A Shot in the Dark

Monday, 9 April, 2018

We are so excited about this competition!

 

1 Micro-lot Specialty Coffee
10 South African Roasters
2 International Judges

A Shot in the Dark is a brand new multimedia coffee experience that tests the skills of 10 of South Africa's best Coffee Roasters, in an exciting competition format. 


Coffee Magazine, along with Genio Roasters and Speciality Coffee Exchange, have sourced an 86+ Specialty grade, direct trade Nicaraguan coffee for this competition. Each Roaster will receive 6kgs of coffee with the brief to roast this outstanding micro-lot to its best possible potential. 

The competition culminates on 27th July 2018, at Creative Coffee Week in Durban, where the 10 Roasters will bring 500g of their roasted coffee to be judged blind. The judges will not know which coffee belongs to which roaster. Who are these judges? A world-renowned coffee celebrity (who we will keep under wraps for now!) and Ben Weiner the founder of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, the coffee producer from Nicaragua. They will assess the coffees in two ways, firstly by cupping them and secondly as espresso.   

A Shot in the Dark is more than just a competition; it’s an experience! There will be a Genio Roaster set up at the judging, and an additional 60KG of the competition coffee where the A Shot in the Dark audience and the roasters will be able to roast batches of the coffee on the Genio, share knowledge, techniques and roast insights, in order to experiment with the coffee and take home roasted batches of this incredible coffee.  

This entire process will be filmed and edited into a documentary, which will see our country’s best Roasters share their insights into roasting one of the finest coffees in the world and their pursuit of being named as the winner of A Shot in the Dark!

The 10 Roasters will be revealed soon. This is going to be fun!


Producer : Gold Mountain Coffee Growers : Direct trade

Origin    : Nicaragua

Estate    : Finca Idealista – a GMCG owned Rainforest

Crop : March 2018 

A Shot in the Dark 2018

 

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Winston Thomas on Tour!

Friday, 9 March, 2018

 

Winston Thomas is hitting the road, and coming to a town near you!

Our 2-time National Barista Champion is doing a Roadshow around SA to raise some funds for his World Barista Championship campaign in Amsterdam later this year and he wants you to taste his award winning competition coffee!

Winston's Gesha Village coffee is sublime, and if you haven't tasted it, you really ought to! If that is not reason enough to make sure you're at the Cafe's below when he visits, then just the fact that he's an inspiring and extremely insightful coffee personality, with World experience, ought to get you there.

Check him out at the following cafe's, where he will be spending the entire day, making coffees, pulling shots and sharing his experiences in coffee:

Thursday 15th March: Lineage Coffee - Hillcrest.

Friday 16th March:  Colombo Coffee & Tea - Durban North.

Sat 17th March: Father Coffee - JHB

Sunday 18th - Free (Cafe Owners in JHB  - click here if you would like to host Winston on this day)

Monday 19th March - Winston travels to Bloem  - (Cafe Owners in Boem... click here to host Winston!)

Tuesday 20th March - Royal Roastery - Bloem

Wednesday  21st March- Winston travels to JHB. 

Thursday -  Heavenly Coffee - Centurion

Friday  23rd March - Thirdspace - Fourways

We will update this page as the free slots become booked, so keep an eye out, or follow Winston on social media to find out the latest news on this roadshow, and SUPPORT OUR CHAMP!

 

 

 

 

         
                 
                   

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SCASA Nationals LIVE!

Friday, 23 February, 2018

The Coffee Magazine is at the SCASA National Coffee Competitions this weekend!

We are sponsoring the live feed of the comp on the SCASA Facebook page. Follow all the live action. Today the 16 Barista Championship competitors are on stage and tonight the Cup Tasters competition will happen at Origin Coffee Roasting.

Three new Champions will be crowned by the end of this weekend!

 

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SCASA Nationals 2018: Barista Profiles Two

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

Name: Sinjon Wicks

Competition History

2015 KZN Barista Championship - 8th Place

2015 KZN Cup Tasters - 5th

2017 KZN Cup Tasters - 2nd

Company:

 Terbodore Coffee Roasters

Why did you enter this competition

My first experience with competitive coffee was in 2015, not long after starting my coffee journey. I saw it as an opportunity to learn from some of the top barista's and coffee professionals from across the country, sharing ideas and growing the speciality industry as a whole. Competition also provides a unique platform for exploring trends, experimenting with new coffees, and beverage recipes as well as the opportunity to get all of us into one room and talk about what we love; coffee!

What is your favourite coffee at the moment

At the moment I'm obsessed with an Ethiopian Kana Heirloom natural process. Cortado in the morning, and V60’s all day after. 

What has been the highlight of the journey so far?

All of the amazing people I've had the opportunity to meet. These passionate individuals are the one's who are driving the speciality industry and market forward, I count myself very lucky to be able to share ideas and disseminate new information and techniques with some of the most knowledgeable in the coffee industry.

Why do you think these competitions are important ?

Running cafe's or roasteries is often a seven-day-a-week operation, and unfortunately doesn't really afford us the opportunity to engage with other like-minded people . Of course, the dissemination knowledge and personal growth through competition goes without saying, but the camaraderie developed through these events is absolutely amazing. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee) 

When I'm not making coffee, I play drums and bass in a band with some of the other guys at the roastery. We're terrible.


 

Name: Christopher Abrahams

Competition History: WC Latte Art Regional Championship 2015,2016 & 2017. WC Barista Regional Championship 2016 & 2017. Runner-up SA Latte Art National Championship 2017.

