Updated National Barista Championship Schedule!

Wednesday, 11 September, 2013
Here is the updated official SCASA National Coffee Competitions Schedule. Find out exactly when your favourite barista is competing! 








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This is the official schedule of events for this year's SCASA National Coffee Competitions which include the categories of Latte Art, Cup Tasters and the Barista Championship. The More Flavour Aeropress Competition will also take place at this event. It is being held at the Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show. TheCoffeeMag will be there to cover the event, with a live feed coming direct to you, follow our Livestream page here! We will be conducting demonstrations between sets and we may even have a special MasterChef SA guest joining us along the way!


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Wednesday, 28 August, 2013

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KZN Champions!!!

Sunday, 11 August, 2013
The stage at The Good Food and Wine Show.

It was quite a weekend at Durban's Good Food and Wine Show. The KZN Barista Regionals have given us cored out apples as glasses, Aeropress extractions, herb melanges, technical difficulties and single origin coffees to enthrall the senses. We had two very strong competitors who travelled from different regions to compete (now, that's passion!), but in the end it was Craig Charity of Lineage Coffee at Stretta Cafe who rose victorious to claim the title.

Craig Charity: KZN Barista Champion!

It was an emotional victory and Wendy (Craig's amazing, supportive wife) almost had us all in tears the way she was stressing out for Craig when he was on stage, but he came through and you could see how much it meant to him.

Here are the full results:
1. Craig Charity - Lineage Coffee
2. Nicodemus Nabakwe - Avanti Coffee
3. Wayne Oberholzer - Origin Coffee Roasting
4. Daniel Erasmus - Colombo Coffee and Tea
5. Arno Els - Colombo Coffee and Tea
6. Wency Masawi - Nino's

You can watch the announcement of all the winners here, it will give you goosebumps!

All of the Top 6 go through to the Nationals in September at the Joburg edition of The Good Food and Wine Show.

Cup Taster's Champion is Mr Wayne Oberholzer. He scored two perfect rounds (7/7 and 6/6), making him the undeniable champ. Those are some pretty incredible taste bud and olfactory skills.

Wayne almost lifted Christine Cashmore off the ground in excitement!

Arno Els of Colombo Coffee and Tea poured his way into pole position in the Latte Art Competition, after going head to head with his colleague, Daniel Erasmus.

Dan, however did not go home empty handed as he plunged his way to Aeropress glory, becoming R1000 richer in the process.

A stoked Daniel Erasmus, David Coleman of Aeropress and Christine Cashmore of The Good Food and Wine Show

Special mention must be made of Daniel Erasmus, he is definitely one to watch. He made amazing coffees in three seperate categories, getting through to the finals of Latte Art, Aeropress and Barista Champs. And this was only his first year competing!
Dan gave us some wicked performances this weekend. Here he is with his game face on.

Wency Masawi of Nino's was charming and won the hearts of everyone at the competition. Only 20 years old, he is also one to watch!

Nicodemus held the attention of the judges. He used a single origin coffee grown on the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate. Proudly South African!

Here, Arno is filtering his herb melange. He was smooth and entertaining on stage. The man has style.

Using his Aeropress in an unconventional way, Wayne puts his back into it.

Congratulations to all those who competed and who put together this fantastic event, KZN maintained it's reputation as a region to watch, and we are so looking forward to the Nationals. We have travelled to all of the regionals and the standard of the competition this year is looking excellent.

A full gallery of pics taken over the four days will follow shortly.

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Watch the KZN Regionals LIVE!

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013
The Good Food and Wine Show kicks off tomorrow and the KZN Regional Coffee Competitions are ready to grind their way into action bright and early. Tomorrow sees a jam packed day of competitions including Cup Tasting, Latte Art and Aeropress. These events are highly competitive and there are usually a few wild card entries to keep everyone guessing.

The good news is, TheCoffeeMag, Official Media Partner to SCASA (Specialty Coffee Association of Southern Africa) will be there to keep you informed and up to date as the action happens.

