It's the Final countdown: Food and Hospitality Africa and the GP Coffee Competitions

Friday, 29 April, 2016
We are so looking forward next week at Food and Hospitality Africa! The Coffee Magazine will be there to have some coffee fun. We're running a fantastic competition for people who come visit our stand in the Coffee and Tea Pavilion - you can win a coffee machine to take home with you! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep in the loop and updated with all the action from the SCASA stage.

Come hang out with some of the coolest cats on the Gauteng coffee scene and watch them do their thing on stage. Wayne Oberholzer, the current SA Barista Champion will be on hand to impart his knowledge and share a bit about his journey to the World Barista Champs.



*Please note all times are subject to change.


Food & Hospitality Africa – a one-stop shop for hospitality industry

It’s the final countdown to Food & Hospitality Africa – the show that promises to deliver an absolute cornucopia of culinary and hospitality wonders that include a broad selection of products, equipment and services, as well as demonstrations and competitions, and a host of interesting topics in the scheduled seminars and conferences.

F&HA, which runs at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 3-5 May for the first time, is a co-location of the renowned Hostex show, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, and IFEA, the International food and drink Africa expo.

“F&HA is a response to industry demands for a one-stop shop, which is designed to be the most representative hospitality, food and drink, catering equipment, and food service event on the African continent,” explains Nick Sarnadas, Food & Hospitality Event Director with show organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. “Under the F&HA banner, we have incorporated the hospitality and food service sectors that Hostex covered so successfully every year, while also adding food and drink, thus combining all the aspects of hospitality in one show and giving us the proud status of being the only pan-African hospitality, food and retail expo.”

The show has attracted a broad spectrum of industry players, and several reputable associations representing the leading bodies in their respective industries are partnering with the expo. They include SACA – SA Chefs Association; SCASA – the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa; RASA – the Restaurant Association of SA; SANHA – the South African National Halaal Association; BABASA – the Bed and Breakfast Association of SA; FEDHASA – the Federated Hospitality Association of SA; GHASA – the Guest House Association of SA; the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STTP); and NAA – the National Accommodation Association. Other partnerships include the Consumer Goods Council, the Department of Trade & Industry, media partners, Uber and SAA, which is offering discounted flights for visitors to the show from within South Africa, from Africa, and other countries.

The Minister of the Department of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, will officially open Food & Hospitality Africa, and the DTI will also have a pavilion at the expo, reinforcing the real value that it can contribute to trade and industry with Africa and further afield.

Other highlights on the show include The Skillery, a culinary hub powered by the SA Chefs Association, which will be the venue for several culinary competitions and will showcase the world-class talents and skills of many of South Africa’s chefs. Also at The Skillery, Culinary Team South Africa will be displaying the cold table that they will be presenting at the IKA Culinary Olympics, the oldest and most prestigious global culinary competition, on 3 May.

Another feast for the eyes is the SA Cake Decorators Guild display, which will celebrate the Guild’s 40th anniversary with a breath-taking display. Each of the 15 exhibits will depict individual members’ particular talents and creativity and will include features such as animated figurines, fairies, a three-tier traditional cake with extension work and flowers, a celebration cake with flowers, an exhibit displaying paint techniques, and more.

The show will accommodate about 300 exhibitors from over 27 countries, and will be housed in halls two and three at Gallagher Convention Centre, which are linked by a spacious foyer where the New Products Display will be located, as well as the Competition Zone, with cook-offs in competitions run by City & Guilds, Lucky Star and Unilever Food Solutions, which will attract South Africa’s hot young and experienced chefs to show off their talents – and leave with big cash prizes.

The Global Pizza Challenge cook-offs, with a top prize of R15 000 for the pizza champion, will also feature at the expo. “The Global Pizza Challenge finals have been a popular feature of Hostex for some years and we’re delighted that the tradition is continuing at Food & Hospitality Africa,” says Sarnadas.

The trends-driven free to attend Host-ED seminar will also run throughout the show, covering a wide range of topics of interest to exhibition visitors. Presentations will be delivered on the exhibition floor on a first-come, first-served basis. Opening Host-ED is the DTI’s Road Map for the SA Food & Beverage industry, outlining what the DTI has in store for 2016 and how that will benefit the food, beverage and hospitality industries.

