BREAKING NEWS: MICE 2020 Cancelled!

Wednesday, 29 July, 2020

Coffee Magazine, as an Official Media Partner to MICE 2020, has just received word from MICE that the 2020 event is cancelled.

There is still nothing on the WBC website, but a press release is due any moment now with the official announcement.

Our partners at MICE, headed by Simon Coburn, mailed us with this statement this morning:

"It’s become clear with the second lockdown in Melbourne and the restrictions around interstate and international travel that it is unlikely that the Melbourne International Coffee Expo and the World Barista and World Brewers Cup Championships will be able to be held in November.

We’ve held off for as long as possible to give the event every chance of proceeding, however we need to do what’s best for our attendees, exhibitors, partners and competitors in terms of health and safety and also considering the impacts to the hospitality industry right now.

As such we, along with World Coffee Events, have made the disappointing decision to cancel."

WCE announced on it's website last night that "World Coffee Events (WCE) and the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 World Coffee Championship events scheduled to take place in Melbourne and Warsaw, due to the impact of pandemic-related international visa and travel restrictions. "

As we understand it, the implications of this is that the current 2020 National Champions, will compete in 2021 and there will be no Nationals for any of the WCE disciplines at a National or Regional level for 2020.

As it stands, SCASA has been unable to hold any competitions since the Nationals in March and no competitions in the new cycle have been or will be held this year. 

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Learn to Paint with Coffee

Thursday, 12 March, 2020

What a fun idea! Creativity with coffee is our favourite kind.

On the 2nd of April Danielle Jordaan is teaching a ‘Paint with Coffee’ workshop at Swan CafeAnd yes, people WITHOUT art experience are most welcome.

The deets: R350 p.p. and includes all art materials, one free coffee and a lovely light meal. Workshop starts at 6:00 - 8:30 PM on a Thursday eve.
Please remember that seats are limited and only confirmed once your payment is made. For bookings, email: daniellejordaanart@gmail.com

Contact Danielle to book. Apparently the seats are going fast!

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News from Melbourne International Coffee Expo: Postponed!

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020

We're saddened to hear that the COVID-19 outbreak has led to this outcome, but as the saying goes, safety first! Whenever it happens, we're looking forward to this event and the World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup that will take place at the Expo.

A Press Release from Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Following the recent announcement from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the measures that will be taken by our state government to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, we have made the decision to reschedule MICE2020.

We want to ensure that we’re delivering the best possible event experience for all attendees, exhibitors and competitors. We also take the safety of all our attendees, exhibitors, competitors, judges, volunteers and staff very seriously.

We've been working closely with World Coffee Events behind the scenes, and are pleased to confirm that the World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup will still take place as part of MICE2020. 

MICE2020 will now be held from 3-6 November 2020, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

We look forward to welcoming the world coffee community to Melbourne in November.

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The Official Afterparty: SCASA National Coffee Competitions

Thursday, 27 February, 2020

The SCASA National Coffee Competitions and HOSTEX always make for an enriching and exhausting week! Come let your hair down at the Official After Party and celebrate the new SA Champions and all the hard work put in during the week!

VENUE: Milk Bar, 11 Holt Street East (less than 10 min drive from Sandton Convention Centre)

TIME: 7PM

DAMAGE: R100 (includes welcome drink and snacks. All proceeds go to supporting new Champions as they represent us on the World Stage).

We'd appreciate if you could buy your tickets ahead so we can cater accurately! Let's have some FUN!

All you need to do is show us your PayFast invoice (on your phone, no need to print out) and we'll give you an armband either at HOSTEX or at the door. Buy your tickets here:

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HOSTEX 2020: Why should you come?

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

If you're in the coffee industry or you're thinking about getting into it, HOSTEX is a great place to start. From 1-3 March 2020 at the Sandton Convention Centre, you don't want to miss out on all it has to offer. Also, if you register online, you gain free entry. A wealth of knowledge awaits! See you there!

Our publisher, Iain Evans, is one of the HOSTEX Ambassadors and he breaks it down from a coffee culture perspective.

Hostex Ambassador - Iain Evans_v1 from Orange Orbit Productions on Vimeo.

