Barista Scholarship Candidates Announced!

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

We are so thrilled to announce the names of our 9 Selati Sugar & Coffee Magazine Barista Scholarship Candidates!

In reading through all the applications that were submitted, these individuals stood out and we look forward to going on this journey of coffee discovery with them! Coffee really does have the power to change lives. We are constantly inspired by members of the coffee community investing in skills development and training for a future generation of coffee entrepreneurs. Thank you to our Café Partners who will host the candidates for a 3 month internship at the end of their studies: Kaffa Hoist (Langa, CT), Micoffee (PE), Flava Club Coffee (KwaMashu, KZN), Crema Café (Bloemfontein). We will also shortly be announcing the names of our three deaf barista candidates. 

Free State
Mpho Precious Mocko
Tefo Moeketsane

Zikhona Mpika
Awanda Madlala
Thobeka Dludla

Western Cape

Asekho Mjojeli
Asanele Mayekiso

Port Elizabeth
Monwabisi Nohashe
Sithembile Notshulwana

Thank you so much to our sponsor Selati Sugar, they really are dedicated to uplifting South Africans and we are so proud to partner with them. 

We were overwhelmed by the number of entries and we look forward to being able to offer opportunities to more aspiring baristas in our next year of this program! Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry form, you all have bright futures ahead of you.

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It's that time of year again! Info on SCASA Nationals

Thursday, 18 January, 2018
Coffee competitions are pretty strange and every now and then we find ourselves wondering about just how relevant they remain in the coffee landscape and then we go to one as it pops up in the calendar and we fall in love with it all over again. The camaraderie, the knowledge sharing, the complete coffee geeking out, it makes us incredibly proud to be a part of the coffee community. And we see the effects of the competition on baristas wherever we go, the pride in competing, the improvement in coffee skills, the aspiration to do better and be better like the coffee heroes gone before them.

And so, Nationals 2018 is almost upon us. The decision was taken by the Board last year to host it in Cape Town in collaboration with the inaugural Cape Town Coffee Festival. The CT Coffee Festival has since been postponed, but at this stage the competition will still be held in CT on the same weekend. 

Current South African Barista Champion Winston Thomas will be back to defend his title, but there will be stiff competition in the fight to win that ticket to Amsterdam!!!

See working schedule below.

From the SCASA website: 

Despite the Cape Town Coffee Festival being postponed, the SCASA National Competitions will still be taking place in Cape Town. *NB Information subject to change!

Thursday 22nd February

Event: Compulsory Barista Orientation and beginning of practice times

Venue: Koldserve (10 Barlinka Road, Saxenburg Park 1, Kuils River, Cape Town, 7580)

Time: Orientation at 2pm for Barista Championship competitors. The practice schedule will be emailed to you by Jamie and Dyl closer to the time.

Event: Semi Finals and Finals of Latte Art

Venue: Tribe Coffee Roasting, Woodstock

Time: 5.30pm-10pm (Winner will only be announced at prizegiving on Sat 24th Feb)

The team at Tribe will also be hosting a fun Latte Art Throwdown on this evening, so there will be lots of action and beer! Come join us!


Friday 23rd February

Event: Barista Champs Semi-Finals

Venue: Koldserve

Time: Schedule to be confirmed, but 8am kick-off

Event: Cup Tasters Semi-Finals and Finals

Venue: Origin Coffee Roasters, Greenpoint

Time: 6pm-9pm

This event is also open to the public, come taste some interesting coffees with some of the best in the business!


Saturday 24th February

Event: Barista Champs Finals

Venue: Koldserve

Time: 9am-4pm

Lunchtime: Almond Breeze Smackdown

Event: Prizegiving and Afterparty

Venue: TBC

Time: 6.30pm

If you have any questions please email

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Winners Announced! #12daysofcoffeechristmas

Friday, 12 January, 2018

And the winner is.....

Welcome to 2018 everyone (unless you're a lucky so 'n so still lying on a beach somewhere while the rest of are back at work!)  We had an overwhelming response to our #12daysofcoffeechristmas promotion and have been inundated with people anxious to know who the Grand Prize winner is of the Breville Barista Express... well, we chose a winner, and her name is Lilly Whitehead, from East London!

Well done Lilly!

The other 11 winners are listed below.

Have a great year folks and tell us all about you great coffee experiences, we'd love to hear them!

Iain, Mel and The Coffee Mag Team.

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A South African First? Roasting your Own Coffee at Science of Coffee

Thursday, 11 January, 2018
Ah, summer holidays on the KZN coast. The bustling of visitors, the smell of suncream and sea air, the sound of seagulls and waves crashing and the sight of coffee roasting in an artisanal market… Wait, no, that’s not usual, is it?

