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 Fact 2: 71% of this years competitors are newcomers to the UKBC

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Union Hand Roasted’s generous new prize category for 2012 – Best Newcomer, has sparked a lot of interest and last minute entries for this years UKBC.

You can read an interview between Marc Pierre Dietrich and Union’s Alan Miller explaining the criteria for the new prize category for 2012 on the Union Blog

Newcomers account for 71% of entrants in this years UKBC.

So far 40 new baristas are yet to perform, and try to score more points than Matthew Robley-Siemonsma, the front-runner so far.

After each heat we will update you on who the overall frontrunner is, however scores will not be revealed until all regional heats have been concluded.

Last week we released Fact 1: Approximately only 15% of this years competitors are female.

We asked to hear your thoughts on why this might be, and have only received a couple of responses so far.  One response that will be put forward to the AV team is “‘because the microphone gets caught in your hair”.

There must be other reasons, or we would see a higher percentage of female entrants. So we would like to ask again what the reason might be.  2 out of 6 finalists last year were ladies. This trend is not related to the UK only.

In this weeks heat (#ukbcht2) in Exeter (Westcountry Catering Exhibition at Expowest) there are 4 ladies competing – the highest number in any one regional heat.

Come along and support the baristas who are performing, and use the Twitter hashtag #ukbcht2 to help keep those who cannot attend up to date with what’s happening on each day.

UKBC 2012 SouthWest Heat Running Order

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The 2012 UKBC SouthWest Heat kicks off at 1030 on Wed 08 Feb at the Westcountry Catering Exhibition at Expowest, and runs for 2 days

If you cannot make it to the event please follow #ukbcht2 for updates

Wednesday 08 February

  • 1030 Sarah Lock
  • 1100 Dan Fellows
  • 1130 Steve Pearson
  • 1200 Dale Harris
  • 1230 Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
  • 1345 Gerraint James
  • 1430 Dave Jones

Thursday 09 February

  • 1030 Tessa Brice
  • 1100 Alex Passmore
  • 1130 Barry Cook
  • 1200 Sam Dunford
  • 1230 Pier Pezzimenti
  • 1400 Christabel Webb
  • 1430 Sam Hebburn
  • 1500 Amber Rodgers

This event is likely to have the most female baristas competing.

Approximately only 15% of this years competitors are female. We’d love to hear your thoughts on why this might be. Tweet @ukbc or post to our Facebook page

Good luck to all competitors for the UKBC 2012 SouthWest Heat

2012 UKBC SouthWest Heat hashtag #ukbcht2

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Following the debut of the UKBC Regional heat specific Twitter hashtag last week we are pleased to announce the hashtag for next weeks event is #ukbcht2

The UK Barista Championships heads to Exeter on 08/09 Feb – where the Westcountry Catering Exhibition at Expowest will be hosting us for the 2 days.


We are looking for volunteers to help run the event. Please get in touch with Denise ( if you are able to help out for either (or both) days of the event

As a volunteer you may be required to assist in timekeeping, running drinks from the judges table, working the AV, ushering competitors or helping on the exhibition machines.

Running Order

The running order will be posted tomorrow, so check back to see who is competing on each day.

Brew Bar

Union Hand Roasted Coffee will also be showcasing their coffee, and Novus Tea on their brew bar – and you’re invited to make your own! Explore the alternatives to espresso and try the different coffees on offer. Union Hand Roasted are the roasted coffee sponsors of the UKBC.

There is also a hashtag for the brew bar #unionbrewbar


Follow @ukbc and @scaeuk for the latest information and results as they happen

Hashtags #ukbcht2 and #ukbc