Nationals Schedule

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
It is going to be a cracking Nationals Competition. The competitors are fierce and hungry for a ticket to Seattle to compete at the World Barista Championships.

The Nationals are being graciously hosted by IFEA at the Sandton Convention Centre.


Be sure to follow us on Livestream so you can keep up to date with all the action!


Wednesday 5th November 2014

CUP TASTERS

10h00
Donovan McLagan
Urban Espress Coffee Co, Eastern Cape
&
Ishan Natalie
Tribeca, Gauteng

10h15
Mike MacDonald
Origin Coffee, Western Cape
&
Bruce Manning
TriBeca Coffee Company, KZN


10h30
Warren Steel
Urban Espress Coffee Co, Eastern Cape
&
Heather Job
Global Coffee Exports Limited, Western Cape

10h45
Dirk Maritz
Famous Brands Coffee Co., KZN
&
Warrick Masfen
Gauteng


BARISTA COMPETITION

11h45
Dale Fienberg
Individual, Gauteng

12h00
David Coleman
More Flavour, Western Cape

12h30
Mike Chizeya
Tribeca Woolworths Café
Eastern Cape

12h45
Casper Mncube
Ciro Beverage Solutions
Gauteng

13h15
Lizo Songwa
Sun International Boardwalk Hotel
Eastern Cape

13h30
Wezo Sithonga
Buitenverwachting, Western Cape

13h45
Musa Magubane
Lineage Coffee, KZN

14h15
Byron Keet
Famous Brands Coffee Co., Eastern Cape

14h45
Matthew Carter
Tribeca, Gauteng

15h00
Romeo Chimunya
Bean There Coffee Company, Western Cape

15h30
Chris Stander
Protea Hotel Karridene Beach, KZN

15h45
Rodreck Nzrainengwe
Union Hand Roasted Coffee, Western Cape

16h15
Sipho Mabaso
Nino's, Gauteng



Thursday 6th November 2014

LATTE ART COMPETITION



10h00
Byron Keet
Famous Brands Coffee Co., Eastern Cape

10h15
Arno Quinton Els
Colombo Coffee & Tea, KZN

10h30
Sibusiso Ncobe
Famous Brands Coffee Co., Gauteng

10h45
Mike Chizeya
Tribeca Woolworths Café, Eastern Cape

11h00
Martin Baloyi
Tribeca, Gauteng

11h15
Wallace Jacobs
Angel Heart, Western Cape

11h30
Alhenrico Thomas
Famous Brands Coffee Co. Western Cape

11h45
Sandile Cele
Famous Brands Coffee Co., KZN


BARISTA COMPETITION

12h15
Travis Scott
TriBeca Coffee Company, KZN

12h30
Phumlani Sibeko
Famous Brands Coffee Co., Gauteng

13h00
Sisa Mapetu
Hand Made Coffees, Eastern Cape

13h15
Gerald Charles
Rock and Roller Coffee Culture, Western Cape

13h45
Ishan Natalie
Tribeca, Gauteng

14h00
Dirk Maritz
Famous Brands Coffee Co., KZN

14h30
Ken Machenje
Tribe Coffee Roasting, Western Cape

14h45
Azhar Khan
Continental Bakery & Deli, KZN

15h15
Lennox Soul
Tribeca Coffee, Eastern Cape

15h30
Luyanda Gxukuma
Radisson Blu Hotel, Eastern Cape

16H00
Wency Masawi
Nino's, KZN

Announcement of TOP 6 Baristas to compete 16h3
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16h45: Manual Brewer's Competition
Free entry & all welcome!

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A Barista Workshop with Enrico Wurm of LaMarzocco

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014
 
At every National Barista competition around the world, there has to be WCE certified judge that is not from the country where the Nationals are being held.

This year we have the pleasure of hosting Enrico Wurm of LaMarzocco Italy and while he's in town KoldServe have organised 2 days (one in JHB and one in PE) to let the public and baristas engage with his wealth of knowledge.