To ensure easy access to the show, a shuttle service will run throughout the three days of the show from the Midrand Gautrain Station to Gallagher Convention Centre. Uber is also making life easier with a R150 discount for new Uber users. Access for students enrolled in related fields of study is restricted to the final day of the show from 14:00 to 17:00.

Visitors to Food & Hospitality Africa are advised to pre-register online at for quick and easy access to the expo.

“We believe Food & Hospitality Africa will make its mark as a strong asset for the industries it serves, as a leading platform for networking and idea generation, as a hub of information and innovation, as an invaluable source of products and services, and mostly, as a place where the industry wants to be,” says Sarnadas.

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SCASA Gauteng Regionals 2016

Friday, 15 April, 2016

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Bloemfontein Coffee Expo 9&10 April

Friday, 1 April, 2016

We chatted to Wikus Botha of Coffee Talks Cafe in Bloemfontein, Free State to fin dout how the Bloemfontein Coffee Expo came about and what people can expect over the 2 days.

"The aim of the first Coffee Expo in Bloem is to engage the community of coffee lovers, to educate coffee lovers and to bring coffee lovers/ industry together. Ultimately, we aim to grow the coffee culture in Bloem and the Free State!

Its not necessarily a new or pioneering idea. Its an idea from a guy (Name Withheld) who is a coffee enthusiast and spent most of his adult life in JHB which has some coffee culture. He realised that he could network and get more work done in cafes. When he moved to Bloemfontein in 2013, he struggled to adjust because the Coffee Culture was almost non-existent."

will cover 4 Key areas
Coffee Tasting
Entertainment (live music)
Demos on Latte Art


- Masterton's Coffee and Tea Specialists: Brewing Methods (Commercial & Domestic)

- Jaru Coffee/Royal Roastery from Bloemfontein: will present on Origins of Coffee (coffee appreciation from the different countries)

- Urban Brew Coffee from Bloemfontein: to present on Coffee Flavours
Urban Brew Coffee is in partnership with Truth Coffee and the brand will be launched at the expo by the local entrepreneur Stephan Kuhn.

There will also be a video on the life of a bean (from plantation to the cup)

This will be an inaugural event for Bloemfontein and the focus will on educational presentations.


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You're invited! Food&Hospitality Africa and the SCASA GP Regionals

Friday, 11 March, 2016

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Barista Throwdown at Vintage Coffee!

Wednesday, 9 March, 2016
Kudos to the team at Vintage Coffee in Centurion for organising this event, if you're in Gauteng and you love coffee, go check it out! And if you know a possible competitor, spread the word!

Vintage is hosting a non official Barista Competition with Local Baristas around Gauteng and we would love you too join us, support your favorite barista and have blast.

12 Baristas from different coffee spots competing with their own beans making 4 espressos + 4 cappuccinos within 8 min.

Our judges are:

- Matt Carter - TriBeca
- Dave Walstra - The Roastery
- Waseem Jadwat - EB Café

You really don't want to miss out this event!!!!

#BaristaThrowdown2016 #CoffeeWithaCause #GoodPeopleareVintage

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SCASA Gauteng Regional at Food & Hospitality Africa

Tuesday, 16 February, 2016

Gauteng Regional Coffee Competitions come to Food & Hospitality Africa 3-5 May 2016.

Johannesburg is certainly the place to be when it comes to holding great events. Coffee lovers can rejoice too, as this May The City of Gold plays host to the SCASA Gauteng Coffee Competitions. This includes the Barista Championships, Cup Tasters Championships and Latte Art Championships – all of which will ultimately culminate in Regional Finalists being chosen to compete at the Nationals for the opportunity to represent SA at the World Competitions. The action promises to get pulses racing and not just because of the high caffeine content!

The World Barista Championship is the world’s most prestigious barista competition, welcoming participants from over 50 countries who have won their regional and national-level competitions to represent their domestic coffee talent on the world stage.

This competition is all about performance, skill and passion for coffee, as well as being able to pour delicious coffee under pressure, with a total of seven highly skilled judges watching the barista’s every move as they produce 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 signature drinks, all in under 15 minutes!
There are only 24 spots for baristas in the National Finals, 6 from each of the 4 competitive Regions and with so much on the line, the competition will be fierce!

