2018 Deaf Barista Competition

Wednesday, 11 July, 2018

We are very excited to be a small part of this competition again this year. Last year was a resounding success and a very emotionally charged competition as a group of amazing deaf baristas took to the stage and melted all our hearts.

There are some familiar faces returning this year, defending Champion Mduduzi Lukhuleni included and two of our Selati Scholarship Initiative candidates will also be competing this year!

You can be a part of this wonderful event too at the Coffee & Choc Expo, July 20th, from 5pm. See the schedule of baristas below.

1. Thabiso Pheelwane

PWC Midrand

2.  Velly Moremi


3.  Yongama Makhubalo

SPAR Beantree Northwold

4.  Samukelo Shabangu

SPAR Beantree Eagle Canyon

5.  David Modikeng

Old Mutual

6.  Herold Hlope


7.  Sindiswa Mtolo


8.  Dineo Ramasodi

Fire and Ice! Menlyn

9.  Lerato Moabelo

SPAR Beantree Melville

10.  Mpho Motlhapi


11.  Mduduzi Lukhuleni


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Creative Coffee Week Tickets Released

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

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The Bloemfontein Coffee Expo!

Friday, 18 May, 2018

The coffee scene in Bloemfontein is growing all the time.  There are 2 big coffee events planned for Bloem in the coming months - the first is the Bloem Coffee Expo, headed up by the wonderful Shupi Ngkadima. And the second is a barista competition, headed up by  Marie-Louise Smith.

We met Shupi a few years ago at Hostex, who tracked us down and introduced himself as a big fan of Coffee Magazine. Since then, Shupi has been championing the cause of great coffee in Bloem and in the Free State. Shupi's full time job is as marketing manager of Bloem Celtic Football Club, so he's a busy man! Just recently at this years 2018 Hostex, Shupi came to tell us more about the Bloem Coffee week 2018 and also brought along some of his coffee collaborators from Bloem, including the very passionate Stevo Kuhn from Urban Brew.  

The Bloem Expo will be on 27 & 28 May 2018 and tickets are very limited each day, so get in early.

We are giving away a set of double tickets! Put your hands up people in the Free State! Comment on this story with how much you want them and maybe we'll give them to you!





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Hostex and the Gauteng Regional Coffee Competitions!

Wednesday, 2 May, 2018

From Sunday the 6th May to Tuesday the 8th May, the hospitality industry of Gauteng and beyond gather at Hostex to experience the best and most innovative ideas that this industry has to offer.

Coffee forms a huge part of the Hospitality industry as more and more hotel and restaurant owners wake up to the fact that great coffee is a necessary addition to their offering.

The Huletts Coffee and Tea Pavilion is where the Coffee Magazine will be hanging out as the SCASA stage and the GP Regionals are surrounded by the best in the coffee business!

The DaVinci Gourmet Brew Bar will be running all day with amazing syrup infusions and the opportunity to meet the competing baristas!

You can find the full schedule here.

You can register online here for free entry into the show.

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Creative Coffee Week: 26-28 July 2018, Durban, South Africa

Monday, 23 April, 2018

We are thrilled to be hosting Creative Coffee Week in Durban this July! This is an industry focused event where we hope to gather the best and the aspiring to the best together to share, learn and have fun with coffee!

We've got some incredible coffee experts flying in and we've got a wealth of knowledge right here in our own country! 

Registration and ticket information will be available in the next couple of weeks.

We will also be holding the inaugural Coffee Magazine Awards presented by Selati Sugar as a culmination of this event to celebrate all the amazing coffee talent in our country.

Programme of Events (Subject to Change):

Tues 24th July

9am - 4pm WCEP Training:  Hosted by Annemarie Tiemes (Netherlands) and Teija Lublinkhof (Finland)  - Venue:  Ciro HQ, Pinetown

Wednesday 25th July

9am - 4pm WCEP Training:  Hosted by Annemarie Tiemes (Netherlands) and Teija Lublinkhof (Finland)  - Venue:  Ciro HQ, Pinetown
6pm-9pm:  Evening Event: Social Function and Ibrik Demonstration by Annemarie Tiemes (Netherlands) Venue:  Bean Green Coffee Roastery , Glenwood. 

Thursday 26th July:  

7am - 12pm:  Registration.  CCW HQ will be open for Attendees to pick up accreditation & CCW Welcome packs. Complimentary Coffee from Sanremo South Africa-   CCW HQ -  Pumphouse, Durban Promenade
10am - 12pm: Opening Workshop "Barista Focus"  Winston Thomas (2x SA Barista Champion ) and Alessandro Moricco.
12pm - 1pm:  Lunch. 

1pm- 2.30pm:  Workshop 1: Featuring Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (UK Barista Champion), Venue: Bond Shed, Point Waterfront

3.30-pm - 5pm: Workshop 2: Water for coffee - going beyond.  Steve Slark (UK) Chairman, UK Beverage Association. CCW HQ -  Pumphouse, Durban Promenade 

6pm-10pm:   Almond Breeze Breezey Masters (KZN) - Venue: Skyline Coffee, Gordon Rd, off Florida Road. 

Friday 27th July:  

Coffee at the Pumphouse from 7am. 

