Gauteng Barista Guild Launch!

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015
The BGSA launch in Durbs was a huge success and now it's time to get Joburg started!

The week of the Gauteng Regionals sees the Johannesburg barista community unite for an evening of competition instruction, a history of espresso with Alessandro Morrico and lots of ogling at the beautiful Victoria Arduino Black Eagle (the only one in the country!)

The baristas will have access to the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia TII's ahead of the competition as well as the knowledge of current SA Champ Ishan Natalie and his coach Matt Carter. There is also a collection of espresso machines that people can look at to appreciate the history of the profession.

VENUE: Morrico Imports Showroom, 6- 6th Street, Parkhurst, Joburg, 2193
DATE: 23rd February 2015
TIME: 6.30pm

Remember you can download the membership form here. Email it to us.

Photo Credit to Erin Wulfson

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Good luck to the Champ!

Monday, 9 February, 2015
He had a mild scare last night with some confusion over his flights, but after a full day of training with his coach, Matt Carter and the Q-grader qualified Cuth Bland today, he's feeling confident about the upcoming challenge. Ishan has in fact won this title twice before and he is no doubt aiming to impress again at the 2015 Event in Nairobi, Kenya. South Africa has a very good track record at these Championships.

And who knows he may come back with more than just a title...

From the whole of South Africa's coffee loving community, we wish you well.

Go with the power of Neil Diamond behind you. Mmm, but that outfit! It has been discussed as possible performance attire to compliment his fruity coffee beans when he travels to the US ;) Have fun out there Ishan!

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Call for Gauteng Barista Entries!

Monday, 2 February, 2015
Last year Phumlani Sibeko beat out Ishan Natalie to take top spot at the SCASA Gauteng regionals, but all Top 6 baristas went through to Nationals and at the main event, Ishan Natalie wowed the judges and made Gauteng the home of the SA barista champion.

It was an amazing competition hosted at Homemaker's Expo and they have been kind enough to continue to host the exciting coffee competitions again this year!

We can promise incredible latte art, supremely tasty drinks, but we need the baristas, if you know a barista you think should enter, tell them about this! If you are a barista, what are you waiting for?! Your moment of glory awaits! And so does a ticket to Dublin, Ireland if you go on to win Nationals! Besides which, it's a chance to hang out with amazing baristas and coffee professionals for a week, you'll never make coffee the same way again!

You can download the entry form here. Please send the completed form to ASAP!

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Howzit Durban! The Coffee&Chocolate Expo is heading to your shores in 2015

Friday, 14 November, 2014

The Johannesburg Coffee and Chocolate Expo has grown phenomenally over the last two years, in July 2014 they had 18 000 visit in 3 days! Whoa!

So they're expanding to Durban in 2015, which is great news for the East Coast! TheCoffeeMag will be introducing a Home Barista competition at the event, watch this space for more details! And go like their Facebook page to keep up all the news.

Below are just a few snaps from the Joburg event.

You can win a set of double tickets here:

Win a set of double tickets to JHB Coffee&Choc Expo

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Inaugural Barista Guild of Southern Africa Event

Monday, 19 January, 2015

NOTE: Dear Baristas, please bring along R100 to join the Guild for a whole year, you will kept in the loop for all future events including an exciting upcoming Barista Camp! Baristas unite!

We are so excited to be part of launching the official Barista Guild of South Africa! The inaugural event happens in Durban on the 3rd February 2015, and so it all begins.

This has been a long time in the works, largely driven by a need for Baristas in each area to have a forum to run their own events, learn from each other and create a community of like-minded coffee professionals, all under a recognised Body such as SCASA, and similar to the barista Guild of Europe, Australia and America. 

At a recent SCASA meeting held at the end of 2014,  under the brand new Board of Directors, a decision was made to establish a Barista Guild and Roasters Guild of South Africa. These positions will largely be overseen by SCASA board members, Kyle Fraser (Guild Overseer), Ishan Natalie (Barista Guild) and Jonathan Robinson (Roasters Guild). 

With some cool new branding, SCASA's endorsement and some exciting events lined up for 2015 - the Guilds will soon become a common forum for baristas and Roasters to get together, host events and learn about the latest developments in the profession.

"We've been wanting to setup the Guilds in SA for a long time, and now SCASA is in a position to endorse this and make it happen, which is very exciting" said Kyle Fraser.  "With committed and passionate baristas and roasters in each province, these Guilds will become the recognised body that will represent them, and allow them to collaborate, run events and grow the professional faster and more professionally."

With Craig Charity doing so well at Worlds last year, and Ishan just 10 weeks away from competing in Seattle, at WBC 2015, this is a perfect opportunity.

Durban, 3rd Feb 2015

Current SA Barista Champion Ishan Natalie and Matt Carter (Placed 4th at 2014 Nationals) and Last Year's 15th Best barista IN THE WORLD, Craig Charity will be presenting at The Factory Cafe at Colombo in Umbilo, from 6.30pm... There will be a short introduction on the Barista Guilds, followed by a fun (possibly extreme!) presentation from Ishan, and then some high level action on the espresso machines with Craig, Matt and Ishan. This will be invaluable for all baristas wanting to learn from the best, and get a chance to make coffee on some new machines and learn some new techniques.

