SA AeroPress Champs 2018

Monday, 27 August, 2018

Hosted and supported by Moreflavour

Date: Sunday, September 2, 2018 @ 11am. General public attendance is free.

Location: Espresso Lab Microroasters, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. 

Coffee: El Mango, Rivense del Chirripo, Costa Rica. A black honey processed coffee of Catuai variety, showcasing taste notes of red berries and tropical fruit.  

Competition rules: The rules are pretty straight forward. The judges will evaluate (blind) purely based on taste. The competition is as transparent, fun and freestyle as possible. 

Each competitor will get a bag of coffee to practice with, and will receive another bag on the day of the competition.

Competitors are welcome to bring their own grinder, kettle, scale, water and/or other equipment, however a set competition kit of Baratza grinder, Brewista kettle, Brewista scales, and of course Aerobie AeroPress will be available for all competitors to use on the day of the competition. Competitors are welcome to bring their own non standard filters (paper or metal). No modifications to the AeroPress allowed. 

There will be 18 competitors. 6 rounds of 3 competitors per round in the preliminary rounds. 1 winner from each round will go through to the semi-finals. There will be 2 semi-finals with 3 competitors in each round. The 2 winners will go head to head in the final round.

The running list of competitors will be selected at random and will be announced on the day of competition.

There will be an auction after the competition with amazing prizes/coffee products/experiences where all the proceeds will go towards sending the winner to Sydney, Australia to compete in the World AeroPress Championships. The best way for people to support the competition at this point is participating in the auction which will be held after the competition (unless someone would like to come onboard as a cash sponsor of course, then they can contact us directly). We have some amazing coffee related items at great prices, and all the proceeds will go towards the winners travel and accommodation. The biggest “deals" will be two Baraza Sette grinders (Sette 270 & Sette 270wi valued between (9000-12000) which will be auctioned at more than half the price (starting price 4500-5500)!!

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A Shot in the Dark: The Documentary

Friday, 24 August, 2018

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Bloemfontein Coffee Extravaganza this weekend!

Thursday, 16 August, 2018

The Free State have been aiming at getting Coffee Competitions started for a while in their province, so we are super excited that this community has come together to finally having it this weekend at the Windmill Casino as part of the Coffee Extravaganza.

Here's what's going down:

• Shortened version (10 min set that focuses on the espresso and milk beverages)

• Standard WBC rules apply

• 2 Sensory judges, 1 Tech judge

SCASA has helped with experienced judges - George Bertolis, Alessandro Morrico (who is also sponsoring the official machine).

Besides these judges they will also have the following locals part of the panel:

Rhona Wessels (FS Ciro office)

Kobus le Roux - independent

Shupi Ngkadima

They are heavily supported by the following companies:

George Karatzas- Equipment Cafe

Ultimate Water

Morrico Imports

Windmill Casino

Besides these people and companies this would not have been possible without the drive and dedication from:

Marie-Louise Smith - organiser of the Coffee Extravaganza

James Kilbourn - Owner of Stereo Café

For more info on the Bloemfontein Coffee Extravaganza, please contact Marie-Louise:

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CoffeeChoc: Breezey Masters + All Stars + Deaf Barista Comp

Thursday, 19 July, 2018

If you are in the Johannesburg area and you love coffee - you are in for a treat over the next few days! From today, Friday 20th until Sunday 22nd July, the CoffeeChoc Expo is happening at Montecasino. 

Highlights of the show from a coffee point of view will no doubt be the World Coffee Events All Stars - a selection of 4 International coffee professionals, the Almond Breeze Breezey Masters and the Deaf Barista competition.

WCE All Stars:  Fri, Sat, Sun - from 10am -5pm  - All Stars Stage

The All Stars for 2018 are  WBC 2018 Champ Aga Rojewska (Poland),  World Roasters Champ 2016, Aleandru Nicolaie (Romania), World Latte Art Finalist 2013 Esther Maasdam (Netherlands) and WBC finalist 2017 Lem Butler (USA).  The All Stars will be doing interactive demos like mystery drink challenges, pop quizzes, on-demand performances and meet & greets, so you can get up close and personal and learn from the best in the world. 

Deaf Barista Competition - Fri 20th July:  5pm-9pm - All Stars Stage

The second ever deaf barista competition - this is a really great event! These baristas are all new in the coffee industry and for many this will be their first ever competition. It is quite novel in that all communication is via sign language and visual cues - even the audience  - instead of clapping, you wave!  Come and learn a few coffee terms in sign language and support these brave baristas! 

Almond Breeze Breezey Masters - Sat 21st July:  6pm-9pm - All Stars Stage

This is an international Latte Art competition, being held in SA for the first time. Baristas have 6 minutes to pour 4 designs using Almond Breeze Barista Blend.  It;s high pressure, high stakes and high action! The winner gets to represent SA in Australia at the end of this year in the Breezey Masters Global Finals! 

The event is by invite only, but there are a few Wildcard slots, so come along to the Almond Breeze stand if you would like to enter as a Wildcard.

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Almond Breeze Breezey Masters comes to South Africa!

Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

We are excited to announce that the Almond Breeze Breezey Masters is coming to South Africa - in fact, the JHB leg of the competition is kicking off this weekend at the CoffeeChoc Expo. 

"What is the Breezey Masters?" you might ask... it's a Latte Art competition using Almond Breeze's Barista Blend, where Baristas have 6 minutes to pour a heart, tulip, rosetta and a free-pour of their own.

Breezey Masters at London Coffee Festival. The same format is used around the world.

The Breezey Masters is held all over the World, and the Finals is taking place in Melbourne at the end of this year - which means one South African barista will get to travel to Melbourne to represent SA!

We were lucky enough to be in England for the Breezey Masters London event, which was won by no other than 2018 World Barista Champion Aga Rojewska! The Breezey Masters competition is such a fun Latte Art format, and there is always a great vibe, fantastic skills and, of course lots of prizes and goodies. 

Aga receiving her custom tamp and cash prize money from Pete Sullivan of Almond Breeze UK, with the other finalist.

The SA edition of the Breezey Masters will have a JHB, Durban and CT event.

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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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