WIN TICKETS: The (Coffee) All Stars are coming to Johannesburg at the Coffee&Choc Expo!

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017


Who the heck are the All Stars, you may ask?

Well, the World Coffee Events organisation is the team that runs the international coffee competitions including the World Barista Championship, World Latte Art Championship and World Coffee in Good Spirits. In an effort to spread an appreciation for specialty coffee and raise the profiles of the coffee professionals pushing at the front of the curve, they came up with a set of events that are built to educate and inspire people of all levels of interest about coffee.

All Stars is one such event. A way for the coffee professionals who have placed in the finals of the highest level of coffee competition to show off their skill sets and to get people to interact with some of the best coffees and techniques in the world. And this year they will coming to Johannesburg, South Africa from 13-16 July at the Coffee&Chocolate Expo! 

So who is coming to South Africa?

Alejandro Mendez - 2011 World Barista Champion, El Salvador

One of the only baristas from a Coffee Growing country

Francesco Sanapo - 2013 World Barista Finalist (6th), Italy

Esther Maasdam - 2013 World Latte Art Finalist (5th), The Netherlands

George Koustoumpardis - 2015 World Coffee in Good Spirits, Greece

Michalis Dimitrakopoulos - 2016 World Coffee in Good Spirits, Greece

Umpaul - 2016 World Latte Art, South Korea


You can buy tickets here.



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Build up to SCASA Nationals 2017

Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
Name: Dennis 'Zakes' Zakhele
Company: Origin Coffee Roasters
Region: Western Cape
3rd Place at WC Regional Barista Champs


Photo used with permission from Dennis Zakhele

 
What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?
The mere fact that coffee never ceases to amaze me, it always asks me questions I cannot immediately answer

What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?
"Short flatwhites" they just go to prove that the general public is now focused on flavour of coffee instead of the traditional cuppa.

How do you drink your coffee?

Black americano in a 180ml cup. Half boiling water and half cold water.

What's the biggest challenge you face in the build up to Nationals?
It's my first time there, I really don't know what to expect, that's a challenge.

Why do you want to win this thing?

From the life I come from. To prove that anything is possible.

What's your best tip for people trying to make better coffee at home?
Coffee is subjective , no action is right or wrong. Find a way that works for you.

What and where is the best coffee you've tasted so far in 2017?
A chemex of one of our naturals from Colombia (San Pascual).




Name: Angeline McLagan
Company: Urban Espress Coffee Co
Region: Eastern Cape
Winner Eastern Cape Regionals



What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?
Absolutely everything about it …Where it was discovered , How it was discovered (It’s humble beginnings )
How it’s grown with great care , sourced , roasted and more importantly how it has gripped the hearts of those who have grown to love it and not managed to go through a single day without consuming this exquisite liquid gold since first enjoying it.

The glorious aroma of the coffee blossom , The fragrance of the bean after being de pulped, the heavenly smell of a bean roasting , the enticing smell of freshly ground coffee. The list goes on.

What also gets me fired up is that we as baristas get to bring out the very best characteristics of this beautiful and rare commodity. Relish in it, serve it to our customers and have them come on board and share in this beautiful addiction alongside us.

I love that it creates jobs for so many people and that coffee not only unites people from across the world , but from across the table and lastly the emotion that an awesome cup of coffee evokes in me and its overwhelming ability to comfort and brighten even the most frustrating of moments.

What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?
I don’t have one particular trend that I am drawn to in our coffee industry . However , what I have witnessed over the past few years is seeing how our coffee drinkers are hungry for more knowledge on what it is that they are drinking. Its origin , How its grown and processed , the subtle flavors they can enjoy via different roasting and brewing methods. Many of them are no longer satisfied with average coffee. I also love the fact that the Coffee Farmers and their farms are being show cased far more J The unsung heroes!


How do you drink your coffee?
As I have been a barista Trainer for quite a few years , I find that I have become quite Espresso fatigued ( if there is such a thing ) I absolutely love enjoying a freshly ground and brewed coffee in its simplest form through either our clever dripper , Hario pour over and our Chemex. If I’m at one of our Cafes I enjoy a double ristretto served as a short Americano – Black . With a slice of lemon .

