We're in the Eastern Cape!!!

Thursday, 24 July, 2014
The Friendly City and The Homemakers expo have opened their arms to the SCASA Coffee Competitions.

Baristas performing today:

Byron Keet - Urban Espress Coffee Co.

Sipho Setu - Radisson Blue Hotel Group

Denver - Pomodoro Wilderness

Mike Chizeya - TriBeCa Woolworths

Steven - Madibaz Cafe

Xolelwa - Ciro Coffee Solutions

The judges calibration is one of the most important parts of the day. These volunteers have a huge responsibility on their shoulders, the Top 6 of this comp go through to a chance to compete for a place at the World Championships in Seattle next year.

Don McLagan and Ishan Natalie providing everyone with deliciousness.

Byron Keet was runner up in last year's competition and is hot favourite to take this year's title. He was up first this morning.

Very ambitious use of both an AeroPress and a siphon to complement his Panama Los Lajones coffee roasted by Union Hand Roasted.


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SCASA workshops at Coffee&Choc Expo

Wednesday, 25 June, 2014
The time for indulgence is drawing near! In just two short weeks at Montecasino in Johannesburg, the sugar and caffeine levels of over 10 000 lucky people are going to go through the roof!


One of the things we're most excited about is the opportunity for the public to get some insight into the background of coffee right from the green beans to the moment it touches your tongue. It's going to be informative and entertaining and you don't want to miss it!

Plus there will be demonstrations by some great baristas, you'll get to taste some great coffee and it's just in time for the launch of TheCoffeeMag Winter Edition!

Don't forget you can still win tickets by entering here!

Mmmm, all this talk of coffee and chocolate is reminding me of the delicious recipe that Leandri van der Wat made for us...

You should go check it out, there's coffee in the recipe! I believe the lovely Miss van der Wat will be at the Expo with her fellow team members at Roast Re:Public.

Along with many other coffee and chocolate professionals to show you the joys you didn't even realise about your favourite vices!

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World Barista Championship Rimini 2014

Monday, 9 June, 2014
Yesterday at the Barista Orientation meeting, 54 countries came together in the name of coffee. It was quite an amazing moment. There was an eager anticipation in the air.

Today things got very real.

While everyone is still being very respectful, it is clear that there is tension in the air as months of training and energy and resources come to a final culmination.

15 minutes to make the dream come true. Everyone here is all in. And for the most part here in Rimini they're having the time of their lives!

The effervescent Stephen Leighton chats to Sonja representing Austria!

The Korean entourage. They know how to bring the fire.

Erna from Germany was all smiles.

 Cristos had a ball on stage.

Follow all the action on LIVESTREAM. The quality is excellent. 

The official media partners Barista Mag and Sprudge are also great resources to check out.

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Day 1 in Cape Town: SCASA Coffee Competitions

Thursday, 22 May, 2014
Yesterday was a busy day here at Hostex Cape Town. The Western Cape SCASA Regionals got off to a flying start with the first two competitiors in the Barista Competition, Joseph Pedzi, first time competitor from The Larder and Luyolo Ndandane from Gourmet Coffee Roasters. They set the standard high and in the small fleet of baristas competing in this competition they made it clear that the Top 6 spots that take the baristas to Nationals will be difficult to get their hands on!

Then we went straight into the hotly contested Latte Art competition where we had some delightful patterns poured including a zebra and some too cute bears.

Wallace Jacobs, first time Latte Art competitor from Angel Heart in the Northern Cape, he even has a rosetta tattoo!

We had an array of CT's best cuppers present for the Cup Tasting Competition, most notably the team from Global Coffee Company, Ollie Marshall scored a whopping 8/8 to lead three of his team into spots in Friday's final. Very impressive!

Our delightful MC Bash Omar celebrated his birthday yesterday, here he is looking serious for once, but he's been lighting up the stage at the competition so far and keeping everyone informed.

Our esteemed judges are in for one heck of a day, today Thursday, as they have 11 competitors to evaluate. Bring it on!

Watch the action live at https://new.livestream.com/thecoffeemag/wcape2014

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Coffee & Chocolate Expo 2014

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014
We've already given away two sets of tickets, you can still win, do it now, all you have to do is fill in the form below!

This year promises to be bigger and better than the first ever Coffee and Chocolate Expo that kicked off last year. TheCoffeeMag is now the official media partner and we have the inside scoop that this year, the team at Coffee and Chocolate Expo are pulling out all the stops to make your experience unforgettable.


Apart from gathering together the who's who of both the coffee and chocolate industries (even getting the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa involved) with numerous workshops being held throughout the day, they've got a dedicated Wine Pairing workshop sponsored by Ken Forrester and lots else planned.

