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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SA AeroPress Champs 2021 Finalists: The Lowdown

Friday, 3 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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Creative Coffee Week 2021: Who will be there?

Friday, 10 September, 2021

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Creative Coffee Week FAQ's

Friday, 3 September, 2021

Are you as excited as us???

So many incredible coffee brands coming together to make this a very special Creative Coffee Week 2021!

Creative Coffee Week is just over a week away and we cannot wait to welcome everyone to our hometown, Durban and virtually, from all over the World! 

We compiled a list of FAQs so you can join in the fun and be part of this incredible annual event, now in its 3rd year!

What:  Creative Coffee Week 2021

Where: Durban, KZN - The BondShed - and Livestreamed on YouTube!

Who:  50 in-person delegates form the Coffee Industry and unlimited Online attendees.

Why:  To share the latest coffee knowledge, global coffee trends, technical innovations, personal insights and experiences from some of the best coffee minds in SA and the World!

When: 15- 17 September 2021.

Discussion panel from 2018 CCW: L-R: Cuth Bland (Bean There), Nicodemus Nabakwe (Sevenoaks Trading), Maxwell Colonna- Dashwood (UK Barista Champ), Lem Butler (US Barista Champ) and Ben Weiner (Nicaraguan coffee producer)

Hybrid event:  Due to COVID-19 we can only accommodate 50 in person delegates this year, however we have invested heavily in a broadcasting team to LIVESTREAM the entire event to anyone and everyone out there!

Interactive Event Kits:  We have an incredible group of Sponsors this year who have generously contributed to our Interactive Event Kits! Every person who buys an in-person or Interactive Event Kit ticket will receive merchandise to the value of R3000!
Included is limited edition CCW 2021 Tee shirt, cupping spoon and tote bag, brewing device, Keep Cup, coffee beans from Gesha Village, Veracruz and a secret selection of speciality coffee from Sevenoaks, a Genio sensory kit (so cool!) and much more!
Get yours here:   

This is a snapshot of some of the the items in the event kit! (Green coffee will be roasted and divided into smaller samples, not included as shown!) There is more to come!

We will be broadcasting live to youtube - this will be 100% free. Tune into our Youtube channel  - If you Subscribe to our channel and turn notifications "on" you'll get an email / message when we GO LIVE!

The Programme: We have an incredible line-up of guest speakers from all over the world! Check it out here:

A Shot in the Dark Finals announcement: From 50 entrants, SA's one and only roasting competition has it's TOP 10 who have been hard at work roasting their finals coffee! We will announce the Winners at CCW and it's going to be immense!

SA Aeropress Champs: We are down to 9 Finalists! They will be slugging it out at creative Coffee Week on the final day (This doubles up as the closing party!)

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Have you ordered your Creative Coffee Week Event Kit yet? Everyone's invited!

Thursday, 19 August, 2021

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Top Nine SA AeroPress Champs 2021 Finalists Announced

Thursday, 5 August, 2021

"Coffee people are lekker people!"

And that folks, is the spirit of this competition in a nutshell! Dave Coleman, of MoreFlavour distributors of the AeroPress,  was speaking about how the surrogate baristas and judges and organisers came together in a brave new world of World AeroPress Champs procedure at the wonderful Origin Coffee Roasting training facility in Cape Town's CBD.

The AeroPress is, as Winston Thomas, judge, former SA AeroPress Champ representing us in Dublin noted, an extremely versatile brewing device and the recipes supplied by our 45 competitors from all across the country, made for some very interesting variants of flavours from the coffee sponsored by Bluebird Coffee Roasters

Even though we had to send SA AeroPress Champs kits all over the country, Ultimate Water made sure that everyone got the same competition grade water to brew with.

And then for something completely different in your cup, the team from Red Espresso gifted our competitors with a bag of the good rooibos stuff each to experiment with and the Top Nine will go head to head on Finals Day to win the #SomethingDifferentinYourCup Challenge.