What's the biggest challenge you face in the build up to Nationals?

Finding adequate time to practice amidst the chaos of being a Wife , Mom , Café Owner and Barista Trainer :)

Why do you want to win this thing?
It would be an honour and a privilege to represent our beautiful Country and be an ambassador for our SA Coffee Industry. Although I am not the feminist type it would be pretty darn awesome being the first Lady National Barista Champion – Doing it for the girls. The thought of competing alongside other National Barista Champions on The world Coffee stage makes me giddy and super excited! What an incredible opportunity! Winning a Competition of this magnitude gains a Coffee Professional an enormous amount of credibility and can open many exciting doors internationally in our industry . I still have so much to learn :)

What's your best tip for people trying to make better coffee at home?
The beautiful thing is that you needn’t have a fancy espresso machine . A plunger is even a brilliant way of brewing your own coffee at home . Just ensure you have Filtered Water, sufficient coffee to water ratio. EG 15 to one ratio. The correct Grind size. In this case , a coarse grind. Your little scale is essential here, for weighing your grounds and your water. Ensure you brewing time is correct as well. No less than 4 minutes. The temperature of your water is important as well. Just off the boil. To ensure you don’t burn your coffee. It’s also helpful to heat your plunger and your cups with boiling water J So that your coffee is not to cold.

What and where is the best coffee you've tasted so far in 2017?
My husband Donovan Brought An exquisite West Jarva Garut Coffee roasted by Patrick O-Malley himself. It Was nothing short of incredible.(Chemex method)
 
 

Name: Kuda Gezi
Company: TriBeCa Coffee
Region: Western Cape
3rd Western Cape Regionals



What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?
The fact that I'm the most wanted guy at work to give people the all day fix 'Coffee'.It also makes my job as a Barista so important.

What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?
To me it is the appreciation of my coffee that i serve to my Customer's almost every day.Cause they always Hash tag, Instagram or send on Twitter when they are having my coffee.haha!Works of social media hey!

How do you drink your coffee?
I take a Piccolo latte in the morning and some Pour Over as the day goes by.

What's the biggest challenge you face in the build up to Nationals?
Trying to get some time from busy schedules at work and getting time off to look for a place to train.lol sometimes i do it as i'm working with my Judges 'Customers' hahaha but still i'm overcoming all those challenges hey.


Why do you want to win this thing?
I really want to win this so that i as a Barista can grow and create a brand.In other words also to share my knowledge and experience to all coffee lovers.

What's your best tip for people trying to make better coffee at home?
Know your ratio of coffee g/ml of water , also know the importance of grind settings.Those are just simple basics for home Barista's.

What and where is the best coffee you've tasted so far in 2017?
Wow I had an opportunity of having the most expensive coffee in the world 'Kopi Luwak' here at Woolies Waterstone .One of my regular Customer brought a small bag for me.I made it in Espresso and Cappuccino , absolutely delicious hey!




Name: Bruce Manning
Region: KZN
Company: TriBeCa Coffee
Winner KZN Barista Champs



What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?
It’s never really the coffee itself – it’s the intention of the cafe owner / barista; my question is always ‘how important is coffee culture to you?’ – if i get the indication that they really embrace it and are curious, I’m all fired up to teach and demonstrate!

What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?
We’re seeing more people learning about ‘varietal’ and why or how it may correlate with desirable characteristics that they may prefer in chemex/pour-over/ aeropress.

How do you drink your coffee?

I like mouth-feel and ‘body’, so finer-ground, medium roast Columbian-varietal, French press, unfiltered borehole water, kettle at 89c, brewed for 4 minutes. Served black and drunk only after cooling a bit in my cup.

What's the biggest challenge you face in the build up to Nationals?
Well, firstly to get a visa in time to fly to meet a microlot / microclimate farmer in the Canary Islands within 2 weeks; the next to ensure his bean performs as both a ‘perfect’ espresso yet satisfying sweet milk-based drink (and if not, to go with 2 different beans, and then juggle the whole process)

Why do you want to win this thing?