The awesome news is, we're giving away some tickets, whoop whoop! Simply fill in the form below and you go into the draw for one of two tickets.

Win Tickets to Coffee & Choc 2014

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Your GP Regional Champ is... Phumlani Sibeko!

Monday, 3 March, 2014

Those are two very happy baristas! Congratulations to GP Champion Phumlani Sibeko (Famous Brands) and runner up, Ishan Natalie (TriBeCa Coffee)
With Ishan Natalie, two time National Champ in the mix, there was always going to be a strong favourite. As we went into Final's day, the competitors had all relaxed slightly knowing that their place at Nationals was secure. There was still a lot to play for; the title of Best Barista in Gauteng, a R4500 watch sponsored by Tissot and of course, the glory. At the end of the tough day of competition though, Phumlani's coffee (a single origin Guatemalan) impressed the judges the most, beating out the defending GP title holder and his friend and inspiration, Ishan.

The moment of glory!

The camaraderie between the competitors is really wonderful to see.

The current National Barista Champ, Craig Charity, was there to present Phumlani his title!

Ishan Natalie took home the Best Espresso and Best Cappuccino from the Semi Final Rounds and Best Signature Drink was shared by Sipho Mabaso and Ishan.

Sibusiso pouring his winning Latte Art coffees.

Ishan was crowned Cup Tasting Champion, pictured here with Lionel de Roland-Phillips, Chairman of the SCASA board.

Barista Championship Top 6
1. Phumlani Sibeko
2. Ishan Natalie
3. Sipho Mabaso
4. Matt Carter
5. Casper Ncube
6. Dale Fienberg

Latte Art Top 2
1. Sibusiso Ncobe
2. Martin Baloyi

Cup Taster's Top 2
1. Ishan Natalie
2. John Mokobodi

Big thank you to the Judges for the Final Round, Debbie, Lynette, George K., Alessandro, George B., Andre and Peter.

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The Gauteng Regionals are underway!

Friday, 28 February, 2014
Can you believe it's that time of year again? All the crew is assembled, the stage is set, the loyal suppliers that take this show on the road every year have come to the party again as well as new sponsors of SCASA who are making it possible for us to help the baristas achieve their full potential.

Cup Taster's Finalists:

Ishan Natalie (TriBeCa Coffee)
John Mokobodi (Sevenoaks Trading)
Martin Ten Krooden (TriBeCa Coffee)
Warrick Masfen (Snack Zone)

A face off between two coffee giants, Ishan Natalie (TriBeCa) and Cuth Bland (Bean There)

Focusing all his energy to the tastebuds, Martin Ten Krooden, up to the taste task.

The SLURP! John (Sevenoaks) has one of the best slurps in the business, you can hear it from a mile away!

Newcomer, Warren Masfen, makes his presence felt by making the Cup Taster's Final.

There were some epic latte art designs, this face, during the design pour section, blew the judges away.

Tulips anyone?

Latte Art Finalists:
On the left, Martin Baloyi (TriBeCa Coffee)
On the right, Sibusiso Ncobe (Famous Brands). Special mention to Sibusiso who was victorious on his birthday! Happy Birthday Sibusiso

Follow all the action on Twitter and Livestream


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There is no X in Espresso Roadshow: The KZN Leg

Monday, 17 February, 2014
This man is coming at you with 7 different kinds of coffee smoke! He's learning as he goes, having just competed in the AFCA champs, which was a whole other ball game, so if you want tips on how to improve the coffee you're producing everyday, whether you're a cafe owner, aspiring barista champ or home espresso afficionado, Thursday 20th February, is your day to get involved.


National Barista Champion Craig Charity is on a mission to use his position as Number One Barista to educate and inspire as many aspiring young baristas and fledgling coffee shop owners as possible and remind the industry leaders that growing the country's coffee culture and getting our baristas to feature on the world stage requires collaboration and community. We all love coffee, let's make it our goal to bring the World Title to South Africa!

We invite you to be part of an evening with him at Colombo Coffee&Tea on 20th February 2014 (That's this Thursday night!).

Entrance is free but the information is priceless. Coffee shop owners, send your baristas to learn all about the SCASA Competitions and to learn tips about making the best possible cup of coffee everyday with advice on everything from keeping your equipment in perfect working order to dialling in your grinder, modifications that will make enable you to produce better coffee and speak about how to get the best out of your current setup. Baristas, see what it takes to get to the top.

There will be giveaways and prizes from various suppliers.

Time: 6:30 for 7pm
Snacks and drinks will be provided. Coffee supplied by our hosts.

Please RSVP to mel@truenorthmedia.co.za. All are welcome, don't miss this opportunity!

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