Hostex 2022 - It's on! New dates announced: 26-28 June 2022, Sandton ICC

Monday, 29 November, 2021

JOHANNESBURG – November 24, 2021 – Specialised Exhibitions a division of Montgomery Group, has made the decision to move Hostex - Africa’s food, drink and hospitality trade expo.

In consultation with the food, drink and hospitality industries, the organisation is moving Hostex planned for March 2022 at Sandton Convention Centre – to June 26-28, 2022 at the same venue.

Hostex usually hosts the SA National Coffee Competitions, in association with SCASA. Fiks Kuzwayo (KZN), pictured above competing for the title in 2019.

Given the impact of the Covid Pandemic we believe this decision will be beneficial to all stakeholders within our respective communities.
“Our Exhibitions provide a platform for our exhibitors to engage face-to-face with their clients, launch new products and stay up to date with industry trends. We as humans crave socialisation and networking with new individuals. Face-to-face events provide countless opportunities to connect with others in a way that cannot be achieved online. It’s our human nature to congregate with each other, people have slowly and safely started re-engaging, and it’s time for business to do that again in the events and exhibitions environment.

Hostex is one of the biggest gatherings of the coffee community and we are excited to have it back on the calendar!

We demonstrated our ability as an industry to do this under COVID 19 health protocols during our “Restart Expo in November 2020”. We look forward to our industry opening and taking a leadership position when delivering business to business exhibitions.

A big highlight of Hostex is to see all of the latest coffee innovations and technological advancements in equipment. 

“Specialised Exhibitions looks forward to hosting a strong event for the food, drink and hospitality industries in June 2022. We appreciate the input, engagement and support of all industry stakeholders.”

Queries around Hostex can be directed to

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JOBURG: La Marzocco National Tour Latte Art Jam and Tattoos

Friday, 14 May, 2021

And they're back!!!

The team from La Marzocco South Africa are partnering with some of the best coffee roasters and tattoo artists from around the country to bring you the launch of the all new La Marzocco GB5 S, the Mahlkonig E65GBW and the Brewpress Automatic Tamper. And after a COVID hiatus they are back to run the the Jozi leg of the tour.

They’ll be hosting a latte art competition, with competitors winning tattoo prizes from the best in the business, as well as coffee merchandise. 10 competitors- 1 submission- are you brave enough?

Joburg: otherwise, you well?
We're looking forward to a lekker get together celebrating the #lamarzocco #gb5#mahlkonig #E65S and the #brewtool #protamp.
We also need every latte artist in Gauteng to enter our Latte Art Throwdown. There are amazing vouchers from @sallymustang_tattoos tattoos and tons of merch for the victors.
Details on entering the latte art competition to follow.

NO MASK NO POUR - We're adhering to strict COVID protocols.

Keep an eye on their social media to enter!

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WATCH: World Coffee Championships 22-26 October 2021

Friday, 15 October, 2021

Link to watch the World Coffee Championships here.

Link to World Barista Champ schedule here.

Stevo Kuhn, our representative is on at 4.03PM on Sunday 24th October

There are three Coffee Championships happening in Milan this week, World Barista Championship, World Cup Tasters and World Brewers Cup.

Due to the unpredictability of current times, South Africa is sending only one competitor this year in the Barista category. Winston Thomas, our current SA Barista Champion chose to defer his entry to next year's competition in Melbourne, so Runner-Up Stevo Kuhn has taken the opportunity to represent South Africa this year. The competitions will be livestreamed and you can follow WCC on Instagram to keep updated on the schedule.

The 2020 Top dogs: Samantha Naidoo, Winston Thomas (Champion), Stevo Kuhn (Runner-Up), Neil Gouws, John Evans. This feels like so long ago!!!

Stevo on stage at the SCASA Barista Championships 2020, that were held at HOSTEX in March 2020.