Previously i just wanted to participate and learn more, and winning wasn’t important - but the shift in standards and rules now clearly demonstrate that the winner/ finalists are recognised as profoundly skilled and specialised in the coffee industry.

What's your best tip for people trying to make better coffee at home?
It’s a ‘cooking’ process - think of coffee beans as the same protein structure as (fresh) eggs - moderate first contact with the heat and being vigilant and involved during the ‘cooking’ process will always improve the desired outcome.

What and where is the best coffee you've tasted so far in 2017?

I had never been to the ‘Boeremark’ – a market in Pretoria with only original and crafted wares that opens at 5am and ends by 8am! And there were already thousands of people there from sunrise!. A passionate coffee-loving stallholder was serving a medium roast Guatemala El Morito, and with sweet textured fresh cows’ milk – winner!!



Name: Winston Thomas
Region: Western Cape
Company: Origin Coffee Roasting
Winner Barista Champs Western Cape Regionals


Photo by Lee Henriques


What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?

The sensory and mental stimulation of coffee never gets old. Not to mention the fact that I get paid to work with coffee, which is something I would do for free!

What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?
The accessibility of information and resources has got me pretty excited. I’ve seen so many people sharing their brewing insights and experience on social media within the past few weeks, some who work in coffee and others who don’t. It’s exciting to see the industry grow both locally and abroad.

How do you drink your coffee?
A cortado in the morning with sips of filter and espresso throughout the day.

What's the biggest challenge you face in the build up to Nationals?

Balancing my current work schedule with practise times and planning. Finding the energy to stay late after work to train and using off days for miscellaneous competition tasks. But this is what competing is about and overcoming the challenges is what makes competing really worth it.

Why do you want to win this thing?
I want to win this so that my hard work and sacrifices are not in vain. And winning creates a platform to learn and grow even more as a coffee professional. Although the purpose of competing is not to win. Rather to learn and grow and share ideas. Winning would just be the reward for all of this.

What's your best tip for people trying to make better coffee at home?
WATER. Use good filtered water. Many of our customers complain that the coffee they make at home does not taste close to what they have at our café. This is usually due to using tap water.

What and where is the best coffee you've tasted so far in 2017?
To be honest my competition coffee is probably the best I’ve tasted this year haha! I’m sure the list will grow in May though! But I’ve really been enjoying Espresso Labs Vitamin C. I’m not sure what coffee they use for the espresso but its combined with a raw honey and cold pressed ginger and lemon.

Name: Khulekani Mpala
Region: Gauteng
Company: TriBeCa Coffee
Winner of Gauteng Regional Barista Champs


SCASA Nationals is being held at Hostex 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre.

 
 

What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?
The realisation that coffee is more than just a beverage. It's a way of life. In one simple morning hour coffee touches all spectra of society and gets it ticking.

What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?
The use of different tools like the OCD and scales to get the best out of a coffee.

How do you drink your coffee?
I enjoy chemex, black.

What's the biggest challenge you face in the build up to Nationals?

TIME......... It seems to have stood still!!! Let's get on with it!!!

Why do you want to win this thing?
I am motivated by the vision I have of going to the World Championships and showing the world that as South African baristas, we are world class. (And I don't want to win. I NEED to win!!!)

What's your best tip for people trying to make better coffee at home?
Make sure your coffee is ground to suit your brewing method. If you don't have a grinder at home, tell your supplier what equipment you use so that they grind it to that size. That's where a lot of people miss it.

What and where is the best coffee you've tasted so far in 2017?
Piccolo latte at Woolworths Cafe Sandton. Sounds biased because I train them ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!


Name: Fiks Khuzwayo
Region: KwaZulu Natal
Company: Mr Price Foundation
5th in Regional Barista Championships

Fiks is a first time competitor! So to get to Nationals is a huge achievement in itself. She has an amazing support crew from the Mr Price Foundation and she has a huge personality and an even bigger smile, we can't wait to see how her story unfolds.

The National Barista Championships will be hosted by Hostex 2017 from 7-9 May at Gallagher Estate.

 
Photo by Pierre Tostee

What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?

Everything about it gets me excited! It has been such a journey to this point and I feel like it is just the beginning for me.

What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?