9am - 12pm:     Workshop 3:  "A Shot in The Dark” Rosting Competition + Tasting. Featuring Lemuel Butler, US Barista Champion 2016, Black and White Roasters, Venue : The Bond Shed, Point Waterfront,  

9am - 12pm   Workshop 4:  Espresso Machine technical hacks for baristas: fixing common technical problems with your machine. Venue:  CCW HQ -  Pumphouse, Durban Promenade:   

12pm - 1pm Lunch, 

1pm- 2.30pm: Workshop 5: Flavour Panel Discussion - Talk and Q&A, The Bond Shed, Point Waterfront,  

3pm - 4pm: Workshop 6: Panel Discussion: FailFest - An opportunity to share your biggest coffee learning lessons Pumphouse HQ, drinks and snacks. 

7pm-late:  Caffeine Comedown Party  - 031 Distillery, Station Drive precinct. 

Saturday 24th July:  

9am -11am:  Workshop 7: Tech Talk for your Coffee Business - Richard McGeorge Tablet POS, The Bond Shed, Point Waterfront,  

12pm - 1pm:  Lunch

1pm - 2.30pm Workshop 8:  Marketing and Social Media for your coffee business The Bond Shed, Point Waterfront,  

Afternoon: Coffee shop tour -Launch of Durban Coffee Map: Colombo, Love Coffee, Bean Green, Lineage
6.30pm - 11pm: Coffee Magazine Gala Awards Dinner presented by Selati Sugar, The Cargo Hold, Ushaka Marine World, 


Saturday morning: Beaver Creek Coffee Farm Visit (Port Edward) - Transport required

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A Shot in the Dark

Monday, 9 April, 2018

We are so excited about this competition!


1 Micro-lot Specialty Coffee
10 South African Roasters
2 International Judges

A Shot in the Dark is a brand new multimedia coffee experience that tests the skills of 10 of South Africa's best Coffee Roasters, in an exciting competition format. 

Coffee Magazine, along with Genio Roasters and Speciality Coffee Exchange, have sourced an 86+ Specialty grade, direct trade Nicaraguan coffee for this competition. Each Roaster will receive 6kgs of coffee with the brief to roast this outstanding micro-lot to its best possible potential. 

The competition culminates on 27th July 2018, at Creative Coffee Week in Durban, where the 10 Roasters will bring 500g of their roasted coffee to be judged blind. The judges will not know which coffee belongs to which roaster. Who are these judges? A world-renowned coffee celebrity (who we will keep under wraps for now!) and Ben Weiner the founder of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, the coffee producer from Nicaragua. They will assess the coffees in two ways, firstly by cupping them and secondly as espresso.   

A Shot in the Dark is more than just a competition; it’s an experience! There will be a Genio Roaster set up at the judging, and an additional 60KG of the competition coffee where the A Shot in the Dark audience and the roasters will be able to roast batches of the coffee on the Genio, share knowledge, techniques and roast insights, in order to experiment with the coffee and take home roasted batches of this incredible coffee.  

This entire process will be filmed and edited into a documentary, which will see our country’s best Roasters share their insights into roasting one of the finest coffees in the world and their pursuit of being named as the winner of A Shot in the Dark!

The 10 Roasters will be revealed soon. This is going to be fun!

Producer : Gold Mountain Coffee Growers : Direct trade

Origin    : Nicaragua

Estate    : Finca Idealista – a GMCG owned Rainforest

Crop : March 2018 

A Shot in the Dark 2018


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Winston Thomas on Tour!

Friday, 9 March, 2018


Winston Thomas is hitting the road, and coming to a town near you!

Our 2-time National Barista Champion is doing a Roadshow around SA to raise some funds for his World Barista Championship campaign in Amsterdam later this year and he wants you to taste his award winning competition coffee!

Winston's Gesha Village coffee is sublime, and if you haven't tasted it, you really ought to! If that is not reason enough to make sure you're at the Cafe's below when he visits, then just the fact that he's an inspiring and extremely insightful coffee personality, with World experience, ought to get you there.

Check him out at the following cafe's, where he will be spending the entire day, making coffees, pulling shots and sharing his experiences in coffee:

Thursday 15th March: Lineage Coffee - Hillcrest.

Friday 16th March:  Colombo Coffee & Tea - Durban North.

Sat 17th March: Father Coffee - JHB

Sunday 18th - Free (Cafe Owners in JHB  - click here if you would like to host Winston on this day)

Monday 19th March - Winston travels to Bloem  - (Cafe Owners in Boem... click here to host Winston!)

Tuesday 20th March - Royal Roastery - Bloem

Wednesday  21st March- Winston travels to JHB. 

Thursday -  Heavenly Coffee - Centurion

Friday  23rd March - Thirdspace - Fourways

We will update this page as the free slots become booked, so keep an eye out, or follow Winston on social media to find out the latest news on this roadshow, and SUPPORT OUR CHAMP!






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SCASA Nationals LIVE!

Friday, 23 February, 2018

The Coffee Magazine is at the SCASA National Coffee Competitions this weekend!

We are sponsoring the live feed of the comp on the SCASA Facebook page. Follow all the live action. Today the 16 Barista Championship competitors are on stage and tonight the Cup Tasters competition will happen at Origin Coffee Roasting.

Three new Champions will be crowned by the end of this weekend!


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