HostMilano is one of the biggest hospitality Expos in the world and it is always buzzing with opportunities, new coffee gadgets and wonderful people. The addition of the top competitive coffee professionals gathering to show off their skills is very exciting and the first time coffee people from around the world will be together since 2019. There are 38 competitors compared with the usual 60-odd, so it will be an interesting year for sure! All to play for on the coffee world stage!

The 'Team'

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Indonesian Coffee Week: Introducing Indonesian Coffee Culture

Friday, 8 October, 2021

The first leg of this wonderful exploration of Indonesian Coffee Culture went down at Father Coffee in Johannesburg this week.

Please email if you'd like to book a slot at one of the cuppings at Origin Coffee Roasting next week. They run daily on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 11am and 2pm.

It looked like such a ball at Father Coffee! Thanks to them for the pic below of coffee legend and all around cool guy, Muhammad Aga who takes you through the journey of Indonesian coffees from different regions.

Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) Johannesburg and Embassy of Indonesia in Pretoria is eager to promote Indonesian coffee in South Africa. The coffee week will be held in Johannesburg in Father Coffee Kramerville on 12-14 October 2021 and in Cape Town in Origin Coffee De Waterkant on 18-20 October 2021. 

Indonesian coffee lovers have known African coffees for a long time and we noticed that not many African coffee lovers know about Indonesian coffee. We hope that with this event, Indonesian coffee can be known in African countries, in particular South Africa,”, said Anggun Paramita Mahdi, Director of ITPC JHB.  

Throughout the event, there will be four coffees varieties to be showcased and served for the entire 3 days. The coffees are sourced directly from the farmers and come from several regions in Indonesia, namely Flores Manggarai, Giri Senang West Java, Pengalengan West Java, Bali Kintamani. 

We also inviting well known Baristas from Indonesia, Muhammad Aga and Resianri Triane, to showcase and explain more on the Indonesian coffee that they bring. I hope they can bring coffee story and pique South African coffee lovers interest for Indonesian coffees”, added Anggun. 

Other than showcasing and serving Indonesian coffee, there will be cupping session that will be held on 11 am and 2 pm each day which is intended for roasteries and coffee importers in Johannesburg and Cape Town. 

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Creative Coffee Week 2021 Wrap Up!

Wednesday, 22 September, 2021

Creative Coffee Week 2021 was significant for a number of reasons.

Creative Coffee Week wrapped in style, with a fully hybrid theme bringing coffee people in from all over the world, while beaming out the content to the world!

For the first time since March 2019, coffee people gathered for an event. The relief and the camaraderie was evident everywhere! Most of the wonderful speakers began with a phase like  "It's so great to have everyone together again".  

The Hybrid format was a huge success! Being limited to having 50 people at the event (right up until the Sunday before when restrictions were eased) was always going to be a challenge. Yet, with the incredible team at Ocean Driven Media doing a fully professional job of filming with multiple angles, titles and seamless switching between live and incoming Zoom feeds, it was far-reaching and very smooth!  In fact, we ended up having guests dial in from Australia, Colombia, Belgium, Angola and  Johannesburg, to name a few.

We got back to coffee in a meaningful way. For 18 months, coffee people have been isolated, struggling to survive in their businesses and barely being able to do anything beyond the basics and re-building. CCW was a chance to get back to diving deep into coffee matters, discussions and looking to the future of doing coffee better. 

We celebrated. Besides the obvious relief at being able to see our coffee community friends again, CCW was a celebration of coffee on a daily basis, but more then that we got to crown the Champions of SA in both the Shot in the Dark roasting competition and the SA AeroPress Finals!  

Without the support of our Partners, we would not have been able to successfully pull off an event like this and we are grateful for the support of so many incredible brands. FNB came on board again to talk in depth with the coffee community, they see this sector as one with huge potential and we know their presence and availability for one on one meetings was hugely appreciated by the attendees this year.

If you missed any of the action, you can check out the full Youtube stream below.

Friday 17th Sept : Day 3 video

Thursday 16th Sept: Day 2

Wednesday 15th Sept: Day 1

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SA AeroPress Champion crowned in thrilling finale!

