Countdown to SCASA Nationals: Meet the Baristas April 19 2017

Our media partners the Coffee Magazine have been doing interviews with some of the Top 24 Baristas in the Build Up to the 2017 SCASA Nationals. These are some of the most talented baristas in the business and we are so very excited for Nationals at Hostex 2017 in Joburg in just 18 days time! There is everything at stake as the Barista Champs, Latte Artists and Cup Tasters prepare to compete for their tickets to the World Coffee Events competitions in Seoul and Budapest!

Don't miss out! Get down to Gallagher Convention Centre 7-9 May to watch them at Hostex 2017.

"Why do you want to win this thing?
It would be an honour and a privilege to represent our beautiful Country and be an ambassador for our SA Coffee Industry. Although I am not the feminist type it would be pretty darn awesome being the first Lady National Barista Champion – Doing it for the girls." Angeline McLagan, Winner Eastern Cape Regional

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"What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?
The accessibility of information and resources has got me pretty excited. I’ve seen so many people sharing their brewing insights and experience on social media within the past few weeks, some who work in coffee and others who don’t. It’s exciting to see the industry grow both locally and abroad."  Winston Thomas, Winner Western Cape Regional

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"What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?
The realisation that coffee is more than just a beverage. It's a way of life. In one simple morning hour coffee touches all spectra of society and gets it ticking."   Khulekani Mpala, Winner Gauteng Regional

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"Why do you want to win this thing?
Previously I just wanted to participate and learn more, and winning wasn’t important - but the shift in standards and rules now clearly demonstrate that the winner/ finalists are recognised as profoundly skilled and specialised in the coffee industry."

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You can read the full interviews here: http://www.coffeemagazine.co.za/blog/2/5160/build-up-to-scasa-nationals-2017