Call for Entries: Western Cape Barista Championships!

Friday, 24 July, 2015
Press Release from SCASA

The final regional competition of the year is happening in the Western Cape.
Hosted by the Homemakers Expo this competition is going to be full of suspense and excitement.

Date: 27 - 30 August
Venue: Homemakers Expo, CTICC

Baristas entering this competition please note: FREE barista workshop 1 August!

The Western Cape Barista Committee is offering a FREE Barista Workshop for baristas that are interested in entering the Western Cape Competition so that they can have more insight on what it is all about, the rules, what is expected from them etc.

The aim of this would be to attract and encourage Baristas that have not competed before.

Date: 01 August
Time: 10.00am – 2pm
Address: Learn to Earn is 79 Belvedere Road, Claremont.
Contact: Pauline Leschinsky
TEL: +27 (0)21 671 2230
CELL: +27 (0)72 477 2896

Tickets for Cape Town Homemakers Expo up for grabs!

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KZN Cafe Society starts up this week!

Thursday, 28 May, 2015
How quickly the year flies by! The team that brings you the coffee competition in KZN that has upped the cappuccino game in province is about to start visiting all the cafes again, so that the panel of judges can come to a decision on who they think has the best coffee in the land.

Love it or hate it, agree or disagree, you can't deny that the competition has influence and if you think your favourite local cafe needs to get on the map as one of the Cafe Society's Top 100 Cafes, maybe you should contact the Cafe Society to make sure they get a visit!

Will the current champions retain their titles? We'll have to wait and see...

Calling all coffee shop owners in KZN. If you would like to be included in Illovo Café Society 2015 please email your details to café by 3rd of June.

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Monday, 25 May, 2015
Well we think this is just awesome! Nate from Flatmountain Roasters (you can still order the DGC Coffee Box which contains one of their delicious bags of beans here! Only 5 days left to order!), is going to be pouring some amazing coffee while you get yourself inked! Nice one Black Panther Tattoo Company


From their Facebook page:
Come get a palmsize tattoo from our shop flash for only R500 and get a cup of great Ethiopian pour-over coffee. So! If you want to get in on this great deal you are welcome to book or come in on the day and choose a design from our flash. (PLEASE NOTE: the tattoos will be done either Black & grey or Black & two colours your choice BUT no changes will be made to the designs) if you bring your own design you will be charged normal shop rates. We're doing this because we are really excited about our new flash and great coffee.



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KZN Barista Champs begin tomorrow at the KZN Coffee&Chocolate Expo!

Thursday, 30 April, 2015

Defending Champion Dirk Maritz will relinquish his title this year as he has chosen to join the Judges panel this year. Two former KZN Champs return this year to take back the title, Craig Charity and Craig Sampson!

It's all happening at the Coffee&Chocolate Expo this weekend! It's sure to be amazing, come down and get involved!

Event schedule:

Thurs 30th April
Latte Art Workshop at Colombo 5-7pm

Friday 1st May Barista Comp
Semi Finals round 1: 10am - 4pm.
Latte Art Judges training 2-4pm in Judges training room.
Latte Art Semi final 4-6pm.

Sat 2nd May Barista Comp
Semi Finals round 2: 10am - 4pm.
Cup Tasters Semi finals 4-6pm

Sun 3rd May
10-11 am Latte Art Finals
11-12 Cup Tasters Finals
12 - 3pm - Barista Comp Finals
Monin Minute
Prizegiving - 4pm

AFTERPARTY - Durban Surf Espresso Bar 6pm till we fall down.

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Latte Art Jam at Colombo Coffee&Tea 30 April 2015!

Wednesday, 29 April, 2015
Do you think you've got mad pouring skills? Do you want to know more about what it takes to use those skills to get you fame and fortune and maybe one day a trip to the World Latte Art Champs? Then you should be at this event! Also if you like looking at (and then drinking) pretty coffee, come hang out and watch the pros do their thang!

The fine coffee people of Colombo Coffee & Tea are hosting the accomplished and lovely Angela Jabour of Lavazza (Ciro Beverage Solutions) for an evening of skills sharing and training in the ways of the Latte Art Competition.

Date: 30 April 2015
Time: 5-7pm
Venue: Colombo Coffee&Tea, 369 Magwaza Maphalala Road, Umbilo, 4001

And of course there will be opportunity for the baristas to get behind the machine to test their skills against their peers!

Entrance is free, so best you make your way down there and get involved!!! Come have some fun with us!

