SCASA National Coffee Competitions Top 6 announced at Hostex - meet the Finalists!

Friday, 1 July, 2022

It was an action packed 3 days at Hostex in Johannesburg this week, with SCASA holding the National Semi-Finals for Barista, Cup Tasters and Latte Art.

6 Finalists were announced in each category. These 6 will compete in the National Finals later in the year, and the winner of each will be the SA National Champion and represent SA at the 2023 World Coffee Events for each discipline.

All images by Orange Orbit.

Keraysha Pillay and Mark Anderson from Hostex at the finals announcements, with emcee Iain from Coffee Mag.

Barista Finalists (Left to Right) :

Obokeng "Tiny" Tshabalala, Stevo Khun, Esther Bouwer, Fanie Botes, JP Badenhorst - with sponsors Andre Muntingh (Ultimate Water) and Alessandro Moricco (Moricco)

Latte Art Finalists (Left to Right) :

George Bertolis (Judge) , Augustinus Ramafolo, Jackson Mukovhi, Malwande Bekwa, Chris Abrahams, Jeff Stopforth, Vincent Majola & Theo le Roux (Judge)

Cup Tasters Finalists (Left to Right) :

Gerald Charles (Judge),  Augustinus Ramafolo, Ishan Natalie, Tumi Mavokho, Rhetha van Wyk, Kayla Sampson, Marius Schnetter & George Bertolis (judge)

The Judges!

The crowd awaiting the big announcement.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Semi Finalists!

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Creative Coffee Week 2022: Programme Released

Friday, 1 July, 2022

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Hostex 2022 kicks off next week!

Monday, 20 June, 2022

It has been a long time coming, but it's finally here!

Hostex 2022 is Africa's Food, Drink and Hospitality expo and is one of the key coffee industry events on the calendar.  

If you want to be part of it, you can register here for free!

The venue is the Sandton Exhibition Centre, and the doors open from 9.30am - 4.30pm, from Sunday 26th June - Tuesday 28th June.

SCASA are holding the National Coffee Competition Semi Finals, so be sure to come and support all of your favourite Cup Tasters, Latte Artists and Baristas in their various disciplines.

You will also encounter the latest and greatest in Coffee Machine technology, new beverage innovation, product developments for cafes and cafe menus as well as get to meet some of the best coffee roasters, industry personalities and coffee professionals from all over SA!

Winston Thomas, three times national barista champion, pulls 4 espressos, prepares 4 milk-based beverages and creates 4 signature beverages for the judges, all within 15 minutes!

Coffee Competitions and Community make a comeback at HOSTEX 2022

Featuring SCASA Coffee Competitions, the most innovative and cutting edge coffee brands, equipment suppliers , trends and coffee personalities, Hostex brings them all together under one roof for three amazing days of coffee discovery! 

The Semi Finals of the National Barista Championship will see a jam-packed competition schedule, the first that SCASA has been able to host since the last Hostex in March 2020, where three SA Champs were crowned. These Champions are yet to represent us on the world stage, with Winston Thomas (Barista Champion) heading to represent South Africa in Melbourne in September and Jeff Stopforth (Latte Art) heading to Milan this week at World of Coffee. Wency Masawi, Cup Tasters Champion, is unfortunately not able to travel to Milan.  

The competitions will be a little different this year, as SCASA has invited all five competing regions to take part in a mammoth Coffee Competition Regionals. The Finals will be held later on this year.

Besides showcasing the best coffee professionals from around the country who will be battling each other for the titles in Latte Art, Cup Tasters and Barista competition categories, the SCASA stage will be a vital access point for visitors to learn more about Speciality Coffee in South Africa. 

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world and is one of the fastest trending food sub-cultures in South Africa, playing an increasingly vital role in Hospitality, Catering and Food Industries. 

When it comes to innovation, all of the major coffee brands exhibit their latest products, services and coffee offerings which you can tap into to improve your coffee business. The latest global coffee trends will be on display, you’ll get the chance to meet the leading personalities in coffee and maybe even take a guided coffee tour through the Halls to gain some impressive insights and inside knowledge. 

Meet like-minded coffee owners, baristas, roasters, green coffee suppliers, coffee farmers and beverage innovators!  And that’s just on the coffee side of things… there is so much to explore at Hostex. Don’t miss out!  

If coffee is a part of your business, then make sure you book a spot at Hostex 2022.

For further information or to book your stand go to

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World of Coffee, Milan, 23-25 June 2022

Monday, 20 June, 2022

Continuing the theme of celebration of in-person events, the World of Coffee is happening for the first time in three years after having to switch locations due to Russia invading Ukraine.

The Specialty Coffee Association and World Coffee Events are looking forward to welcoming people and exhibitors from all over the world.

"It’s been a while since we were last able to connect in-person at World of Coffee. Along with a jam-packed show floor with over 200 exhibitors, we look forward to bringing our ever-popular show features to Milan—for example Roaster Village, Best New Product Competition & Display, Coffee Design Awards, SCA Community Lounge, Cupping Rooms, Lectures and Workshops, and no less than five World Coffee Championships!"