I think it is peoples appreciation for speciality coffee and its journey from bean to cup.

How do you drink your coffee?
I like a latte

What's the biggest challenge you face in the build up to Nationals?
For me, it’s definitely learning more about roasting and flavour profiles

Why do you want to win this thing?
Because I believe that this is the beginning of my journey. The coffee industry has opened me up to so much and I am hungry for more.

What's your best tip for people trying to make better coffee at home?
Know the story of your beans and invest in a good grinder

What and where is the best coffee you've tasted so far in 2017?
I would have to say my own, hahaha…. I haven’t actually been out anywhere yet for any coffee.



Name: Harry Mole
Region: Gauteng
Company: TriBeCa Coffee
2nd at GP Regionals Barista Champs
Winner at GP Regionals Cup Tasters





What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?


There's a saying by Katsu Tanaka, owner of Bear Pond in Japan. "Espresso is like the universe..." This saying is so relevant to my coffee journey as coffee is so part of my universe, the baristas I train and the happy customers we serve.

What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?

Processing! The effect farmers have on flavour profiles is astonishing... I'm always happy to taste a coffee that has been processed differently to what we are used to.

How do you drink your coffee?

I start my day with a V60 and a new sample roasted coffee that reaches our shores. However I'm a sucker for a double shot Americano black.

What's the biggest challenge you face in the build up to Nationals?


Preparation of set materials and of course choosing the right coffee; as well as finding time during busy schedules to practice, but it's well worth it.

Why do you want to win this thing?

I would love to make coffee on the international stage and represent South Africa! Motivate my baristas to dream big as well as show my predecessors that I've taken their teachings with me.

What's your best tip for people trying to make better coffee at home?

Invest in a grinder and scale, play with your grind sizes and extraction ratios. A V60 is a fantastic playground to start your journey and can take your brewing game outdoors.

What and where is the best coffee you've tasted so far in 2017?

I had an amazing cortado at Exclusive Books at Clearwater Mall, served by Aaron. The Colombian varietal that Legado roasted was absolutely delicious!

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Long Miles Coffee Project in South Africa

Tuesday, 4 October, 2016
All photo credit to Long Miles Coffee Project/Kristy Carlson



Ben and Kristy Carlson founders of Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi, will be in South Africa for a brief visit to Cape Town and Johannesburg this month.
They will be hosted in style by The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands and Quaffee in Cape Town for a two day presentation at The Vineyards Hotel on the 25th and 26th October 2016 at 11am each day.

Attendance is capped at 30 people per day so please RSVP if you wish to attend, you can do so here.

Day One 25th October : “What makes coffee special ?”
1. Burundi : Looking in at the country it’s coffee and challenges
2. Coffee.People.Potential. A look at Long Miles Coffee Project
3. Impacting a nation one cup at a time. Why your choice of coffee matters
4. Processing Styles. What are they and why should you care.
5. Coffee & Wine. Cupping to find flavour
6. Taste and Talk

Day Two 26th October : “The Future of Coffee”
1. Long Miles Coffee. Why we do what we do
2. Pursuing possibility & staying sustainable
3. Specialty vs commodity vs commodity premium
4. What is Direct Trade ?
5. The South African consumer and coffee.

After a whirlwind trip to Cape Town, Ben and Kristy travel to Jozi on Thursday 28th October where they will present an afternoon/evening on the above topics at 17h00 for 17h30 at Urban Grind Roasters in Parkhurst, hosted by Specialty Coffee Exchange.

If you would like to attend the presentation in Joburg please RSVP to prestonh@live.co.za, ASAP so they can ensure enough space available.








You can read a bit more about what Long Miles Coffee Project do here.
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KZN Barista Bootcamps 27/28/29 September!

Friday, 23 September, 2016
Calling all KZN coffee people interested in the upcoming SCASA Coffee Competitions to be held 28-30 October at the new look Good Food & Wine Show!

There are three dates next week for you to choose from, so there's no excuse for you not to attend! Please spread the word to your favourite baristas. The KZN committee has tried to have these get togethers in three different areas so the maximum number of interested parties can attend, Hillcrest (Lineage Coffee), Durban Central (Nino's) and Durban North (Colombo Coffee). There will be judges and previous competitors there so you can pick their brains and meet some of the awesome people behind these competitions.





