The Bloemfontein Coffee Expo!

Friday, 18 May, 2018

The coffee scene in Bloemfontein is growing all the time.  There are 2 big coffee events planned for Bloem in the coming months - the first is the Bloem Coffee Expo, headed up by the wonderful Shupi Ngkadima. And the second is a barista competition, headed up by  Marie-Louise Smith.

We met Shupi a few years ago at Hostex, who tracked us down and introduced himself as a big fan of Coffee Magazine. Since then, Shupi has been championing the cause of great coffee in Bloem and in the Free State. Shupi's full time job is as marketing manager of Bloem Celtic Football Club, so he's a busy man! Just recently at this years 2018 Hostex, Shupi came to tell us more about the Bloem Coffee week 2018 and also brought along some of his coffee collaborators from Bloem, including the very passionate Stevo Kuhn from Urban Brew.  

The Bloem Expo will be on 27 & 28 May 2018 and tickets are very limited each day, so get in early.

We are giving away a set of double tickets! Put your hands up people in the Free State! Comment on this story with how much you want them and maybe we'll give them to you!





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Hostex and the Gauteng Regional Coffee Competitions!

Wednesday, 2 May, 2018

From Sunday the 6th May to Tuesday the 8th May, the hospitality industry of Gauteng and beyond gather at Hostex to experience the best and most innovative ideas that this industry has to offer.

Coffee forms a huge part of the Hospitality industry as more and more hotel and restaurant owners wake up to the fact that great coffee is a necessary addition to their offering.

The Huletts Coffee and Tea Pavilion is where the Coffee Magazine will be hanging out as the SCASA stage and the GP Regionals are surrounded by the best in the coffee business!

The DaVinci Gourmet Brew Bar will be running all day with amazing syrup infusions and the opportunity to meet the competing baristas!

You can find the full schedule here.

You can register online here for free entry into the show.

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Creative Coffee Week: 26-28 July 2018, Durban, South Africa

Monday, 23 April, 2018

We are thrilled to be hosting Creative Coffee Week in Durban this July! This is an industry focused event where we hope to gather the best and the aspiring to the best together to share, learn and have fun with coffee!

We've got some incredible coffee experts flying in and we've got a wealth of knowledge right here in our own country! 

Registration and ticket information will be available in the next couple of weeks.

We will also be holding the inaugural Coffee Magazine Awards presented by Selati Sugar as a culmination of this event to celebrate all the amazing coffee talent in our country.

Programme of Events (Subject to Change):

Tues 24th July

9am - 4pm WCEP Training:  Hosted by Annemarie Tiemes (Netherlands) and Teija Lublinkhof (Finland)  - Venue:  Ciro HQ, Pinetown

Wednesday 25th July

9am - 4pm WCEP Training:  Hosted by Annemarie Tiemes (Netherlands) and Teija Lublinkhof (Finland)  - Venue:  Ciro HQ, Pinetown
6pm-9pm:  Evening Event: Social Function and Ibrik Demonstration by Annemarie Tiemes (Netherlands) Venue:  Lucky Shaker, Umhlanga 6pm

Thursday 26th July:  

7am - 12pm:  Registration.  CCW HQ will be open for Attendees to pick up accreditation & CCW Welcome packs. Complimentary Coffee from Sanremo South Africa-  Pumphouse, Durban Promenade

The HQ will have WiFi, plugpoints and coffee, equipped to work in between workshops if you need.

10am - 12pm: Workshop 1: Barista Focus featuring Alessandro Morrico (Morrico Imports) and Winston Thomas (2 x SA National Barista Champion): Perfect for baristas and for beginners to the coffee industry, gain insight into espresso machines and how to get the best out of them, as well as learn from SA barista champ on what it means to be a competition barista and how coffee can be a career.

12pm - 1pm:  Lunch and coffee at Ciao Bella. 

1.30pm-  Workshop 2: Featuring Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (UK Barista Champion), Venue: Bond Shed, Point Waterfront

3pm - 4.30pm: Workshop 3: Water for Cafés - going beyond to find the perfect water for your brew.  Steve Slark (UK) Chairman, UK Beverage Association. Interactive Panel Discussion including Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Winston Thomas, Ben Weiner. Venue: Bond Shed, Point Waterfront

6pm-10pm:   Almond Breeze Breezey Masters (KZN) - A fun, global initiative. Last weekend we crowned a GP Champion, this week see KZN's best pour their hearts out to win a ticket to Melbourne, Australia!

Venue: Skyline Coffee, Gordon Rd, off Florida Road. Beer and Pizza included at event.