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Build Up to Nationals 2020: Barista Profiles Four

Monday, 17 February, 2020

Name: Samantha Naidoo

What competition are you qualified for at Nationals: Barista Competition

Competition History:  2011, 2012, 2013 and 2019

Company representing: TriBeCa

Job in coffee industry:  National Beverage Academy Head

Why did you enter this competition? To motivate and inspire the barista's I work with.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? Rwanda Natural from the Bugoyi region

What has been the highlight of the journey so far? Connecting with the farmer that has produced the coffee I'm using.

Why do you think these competitions are important ?

It is immensely important to keep 'progressing' in the industry. Not only for us as barista's competing but for the future generation of barista's to come. To inspire, motivate and educate consumers and barista's on the future of coffee.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee)

I am ambidextrous!

If you could travel to any coffee producing country in the world, where would it be and why?

Nicaragua - To see how Rajuanse Estate is taking coffee into the future. To see the love and passion that goes into the work done not just in coffee but the community.


Name: Simnikiwe Mkhize

What competition are you qualified for at Nationals: Barista Competition

Competition History: 2017: KZN Regionlas 1st place

2018: WC Regionals 1st Place

2019: WC regionals 4th Place

2017/18: SA Nationals - I am not sure where I placed (if people ask, I say 7th :) )

Company representing: Rosetta Roastery

Job in coffee industry: Barista/ Woodstock cafe Manager

Why did you enter this competition? I entered because its a good way to push myself and challenge myself. It made become more knowledgeable about topics and new discoveries that happening coffee on a regular/ daily basis. And also because the environment is competitive- as much as it supposed to be fun, I enjoy the intensity that my peers exhibit which pushes me to be better (best).

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? ohhhhh, heat seat question. The Nicaragua that was recently launched as alt brew if with milk, Cortado.

What has been the highlight of the journey so far? (internal chuckle) uhm, from the top of the top of my head, winning regionals the first time in KZN. It was a high and surprise I have never expected, mostly because I was a 'no body'- so I thought. But that gave me a personal boost to never stop challenging myself. And most recently, being a cover girl (OMG, that was insane).

Why do you think these competitions are important? I think competitions are important because in a way they give an indication of where South Africa is in coffee consumption and production - as in roasting styles, experimentation with coffee beverages and understanding the origins and coffees we sell to the consumer. Also, its shows the level our baristas are, service and sensory and thinking wise.  

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee) well  you know i have dolls from my childhood, but more recently I have started knitting, and than I stopped, but I started again, I will have a beanie by winter. 

If you could travel to any coffee producing country in the world, where would it be and why? Ethiopia, aside from being known as the "birthplace" of coffee, when i first started learning about coffee Ernest (my sensei) would talk so passionately about Ethiopian coffee that i want be that land myself. Later, I realised that he spoke like that all the regions, but that is my first memory of it all.


Name: Leigh Wentzel

What competition are you qualified for at Nationals: Cup Taster's competition

Competition History: First time competing, Western Cape runner up 2019

Company representing: Rosetta Roastery

Job in coffee industry: Roastery Manager and Roaster

Why did you enter this competition? Main reason was to challenge my palate and put myself out there. It's also a great way to build our coffee community.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? Favourite coffee at the moment depends on my mood, weather and time of the day.

What has been the highlight of the journey so far? Highlight so far has been getting the opportunity to compete at Nationals.

Why do you think these competitions are important? How these competitions bring everyone together with the same passion being shared. Every year we grow and learn from one another but ultimately its about having fun.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee)  Interesting fact...not that interesting but I am left handed.

If you could travel to any coffee producing country in the world, where would it be and why?Costa Rica just because of their micro mill revolution that has changed their coffee and economy for the better. Its also a great holiday destination. 


Name: Raymond Roesstorff

Coffee Company: Wiesenhof Coffee Holdings

Region: Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth

Competition Discipline: Barista

Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals? 2018/2019 Regional Champion, 2019/2020 Regional runner up. First time national competitor 2019 

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? The experience, the knowledge and most of all to showcase my skills, commitment and growth in this trade and proudly represent the Wiesenhof Brand

What are your interests outside of coffee? I have quite a few hobbies outside of coffee. I really enjoy tinkering with computers as I’m a Certified Microsoft System Engineer and a PC and Network technician. I play a lot cue sport and recently started playing outdoor cricket again. I really enjoy the comradery of team sports. 

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? In South Africa, I see the change daily. The consumer is getting more educated on coffee and more willing to pay for better coffees and coffee experiences. Us, as coffee professionals and suppliers, we need to keep up with these trends and adapt accordingly.   