And when is Finals Day you ask? 17 September 2021 at Creative Coffee Week.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves, first to the announcements...

Also please note the audio is muffled for the first 20 seconds or so, we're not gonna lie to you, there was a blob of prestick covering the microphone, Instagram Live broadcasts are always eventful ;)

Well done to Spot Prize and Lucky Draw winners, and thanks to the Sponsors for these amazing prizes!

#SomethingDifferentinyourCup Red Espresso Viewer Prize (1kg Red Espresso and an AeroPress!):

Jackie Zhang

Ultimate Water Favourite Video (Home Water Filtration set up worth R3000)

Brandon Smith

Creative Coffee Week Lucky Draw:

Full Event Pass Winner: Ngoni Mushaninga

Event Kit: Ben Philpott

Lucky Draw Winners (WAC Book and MoreFlavour Goodies):

JP Blignaut - Millwicks Cafe & Fanie Botes - Bluebird Coffee

Most viewed video (also winning the above):

Stevo Kuhn

Top Nine Video Recipes:

Ngoni Mushaninga   

Brandon Smith

Alexandra Torborg

Romeo O Chimunya.

Edohan (Eddy) Oosthuizen

Dieter Liebenberg

Nolwazi Lekuba-Sibiya

Simnikiwe Mkhize.    

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World Barista Champs & World Cup Tasters Champs to be held at Host, Milan 22-26 Oct 2021

Thursday, 22 July, 2021

It has been a long time since coffee competition were halted dead in their tracks by COVID-19. The last SCASA coffee event in SA was the SA Nationals in March 2020, over sixteen months ago, where Winston Thomas won the National Barista Champs, Wency Masawi won the Cup Tasters Champs and Jeff Stopforth won the National Latte Art Champs.  None of these SA Champs have been able to represent our country on the Global stage since winning their titles, as the World Coffee Events program has seen cancellation after cancellation.  This week, finally, WCE and SCA announced that at least WBC and WCTC would be run, at HOST, in Milan this October.  Good news potentially for Winston and Wency, however, World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, and World Coffee Roasting Championship have not been confirmed, leaving Jeff in limbo until a further announcement is made.

"The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has announced the 2021 Milan World Coffee Championships, featuring the World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, and World Cup Tasters Championship, will take place at HostMilano, Italy, from October 22-26" read the official press release.  

Boston WBC, April 2019 - the last World Barista Champs before the Pandemic struck. ©CoffeeMagazine

HostMilano is an exhibition dedicated to the catering and hospitality sector, with many key Italian and international organizations exhibiting at Fiera Milano every two years.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that HostMilano will feature the 2021 World Barista Championship, World Brewers Cup, and World Cup Tasters Championship this October,” said Yannis Apostolopoulos, SCA Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve always found massive value in attending Host, and following the hardship and disruption of the past year, we’re excited to return and bring our community to this wonderful show.”

Due to the unfortunate recent spike in COVID-19 cases and corresponding regulations in Taiwan, the SCA and the Taiwan Coffee Association (TCA) have made the difficult decision to postpone the World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, and World Coffee Roasting Championship events scheduled to take place in Taipei in November 2021. The SCA and TCA are working to identify opportunities to host World Coffee Championships in Taipei at a future date.

Should Winston and Wency decide to compete in October there will be a number of hurdles. Will they be able to get vaccinated in time? Will SCASA have the funding to send them? Will they have enough preparation time and a team to be able to give them the chance to compete and perform at the highest level?  Whatever the outcome, we are going to need to rally as a coffee community behind them if they are to get their shot at a WCE title in October.

Winston Thomas - SA Barista Champ 2020

Wency Masawi - SA Cup Tasters Champ 2020  (with Maryke Schoonwinkel - Bruder Coffee)

/>Jeff Stopforth - SA Latte Art Champ 2020.

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