Howzit Durban! The Coffee&Chocolate Expo is heading to your shores in 2015

Friday, 14 November, 2014

The Johannesburg Coffee and Chocolate Expo has grown phenomenally over the last two years, in July 2014 they had 18 000 visit in 3 days! Whoa!

So they're expanding to Durban in 2015, which is great news for the East Coast! TheCoffeeMag will be introducing a Home Barista competition at the event, watch this space for more details! And go like their Facebook page to keep up all the news.

Below are just a few snaps from the Joburg event.

You can win a set of double tickets here:

Win a set of double tickets to JHB Coffee&Choc Expo

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Inaugural Barista Guild of Southern Africa Event

Monday, 19 January, 2015

NOTE: Dear Baristas, please bring along R100 to join the Guild for a whole year, you will kept in the loop for all future events including an exciting upcoming Barista Camp! Baristas unite!

We are so excited to be part of launching the official Barista Guild of South Africa! The inaugural event happens in Durban on the 3rd February 2015, and so it all begins.

This has been a long time in the works, largely driven by a need for Baristas in each area to have a forum to run their own events, learn from each other and create a community of like-minded coffee professionals, all under a recognised Body such as SCASA, and similar to the barista Guild of Europe, Australia and America. 

At a recent SCASA meeting held at the end of 2014,  under the brand new Board of Directors, a decision was made to establish a Barista Guild and Roasters Guild of South Africa. These positions will largely be overseen by SCASA board members, Kyle Fraser (Guild Overseer), Ishan Natalie (Barista Guild) and Jonathan Robinson (Roasters Guild). 

With some cool new branding, SCASA's endorsement and some exciting events lined up for 2015 - the Guilds will soon become a common forum for baristas and Roasters to get together, host events and learn about the latest developments in the profession.

"We've been wanting to setup the Guilds in SA for a long time, and now SCASA is in a position to endorse this and make it happen, which is very exciting" said Kyle Fraser.  "With committed and passionate baristas and roasters in each province, these Guilds will become the recognised body that will represent them, and allow them to collaborate, run events and grow the professional faster and more professionally."

With Craig Charity doing so well at Worlds last year, and Ishan just 10 weeks away from competing in Seattle, at WBC 2015, this is a perfect opportunity.

Durban, 3rd Feb 2015

Current SA Barista Champion Ishan Natalie and Matt Carter (Placed 4th at 2014 Nationals) and Last Year's 15th Best barista IN THE WORLD, Craig Charity will be presenting at The Factory Cafe at Colombo in Umbilo, from 6.30pm... There will be a short introduction on the Barista Guilds, followed by a fun (possibly extreme!) presentation from Ishan, and then some high level action on the espresso machines with Craig, Matt and Ishan. This will be invaluable for all baristas wanting to learn from the best, and get a chance to make coffee on some new machines and learn some new techniques.

On the night, and through the media we generate from this, all will be revealed about exactly what the Guild aims to achieve, in each province and Nationally, how you can sign up to hear all the barista news and come to amazing coffee events throughout the year.

There will also be dedicated social media forums set up for the Guilds which will be the primary form of communication, so watch this space and the SCASA website for more details.


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A viewing of A Film About Coffee: Vintage Coffee

Monday, 19 January, 2015
This is the kind of film you need to watch with lots of other coffee fanatics who feel exactly the same about the bean of wonder. Vintage Coffee have organised just such an evening in Centurion this Thursday evening!

You should get there if you live in that neck of the woods, we certainly would if we could!

Find out all the details here.

A Film About Coffee - Trailer from Avocados and Coconuts on Vimeo.

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2015 SCASA event dates!

Tuesday, 13 January, 2015


African Fine Coffees Association
Africa Champs, Nairobi, Kenya

12th - 14th Feb
Ishan Natalie travels to Kenya to battle it out with Africa's top baristas.

Gauteng Regionals
Homemakers JHB,
26Feb - 1 March

SCASA demonstrations and workshops
15-18 March

The 54 competitors at last year's WBC held at the World of Coffee, Rimini, Italy.

World Barista Championship, SCAA expo
9-12th April
Ishan Natalie will try to best the baristas from 53 other countries at one of the biggest and most revered coffee expos in the world.

KZN Regionals
Coffee&Choc Expo KZN, Suncoast
1-5 May

SCASA Demo's and Home Barista Championship
Coffee &Chocolate Expo JHB, Montecasino
16-19 July

Eastern Cape Regionals
Homemakers PE
23-26th July

Western Cape Regionals
Homemakers CT
27-30th August

SCASA Nationals - KZN

Dates and Venues TBC.
It has been decided that the Nationals will be held in Durban this year! We will keep you posted closer to the time on venue and date.

