Livestream: SCASA Nationals

Thursday, 12 November, 2015

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SA Aeropress Champs in Durban!

Friday, 30 October, 2015
Tickets to this event will go on sale shortly from selected outlets for R50 (including one free drink), watch this space for more info!


Exciting news! The SA AeroPress Championship is happening at the SCASA afterparty and it is sure to be lots of fun and very entertaining to take part in or just to watch! For more info visit You can also submit the entry form directly from here!

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Food & Hospitality Africa 2016 partners with TheCoffeeMag!

Friday, 6 November, 2015
The Coffee Magazine is proud to announce that we will be an Official Media Partner to International Food & Beverage Africa - a combination of Hostex and IFEA by Specialized Exhibitions Montgomery.

The 2014 SA National Barista Champs was held at IFEA at the Sandton ICC, and in 2016 the venue moves to bigger, better Gallagher Estate premises to accommodate the combining of the 2 shows into one.

In order to accommodate the 2 shows in 1, in 2016 the venue is Gallagher Estate and will incorporate 2 dedicated halls. One can't help but get the feeling that this is moving in the direction of International events like HOST, which is very encouraging!


Hostex 2015 Video 2 from Orange Orbit Productions on Vimeo.

We could write a lot more about the show here, but they have such a cool website that will show you everything you need to know, much better than we can. So go check it out now!

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BGSA Workshops: New WBC Rules

Wednesday, 14 October, 2015

The SCASA Nationals will be operated and judged under the new WBC Rules and Regulations 2016.


To prepare you, and so there is a consistent understanding of the updates / rules, the BGSA will be hosting workshops across the county to go through the changes and any other queries. Please bring along and pen and a copy of the updated WBC Rules and Regulations.

The confirmed dates, times and venues for each of the workshops are as follows :

CAPE TOWN : Wednesday 14 October, 17h00 (Ciro Training Centre) – facilitator : Ishan Natalie

JOHANNESBURG : Tuesday 20 October, 17h00 (Ciro Training Centre) – facilitator : Ishan Natalie

PORT ELIZABETH : Tuesday 27 October, 17h00 (Ciro Training Centre) – facilitator : Ishan Natalie

DURBAN : Wednesday 21 October, 17h00 (Colombo Tea & Coffee Co) – facilitator : Pauline Leschinsky

If you are a barista who ever intends to compete and if you are a coffee fanatic/professional who has aspirations of judging, you should definitely attend these workshops!

In the meantime, the BGSA recommends you read an awesome post by Matt Perger about the WBC 2016 Rules Shake Up, to start wrapping your heads around the changes : www.baristahustle/wbc-2016-rules-shake-up/

Don't forget to diarise the Nationals:

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Here is why you should come watch the SCASA National Barista Championships

Friday, 9 October, 2015

Mad coffee skills from SA's coffee superstars:

There are not one, not two, not three, but four former SA champions competing across the three disciplines and a whole host of other amazing coffee people that have thrown everything and the kitchen sink into making it this far and it truly is magical to watch them and gives you a whole newfound respect for this industry.

Check out our barista profiles so far:

1. Barista Profiles: Alhenrico Thomas, Arno Els, Alicia Bulter, Nandi Jordaan, Tim Krynauw
2. Barista Profiles: Wayne Oberholzer, Winston Thomas, Sibusiso Ncube, Garneth Jaggers
3. Barista Profiles: Bilbo Steyn, Romeo Chimunye, Alex Mabaleka, Wency Masawi, Zeldrico Hansen

The Art Bar at So Whipped:

This is a relaxed forum where the public will be able to get up close and personal with some of the best latte artists in the business. Current SA National Champion will be there to tell us of his experiences at the recent World Championships held in Goethenberg, Sweden.

The SCASA Brew Bar:

A chance to see some of the most beautiful coffee equipment, rumour has it Alessandro Morrico is organising a Victoria Arduino Black Eagle. Koldserve is providing the new Mahlkonig K30 Air and we will be running a schedule of wonderful coffee tastings and experiences for the public to get involved in.  

Almond Breeze Barista Smackdown:

This will be happening everyday after the competition and is open to the public, watch this space for more details! There are great cash prizes and you get to taste the exciting product that is a fantastic alternative to dairy for your daily cappuccino.