Friday 27th July:  

Day Two:

7am-12pm: Coffee and  at HQ with Sanremo Coffee ZA

9am - 12pm:  A Shot in the Dark  - Venue: The Bond Shed

An all new multimedia concept, hang out with Lem Butler, 2016 US Barista Champion, Co-owner Black&White Roasters and Ben Wiener, Gold Mountain Coffee, for the morning while playing on the Genio Roaster with Neil Maree. Find out all info here.

10 of the Best Roasters in the country will be in attendance to compete. Interact and engage with cutting edge equipment and coffee professionals.

12pm - 1.30pm:  Lunch.

1.30pm- 3pm: Workshop 5: Panel discussion on Flavour through the Supply Chain: How Flavour is effected and can be maximised at each stage of getting coffee to the cup. Lem Butler, Cuth Bland (Bean There), Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Nicodemus Nabakwe (Sevenoaks Trading).

Venue: The Bond Shed

3.30pm - 4.30pmWorkshop 6: Panel Discussion: FailFest Sundowners - An opportunity to share your biggest coffee learning lessons Pumphouse HQ, drinks and snacks.   

7pm-late:  Caffeine Comedown Party: What better way to unwind after  a long day of coffee tasting than with a DJ, a bar tab and delicious food!  -  031 Distillery, Station Drive.

Saturday 28th July:  


Beaver Creek Coffee Farm crop to Cup Tour

Meet at CCW HQ by 8am - Bus leaves for Beaver Creek Coffee Farm (1,5hours drive, returns ±3pm)

10am - Crop to Cup Tour - Dylan Cummings

Early Lunch (included in costs)

12pm - 1.30pm: Green Bean Discussion with Ben Wiener, Dylan Cummings, Grant Harrison, Nicodemus Nabakwe. More to be announced.

Arrive back in Durban 4pm.

OPTION TWO: Tools for your Coffee Business

7am - 9am: Coffee at HQ sponsored by Sanremo SA

9am- 10am: Using Technology to improve your Business: Richard McGeorge, Tablet POS . Venue: Bond Shed

10.30 am - 11.30amSocial Media and Marketing for your coffee business with Andy Andersen of manmakecoffeeVery pleased to welcome this SA Instagram phenomenon to the programme!

12pm - 1.30pm: Lunch and coffee at HQ

From 1.30pm - 3.30pm: Bringing you Durban's coffees in one place! Each participating cafe will share something special and some wisdom from their experiences. At CCW HQ.

7pm - 11pm - Creative Coffee Week Gala Dinner and Coffee Magazine Awards 2018, presented by Selati -  Ushaka Marine World - Aquarium.

"A banquet under the sea! Enjoy a delicious formal dinner while the fish, sharks, turtles and rays swim around you, as we celebrate the best in the Coffee Industry and honour those who have made significant achievements in 2017/2018.

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A Shot in the Dark

Monday, 9 April, 2018

We are so excited about this competition!


1 Micro-lot Specialty Coffee
10 South African Roasters
2 International Judges

A Shot in the Dark is a brand new multimedia coffee experience that tests the skills of 10 of South Africa's best Coffee Roasters, in an exciting competition format. 

Coffee Magazine, along with Genio Roasters and Speciality Coffee Exchange, have sourced an 86+ Specialty grade, direct trade Nicaraguan coffee for this competition. Each Roaster will receive 6kgs of coffee with the brief to roast this outstanding micro-lot to its best possible potential. 

The competition culminates on 27th July 2018, at Creative Coffee Week in Durban, where the 10 Roasters will bring 500g of their roasted coffee to be judged blind. The judges will not know which coffee belongs to which roaster. Who are these judges? A world-renowned coffee celebrity (who we will keep under wraps for now!) and Ben Weiner the founder of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, the coffee producer from Nicaragua. They will assess the coffees in two ways, firstly by cupping them and secondly as espresso.   

A Shot in the Dark is more than just a competition; it’s an experience! There will be a Genio Roaster set up at the judging, and an additional 60KG of the competition coffee where the A Shot in the Dark audience and the roasters will be able to roast batches of the coffee on the Genio, share knowledge, techniques and roast insights, in order to experiment with the coffee and take home roasted batches of this incredible coffee.  

This entire process will be filmed and edited into a documentary, which will see our country’s best Roasters share their insights into roasting one of the finest coffees in the world and their pursuit of being named as the winner of A Shot in the Dark!

The 10 Roasters will be revealed soon. This is going to be fun!

Producer : Gold Mountain Coffee Growers : Direct trade

Origin    : Nicaragua

Estate    : Finca Idealista – a GMCG owned Rainforest

Crop : March 2018 

A Shot in the Dark 2018


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Winston Thomas on Tour!