Follow us on Livestream to watch the events take place in real time!
You can also follow us on Twitter @TheCoffeeMag.

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Eastern Cape Champions announced!

Friday, 26 July, 2013

Here in the Gourmet Garage at the Homemakers Expo, the creme de la creme of the Eastern Cape baristas have delighted and enthralled us this weekend from handmade coconut ice cream to stage fright to scoring debacles to the amazing Angeline McLagan to klein melk terts and an enthusiastic PE crowd.

We have been streaming the action live, here is the announcement:

Congratulations to the Eastern Cape Champions!

Barista Champion: Donovan McLagan - Urban Espress

The moment of glory!!

Latte Art Champion: Siya Tyumre - Woolworths/Tribeca

Cup Tasters Champion: Simpiwe Adams - Kaffeine

Runner up JJ Maritz and the Cup Tasters Champ, Simpiwe!

Big thank yous to all the judges who give of their time and palates with little reward (other than delicious coffees). The Barista Daddy Shaun Aupiais who looked after all the baristas behind the scenes. Gino, the MC for the event. Donovan McLagan for building tables to put beneath the beautiful Simonelli T3. To the sponsors, without which their wouldn't be the opportunity for these passionate baristas to get to the World Barista Championships. Thank you to VDP Distributors for sponsoring the Live streaming of this event, follow us here to get live updates at our events. And last but certainly not least, thank you to Angeline McLagan, wonder woman, event organiser and giver of the best hugs!

All of the Top 6 of the Barista Champs will go through to the Nationals in Joburg at The Good Food and Wine Show 21-24 September. Those Baristas are:

1. Donovan McLagan
2. Byron Keet
3. Joe Tewa
4. Vitalis "Victor" Mandinenga - InFood
5. Zuko Ntuntwana - Wimpy Boardwalk
6. Roberta Jusson - Lavender Blue

Byron Keet - The Friendly Stranger

Joe Tewa - Urban Espress
Zuko - Wimpy Boardwalk
6. Roberta Jusson - Lavender Blue

The Deconstructed Milk Tart by Zuko

The competition was well supported by the PE coffee enthusiasts.
Tomorrow is the Aeropress champs.

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Eastern Cape Regionals LIVE

Thursday, 25 July, 2013
This is happening now! And we are here to cover it!

Follow the link to get live updates! This is the first time there has been LIVE streaming of any SA competition, be part of the start.


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KZN Barista Social!

Tuesday, 9 July, 2013

We had a fantastic turn out at the Barista Social held at Colombo Coffee and Tea.
This is what went down...


Thank you to Kyle and Sarah for hosting us, to Iain for organising the projector and guiding us through the evening, to Kyle and Bernard for imparting their knowledge and to Pauline, our Barista Mama, for handling registration. There are lots of new faces keen to compete this year which is really encouraging to see, thank you to all the baristas for their enthusiasm!

If you want to check out the full Prepfest video that we used as a fun introduction, click here.
And if you want to see a barista champion in action definitely watch Pete Licata.

If you want more information about competing please get in contact!

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Rimini 2014

Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
It was announced today that the 2014 World Barista Championships will be held in the coastal Italian town of Rimini at the World of Coffee Expo. And the Italians know how to do things...

See what I mean? The baristas are in for a treat of Italian decadence and tradition. The SA Nationals hosted by SCASA at The Good Food & Wine Show will be fiercely contested with a trip to Italy to perform on the world stage up for grabs!

The Gauteng and Western Cape Regionals have already taken place. We have 12 worthy baristas in the mix so far, Eastern Cape will show what they're made of at the Home Makers Expo from 25th-28th July and the KZN comp is at The Good Food & Wine Show 8-11 August.

For more information on these events, keep in touch with us! For details on how to become a member of SCASA and get your favourite baristas involved contact Amanda at amanda@imbizi.co.za.

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