Don't miss this opportunity! If you're keen to come to one of the events you just need to RSVP to georgeb@koldserve.co.za

8 November - Koldserve
11 November - Como Caffe

 

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Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Three

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014




Name: Sisa Mapetu

Company/Cafe:Handmade Coffees

Competition History:Am a 4 time Regional finalist and 3 times national competitor been competing for 4 years

Position at Regionals:
I came 3rd in Eastern Cape

Coach
:Myself

Coffee used at Regional
s: Genuine Antigua from Guatemala

Best moment in Coffee:
Surrounding and sharing my passion 4 coffee with people that love it the most

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Love people that come 2 have your coffee and make sure you have good attitude every day towards yourself and people around you because coffee is meant to make everyone's day perfect

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? Educating myself about wine and cooking

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
Long walk to freedom


Name: Dirk Maritz

Company/Cafe: Famous brands Coffee Co.

Competition History: 4th place at 2011 Nationals

Position at Regionals: 1st in KZN

Coach: None

Coffee used at Regionals: Ethiopian Oramia

Best moment in Coffee: winning Kzn regionals

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?

Learn the trade, then master it. The day you think you know everything is the day you stop learning.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)
Play soccer, watch soccer.

Favourite movie in the last 12 months
Inglorious Bastards. I think that was 2013? Watched a lot of movies since 2013 , most of it, rubbish.



Name:
David Coleman

Company/Cafe: More Flavour Brewing Co.

Competition History:  1st Western Cape 2014, 2nd Western Cape 2015,

Position at Regionals: 2nd in Western Cape

Coach:
Anyone who offers an opinion I respect. Thanks to Lovejoy (Origin), Gerald (Rock n Rolla) , Roddy (Union Hand Roasted), Mike (Origin), Zane Mattisson (Union Hand Roasted), Bilbo Steyn (Origin)

Coffee used at Regionals:  Origin Coffee Roasting - Indonesian Whahana

Best moment in Coffee:  Winning Western Cape Regionals 1st time entering.

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Grow your skills by developing your palate. Explore coffee (what can I sense?), don't judge (is it good or bad?)

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Surf

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
The Grand Budapest Hotel


Name: Chris Stander

Company/Cafe: Protea Hotel Karridene Beach

Competition History: Competed 2013 Regional’s
2014 Regional’s

Position at Regionals: 2014 – 6th in KZN

Coach: Pauline Leschinsky

Coffee used at Regionals: Single Origin Tanzania ( Uru Coffee Estate/ Sister farm of Machare)

Best moment in Coffee:
Getting the opportunity to visit Tanzania, Coffee farm called Machare Coffee estates in October 2014. To see where my amazing coffee that was used comes from

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Give yourself time to prepare – the best start thinking about it, and practicing it a good 6 months before the comp. Persistent practice is key to your ability to turn it on, on the day.
Read the judging criteria and research great performances on the web – it’s an exam really, and the criteria are pretty objective. Find out what they are. And find out what they mean by looking at videos of the best performing Baristas.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Ballroom and Latin Dancing (Been dancing professionally from the age of 16)
Working: I'm the Acting Food and Beverage Manager for Protea Hotel Karridene Beach, coffee is only my Hobby in my free time

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
Circus de Soleil world away


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Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Two

Thursday, 16 October, 2014

 
We are getting so excited. Here are the next 5 baristas. It is shaping up to be one heck of a competition folks.
 
 

Name: Byron Keet

Company/Cafe:
Famous Brands Coffee Co

Competition History: 2013 regionals- 2nd place / Nationals- 7th Place..... 2014 regionals 1st place

Position at Regionals: 1st in Eastern Cape

Coach: Donovan McLagan

Coffee used at Regionals: Los Lajones Natural Process- Graciano Cruz

Best moment in Coffee: Working and meeting the awesome coffee professionals of SA!!