The Afterparty:

These crazy coffee people want you to come celebrate with them. Also that one on the far right, Mr David Coleman of MoreFlavour is throwing the AeroPress Championships into the mix to make it one heck of a party! We will certainly keep you posted on the details, because you do not want to miss out on this!

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Breville Espresso Workshop, 10 October 2015, La Bottega, Woodstock.

Friday, 28 August, 2015

TheCoffeeMag comes to Cape Town with the Breville Espresso Workshop, presented by Breville and @Home.

Join TheCoffeeMag Team, plus Western Cape Barista Champion Dave Coleman for a fun-filled morning on Saturday 10th October from 10am-12pm, at La Bottega, Woodstock, Cape Town.

David Coleman, former Western Cape Barista Champion, is an excellent speaker and has a youtube video following of over 25 000! Come and learn from the best and have a fun filled, delicious morning!

UPDATE 01/10/2015: This event is now closed for bookings. All Workshop places are filled. If you missed out, keep an eye on our website and sign up to the email newsletter for future events

Cost is R100 per person which includes a breakfast and espresso workshop and places are extremely limited to 30 people, on a first come first served basis!

Not only will you learn how to make perfect espresso at home, enjoy personal training on the Breville machines provided, watch demos by David and The CoffeeMag team, but you'll also get to meet other like minded coffee people, and if JoBurg was anything to go by, it really is a great experience!

One lucky person will win a brand new Breville espresso machine in the Lucky Draw!

Everything will be provided - Coffee Beans, fresh milk, barista tools, just bring yourself! 

Email with "Breville" as the subject line to book your place and we will send you the EFT details to make payment.

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BREAKING NEWS: SCASA Nationals 2015 will be held at Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban

Thursday, 27 August, 2015
The SCASA 2015 National Coffee Competitions will be held in Durban for the first time, at Gateway from 19-22 November 2015.

The Expo Xplore Court at Gateway Theatre of Shopping will be transformed into a hive of coffee activity! Gateway Theater of Shopping has come on board as host sponsor for this exciting competition which will see  24 of the country's best baristas will gather in Durban for the annual showdown to determine who will represent South Africa at the World Barista Championships.

In 2016 the competition will be held in Dublin, Ireland. The baristas bring their best performances to the stage at Nationals to win a ticket to the World of Coffee and a chance to shine on the world stage.

Who will fill Mr Ishan Natalie's shoes this year? It's going to be a fun tussle with everything to play for, Durban is waiting for you!


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WINNERS in the Eastern Cape!

Tuesday, 28 July, 2015
The Eastern Cape SCASA coffee competitions are always a lot of fun, because it really is like family along the South Coast of this beautiful country. There were some exciting new faces competing this year, which made for a fresh Top 6 and finals day was jam-packed full of delicious coffee and superb performances! In the end though experience pulled through and all three of the winners across the disciplines were returning competitors.

Last years winner, Byron Keet lifts Donovan McLagan's hand as he scoops the 2015 title. It was a close race, the Top 2 (Garneth Jaggers was runner-up) were only separated by four points! Don goes away with a Tissot watch to the value of R5000!

Barista Championship Winner: Donovan McLagan
Coffee used: Coffee sourced from El Salvador Finca Colombia
Altitude: 1600m ASL
Variety: Bourbon
Process Washed
Roasted over 13 minutes 7 seconds
First Crack: 10.45

Byron Keet retains his Latte Art title, he'll be looking to retain his National title as well having just come back from representing SA at the World Champs. Props to Garneth for being runner up in two disciplines!

Simpiwe Adams beats out current National Cup Tasters Champ, Don McLagan to take the title. They will both go through to compete at Nationals.

Huge thank you to Angeline McLagan for heading up the EC SCASA committee and putting in all the effort year after year to make this event happen. The Port Elizabeth Homemakers Expo are always such gracious hosts, thank you for having SCASA's competitions! And to all SCASA's gold and platinum sponsors who take this show around the country, we thank you!

All pictures by Jamie Bell for TheCoffeeMag

The man of the moment.

Mixing up his signature drink for judges.

Zeldrico Hansen, of Seattle Coffee Company, a young talent and an entertainer to the max!

He just looks like he's having the most amazing time!

Sivuyile focuses on putting the Spar Brand Milk to the best use for his cappuccino set!

Garneth Jaggers of Masterton's Coffee & Tea Specialists was a fierce competitor this year.

The Top 6!

Angeline McLagan, Byron Keet and Shaun Aupiais. Pillars of the EC coffee community!

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