Region and position in comp: WC Latte Art Champion & 4th place Barista Regional Championship.

Company: Ciro Beverage Solutions

Why did you enter this competition? 

 I entered the competitions because of my love and passion for coffee! It is also a perfect opportunity to meet barista within the coffee community, where great friendships are made :)

What is your favourite coffee at the moment?

My favourite coffee at the moment an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere through a chemex. It is absolutely delicious!

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

The highlight of this journey has certainly been the opportunity to compete and continue learning about how special coffee is to South Africa. It is continuously growing and it is amazing to see the growth and talent of upcoming baristas in the industry.

Why do you think the competitions are important?

 I believe that the competition is important, as it allows baristas to express their passion for coffee as well as giving coffee companies opportunities to expose their brands.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself :

I am one of a twin. As funny as this may sound, I am actually passionate about trucks. I truly enjoy working with my hands and find the world of engineering absolutely fascinating!


Name: Dayle Visser

Competition History:

2nd in KZN Latte Art Championship 2013

Regional barista Championships:  KZN 2011,2012, WP 2017, 2018

Region and position in comp:

Barista Champs:

KZN 2011 (did not make finals), KZN 2012 (did not make finals), WP 2017 (did not make finals), WP 2018 (placed 2nd)

Latte Art champs: KZN 2013 (placed 2nd), Nationals 2013 (did not make finals)

Aeropress Nationals 2017

Company: Tribe Coffee

Why did you enter this competition:

I entered this year to better myself as a person as well as a coffee professional. I have also realised that these competitions are extremely fun and being part of the coffee community is a privilege very few get to experience. I'm doing this in hopes of proving to the world that South Africans kick ass at coffee.

Favourite coffee at the moment:

At the moment I'm really enjoying a Kenyan fully washed (its my competition coffee so won't give too much info lol)

The first thing I do in the morning is have it in an aeropress before heading off to work. Start your day off with perfect coffee right?

Highlight of the journey so far:

The highlight so far was standing next to our current national champ for the winner announcement at regionals. That feeling standing next to a champion, everyone dead silent as if no one was breathing, you could taste the excitement in the air. Winston is an incredible barista and it was honour to share a stage with him.

Why are the competitions so important:

The chance to show off your skills as a barista to a panel of judges and the public is so important for growth as a coffee professional. It's also a perfect way to introduce the general public to speciality coffee. Being a professional barista is damn cool and these competitions prove it.

Interesting facts about me:

I am currently working on massive art pieces.

I have been skateboarding for 17 years.

Just started a multi genre music project with one of my best friends.

 


NAME: Simnikiwe Mkhize

COMPETITION HISTORY: This was first competition. Ever.

REGION AND POSITION IN COMP: KZN Barista 1st place

COMPANY: Counter Culture SA

WHY DID YOU ENTER THIS COMPETITION? Honestly, I was peer pressured, by the bosses, co workers and customers. I gave in because the environment gave me an opportunity to put my skills up against other barista in KZN and also make new connections that I wouldn't have made being at the cafe.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COFFEE AT THE MOMENT? V60 Pourovers

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS JOURNEY FOR YOU SO FAR? Its definitely not the attention, but the amount of support and love I receive from coffee lovers who come from all over.

WHY DO YOU THINK THE COMPETITIONS ARE IMPORTANT? The bible verse that says "Iron sharpens iron" sums it up. you will never know how good you are unless you yourself against others who think the same about themselves. not says that if you don't come on top that your not but rather you learn where you need to improve.

TELL US AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF. Okay, this very personal. I have a 14 years old Surf City Barbie doll and a 8 years old Fashionsta Barbie doll. I make outfits for them as often as I can and obviously comb and play with them. :)


Name: Neil Gouws

Competition History: (what have you competed in before?) Cup Tasters Nationals 2017, Western Cape Barista Champs 2017

Region and position in comp: (i.e. KZN Cup Tasters 4th) Western Cape 3rd 

Company: Origin Coffee Roasting

Why did you enter this competition? I love competing, not only does it push me and improve my coffee knowledge, it's a great oppurtunity to connect with all the awesome people in the South African coffee community. 

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean) I've recently had the chance to work with a few great Ethiopian Naturals. My favourite would have to be a Yirgacheffe Kochere Natural V60 pour-over.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Nationals 2017 was a great experience. So much knowledge and experience gathered under one roof.

Why do you think the competitions are important? Competitions are one of the ways we improve our skills and up our standards. This is incredibly valuable in a relatively new coffee industry like South Africa's. Competitions gather the greatest coffee professionals, who are always willing to share their knowledge and sow into our community. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:)  I really enjoy being outdoors. So if I'm not behind the bar you'll probably find me on the beach or a hiking trail in the middle of nowhere.


Name:Kuda Gezi

Comps History: 2nd place Western Cape Barista Championships (2016)

5th place Western Cape Barista Championships (2017)

Company: Ground Central Coffee Roastery 

Coffee I like: I’m so into Flat whites, especially with El Salvador beans

My Journey: It has been a tough at the moment to find time to practice and be behind the machine as I have been mostly involved in Coffee equipment selling & Coffee machine repairs and importing in my new job with Ground Central. It has been an exciting time, but still i’m always trying to give myself more time behind the espresso bar.

Why Comps are Important:  In my opinion they are important in a way that we get the time to showcase our skills,talent & passion.Also the fact that we are coffee  ambassadors & we all have the same obsession.

Fact about me: Look, my life has now changed hey from socializing with friends lol! I’m now a dad so he is now my partner in crime, always with him in my spare time :)

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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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