Tribe Coffee Super Latte Art Throwdown and SCASA National Latte Art Finals

Friday, 2 February, 2018

 

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Upcoming Coffee Events

Friday, 26 January, 2018
If you want to learn more about coffee and have a super fun time in the process, coffee companies all over the country are there for you! Get involved!


Colombo Coffee Cuppings!

Keen to learn how professionals taste coffee?
Join us for Cup Tasters 101 - a fun introduction into cupping.
Classes start on Friday 26 January.

 


Latte Art Throwdown at Fifth Wave Coffee in JBay


From their event page:
"Join us for a caffeine fueled evening with some of the best in the business.

From 16:00 to 18:00 - we will be hosting a palate development course with Shaun Aupiais and Chris Burke, where you will learn how to taste different flavors in coffee and judge a cup more accurately in the future.

From 18:30 to 20:30 - we will watch baristas from PE and Jbay battle it out in the latte art competition for the title! Chris Burke and Shaun Aupiais are the head judges.

There’s a lot of amazing prizes for the audience and entertainment to be had by all!

!!BOOKING ONLY!!
(Tickets are limited) Please book your tickets: admin@fifthwave.co.za / 074 326 1542"

Bayhound Coffee Works - Polokwane, Coffee Appreciation



By Booking Only – 15 spaces available
R260 per person Includes:
• Roasting demonstration
• Guided cupping and tasting
• 250g Coffee beans to take home
• Refreshments
Bring your favourite coffee brewing gadget from home!
Contact Susan on 074 486 2902 or email pieter@bayhoundcoffeeworks.com

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SCASA Nationals: Barista Profiles!

Friday, 26 January, 2018
We get to know some of the amazing coffee professionals who will be competing at Nationals 2018.




Name: John Evans


Competition History: I’ve competed in one regional barista championship, and judged one as well.

Region and position in comp: Gauteng Barista Championship 2017 - 5th place.

Company
: TriBeCa Coffee

Why did you enter this competition? I wanted to push myself harder to be a better barista, and I want to do everything I can to promote specialty coffee in South Africa, and I feel like barista competitions go a long way in doing that.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment?
That’s a tough question! My go-to brew method is the V60, and if I had to pick, I’d probably go with something Ethiopian.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Probably the friends I’ve made. Coffee people are the best, and I love how we come together and look out for each other in competitions.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
I think they’re important for two reasons - as a barista, you can’t go into a competition and come out the other side without becoming better at what you do. You question everything, try everything, research everything and practice so hard that you become a better coffee professional. The other reason is that barista competitions bring the coffee community together, and I think that’s really good for us as a community.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:)
I’m a drummer!



Name: Trevor Fitz

Competition History: Before competing in the Gauteng Nationals, my only previous competition was The Coffee Magazine's Home Barista competition at the Coffee & Chocolate expo 2 years ago, where I came second.

Region and position in comp: 1st place in the Gauteng Barista championships

Company: I am an independent competitor. My company is Winwin Consulting, but they are not involved in coffee.

Why did you enter this competition? To learn more about coffee and to improve my skills as a barista

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? My favourite coffee is the Cortado at the moment, Preferably with Burundi

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far?
The Highlight so far has definitely been winning the Gauteng Regionals!

Why do you think the competitions are important?
Competitions force you to think more intentionally about coffee, how it’s grown, roasted and brewed, and encourages you to challenge yourself to become better than you were before.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:
When I am not making coffee, my favourite pass time is cooking and baking. I have been cooking dinner and baking cakes since I was 10 years old and have never gotten bored of it.


Name: Debbie King

Competition History: Cup Tasters

Region and position in comp:

2015 GP Cup Tasters 1st

2015 National Cup Tasters 5th

2016 GP Cup Tasters 4th

2017 GP Cup Tasters 1st

Company: Stil. Coffee/ AfricaBlack Coffee Roastery

Why did you enter this competition?
I really enjoy entering Cup Tasters as I deal with cupping, quality control and roast profiling at work, so it is always great to challenge my senses and taste new coffees.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean) Zimbabwean Smaldeel Honey Process

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Traveling to a coffee estate in Malawi.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
These competitions are important for the growth of the industry. From the Cup of Excellence to the Barista Championships, it encourages all coffee professionals to hone their skills to produce a great cup of coffee.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: My favourite band is The Cure and I am addicted to playing Overwatch.


Name: Harry Mole


Competition History: Gauteng Regionals 2015 – 8th
Gauteng Regionals 2016 – 2nd, Gauteng Cupping 2016 – 1st.
Barista Championship Nationals 2017 – 2nd
Gauteng Regionals 2018 – 2nd (hope I got the dates right? haha)

Region and position in comp:
Gauteng Regionals 2015 – 8th
Gauteng Regionals 2016 – 2nd, Gauteng Cup Tasters 2016 – 1st.
Barista Championship Nationals 2017 – 2nd
Gauteng Regionals 2018 – 2nd 

Company: TriBeCa Coffee Company

Why did you enter this competition?
To challenge myself, my coffee knowledge and have fun!

