Get Inked while you Drink (Coffee)

Tuesday, 8 October, 2019

On Sunday the 3rd of November Equipment Cafe will be celebrating the sub-culture of body art within the coffee industry, and the freedom of expression that this beautiful industry allows us. We can't wait, it's going to be so much fun!

One of the most highly regarded tattoo studios in the country, Sally Mustang Tattoos will be inking up coffee professionals with designs inspired by coffee culture

They'll also be hosting a Latte Art Throwdown in conjunction with the inimitable Wayne Burrows from MilkLab and outrageously good coffee from Seam Coffee and the chaps from Thirdspace.

Baristas will compete on the beautiful Modbar to win their share of R6000 in cash prizes, merchandise and coffee.


Terbodore will be keeping us cool and caffeinated with their incredible cold brew tonic.

Ladha Coffee Baristas will be slinging espressos throughout the day.

We'll also have food provided by The Filthy Moustache

Crazy Delter Coffee Press specials on the day!


Where: Equipment Café - 23 Susan Street, Strijdom Park
When: Sunday 3rd November (10:00 - 15:00)


For any further information email Sinjonw@equipmentcafe.co.za

We’d love you guys to be involved if you can, it’s something that we’re really excited about and should be a lot of fun.

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SA AeroPress Championships 2019

Friday, 4 October, 2019

Winner gets a trip to London for the World AeroPress Champs in November

Previous winners of this competition have travelled to Dublin, Seoul and Sydney, next stop London!

Where: Tribe Coffee Roasting
The Woodstock Foundry 160 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

When: 17th October 2019
Doors open 17h00
Free Entrance for spectators.
R200 pp to compete

For more information & to register, contact Chris@tribecoffee.co.za

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Tell us about a coffee event in your area and we'll spread the word!

Friday, 27 September, 2019

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World Aeropress Champs imminent, SA competition date and host announced

Tuesday, 24 September, 2019

On Sunday, November 24th, the world’s best coffee brewers will head to Bethnal Green, East London where they’ll compete for the title of 2019 World AeroPress Champion.

Having defeated thousands of contenders in their own countries, these national champions will take the stage where the eyes of the coffee world will be firmly on them.

With just eight minutes on the clock, they’ll brew the best cup of AeroPress coffee they can while our panel of judges decides their fate. By night's end, we’ll have crowned a new champion. 

The South African competition has been set for Thursday 17th October in Cape Town hosted by the wonderful Tribe Coffee Roasting.

One of the best creative parts of this competition is the local hosts coming up with insane posters. See a couple of our favourites from this year's crop below. We can't wait to see the South African contribution to this pool of creativity! You can check out all the beautiful artworks on the World Aeropress Champs instagram page.

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Western Cape Regionals 2019

Monday, 19 August, 2019

Fun coffee times ahead in Cape Town! The annual SCASA Regional Coffee Competitions have found a home at GOOD in Woodstock this year and we're so excited! (And what a great poster!)

There are still a few days left for prospective competitors to enter and SCASA is always on the lookout for volunteer judges! The links to both of those entry forms are below.

Last year, Simnikiwe Mkhize of Rosetta Roastery, took Top Honours in the Barista Champs. Will she triumph again? She has some stiff competition, not only from Winston Thomas, returning SA Champ, but from within her own company, Justin Groep took Best Espresso on his debut competition a couple years back and we know the team at Origin Coffee Roasters always brings the heat! So it will be an entertaining competition for sure!

ENTRIES CLOSE 31 AUGUST for SCASA's 2019 Western Cape Region Coffee Competitions taking place 4-6 September at GOOD, Woodstock, Cape Town (242 Sir Lowry Road).

Download the Coffee Competition Entry Form HERE 

Judges who would like to apply can do so HERE
Judges training will be Wednesday 4 September 2019, Venue TBC.

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Deaf Awareness in the Coffee World

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

The differently-abled are part of the fabric of our communities and in celebration of the hearing impaired among us and in honour of Nelson Mandela Day, Ciro Coffee Academy and Hearing Works recently held a Deaf Awareness Celebration to continue the progress of empowering deaf baristas to be part of the coffee community.

Lizaan Alberts, Ciro's National Training and Events Manager told us about the event, "In the true spirit of the Nelson Mandela ethos – various partners and contributors to the employment, empowerment and upliftment of the deaf community gathered on Tuesday 9th July  in Bryanston.  All with one goal – to employ deaf baristas in the industry in order to change their lives for the better. We were surrounded by heart warming stories of partners and baristas sharing their experience working in a “hearing” world – the challenges and successes that comes with it.

The morning was built on three pillars that earmarks this amazing journey:  Courage, Vulnerability and Transformation.

We ended the session with a buildup of the Deaf Barista Competition and what to look forward to in 2019.  Each competing barista introduced him / herself and why they love working with coffee so much.

We are counting down the days to the competition and inviting anyone that is keen, willing and has the heart for change to be part of it."

Lizaan has been an integral part of this coffee programme and has become incredibly dedicated to making sure these candidates succeed in the coffee industry.

Next weekend, 27th July 2019, is the 3rd Deaf Barista Championship at 10am at the Coffee & Chocolate Expo. You can read more about that and meet the baristas competing here. It is always such an incredible event to be a part of, we can't wait!!!

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Deaf Barista Championship 2019

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

It's one of our favourite events of the year! Next weekend 27 July 2019 is the 3rd annual Deaf Barista Championship. It is being held at the Coffee & Chocolate Expo which has this year moved to the TicketPro Dome.

The Ciro Coffee Academy and partners are so looking forward to welcoming 9 competitors on stage to showcase their coffee skills. You can read their profiles in the gallery below.

This is always a heartwarming competition as these baristas come out from behind their work coffee machines and show the public how amazing they are and how coffee has helped to change their lives. If you can make it to Coffee & Chocolate Expo on Saturday, make sure you find your way to the Genio and Ciro Coffee Academy stage to see these wonderful humans in action!

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Gauteng Regional Barista Championships 2019

Friday, 19 July, 2019

The SCASA coffee competition season is well underway! We've already seen the Central Region competitors that will be heading through to Nationals.

Next up is the Gauteng Region hosted by Coffee&Chocolate Expo! It's going to be an epic couple of days, we can't wait! These coffee professional hopefuls will be battling it out to secure a place at Nationals to be held at Hostex in March 2020.

For the uninitiated, let's break down exactly what these Coffee Competitions are. SCASA holds the license in South Arica to run the World Coffee Events Coffee Competitions. Currently SA competes in 3 disciplines: Latte Art, Cup Tasters and Barista Championships. This means that we send National Champions to the World Championships to compete against the best from across the globe.

The World Barista Championships will be held in Melbourne in May 2020 at MICE.

It is yet to be officially announced, but it looks like the Cup Tasters and Latte Art will take place at World of Coffee in Warsaw in 2020!

The schedule will be released on SCASA's website soon.

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