UK Barista Championship 2020

The UK Barista Championship is the UK's premier coffee competition and showcases barista perfection.

We are continuing the changed format of the UKBC heats from the 2019 season. To try to ensure it is as accessible to as many baristas as possible, we are running up to 4 prelim style heats, where 14 competitors will be required to serve 2 each of the espresso and milk beverage courses only.

 20 minutes off stage practice
10 minutes stage prep

7 minute competition time to present:

- 2 Espressos
- 2 Milk Beverages

5 minutes clean up

For more details on the move to Prelims Heats please click HERE

The UKBC 2020 heats will follow the relevant 2019 WBC Rules and will be scored using the elements from the 2019 WBC score sheets relevant to the drinks served.


The Semi-Finals and Finals rounds will then take on the standard WBC format.


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2020 UK Barista Championship Sponsors

The Specialty Coffee Association UK Chapter would like to thank all our sponsors, for their continued support of the UK competitions. None of this could go ahead without their involvement. 

La Marzocco - Machine Sponsor

La Marzocco, founded in 1927 by the Bambi brothers, has traditionally specialized in producing high-end handcrafted espresso coffee machines geared towards excellence, a quality cup and style.
2017 saw the company celebrate their 90th anniversary; a milestone made possible by the support of our partners and users. In 2018, La Marzocco UK & Ireland are proud to be the official machine sponsor of the UK & Irish Barista Championships. The Championships are about innovation, creativity, quality and community; ideals that La Marzocco thrive to achieve every step of the way.

The company is headquartered near Florence, Italy, with offices in Auckland, Barcelona, Leeds, London, Melbourne, Milan, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Stuttgart and Sydney. La Marzocco has over 330 employees and produces espresso coffee machines and grinders that are exported to over 100 countries with the support of its distributors and partners, making its presence known on the 5 continents.

Strada 3Group AV - The UKBC Espresso Machine 



Victoria Arduino 1905 - Grinder Sponsor


We are keen on always going beyond, we have a sharp vision of future challenges.
Jeopardize, break and reinvent the rules is our strength.

Among our coffee grinders and equipment, many pieces have made history and have become design icons. Even more, there are unexpected idea and solutions, ongoing intuitions and inventions rewriting, redesigning the way of thinking about and making coffee. We have been bringing our disruptive innovation to coffee shops from all over the world since 1905, at the service of baristas who are disruptive as well as the coffee equipment they choose.

Mythos Two - The UKBC Grinder 


Everpure - Water Sponsor



Grumpy Mule

To say that Grumpy Mule only cares about coffee is not entirely fair. He, and we, also care about our farmers, our growers and our customers. And other mules. And carrots. And a well-placed scratch behind the ears.
But that’s about it.
So we source fairly and sustainably – making sure that our growers share in our success. We roast with precision and care – making sure that we get the very best flavour from each and every bean that our growers have worked so hard to produce.
Because great coffees depend on every stage of the process being just right. That’s what drives Grumpy Mule.

Espresso Solutions

Espresso Solutions

Since 2012, Espresso Solutions have been supplying the UK's engineers, cafés, roasters, baristas and coffee professionals with all the tools they need to stay on top of their game. From coffee machine parts to cafe supplies, water treatment to barista tools and beyond, they've got it covered.
Espresso Solutions are the UK partners to Acaia, 3Temp and EDO and work with other brands such as Clockwork Coffee and Fellow whilst also distributing original La Marzocco machine parts.
In addition to their wide range of products, Espresso Solutions also offer machine customisations and machine servicing. Based in Crawley, West Sussex, the team is made up of passionate coffee people who share a vision to be at the heart of the thriving UK coffee industry.



Alpro For Professionals is the range for baristas from the market-leading plant-based brand.

The range, which includes Alpro Coconut For Professionals, Alpro Soya For Professionals and Alpro Almond For Professionals, is specially formulated for use in hot drinks, delivering high-performance workability, delicious flavours and an impressive micro-foam.

Alpro’s products also have outstanding sustainability credentials, with careful sourcing that’s kept as local as possible, no GMO produce, a light carbon footprint, and fully recyclable packaging. 

Clockwork Espresso

Clockwork Espresso - The home of PUSH - the world's most precise espresso tamper. Designed and manufactured in the UK with ergonomics and precision in mind. Beautifully anodised aluminium handle with intricate detailing. Stepless adjustment accurate to 0.05mm, the PUSH tamper enables a perfectly level tamp every time, no matter how experienced the user. Used by professional Baristas in over 50 countries.

Northiam Dairy

We are Northiam Dairy. Our aim is to produce premium quality products to a highly professional standard. We relish the challenge of providing great tasting milk for our coffee shop customers. You can be certain that our milk will both enhance your coffee and help ensure your customers return time and time again 


Our Broadcasting and Media Production Partner


LSFX are our LiveStream & Audio Visual partners, who without, many of our fantastic events would go unseen. 


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