UK Barista Championship

The Barista Championship is considered the hardest of the SCAE competitions, testing your coffee knowledge, presentation, preparation and all round barista ability. The winner of this years competition will represent the UK at the World Barista Championships

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    What is the UK Barista Championships all about?

    During the Barista Championship contestants will get 15 minutes to set up their work area and then 15 minutes to make (in any order they choose) 4 espresso, 4 milk drinks and 4 espresso based non alcoholic speciality drinks. The espresso machines are provided for the competition by La Spaziale. Grinders from Nuova Simonelli will also be available for competitors although competitors can bring their own. Should you need it, plenty of milk will be available. The drinks are judged by 2 Technical Judges and 4 Sensory Judges(see the judges "Sensory and Technical Score Sheets").

    The various judges' deliberations will eventually boil down to one score for each barista, out of a maximum of 840. The top 12 scorers will go through to the semi finals to be held on 9th April 2016 at London Coffee Festival These will be whittled down to the final 6 for the following day's final at LCF on Sunday 10th April 2016.

    United Kingdom Barista Competition (UKBC) Rules - WBC 2016 Rules

    The UKBC follows the World Barista Championship (WBC) 2016 rules. Please click on the logo below to visit the WBC website, where you can download up to date rules, scoresheets and information. Please ensure you use the 2016 rules for this years UKBC.

    How to enter the UKBC

    Entry is now via online registration at

    You must be a SCAE member to enter the Barista Competition - To join, download and complete the SCAE Membership application form below.

    Where and when are the heats being held

    For details of this year's regional heats please see the SCAE UK News


    We have a back catalogue of the 2010 & 2009 UKBC routines over on our Livestream & Viddler page, these videos are worth checking out if you didn't make it to the competition last year.

    Watch the 2010 UKBC Semi-finalists & Finalists

    Watch the 2009 UKBC Semi-finalists & Finalists


    Photographs from the UKBC competitions, check out our Flickr account

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