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WBC2015: Introducing your new World Champion!!!

Sunday, 12 April, 2015
It has been an intense day of competition. At this level, your performance has to be flawless, your shots have to pull perfectly and you have to have a bit of lady luck on your side. There is no way of the spectators knowing what the coffees tasted like on the day, but everyone certainly has their favourites.

The judges had their work cut out for them. The crowds were on the edge of their seat and screaming their hearts out. It's been an epic competition and the vibe has been phenomenal.

In the end it was Sasa Sestic (Australia) who took the WBC 2015 title over Charles Babinski (USA) by just 5 points!

Go to 48minutes, 34 seconds for the critical moment!

This video will make the hairs on your body stand up as the pure emotion flows out of the winner. A truly life-changing moment, and a massive achievement for Australia. 

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WBC2015: Ishan on the World Stage

Sunday, 12 April, 2015
He has bettered his own personal score by 100 points and kept the South Africans on the world coffee map by placing 18th! Well done Ishan!

"I got feedback and my scoresheets from the judges, I walk away proud and so happy.

The coffee wasn't as balanced and the flavour notes were not as spot on as I said but that's the lesson to take from this, and that I need to listen more to myself and trust my gut.

This has been a career best performance and score at WBC. I am officially ranked 18th for 2015 with a score of 528. The feedback from the judges is that they were very impressed and that out of all the competitors I had an amazing technical scoresheet and one of the highest professionalism and judges total impression scores. When the judges say to you, "fantastic performance, we really enjoyed it" and "you know what we call technical scores like yours...EXTRAORDINARY!", you know you stood up, delivered and got recognised! I'm so chuffed to have hit a few 6's on my technical scoresheet!

Great friendships and impressions made, career best performance and score, recognition and standing out....what more can I ask for from this. See you again soon WBC."

There were a few difficult moments leading up to this performance and this was an extremely good result. Will he back? He promises that he will be!

Looking relaxed and confident ahead of his performance. This cheeky look was at his support team cheering from the stands.

Animated and excited about his delicious Ethiopian Geisha coffee.

The milk proved tricksy for our Champ, but he remained calm under pressure.

He had two grinders with him on stage the Mazzer Robur and the Nuovo Simonelli Mythos One.

The ingredients and equipment for his signature drink.

Loading the espresso into the cream gun with the other ingredients, tart cherry reduction, earl grey tea infusion and a peel of lime.


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WBC2015: Finalists announced!

Sunday, 12 April, 2015
Saturday 11th April 2015 began with 12 nervous competitors lining up to give it their best shot, but by 5pm there could only be 6.

Back Row: Chan Kwan Ho (Hong Kong), Kalle Freese (Finland), John Ryan Ting (Singapore), Adam Neubauer (Czech Republic), Charlotte Malaval (France), Alexander Hansen (Norway), Charles Babinski (USA). Front row: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (UK), Giancomo Vanelli (Italy), Ben Put (Canada), Yoshikazu Iwase (Japan), Sasa Sestic (Australia).

The cookie crumbled and the judges tasted the very fine coffees of all the above competitors and in the end, these baristas were selected as the Top 6 in the world right now!

Charlotte Malaval- Independant - France
Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood -
Colonna & Small's -United Kingdom
Charles Babinski -
Go Get Em Tiger - United States
Sasa Sestic -
Ona Coffee - Australia
Chan Kwun Ho - The Cupping Room - Hong Kong
Ben Put -
Monogram Coffee - Canada

Some highlights from the Top 6:

Charlotte's set played with the idea of temperature as an ingredient. She was deliberate and had wonderful flair with her presentation. Representing women baristas everywhere, she definitely has big match temperament.

A special moment between coach and competitor, they have both poured a lot into this performance.

Sasa Sestic competed in the 2001 Olympics in the Hand Ball competition, the man knows what it takes to be in competition.

His set was intricately thought out and executed. A beautiful set up on every level. He was having a bad run of health during this performance but it didn't show one bit, a consummate professional.

Ben experimented with a suvee machine, which is basically a vacuum sealer and removed the carbon dioxide from his espressos before serving to the judges, pretty incredible. His premise was that espressos are difficult to make, see below. Ben used the new Mahlkonig Peak grinder which is rumored to be the next WBC competition machine.

Charles Babinski gave an "impassioned plea" to the judges to appreciate coffee under cafe circumstances using the technology we have to produce excellent quality espressos consistently and in great volume.

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