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)

I’m really enjoying my morning Tanzania Kilimanjaro in a V60. Its tasty, it gets me ready for the day and gets me thinking of the mountain.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far?

Coffee people are great people. Meeting others with the same passion and enthusiasm for coffee is addictive; as well as learning more about myself and my journey with coffee.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
It is important to challenge not only each other but our knowledge of what is possible with coffee in order for the coffee community to grow.
I also think for us working in the industry that it challenges us to learn and grow with coffee.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:) 
I really love films! If I’m not in the cinema at least once a week I get grumpy :)



Name: Khulekani Mpala

Competition History:

Competed in Barista Championships

- 2011 Gauteng Regionals (finished towards bottom)

- 2016 Gauteng Regionals (1st place)

- 2017 Nationals (3rd place)

- 2017 Gauteng Regionals (3rd place)

N/B: 2011 represented Manna Cafe, the rest I represented Tribeca


Why did you enter this competition? It gives me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people in the world, and helps me to learn from some of the best baristas.


What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)
Currently my favourite is a cortado, exploring different single origins.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Winning best technical and placing 3rd at Nationals 2017 brought a degree of satisfaction! So far thats the highlight.


Why do you think the competitions are important?
Competitions are important because they bring the coffee community together, gives us a chance to learn from each other and become better professionals.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:
I grew up believing i would be a musician and my name was "General K" he he he he!!! I still listen to a lot of reggae.


Name: Thabang Maluleka

Competition History: The Cup tasting completion was my first time participating in a coffee competition
Region and position in comp: Gauteng Cup Tasters 2nd
Company: Ciro Beverage Solutions

Why did you enter this competition? This was a good opportunity for me to learn more about other coffees which are out there besides the ones that I’m used to, I also wanted to meet other people in the coffee community.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)
My favorite coffee is an espresso made up of American and African arabica beans.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far?
I have never thought of the coffee industry to be so big!, besides coming out second in cup tasting I would say finding out that there are a lot of coffee enthusiasts like me out there has been the biggest highlight so far.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
They are important to raise our coffee expertise as a nation to match that of world class nations in the coffee industry

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:) I’m a founder of Uma Mente Music (Pty) Ltd, a Record Label and Music Publishing Company.





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KZN Coffee Competitions: 27-29 Nov - Anthem Conference Centre, Durban North.

Friday, 10 November, 2017
 
KZN Coffee Competitions: Date and Venue announced,
Get your entries in!

Ok, it's a date!

We will see the best of the best in KZN coffee at the end of the month!

Date: Monday 27 November - Wednesday 29 November 2017

Venue: Anthem Conference Centre, 37 Mackeurten Drive, Durban North

Get your entry form here and email to info@scasa.co.za.

If you would like to be a judge, please email jamie@skylinecoffee.co.za

Thank you to Anthem for coming to the party and sponsoring this venue!


Outline of Programme of Events (subject to change) :

Monday 27th November
10h00 - Barista Orientation.
11h00 – 12h30 Cup Tasters Semi Finals Rounds
13h00 – 15h00 Latte Art Semi Finals
16h00 – 20h00 Barista Semi Finals (8 competitors)

Tuesday 28th November
09h00 – 17h00 Barista Semi Finals (16 competitors)

Wednesday 29th November
09h00 Barista Finals Top 6
12h00 Cup Tasters Finals
13h00 Latte Art Finals & Almond Breeze Smackdown
15h00 Monin In A Minute
15h30 Prize Giving

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Win Tickets to Homemakers PE to see the best baristas in the land!

Thursday, 8 June, 2017
It's that time of year that the coffee community of the Eastern Cape come together at HOMEMAKERS PE to celebrate all things coffee and determine who will go through to the National Competition 2018.

The current SA Cup Taster's Champion is Simphiwe Adams of the Eastern Cape. He is off to Worlds next week! All the defending Eastern Cape Champs are coming back to attempt to hold their titles!



If you would like to enter or know someone who should throw their hat in the ring then please share the entry form that can be found here on the SCASA website.

If you would like to visit the show, we are giving away 20 double tickets! Fill in the form below! (HINT: The answer to the question can be found here!)

There is a lot of other good stuff happening at Homemakers this year, says Johandie who is part of the Homemakers team, "We have so much on offer for visitors….HOMEMAKERS is giving away a CAR at the show! Visitor can enter at the show. They can also look forward to seeing PE’s very own Joff, a local graffiti artists, working on a graffiti piece during 3 days of the show."





Tickets to Homemakers PE up for grabs!

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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
Read his article on Espresso here.

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.



Win tickets below:

Win tickets to the WCE ALL STARS at Coffee&Choc Expo JHB

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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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