Friday, 9 March, 2018


Winston Thomas is hitting the road, and coming to a town near you!

Our 2-time National Barista Champion is doing a Roadshow around SA to raise some funds for his World Barista Championship campaign in Amsterdam later this year and he wants you to taste his award winning competition coffee!

Winston's Gesha Village coffee is sublime, and if you haven't tasted it, you really ought to! If that is not reason enough to make sure you're at the Cafe's below when he visits, then just the fact that he's an inspiring and extremely insightful coffee personality, with World experience, ought to get you there.

Check him out at the following cafe's, where he will be spending the entire day, making coffees, pulling shots and sharing his experiences in coffee:

Thursday 15th March: Lineage Coffee - Hillcrest.

Friday 16th March:  Colombo Coffee & Tea - Durban North.

Sat 17th March: Father Coffee - JHB

Sunday 18th - Free (Cafe Owners in JHB  - click here if you would like to host Winston on this day)

Monday 19th March - Winston travels to Bloem  - (Cafe Owners in Boem... click here to host Winston!)

Tuesday 20th March - Royal Roastery - Bloem

Wednesday  21st March- Winston travels to JHB. 

Thursday -  Heavenly Coffee - Centurion

Friday  23rd March - Thirdspace - Fourways

We will update this page as the free slots become booked, so keep an eye out, or follow Winston on social media to find out the latest news on this roadshow, and SUPPORT OUR CHAMP!






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SCASA Nationals LIVE!

Friday, 23 February, 2018

The Coffee Magazine is at the SCASA National Coffee Competitions this weekend!

We are sponsoring the live feed of the comp on the SCASA Facebook page. Follow all the live action. Today the 16 Barista Championship competitors are on stage and tonight the Cup Tasters competition will happen at Origin Coffee Roasting.

Three new Champions will be crowned by the end of this weekend!


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SCASA Nationals 2018: Barista Profiles Two

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

Name: Sinjon Wicks

Competition History

2015 KZN Barista Championship - 8th Place

2015 KZN Cup Tasters - 5th

2017 KZN Cup Tasters - 2nd


 Terbodore Coffee Roasters

Why did you enter this competition

My first experience with competitive coffee was in 2015, not long after starting my coffee journey. I saw it as an opportunity to learn from some of the top barista's and coffee professionals from across the country, sharing ideas and growing the speciality industry as a whole. Competition also provides a unique platform for exploring trends, experimenting with new coffees, and beverage recipes as well as the opportunity to get all of us into one room and talk about what we love; coffee!

What is your favourite coffee at the moment

At the moment I'm obsessed with an Ethiopian Kana Heirloom natural process. Cortado in the morning, and V60’s all day after. 

What has been the highlight of the journey so far?

All of the amazing people I've had the opportunity to meet. These passionate individuals are the one's who are driving the speciality industry and market forward, I count myself very lucky to be able to share ideas and disseminate new information and techniques with some of the most knowledgeable in the coffee industry.

Why do you think these competitions are important ?

Running cafe's or roasteries is often a seven-day-a-week operation, and unfortunately doesn't really afford us the opportunity to engage with other like-minded people . Of course, the dissemination knowledge and personal growth through competition goes without saying, but the camaraderie developed through these events is absolutely amazing. 

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

When I'm not making coffee, I play drums and bass in a band with some of the other guys at the roastery. We're terrible.


Name: Christopher Abrahams

Competition History: WC Latte Art Regional Championship 2015,2016 & 2017. WC Barista Regional Championship 2016 & 2017. Runner-up SA Latte Art National Championship 2017.

Region and position in comp: WC Latte Art Champion & 4th place Barista Regional Championship.

Company: Ciro Beverage Solutions

Why did you enter this competition? 

 I entered the competitions because of my love and passion for coffee! It is also a perfect opportunity to meet barista within the coffee community, where great friendships are made :)

What is your favourite coffee at the moment?

My favourite coffee at the moment an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere through a chemex. It is absolutely delicious!

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? 

The highlight of this journey has certainly been the opportunity to compete and continue learning about how special coffee is to South Africa. It is continuously growing and it is amazing to see the growth and talent of upcoming baristas in the industry.

Why do you think the competitions are important?

 I believe that the competition is important, as it allows baristas to express their passion for coffee as well as giving coffee companies opportunities to expose their brands.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself :

I am one of a twin. As funny as this may sound, I am actually passionate about trucks. I truly enjoy working with my hands and find the world of engineering absolutely fascinating!