It is if you’re in Ballito. This iconic beach town, a perennial favourite with inland folks in summer, is now the home to a dedicated artisan market just a kilometre from the beach at the Lifestyle Centre, at which you can roast your own coffee!

The roasting experience is the brain child of North Coast resident and coffee scientist, Alessandro Craparo, from Science of Coffee, is a gentleman who has featured in the Coffee magazine previously, due to his world-acclaimed research efforts and insights into agricultural coffee security. He has teamed up with Derrin and Nicky Cooper, who own and run an artisanal bakery called Yoli’s and share a space in The Market at the Lifestyle Centre.

“It’s been a roaring success", says Derrin, as he leads us backstage of the action, into the bakery where Nicky is elbow deep in dough and the staff are furiously kneading and carefully laying dough into the baking trays. “The small batch roasting on site is pretty much a world first, as far as we know. A place where people can go on a visual coffee journey via iPad, guided by a barista, choose from the 4 Origins of green coffee, and 12 minutes later, have their own coffee, bagged and personalised for them. It’s really exciting”.

And we had probably the best bacon quiche I've ever tasted from the bakery. What a little gem!

Venue: Science of Coffee @ Yoli’s Artisanal Bakery, Lifestyle Centre, Ballitto, KZN North Coast.
What it is: Roast your own coffee.
Cost: R140 per session.

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The Flat White Debate: What is it, really?

Friday, 12 January, 2018
The Flat White Debate
What exactly is a flat white? Matt Carter went to the source to see if he could settle this debate once and for all!
Words by Matt Carter, originally published in Issue 16 of the Coffee Magazine

This is a cup of coffee that everyone wants and each person seems to have their own idea of what it is! I have often worked a bar shift and had someone come up to me and order one and I have to ask, “What is a flat white to you?” Each time I seem to get a different response.
So when I order a flat white what am I expecting? A double shot of espresso or a double ristretto, in a 150-180ml cup topped up with steamed milk and a thin layer of micro textured foam. The problem with this definition is that it is based on my educated opinion, there is no standard definition.
So I decided to try hunt down its origin and definition on my recent trip to New Zealand and Australia. The one thing everyone agrees on is that the flat white comes from one of these countries. In New Zealand I chatted to Paul who is the General Manager of L’Affare. He has been in coffee for 20 years and as a result has seen these things and many trends come and go. We had a cuppa and a chat and I asked him what the flat white was and who invented it, Paul told me that New Zealand invented it but Australia made it famous. The weather in Wellington is horrific: cold, wet and windy the one day and an earthquake the next, in this environment with a massive take away culture the baristas needed to invent something to keep this little city going. So they added hot milk to a double ristretto, it wasn’t pretty or trendy just functional! A kick of caffeine and a lot of comforting milk! Then Australia discovered it, took it over and made it more trendy and pretty; from there, the world took notice and it became a thing.
Sitting in a great little café in New Zealand on a cold wet day chatting to Paul who has been here forever and hearing him tell me this story I had no reason to doubt him. However I needed to be sure so I went to Melbourne, Australia and hunted around there. I went to the café Proud Mary and their roaster Aunty Pegs and chatted to the owner Nolan Hirte. Nolan is a wealth of knowledge and after I got over my star-struck dumbness I was finally able to ask him about the flat white. His answer was a lot briefer, “Of course Australia invented it!”
In fact, there are a lot of these beverages that get a term but no one really knows what it is. I think that you need to decide for yourself what you want and have a chat to your barista, chances are that they will be more than willing to make your drink your way.
The debate rages and we try to seek the truth, but at the end of the day I still believe that the best cup of coffee is the one you share with a friend. So the question is, what is a flat white to you?

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Barista of the Month - January

Friday, 12 January, 2018

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VIDEO: How to make an Irish Iced Coffee!

Thursday, 15 December, 2016

Christmas in summer time is perfect to get creative with our favourite drink, enter the Iced Irish Coffee. It is sublime! Believe us, we tried a couple made by the talented Michael Stephenson of Lucky Shaker in Umhlanga in the making of this shoot.

Thank you to Lucky Shaker for hosting us and for the amazing cocktails. 

For more recipes, like an espresso martini, buy the latest edition of The Coffee Magazine, Issue 22, which features Distillery 031! Let's get festive!

Take it away Michael!


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#12daysofcoffeechristmas is ending with a bang! Breville Barista Express worth R10000 up for grabs!

Thursday, 14 December, 2017
On Day 12 we step things up a notch with the Breville Barista Express worth R10 000!!! This will run for 3 days until Monday 18th at 12pm. Head on over to Facebook and like our page to be first in line when it goes live at 12pm on Friday 15th December.

Look out for all winners that will be announced this weekend!! With the final reveal of the Breville Barista Express next week!

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