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Not one specific moment, but a collection of moments. Coffee has uplifted so many lives and I’m very proud to have been part of some of those moments. This industry has endless opportunities and I relish the endless learning opportunities coffee has to offer

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I remember this question came up last year and I didn’t really have an answer, this year it is quite easy. I would like to go the farm where my competition coffee is being produced. This is one of my short-term goals and I plan on making this a reality in the near future.


Name: Kyle Grebe

Coffee Company: The Coffee Boys

Region: Eastern Cape

Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters

Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals? The 2019 Eastern Cape regionals was my first time competing

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m really looking forward to competing on the national stage, feeling the atmosphere and the pressure, and also seeing legends like Winston Thomas and Kgune Dlamini compete in the Barista competition.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I’m a surgeon by profession so the human body really interests me, I also enjoy being in nature, hiking, camping, swimming

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see specialty coffee becoming more accessible to everyone in the future, breaking through socioeconomic boundaries. With companies like Woza Coffee and The Red Band Academy creating opportunities for disadvantaged people to enter the coffee community and giving them a platform to spread the love of coffee back to their communities. I believe that the coffee industry has the power to not only educate and empower people, but also create and build wealth for the African continent.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My favourite moment so far has definitely winning the Eastern Cape Cup Tasters Competition. I’m still very new to the coffee community, but I plan to make many more memories.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I would love to travel around Africa, visiting farms in all the major coffee producing countries. I want to follow the process from bean to cup, and experience authentic coffee brewing process. I definitely want to go to Ethiopia.


Name: Chris Faragher

What competition are you qualified for at Nationals: Cup Tasters

Competition History: Runner up in the Eastern Cape Regional Cup tasters Competition 2019, Certified WBC Judge since 2018. Multiple head and Sensory judging since 2012.

Company representing: Coffee Boys/ Holiday Coffee Co. 

Job in coffee industry: SCA Trainer, WBC Judge and Cafe Owner. 

Why did you enter this competition? I wanted to further stretch my capacity in the sensory side of Coffee Competitions. 

What is your favorite. coffee at the moment

Guatemala Finca La Hermosa.

Pacamara Natural. 

From the Acatinoga Regon. 

Notes: A Super Boozy coffee with a really distinct heavy fizz. Medium Acitiy. 

What has been the highlight of the journey so far? 

In Competition; There isn't a particular moment, but I absolutely love the ability to connect with so many coffee people at these competition times in years past. There really is an incredible relatiinship that we all share through this beautiful bean! 

In the industry, Being certified as an SCA trainer and WBC judge in recent years. Also opening my dream Cafe and Brand, Holiday Coffee Co. We get to share with all people, coffee lovers and others, the awesome potential of the coffee community and culture in SA! 

Why do you think these competitions are important 

To start, I have seen so many peoples livelyhoods changed for the better as they excel in these competitions. The oppertunites that open up to these competitors in the industry through employment is great. 

And secondly, it has an incredible ability to bring our industry together. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee)

Errrrr.. Um.. I can make the distinct sound of a dolphin with my mouth. Iv tried communicating with them in the past with very little results... Haha.

If you could travel to any coffee producing country in the world, where would it be and why?

Réunion Island. Volcanic Soil, Rolling hills, The home of Bourbon Coffees, Good Surf and French food! Nuff said! Selfish I know.. but hey, why not?! 

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Fabrica Latte Art Smackdown

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020

Coffee is community! And fun competitions like this Latte Art Smackdown hosted by Fabrica Coffee in Umhlanga continue to strengthen coffee as a culture and a lifestyle. Let's support these great initiatives!

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Build up to Nationals 2020: Barista Profiles Three

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

Name: Fanie Botes

What competition are you qualified for at Nationals: The Barista Competition

Competition History: I've competed at the Gauteng Regionals the last 2 years, 2017 and 2018.

Company representing: Thirdspace Coffee Company

Job in coffee industry:  Barista Trainer

Why did you enter this competition? It's a unique opportunity to learn. As you prepare, you learn new things and develop as an individual. 

What is your favourite coffee at the moment?  There's a few really good coffees around right now, but the Campbell Rd blend has been phenomenal as of late. It has definitely been stealing the show. .  

What has been the highlight of the journey so far? Definitely the journey to Nationals 2020. I've developed a better understanding of coffee and it's place in our industry.

