsor Mahlkonig and machine sponsor San Remo showcased their products.

The event used the hashtags #ukbcht1 and #ukbc . Click here for the twitter feed for the event

Scores from all 6 heats will be calculated and the top 20 people invited to compete in the semi-final taking place 27-29 April at The London Coffee Festival, with the top 6 after the semi-final heat competing to be crowned UK Barista Champion for 2012 the following day.

Once all heats have been completed, the Best Newcomer prizewinner will also be announced. This prize has been sponsored by Union Hand Roasted.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event memorable and to all who helped Rob Dunne and Victor Frankowski put on such a fantastic show. You’ve set the bar for the remaining heats – and it’s very high!

For more images click here

UKBC SouthEast Heat Running Order

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The running order for the SouthEast Heat of the UK Barista Championships – hosted by DunneFrankowski - is now available for download

Competing on the 27th January

  • 1015 James Bailey
  • 1145 Piotr Czamecki
  • 1215 Sang Ho Park
  • 1345 Matthew Robley-Siemonsma
  • 1445 Dawn Evans
  • 1515 Phillip Hamilton

Competing on the 28th January

  • 1015 Dennis Tutbury
  • 1045 Gergely Balatoni
  • 1115 Rummy Keshet
  • 1215 Alex Lais
  • 1345 Justyna Staclwa
  • 1415 Mark Pooley

Good luck to all baristas entering #ukbcht1