Name: Dayle Visser

Competition History:

2nd in KZN Latte Art Championship 2013

Regional barista Championships:  KZN 2011,2012, WP 2017, 2018

Region and position in comp:

Barista Champs:

KZN 2011 (did not make finals), KZN 2012 (did not make finals), WP 2017 (did not make finals), WP 2018 (placed 2nd)

Latte Art champs: KZN 2013 (placed 2nd), Nationals 2013 (did not make finals)

Aeropress Nationals 2017

Company: Tribe Coffee

Why did you enter this competition:

I entered this year to better myself as a person as well as a coffee professional. I have also realised that these competitions are extremely fun and being part of the coffee community is a privilege very few get to experience. I'm doing this in hopes of proving to the world that South Africans kick ass at coffee.

Favourite coffee at the moment:

At the moment I'm really enjoying a Kenyan fully washed (its my competition coffee so won't give too much info lol)

The first thing I do in the morning is have it in an aeropress before heading off to work. Start your day off with perfect coffee right?

Highlight of the journey so far:

The highlight so far was standing next to our current national champ for the winner announcement at regionals. That feeling standing next to a champion, everyone dead silent as if no one was breathing, you could taste the excitement in the air. Winston is an incredible barista and it was honour to share a stage with him.

Why are the competitions so important:

The chance to show off your skills as a barista to a panel of judges and the public is so important for growth as a coffee professional. It's also a perfect way to introduce the general public to speciality coffee. Being a professional barista is damn cool and these competitions prove it.

Interesting facts about me:

I am currently working on massive art pieces.

I have been skateboarding for 17 years.

Just started a multi genre music project with one of my best friends.


NAME: Simnikiwe Mkhize

COMPETITION HISTORY: This was first competition. Ever.


COMPANY: Counter Culture SA

WHY DID YOU ENTER THIS COMPETITION? Honestly, I was peer pressured, by the bosses, co workers and customers. I gave in because the environment gave me an opportunity to put my skills up against other barista in KZN and also make new connections that I wouldn't have made being at the cafe.


WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS JOURNEY FOR YOU SO FAR? Its definitely not the attention, but the amount of support and love I receive from coffee lovers who come from all over.

WHY DO YOU THINK THE COMPETITIONS ARE IMPORTANT? The bible verse that says "Iron sharpens iron" sums it up. you will never know how good you are unless you yourself against others who think the same about themselves. not says that if you don't come on top that your not but rather you learn where you need to improve.

TELL US AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF. Okay, this very personal. I have a 14 years old Surf City Barbie doll and a 8 years old Fashionsta Barbie doll. I make outfits for them as often as I can and obviously comb and play with them. :)

Name: Neil Gouws

Competition History: (what have you competed in before?) Cup Tasters Nationals 2017, Western Cape Barista Champs 2017

Region and position in comp: (i.e. KZN Cup Tasters 4th) Western Cape 3rd 

Company: Origin Coffee Roasting

Why did you enter this competition? I love competing, not only does it push me and improve my coffee knowledge, it's a great oppurtunity to connect with all the awesome people in the South African coffee community. 

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean) I've recently had the chance to work with a few great Ethiopian Naturals. My favourite would have to be a Yirgacheffe Kochere Natural V60 pour-over.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Nationals 2017 was a great experience. So much knowledge and experience gathered under one roof.

Why do you think the competitions are important? Competitions are one of the ways we improve our skills and up our standards. This is incredibly valuable in a relatively new coffee industry like South Africa's. Competitions gather the greatest coffee professionals, who are always willing to share their knowledge and sow into our community. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:)  I really enjoy being outdoors. So if I'm not behind the bar you'll probably find me on the beach or a hiking trail in the middle of nowhere.

Name:Kuda Gezi

Comps History: 2nd place Western Cape Barista Championships (2016)

5th place Western Cape Barista Championships (2017)

Company: Ground Central Coffee Roastery 

Coffee I like: I’m so into Flat whites, especially with El Salvador beans

My Journey: It has been a tough at the moment to find time to practice and be behind the machine as I have been mostly involved in Coffee equipment selling & Coffee machine repairs and importing in my new job with Ground Central. It has been an exciting time, but still i’m always trying to give myself more time behind the espresso bar.

Why Comps are Important:  In my opinion they are important in a way that we get the time to showcase our skills,talent & passion.Also the fact that we are coffee  ambassadors & we all have the same obsession.

Fact about me: Look, my life has now changed hey from socializing with friends lol! I’m now a dad so he is now my partner in crime, always with him in my spare time :)

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Tribe Coffee Super Latte Art Throwdown and SCASA National Latte Art Finals

Friday, 2 February, 2018


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