Why do you think these competitions are important ? It forces baristas to push themselves and one another to be better. The industry only stands to benefit if the best baristas are consistently pushing the boundaries and trying new things. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee) I'm an avid martial artist. I'm a Muaythai coach, and I've competed in Muaythai and K1-kickboxing.

If you could travel to any coffee producing country in the world, where would it be and why? I've always been fascinated by the flavour of Ethiopian coffees, so I'd love to visit a farm in South Ethiopia


Name: John Evans

What competition are you qualified for at Nationals: Barista

Competition History: 3 x Regionals, and this will be my third Nationals.

Company representing: Asmara Coffee

Job in coffee industry: Operations Manager and Roaster

Why did you enter this competition? Working primarily as a roaster now, weeks can pass by without me even touching an espresso machine. The thing is, working as a barista really is my first love in the coffee industry, and so by competing, it brings me back to what I really love doing.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? The one I’ll be competing with at Nationals. I’ll keep it a secret for now, but it’s a very exciting coffee!

What has been the highlight of the journey so far? Traveling to WBC in Boston last year with Harry Mole.

Why do you think these competitions are important? It sounds a little generic, but I think it really is about the community. For me, the highlight is getting to re-connect with my coffee friends from all over the country.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee) My day-to-day used to be analysing logistics data from cement trucks. That was before the lure of the coffee industry become too much to ignore.

If you could travel to any coffee producing country in the world, where would it be and why? There are so many! But I’ve been extremely privileged to travel in Africa a bit already, so I’d love to see Central/South America – probably Colombia if I could choose.


Name: Mapaseka Mapela

What competition are you qualified for at Nationals: Barista

Competition History: Regionals( central region) 

Company representing: Wiesenhof Rostery 

Job in coffee industry: Waitress

Why did you enter this competition? To learn, gain experience and because along the way i fall in love with coffee

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? Training, learning and sharing ideas with other people 

What has been the highlight of the journey so far?Having to meet and share the experience with other barista's 

Why do you think these competitions are important ?It combines the nation..Barista's learn and experience more about coffee

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee)I love make-up

If you could travel to any coffee producing country in the world, where would it be and why?Nicaragua, because my coffee is from there and i'do love to learn more about everything regarding coffee there.


Name: THANDIWE SHONHIWA

Coffee Company: WIESENHOF ABSA TOWERS 

Region: GAUTENG 

Competition Discipline: BARISTA COMPETITION 

Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals:REGIONALS PLACED 6TH

What are you most looking forward to competing at NATIONALS? AS A FEMALE I LOOK FORWARD TO SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT, WE RUN THE WORLD. 

What are your interests outside of coffee?READING NOVELS

How do you see the coffee industry changing inthe future I SEE MORE PEOPLE GETTING INVOLVED. I BELIEVE COFFEE FARMERS, PRODUCERS, ROASTERS AND BARISTAS ARE INCREASING ALL OVER THE WORLD

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far?MEETING OTHER BARISTAS AND NEW PEOPLE

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and WHY? COLOMBIA, THEY HAVE A VERY BIG COFFEE INDUSTRY AND ARE PRODUCING THE HIGH QAULITY COFFEE

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for NATIONALS? COACH KHULE KANI AND COACH WAYNE BROWN


Name: Bruce Manning
Coffee Company: Brustar coffee 

Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Barista 


Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals? Ten years competing! KZN barista champ and runner up 2 years (National finalist in 5 years of competing). Cup Tasters finalist 3 years



What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Finally winning it!!!


What are your interests outside of coffee? Writing irreverent comedy and watching edgy stand-up comedy. Reading Economics journals. 

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?

As much as the coffee industry wants to evolve, the cafe owners and their patrons understandably aren't likely to ... and if we subscribe to the 'customer is king' philosophy then  we're going back to what they want in a cup of coffee. And that means darker roast profiles , but with better grades and origins, less Brasil and possibly with better quality robusta as a blend. As the coffee industry matures, the economic argument is that price and margins are constrained so we're likely to see both wholesale and retail coffee priced under R200/kg..  And that's how I'm positioned for the future if I want to stay economically relevant.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far?

Panamanian geisha lactic fermentation I had at Nationals last year (and hope to have similar again this year) 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why?

Antonio Beotegui of Finca Castanos ‎is a farmer on the Canary Islands with the micro-climate most suited to growing premium coffees. He runs a farm, cafe and education centre and a few years ago introduced Geisha plants.  

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