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Calling all Joburg based coffee and wine lovers! Miele and Avondale are having an exclusive 5 course food and wine pairing evening in Bryanston on 29 Sept. Click here for details.

Friday, 16 September, 2016

 


For more info, contact Gerhard Koekemoer, Events Manager at Miele on 011 875 9005
 or pop into Miele's showroom at  63 Peter Place, Bryanston

www.miele.co.za

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Big Announcements from SCASA: Event Schedule 2017/2018 and SCAE Education

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016
Ok folks, there were some big announcements at the SCASA Western Cape Roadshow hosted at Truth Coffee on 14th September.



We're very excited about the unveiling of a new competition schedule which sees multiple venues commit to making the South African coffee competitions as awesome as they possibly can be. The Board of Directors has decided to unbundle the Regional Coffee Competitions which means that Latte Art and Cup Tasters will be held as a seperate event to the Barista Championships, giving them the attention they deserve. This is a tremendous step in upping the standard at these events.

Having the schedule planned out so far in advance also means that coffee professionals and baristas can plan them into their schedule which will hopefully grow the number of participants.

Cycle Year

2018 2017 April 14-23 Gauteng Barista Rand Show

2018 2017 April 29-1 May KZN Latte Art & Cup Tasters at Coffee & Chocolate Expo, Durban

2017 2017 May 07-09 Jul Nationals Barista, Latte Art & Cup Tasters Hostex, Gauteng

2018 2017 June 02-04 June Western Cape Barista Champs Good Food and Wine Show

2017 2017 June World Championship Cup Tasters & Latte Art, World of Coffee - Budapest, Hungary

2018 2017 July 14-16 GP Latte Art & Cup Tasters at Coffee & Chocolate Expo, Johannesburg

2018 2017 July 28-30 GP Coffee Cocktail Competition South Africa Good Food and Wine Show

2018 2017 July 28 EC Barista, Latte Art & Cup Tasters Homemakers Expo Port Elizabeth

2018 2017 September 23-25 Western Cape Latte Art & Cup Tasters Coffee & Choc, Cape Town

2018 2017 October 27-29 KZN Barista Good Food and Wine Show, Durban

2017 2017 November World Championship Barista Korea

2018 2018 March Nationals Rand Show, Gauteng

The other very exciting piece of news is that Lani Snyman, chairperson of the Board, who has been championing coffee education in South Africa for many years, has worked together with her company to bring the SCAE Unit Standards of Education to the South African market, we will update you in more detail about this excellent news as soon as it is finalised!

The evening was great for dialogue about how the association can improve and the 40 plus Cape Town coffee professionals were all impressed at the plans presented by the board. Hopefully with the help of members, this plan can become a reality, so that the grand plan of one day hosting the World Coffee Championships can also be realised!

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The SCASA Roadshow: Cape Town 14 September

Thursday, 8 September, 2016
Join the SCASA Board of Directors to hear about the exciting new schedule for their coffee competitions. All are welcome! It will be held on Wednesday 14th September at Truth HQ.

Why is this important to you, you might be asking? Well, a stronger national body hopefully means better coffee and more places. Just look at the most powerful coffee associations in the world, US, Europe, Australia, Japan. Each had produced numerous coffee champions and has cities that are globally recognised as capitals of coffee culture. Our association has been going almost ten years and has BIG plans for the future. We're proud to be a part of it.

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Call for Entries: Western Cape SCASA Regionals

Friday, 2 September, 2016
This September 15-18th SCASA will run the Western Cape Regionals at the Homemakers Expo CT.

This is part of the 2017 Cycle, which culminates at the World Champs in Budapest, Hungary and Seoul, South Korea. The winners in each category will be sent to represent SA at these Championships.

If you're a cafe owner or you have a favourite barista that you think would shine on stage, they still have a chance to get involved! The experience is invaluable as they get to interact with other members of the coffee community and share their passion and ideas for coffee!

You can be a Champion too!




Download an entry form here.

If you'd like to win tickets to come watch all the action, you can enter here.

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