Wednesday, 22 September, 2021

SA Aeropress Finals 2021, The Bondshed, Durban. 

The SA AeroPress Championship Finals boiled down to a thrilling finale at Creative Coffee Week on Friday night. The weather had been dramatic all week and after a monkey's wedding and while the wind continued to rage outside, inside was all a whirlwind of action!

Like the rest of Creative Coffee Week, it was a part in-person, part hybrid format, with 3 of the 9 Finalists using surrogate baristas to execute their recipes using the incredible coffee supplied by Bluebird Coffee Roastery. See the best representation of how this coffee made contestants feel from the glorious Nolwazi Lekuba, here.

In the end it was Brandon Smith, from Bloemfontein, represented by surrogate barista Chad Whitby who took the title in a hotly contested final.

The Winner! Brandon Smith (pictured on the phone) with surrogate barista, Chad Whitby.

In typical AeroPress Finals fashion, it was a festive atmosphere  - the culmination of a very successful CCW and the chance for coffee competitors and supporters to celebrate coffee events again! The sponsored cases of Castle Double Malt Lager, probably had a role to play (wink wink)!

It was tough work  for the judges, Dave Coleman, Mike MacDonald and Alessandro Morrico to point to their favourite cup in a straight knock-out format, seeing just one cup advance per round to the Finals. So we had a semi-finals which eliminated six of the nine in the field, leaving Romeo Chimunye, Alex Torborg (represented by Minenhle Sibisi) and Brandon Smith (represented by Chad Whitby).

The Judges (L-R): Alessandro, Dave and Mike, getting ready to point to the winning cup!

While they gathered their wits for the Final Round, Red Espresso ran a highly charged and very festive "Something Different in your Cup" competition, with the best Red Espresso made through an AeroPress in 3 minutes. Names were drawn out of an AeroPress to see This was won by Craig Charity!

Kirtsy (Red Espresso), Iain (Coffee Mag) and Craig Charity (Lineage Coffee) in the "Something different in your cup" flash-round competition.

The recipes of local Durban coffee fanatic, Alex Torborg, Brandon Smith from Bloem (who picked up the spot prize in Round one for best video)  against past SA AeroPress Champ Romeo Chimunye from Tribe Coffee (Cape Town)  took the stage for the Final.

Then it was all down to the judges until the moment below. You can hear how crazy the crowd went!!!

Congratulations to everyone who competed. Final Results and Prizes:

WINNER: Brandon Smith

The Golden AeroPress! An entry into the WAC, MoreFlavour Hamper including products from Timemore, Wacaco and Baratza worth R10 000!

2nd: Romeo Chimunye, Tribe Coffee Roasting

The Silver AeroPress, MoreFlavour Hamper worth R4000

3rd: Alex Torborg, Home Brewer

The Bronze AeroPress, MoreFlavour Hamper worth R4000

Thank you to the amazing sponsors that made this possible!

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Creative Coffee Week is on - Watch it live here!

Thursday, 16 September, 2021

Day one action! Winston Thomas chat live with Adam Overton from Gesha Village, in Ethiopia, live via Zoom at Creative Coffee Week, in Durban.

You can watch all the action LIVE here:

CCW Day 2: Thursday 16th September 2021

CCW Day 3: Friday 17th September 2021

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It's Creative Coffee Week next week and we're celebrating! Coffee Mag VIP subscribers get free CCW merch, so sign up now!

Friday, 10 September, 2021

It's a celebration of all things coffee next week, as we host the 3rd Annual Creative Coffee Week in Durban. It is also International Coffee Day on October 1st,  so we're feeling extra generous!

To mark this occasion we are rewarding all of our new and existing Coffee Magazine VIP Subscribers with a limited edition CCW Tote bag, stuffed full of cool merch.

You can sign up here.

What's in the bag?

  • CCW limited edition Tote bag
  • CCW limited edition tee shirt
  • Coffee Magazine Issue #36

Ain't they pretty?

Join us for the LIVESTREAM of Creative Coffee Week next week 15th - 17th September on our Youtube Channel.

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