Ooh we are jealous! It's always good to be at these sorts of events! Luckily we have a few lined up in South Africa for the community to look forward to. We are also excited to see that Genio Roasters and Sonwaro Coffee are going to be there to represent and we will be cheering Jeff Stopforth on in the World Latte Art Championship.

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See some incredible Latte Art from this past weekend's Durban Barista Pour-off!

Monday, 13 June, 2022

Jehz Sofas was the venue for the Durban Barista Pour-off, which saw 11 of KZN's finest latte artists go head-to-head for over R10 000 worth of prizes! 

Each Barista had to pull a base card - either Matcha, Red Espresso or Coffee, as well as a design to copy, in a straight Elimination Round, with the Top 2 going through to a Final. No warm-ups, no second chances - just nerves of steel and a steady hand!

Jehz Sofas Barista Pour-off

Competing Baristas:
  1. Vincent Majola - Rise Coffee
  2. Darshan- Saviour Coffee
  3. Precious - Coastal Coffee
  4. Torrence - independent
  5. Lee - Now Coffee
  6. Sihle - Peppers & Pans
  7. Costa - Recon Coffee
  8. Asanda- Colombo
  9. Ndu - Jonsson
  10. Sphe - Beaver Creek
  11. Jason - Famous brands
Final Positions:
1 Vincent - Rise Coffee : Red Espresso inverted tulip & Monkey face / Kangaroo design pours
2 Sphe - Beaver Creek : Matcha swan & 7 tiered tulip / Indian Chief design pours
3 Jason - Famous Brands - Espresso 7 tiered tulip
4 Sihle - Peppers & Pans : Red Espresso free pour swan
5 Torrance - Independent: Matcha 5 tiered tulip
6 Precious - Coastal Coffee : Red Espresso swan 

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Creative Coffee Week 2022: Tickets on Sale Now

Monday, 13 June, 2022

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SCASA Coffee Competitions: The Entries so Far...

Friday, 3 June, 2022

SCASA has committed to running a set of coffee competitions at HOSTEX 26-28 June 2022 and there are still a few slots open if you are interested in becoming part of the competitive side of South African coffee!

You can find the entry forms here! (Entries are limited to 6 per Region)

So far, the coffee professionals entered are:


Central Region:

Stevo Kuhn Urban Brew Barista Academy
Thapelo Mlenga Toro Africa (Pty) Limited
Ettienne Broodryk Toro Africa (Pty) Limited
Esther Bouwer Toro Africa (Pty) Limited
Garith Prior Urban Brew Barista Academy

Gauteng Region:

Trevor Fitz Beethoven Coffee Co.
Duncan de Klerk Airabica
Obakeng (Tiny) Tshabalala Tribeca
Ameera  Cassim Green Dot Café
John Khotlele La Vie Lente Bistro
Bruce Manning Brustar

KZN Region:

Fanie Botes Bluebird Coffee Roastery

Western Cape Region:

Waqaar Sanglay Origin Coffee Roasting
Evan van Zyl Millwick's Café

Winston Thomas competes at Hostex 2020 in the Barista Competition.


Central Region:

Augustinus (Folo) Ramofolo

Bruder Coffee Roastery

Gauteng Region:

Jonathan Le Roux Cupocafe
Sabelo Mawonga Tribeca
Jackson Mukovhi Seattle Coffee Company
Thabo Sibubulume Heavenly Coffees

Western Cape Region:

Christopher Abrahams Manhattan Coffee
Adrian Baloyi Seattle Coffee Company

Jeff Stopforth won the SA Latte Art Title in 2020.


Central Region:

Ettienne Broodryk Toro Africa (Pty) Limited
Retha van Rhijn Urban Brew Barista Academy
Tumelo Mahoko Urban Brew Barista Academy
Kayla Sampson Toro Africa (Pty) Limited
Maryke Schoonwinkel Bruder Coffee Roastery
Marius Schnettler Bruder Coffee Roastery

Gauteng Region:

Bruce Manning Brustar

KZN Region:

Mel Winter Coffee Magazine
Iain Evans  Coffee Magazine

Western Cape  Region:

Alyssa Blom Truth Coffee Roasting
Abigayle Berman Seattle Coffee Company

Wency Masawi and Nicodemus Nabakwe

cross cupping spoons before the Cup Tasters Finals. 


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Pour Over Competition hosted by Dezro Coffee, Somerset West

Thursday, 19 May, 2022

Oh how we love to see community coffee events starting up again! Whether you're an avid home brewer or a barista looking for some fun, there's something for everyone! Check out our Coffee Calendar to keep up to date!

Whooooop!! We are so excited to be hosting our first ever Competition! 

Whether you Brew pour over often & want to compete or just want to come and enjoy the competition… YOU are Invited.

D A T E & L O C A T I O N
The competition will be on Sat, June 4th (time to be confirmed) at Dezro HQ
There will only be 8 COMPETITORS (we only have a few spots open to still compete)

Free for spectators (but bookings will need to be made as space is limited). The entrance fee for Competitors is 1x 250g bag of a ‘mystery’ Single Origin coffee that will be used to practice with a week before the competition.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well as the coffee being used for the competition.

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