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Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Four

Monday, 27 October, 2014

: Gerald - The Doctor G - Charles

Company: Rock And Roller Coffee Culture

Competition History: 2nd 2009; 3rd 2010 and 2013, 2013 and 2015 western cape champion of the world :)

Position at Regionals:
1st in Western Cape

Coach: Donovan J McLagan

Coffee used at Regionals: Nicaragua Las Carmalitas

Best moment in Coffee: there are so many - 2012 World Roasting Challenge so far

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas? Taste your coffee, and experiment

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Hitting the gym!

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? 300

Name: Dale Fienberg
Company/Café: Home Barista
Competition History: 4x Jhb regionals , 1st time at Nationals
Position at Regionals: 6th in Gauteng
Coach: Johnson Sehoro
Coffee used at Regionals: Square Mile roasted by James Hoffman
Best moment in Coffee:
Pulling shots in Seoul with Korea's barista champion
What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Invest in a good grinder
What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Travel the world
Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
Golden Chicken III

Name: Ken Ophen Machenge

Company/Cafe: Tribe Coffee Roasting

Competition History: 1st competed in 2012 WP Barista Champs. Was 4th but couldn't afford to go to Johannesburg for the finals.

Position at Regionals: 4th (Be consistent)

Coach: 5 Coaches - Bradley Juter, Jake Easton, Ferdie Juter, Nandi Nel, Marissa Pretorius

Coffee used at Regionals: Tribe Espresso Blend

Best moment in Coffee: In 2012, in my first competition, they were announcing the winners and when they got to the 6th place and my name was called I was so shocked and surprised. It meant that I was doing the right thing.

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas? They must do the following: Smell, Practice, Taste, Love Coffee and, Learn Something New Every day.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? Playing competitive Pool or Billiards.

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? I don't go to movies, I like reality.

Rodreck “Roddie” Nzirainengwe

Company/Cafe: Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Competition History
: 2014 & 2015 Western Cape Regional top 6, 2014 Nationals Raw Talent Award-winner

Position at Regionals: 3rd in Western Cape

Coach: Nkosi Ndhlovu

Coffee used at Regionals: A blend of 3 components in equal amounts: Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe, Konga washed; Peru, Balcones Especial; and Honduras, Cocafelol.

Best moment in Coffee:
A tie between cupping at our London office with our head quality control manager, Oli Brown, and some of the top guys from our (their) client Taylor Street Baristas, and watching / assisting Zane (my production manager) grind and make an AeroPress on the flight over to London.

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Have fun with coffee. There is a lot in coffee. Just enjoy the journey.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? Football

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? Robocop

Name: Lizo Songwiqi

Company/Cafe: Boardwalk Hotel, Convention & Spa

Competition History: This year it was my first time competing in the Barista Competition

Position at Regionals:  6th place in the regional finals

Coach: Angeline McLagan

Coffee used at Regionals
: I used The House of Coffee. Its the South American and African blend

Best moment in coffee: My best moment in the competition was to hear that I've made the top 6.

Advice to baristas?
They must love coffee and enjoy making it. Because making coffee is an art that makes you feel amazing.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? 
I enjoy playing golf when I'm free and reading books from my phone. And going to the Gym everyday

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
I'm not a movie fan...but I love Good deeds by Taylor Perry even thou its more than a year.

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Nationals Schedule

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
It is going to be a cracking Nationals Competition. The competitors are fierce and hungry for a ticket to Seattle to compete at the World Barista Championships.

The Nationals are being graciously hosted by IFEA at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Be sure to follow us on Livestream so you can keep up to date with all the action!

Wednesday 5th November 2014


Donovan McLagan
Urban Espress Coffee Co, Eastern Cape
Ishan Natalie
Tribeca, Gauteng

Mike MacDonald
Origin Coffee, Western Cape
Bruce Manning
TriBeca Coffee Company, KZN

Warren Steel
Urban Espress Coffee Co, Eastern Cape
Heather Job
Global Coffee Exports Limited, Western Cape