The Barista Competition is not the only coffee event that will be taking place. People will be able to witness the Cup Tasters Event, which is a test of the senses. There is also the popular Latte Art Championships, where the baristas impress judges with their milk pouring skills, producing flawless tulips, rosettas and hearts to name but a few delightful patterns.

The public will have the opportunity to meet some of the Country’s best coffee talent. If you’ve ever wondered about the world of Speciality Coffee, this is your chance to pick the brains of some of the best in the business from 3-5 May at Gallagher Estate.

Ishan Natalie lifts the hand of Wayne Oberholzer (Portland Project, WC) as he is crowned 2015 National Barista Champion. Photo credit: The Coffee Magazine/Winter.

For further information about these competitions visit and

The inaugural Food & Hospitality Africa Show 2016 is the only food, drink and hospitality trade expo for Pan-Africa. It is the ultimate melting pot for the foodservice, hospitality, catering, retail and wholesale industry and leverages the synergies, size and scale of two industry heavyweights, namely the 30-year-old Hostex and innovative IFEA expos.

Now taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, Food & Hospitality Africa presents the two co-located shows on one level over three days in a seamless exhibition that brings together over 10 000 visitors and 180 exhibitors from the industries it serves. Take a look at last year's Hostex Expo and imagine just how much bigger it will be in its new format! If you are about to enter the coffee industry, this is the Show for you!!!

Hostex 2015 Video 2 from Orange Orbit Productions on Vimeo.

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Exclusive: SA Barista Champ Wayne Oberholzer in JHB

Friday, 29 January, 2016
Watch this space for announcements of more events near you. Like our Facebook page or Subscribe to our newsletter to hear about it first!

Dear Coffee Lovers

You are invited to an exclusive evening of coffee tasting and knowledge sharing with the current South African Barista Champ, Wayne Oberholzer. There are only 30 spots available and it's free, but it's a first come first served system, so if you want to be at this event, fill in the form below immediately!

Date: 8th February
Time: 5pm - 6pm
Venue: Naked, Melrose Arch

What can you expect?

Wayne Oberholzer is our current SA Barista Champion and will be presenting his beautiful Ethiopian Geisha in an exclusive cupping, giving us a sneak peek into the set he is taking to the African Championships next week and filling us in in what it means to be a part of the international coffee community!

The wonderful Naked Coffee at Melrose Arch will play host to an early evening of delight, their amazing Nuova Simonelli Aurelia II will allow Wayne to pull some of the best espresso shots you are likely to ever taste.

There will be a few bags of prized coffee that a couple lucky people will walk away with.

All in all you definitely don't want to miss out!

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Story Sessions: Jose Vilandy of Truth Coffee will be in Durban

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015
José Vilandy will be sharing a bit about his passion for coffee and involvement in Truth Coffee Roasting at our next session. Truth was recently voted the best coffee shop in the world by MSN Travel! World class brands right here in SA. Imagine being taken away from your family and being forced to be a child soldier? For him this was a reality he faced as a youngster living in Angola. His story of overcoming great challenges and making a life for himself needs to be told!

FMI and Appletree Culture Catalysts are super amped to be hosting our 15th STORY Session featuring José Vilandy! It’s the last session of 2015 so expect an epic celebratory vibe with live music, great food and drink and one incredible story!

Here’s some info:

The event is free but you do need to secure a ticket. Follow the event page to do so.

Bring cash for food and drink which will be on sale as well as for parking. Parking is on the 5th floor.

About STORY Sessions

‘If what you want to do with your life won’t make a story meaningful it won’t make a life meaningful either.’ Donald Miller

We have all been impacted by powerful stories. History books are littered with stories of great men and woman whose extraordinary lives have shaped the world we live in. Then there are stories of unsung hero’s, the people in our midst who have incredible stories to tell yet may never have the opportunity to share them.

Our live events create the space for these stories to be told by bringing communities together to share in the stories of those who live right amongst us.

But the big dream goes far beyond simply sharing stories. At STORY Sessions we believe that the power of a story is the story that starts in you. We believe that those listening to the stories of others will become more intentional about living out the most authentic and unique expression of their own story.

Because it is these stories that will change our world.

STORY Sessions is sponsored by Appletree Catalyst Agency and FMI

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