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?

Experiment and break the rules as much as you can! Taste different varieties of coffee and improve your palate.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
massive football fan and JOLLING:D

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? Neighbours




Name: Wency Masawi

Company/Cafe:
Ninos

Competition History: Finalist in KZN barista champs 2013, placed 15th at nationals (SA CHAMPS) 2013

Position at Regionals
: Placed 4th at the KZN champs 2014

Coach: Bernard Muneri

Coffee used at Regionals:Famous Colombian supremo

Best moment in Coffee: CUPPING

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
COFFEE IS LOVE AND IT BRINGS ALL SOULS TOGETHER WITH A SMILE!

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
spending time with friends and family

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? Wrong Turn 5



Name: Musa Magwaza

Company/Cafe: Lineage Coffee

Competition History: Competed once before in 2010 but did not make finals.

Position at Regionals: 5th in KZN

Coach: Craig Charity

Coffee used at Regionals: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Best moment in Coffee:When I came 5th in this years regional competition.

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Find a passion for coffee and work out of that.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? Surfing

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
I don't watch much TV, I would rather spend my time outside or working with coffee.





Name: Matt Carter

Company/Cafe:
TriBeCa

Competition History: First year competing

Position at Regionals:
4th in Gauteng

Coach: Ishan Natalie

Coffee used at Regionals:
Tanzania

Best moment in Coffee: Doing my Q-Grader in Ethiopia

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?

Never stop learning

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Make and drink beer, Run, Hike, Ice Climbing, Diving, Gardening.

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?

Travailen



Name: Romeo O. Chimunya

Company/Cafe:
Bean There Coffee Company Cape Town

Competition History:
This is my third year of competing. In my first year, 4th in the Nationals. It has been an awesome learning curve for me and I’m loving it. Looking forward to this year’s Nationals.

Position at Regionals:
4th in the Western Cape

Coach: Cuth Bland

Coffee used at Regionals: Rwandan Kivu

Best moment in Coffee:

1. Becoming one of the top 6 baristas in the country
2. Teaching other upcoming baristas how to make coffee

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Consistency is key. Consistency and Cleanliness are the pillars of a good barista.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?

Running, Working out in the Gym

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?

Actually, I’m not a big TV or Movie fan. I spend most of my free time out running or in the Gym.

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Bottomless Coffee Album Launch!

Thursday, 16 October, 2014
These lovely people are launching their album at a perfect venue for a band with such a name - a coffee roastery, Origin Coffee Roastery to be more specific. Bottomless Coffee, The Band, are a husband and wife duo that have been weaving their way into the hearts of Cape Tonians and much further afield, join them in celebrating their album!

Este and Lourens doing their thing!


You can book your tickets here.

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Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Number One

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014



Introducing the first batch of competitors! In no particular order and drawn randomly from a hat, the TriBeCa team is prominent here!

Name: Mike Chizzy

Company/Cafe: TriBeCa

Competition History:

Started competing in the first barista championship in Eastern Cape, that was 2011. I came first in latte art and runner-up in nationals. I was also latte art champ in 2012. I sensory judged in 2012 championship both regional and national level.

Position at Regionals: 2nd in the Eastern Cape

Coach: Myself

Coffee used at Regionals:

Daterra sweet yellow-Brazil

Best moment in Coffee:

Being with a group of people(barista championship) talking the same language(coffee)

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?

Being a barista is not a job. It's a passion-filled career. Don't do it for money, but for the love of it.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?

Having special time with my family

Favourite movie/book in the last 12 months?

The Bible; you must try it out.


NAME: Wezo Sithonga

COMPANY\CAFE: Buitenverwachting Coffee Bloc

COMPETITION HISTORY:First timer (novice)

POSITION AT REGIONALS: 6th

COACH: Warren Machanick

COFFEE USED AT REGIONALS: Colombian Blend (los naranjos,los idolos,la piramide and col organic)

BEST MOMENTS IN COFFEE: Cupping and tasting different origins...