Dirk Maritz
Famous Brands Coffee Co., KZN
Warrick Masfen


Dale Fienberg
Individual, Gauteng

David Coleman
More Flavour, Western Cape

Mike Chizeya
Tribeca Woolworths Café
Eastern Cape

Casper Mncube
Ciro Beverage Solutions

Lizo Songwa
Sun International Boardwalk Hotel
Eastern Cape

Wezo Sithonga
Buitenverwachting, Western Cape

Musa Magubane
Lineage Coffee, KZN

Byron Keet
Famous Brands Coffee Co., Eastern Cape

Matthew Carter
Tribeca, Gauteng

Romeo Chimunya
Bean There Coffee Company, Western Cape

Chris Stander
Protea Hotel Karridene Beach, KZN

Rodreck Nzrainengwe
Union Hand Roasted Coffee, Western Cape

Sipho Mabaso
Nino's, Gauteng

Thursday 6th November 2014


Byron Keet
Famous Brands Coffee Co., Eastern Cape

Arno Quinton Els
Colombo Coffee & Tea, KZN

Sibusiso Ncobe
Famous Brands Coffee Co., Gauteng

Mike Chizeya
Tribeca Woolworths Café, Eastern Cape

Martin Baloyi
Tribeca, Gauteng

Wallace Jacobs
Angel Heart, Western Cape

Alhenrico Thomas
Famous Brands Coffee Co. Western Cape

Sandile Cele
Famous Brands Coffee Co., KZN


Travis Scott
TriBeca Coffee Company, KZN

Phumlani Sibeko
Famous Brands Coffee Co., Gauteng

Sisa Mapetu
Hand Made Coffees, Eastern Cape

Gerald Charles
Rock and Roller Coffee Culture, Western Cape

Ishan Natalie
Tribeca, Gauteng

Dirk Maritz
Famous Brands Coffee Co., KZN

Ken Machenje
Tribe Coffee Roasting, Western Cape

Azhar Khan
Continental Bakery & Deli, KZN

Lennox Soul
Tribeca Coffee, Eastern Cape

Luyanda Gxukuma
Radisson Blu Hotel, Eastern Cape

Wency Masawi
Nino's, KZN

Announcement of TOP 6 Baristas to compete 16h3

16h45: Manual Brewer's Competition
Free entry & all welcome!

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A Barista Workshop with Enrico Wurm of LaMarzocco

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014
At every National Barista competition around the world, there has to be WCE certified judge that is not from the country where the Nationals are being held.

This year we have the pleasure of hosting Enrico Wurm of LaMarzocco Italy and while he's in town KoldServe have organised 2 days (one in JHB and one in PE) to let the public and baristas engage with his wealth of knowledge.

Don't miss this opportunity! If you're keen to come to one of the events you just need to RSVP to

8 November - Koldserve
11 November - Como Caffe


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Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Three

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

Name: Sisa Mapetu

Company/Cafe:Handmade Coffees

Competition History:Am a 4 time Regional finalist and 3 times national competitor been competing for 4 years

Position at Regionals:
I came 3rd in Eastern Cape


Coffee used at Regional
s: Genuine Antigua from Guatemala

Best moment in Coffee:
Surrounding and sharing my passion 4 coffee with people that love it the most

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Love people that come 2 have your coffee and make sure you have good attitude every day towards yourself and people around you because coffee is meant to make everyone's day perfect

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? Educating myself about wine and cooking

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
Long walk to freedom

Name: Dirk Maritz

Company/Cafe: Famous brands Coffee Co.

Competition History: 4th place at 2011 Nationals

Position at Regionals: 1st in KZN

Coach: None

Coffee used at Regionals: Ethiopian Oramia

Best moment in Coffee: winning Kzn regionals

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?

Learn the trade, then master it. The day you think you know everything is the day you stop learning.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)
Play soccer, watch soccer.

Favourite movie in the last 12 months
Inglorious Bastards. I think that was 2013? Watched a lot of movies since 2013 , most of it, rubbish.

David Coleman

Company/Cafe: More Flavour Brewing Co.

Competition History:  1st Western Cape 2014, 2nd Western Cape 2015,

Position at Regionals: 2nd in Western Cape

Anyone who offers an opinion I respect. Thanks to Lovejoy (Origin), Gerald (Rock n Rolla) , Roddy (Union Hand Roasted), Mike (Origin), Zane Mattisson (Union Hand Roasted), Bilbo Steyn (Origin)

Coffee used at Regionals:  Origin Coffee Roasting - Indonesian Whahana

Best moment in Coffee:  Winning Western Cape Regionals 1st time entering.

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Grow your skills by developing your palate. Explore coffee (what can I sense?), don't judge (is it good or bad?)

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Name: Chris Stander

Company/Cafe: Protea Hotel Karridene Beach

Competition History: Competed 2013 Regional’s
2014 Regional’s

Position at Regionals: 2014 – 6th in KZN

Coach: Pauline Leschinsky

Coffee used at Regionals: Single Origin Tanzania ( Uru Coffee Estate/ Sister farm of Machare)

Best moment in Coffee:
Getting the opportunity to visit Tanzania, Coffee farm called Machare Coffee estates in October 2014. To see where my amazing coffee that was used comes from

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Give yourself time to prepare – the best start thinking about it, and practicing it a good 6 months before the comp. Persistent practice is key to your ability to turn it on, on the day.
Read the judging criteria and research great performances on the web – it’s an exam really, and the criteria are pretty objective. Find out what they are. And find out what they mean by looking at videos of the best performing Baristas.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Ballroom and Latin Dancing (Been dancing professionally from the age of 16)
Working: I'm the Acting Food and Beverage Manager for Protea Hotel Karridene Beach, coffee is only my Hobby in my free time

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
Circus de Soleil world away

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