2014 Gauteng Coffee Competition at Hostex

Thursday, 14 March, 2013
The Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa (SCASA), the governing body of competitive coffee competitions in SA, and who are affiliated to the World Barista Champs (WBC) kick off the first of the Regional Coffee Competitions for the 2014 cycle this coming week. The Gauteng Regional Barista Championships is taking place at Hostex, at the Sandton Convention centre from 17-20th March.

There are some very exciting names returning to the competitive arena this year, with 2-times National Champion, and current Aeropress champ, Ishan Natalie from TriBeca, due to make a comeback. Other exciting names to watch out for are the lyrical Freeman Mhlanga (Bean There) current Latte art champ Phumlani Sibeko (Still.coffee), a return of the evergreen Wayne Burrows and the up and coming young Ori Cohen.

Ori Cohen in action at last year's National Finals.

There are 4 regions in SA that participate in competitive coffee competitions, namely Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KZN. The Gauteng regionals at Hostex is the 1st of the 2014 cycle, and from each of these regional competitions, 6 finalists qualify for the Nationals, and from that a National Champion is crowned, who will then represents SA at the WBC event in 2014.


GP: Regional Coffee Competitions
17 – 20 March 2013: 10h00 – 17h00
Hostex: Sandton Convention Centre
SCASA Barista Championship Theatre: Barista competition, Latte Art competition, Cup Tasters competition and Aero Press competition)

17th March:

18th March:


19th March


20th March


Follow all the action on this page as the competition unfolds, we will be loading results photos, videos and interviews here for the duration of the event.
 

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SCASA National Coffee Competition Line-up

Monday, 18 February, 2013
All you brilliant baristas and coffee enthusiasts, take note of these dates! These are the official SCASA Coffee Competition dates for the 2013/2014 cycle. It's your chance to get involved!



Gauteng Regional Coffee Competitions
17 – 20 March 2013: 10h00 – 17h00
Hostex: Sandton Convention Centre
(Barista, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Aero Press)

Western Cape (Held in CT) Regional Coffee Competitions
23-26 May 2013
Good Food & Wine show – sponsors needed
Disciplines: Barista, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Aero Press

Eastern Cape (Held in PE) Regional Coffee Competitions
June 2013
Disciplines: Barista, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Aero Press

KZN (Held in DBN) Regional Coffee Competitions
8-11 August 2013
Good Food & Wine show – sponsors needed
Disciplines: Barista, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Aero Press

New competition: National Roasting Competition
End August 2013
Cape Town – to be confirmed

National Coffee Competition 2013
Gauteng: GFW: 21-24 September 2013
Disciplines: Barista, Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Aero Press + New competition: Cup brewers

World Competitions

23-26 May 2013
Melbourne, Australia - World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup featured at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (internationalcoffeeexpo.com)

Our very own Lovejoy Chirambasukwa, will be competing at this event. Look out for a feature on him in the upcoming 3rd edition of TheCoffeeMag.


26-28 June 2013
Nice, France - World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, World Cup Tasters Championship, World Coffee Roasting Championship featured at the SCAE World of Coffee event (www.worldofcoffee-nice.com)

The lovely and talented Miss Maxine Keet will be representing the RSA!





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Sprada and CoffeeCentral promotion

Tuesday, 5 February, 2013
 

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Our Town Chili Tour!

Wednesday, 30 January, 2013
 
The travellers are Evan, Shannon, Luke and Katharina.
 

We've given them a list of epic coffee spots to visit along their route, follow them here:


What better reason for a roadtrip than the band that plays the song that we all play on roadtrips!


They have a full itinerary of exciting places to profile and incredible people to meet.






It's all happening! We will posting daily video updates of their escapades and for blow by blow antics, follow them on Twitter!



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The Baristi brought their A-game!

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012
There's a lot to be said for a community that gathers indoors around an espresso machine on a beautifully hot (windless!) Cape Town summer day instead of heading for the beach...

Last Friday, baristas and coffee lovers crowded into Bean There to take part in and witness the first ever South African Barista Throwdown. Unlike barista championships, a throwdown is far more relaxed event where the emphasis is on creativity, sharing and learning from one another. Baristas can make almost any type of coffee they choose in any way they prefer to with the hope of convincing the judges that there brew is the best amongst their peers.

As the baristas battled it out, the crowd watched and cheered on whilst sipping a Darling Brew craft beer that they were treated to for free upon arrival.

Although it was hot and sometimes hard to hear what was being said, judges Sarah and Kenneth of Barista Magazine skillfully assessed the numerous cups of coffee presented to them and the top five were chosen:

1. Zane Mattisson (Care for Coffee)
2. Sabelo Puwani (Knead)
3. Wayne Oberholzer (Origin)
4. Rodreck Nzirainengwe (Union Hand-Roasted)
5. Romeo Chimunya (Bean There)


If you happen to find a Barista Throwdown happening in your city, I’d definitely encourage you to go and check it out. It’s a fun coffee education of brew methods, latte art and barista flair. We want more!

Check out the slideshow here:

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Barista Throwdown!

Monday, 5 November, 2012
 Barista Magazine and Bean There are putting the challenge to all baristas to show off their creativity!

They're also throwing a bit of a party with the help of Darling brewery!

And you're invited!!!

Don't let this pass you by, let's get jammin'!

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Educate, Inspire, Experience

Thursday, 25 October, 2012
There is a growing thirst for knowledge about coffee.

There is growing thirst to taste coffees from different single origins.

There is a growing thirst to drink coffee made by the most excellent baristas in the business.

Events such as 4 Shots for Glory which happened at the Yellow Cafe (featured below) in Salt Rock this week is just one the many happening all over.

We've featured the InFood coffee events and we still have a Bean There cup tasting in Cape Town up for grabs!
We want to share these events with our coffee community. Keep us posted! Email mel@truemorthmedia.co.za


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National Coffee Competitions - Final Highlights

Thursday, 27 September, 2012
 
Check out the video highlights from the final day of the Nationals here:
 

Crazy Coffee people, we love you!

Check out all the images in the gallery below.

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