WHAT WOULD YOUR ONE PIECE OF ADVICE BE TO ASPIRING BARISTAS? Go out there and take a chance....

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO? It has to be Wine (tasting and making)

FAVOURITE MOVIE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS: Snow white and the Huntsman (old time movie has to be The persuit of happiness)


Name: Travis Scott

Company/Cafe: TriBeCa

Competition History: 2011 national winner.

Position at Regionals: 3rd place

Coach: Me

Coffee used at Regionals: single origin Rwanda from eastern province.

Best moment in Coffee: The day I won Nationals 2011

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas? It does not happen over night you need to put the work in!

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? Spend time with my wife and watching football.

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? Reality TV show Fast and Loud.


Ishan and Phumlani pictured together at the Gauteng Regional Prizegiving!

Name: Ishan Natalie

Company/Cafe:
TriBeCa Coffee Company

Competition History:
Competed in all except 2012 and 2013 cycle. Runner up at all besides 2009 and 2010, which I won consecutively. Competed and won at the 2011 African Barista Championship.

Position at Regionals:
2nd to my brother man Phumlani

Coach:
Matt Carter

Coffee used at Regionals:
El Salvador San Carlos

Best moment in Coffee:
Winning the SA and African titles, and being blessed with representing South Africa at the World Championship.
My favorite moments daily are spending time with my baristas behind the bar and in training.


What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Let the passion for coffee take over you and guide you. It will become a career from there, and success will always follow. Work hard on discipline in pursuit of quality and consistency, and always stay in touch with the coffee community and world as there is so much to learn every day and with every encounter with fellow baristas.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Playing Masterchef at home for my wife and friends; and playing soccer with my friends

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
Most likely Pacific Rim


Name: Phumlani Sibeko

Company/Cafe: Famous Brands Coffee co

Competition History: Top 6 Gauteng Regionals 2012, 2014 GAUTENG Barista champion

Coach: Tony Horter

Coffee used at Regionals: Guatemala Finca El morito

Best moment in Coffee: Lol winning the 2014 GAUTENG regionals that was a blessing. Best moment ever.

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Stay humble and love what you do.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Playing soccer now and then.

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
The amazing spider man 2

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KZN Barista Bootcamp!

Thursday, 4 September, 2014
If you would like to register for the KZN competition, go here.

If you would like to sign up to be a judge, email here.

If you have any questions about the bootcamp or the competition, give us a shout here.



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Barista Workshop at Origin Coffee Roasting

Friday, 22 August, 2014
The collective goal of the South African coffee community is to propel one of our baristas to the top of world competition! We couldn't be more proud of Craig Charity and we only want to get better from there.

This workshop organised by BIlbo and David will be invaluable in preparation for Nationals and if you ever want to compete at future competitions.

"Reflecting on your performance is as important as competing itself"

Invitation to ALL

In this spirit of learning and development, we would like to invite barista's, coaches, cafe owners and sponsors to the SCASA Barista Champs Post Match Analysis.

Have the opportunity to:

Taste the wining espresso, cappuccino, and signature beverage. by Gerald Charles and David Coleman
Learn tips from veteran competitors (Western Cape & SA finalists & champions)
Learn more about official Equipment: Nouva Simonelli Aurellia Espresso machine & Malkonic K30
Hear from experienced judges about what they are looking for, and general trends in speciality coffee.
Have your scores sheets interpreted for you.
Don't miss this opportunity to capitalise on your participation at the SCASA barista championships.

DATE: Monday 8 Sep 2014
TIME: 6pm to late
VENUE: Origin, 28 Hudson st, de Waterkant
RSVP: bilbo@originroasting.co.za

Brought to you by Origin Coffee Roasting & SCASA

Bilbo has years of experience in the competitive world to share with you.


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