On the night, and through the media we generate from this, all will be revealed about exactly what the Guild aims to achieve, in each province and Nationally, how you can sign up to hear all the barista news and come to amazing coffee events throughout the year.

There will also be dedicated social media forums set up for the Guilds which will be the primary form of communication, so watch this space and the SCASA website for more details.


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A viewing of A Film About Coffee: Vintage Coffee

Monday, 19 January, 2015
This is the kind of film you need to watch with lots of other coffee fanatics who feel exactly the same about the bean of wonder. Vintage Coffee have organised just such an evening in Centurion this Thursday evening!

You should get there if you live in that neck of the woods, we certainly would if we could!

Find out all the details here.

A Film About Coffee - Trailer from Avocados and Coconuts on Vimeo.

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2015 SCASA event dates!

Tuesday, 13 January, 2015


African Fine Coffees Association
Africa Champs, Nairobi, Kenya

12th - 14th Feb
Ishan Natalie travels to Kenya to battle it out with Africa's top baristas.

Gauteng Regionals
Homemakers JHB,
26Feb - 1 March

SCASA demonstrations and workshops
15-18 March

The 54 competitors at last year's WBC held at the World of Coffee, Rimini, Italy.

World Barista Championship, SCAA expo
9-12th April
Ishan Natalie will try to best the baristas from 53 other countries at one of the biggest and most revered coffee expos in the world.

KZN Regionals
Coffee&Choc Expo KZN, Suncoast
1-5 May

SCASA Demo's and Home Barista Championship
Coffee &Chocolate Expo JHB, Montecasino
16-19 July

Eastern Cape Regionals
Homemakers PE
23-26th July

Western Cape Regionals
Homemakers CT
27-30th August

SCASA Nationals - KZN

Dates and Venues TBC.
It has been decided that the Nationals will be held in Durban this year! We will keep you posted closer to the time on venue and date.

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Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Four

Monday, 27 October, 2014

: Gerald - The Doctor G - Charles

Company: Rock And Roller Coffee Culture

Competition History: 2nd 2009; 3rd 2010 and 2013, 2013 and 2015 western cape champion of the world :)

Position at Regionals:
1st in Western Cape

Coach: Donovan J McLagan

Coffee used at Regionals: Nicaragua Las Carmalitas

Best moment in Coffee: there are so many - 2012 World Roasting Challenge so far

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas? Taste your coffee, and experiment

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Hitting the gym!

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? 300

Name: Dale Fienberg
Company/Café: Home Barista
Competition History: 4x Jhb regionals , 1st time at Nationals
Position at Regionals: 6th in Gauteng
Coach: Johnson Sehoro
Coffee used at Regionals: Square Mile roasted by James Hoffman
Best moment in Coffee:
Pulling shots in Seoul with Korea's barista champion
What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Invest in a good grinder
What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)?
Travel the world
Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
Golden Chicken III

Name: Ken Ophen Machenge

Company/Cafe: Tribe Coffee Roasting

Competition History: 1st competed in 2012 WP Barista Champs. Was 4th but couldn't afford to go to Johannesburg for the finals.

Position at Regionals: 4th (Be consistent)

Coach: 5 Coaches - Bradley Juter, Jake Easton, Ferdie Juter, Nandi Nel, Marissa Pretorius

Coffee used at Regionals: Tribe Espresso Blend

Best moment in Coffee: In 2012, in my first competition, they were announcing the winners and when they got to the 6th place and my name was called I was so shocked and surprised. It meant that I was doing the right thing.

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas? They must do the following: Smell, Practice, Taste, Love Coffee and, Learn Something New Every day.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? Playing competitive Pool or Billiards.

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? I don't go to movies, I like reality.

Rodreck “Roddie” Nzirainengwe

Company/Cafe: Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Competition History
: 2014 & 2015 Western Cape Regional top 6, 2014 Nationals Raw Talent Award-winner

Position at Regionals: 3rd in Western Cape

Coach: Nkosi Ndhlovu

Coffee used at Regionals: A blend of 3 components in equal amounts: Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe, Konga washed; Peru, Balcones Especial; and Honduras, Cocafelol.

Best moment in Coffee:
A tie between cupping at our London office with our head quality control manager, Oli Brown, and some of the top guys from our (their) client Taylor Street Baristas, and watching / assisting Zane (my production manager) grind and make an AeroPress on the flight over to London.

What would your one piece of advice be to aspiring Baristas?
Have fun with coffee. There is a lot in coffee. Just enjoy the journey.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? Football

Favourite movie in the last 12 months? Robocop

Name: Lizo Songwiqi

Company/Cafe: Boardwalk Hotel, Convention & Spa

Competition History: This year it was my first time competing in the Barista Competition

Position at Regionals:  6th place in the regional finals

Coach: Angeline McLagan

Coffee used at Regionals
: I used The House of Coffee. Its the South American and African blend

Best moment in coffee: My best moment in the competition was to hear that I've made the top 6.

Advice to baristas?
They must love coffee and enjoy making it. Because making coffee is an art that makes you feel amazing.

What is your favourite thing to do (that doesn't involve coffee)? 
I enjoy playing golf when I'm free and reading books from my phone. And going to the Gym everyday

Favourite movie in the last 12 months?
I'm not a movie fan...but I love Good deeds by Taylor Perry even thou its more than a year.

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