Register to be a judge at the Western Cape Coffee Competition August 29 2016

We are calling on all judges from past competitions, and those who have been wanting to judge, to REGISTER HERE for the Western Cape Coffee Competition. 

Gain experience, learn, and enjoy a weekend of tasting great coffee from passionate baristas.

You can download the form HERE and return to

Get your hands on the latest Coffee Magazine August 25 2016

If you haven't already seen, The Coffee Mag recently launched their NEW website. It is a coffee filled portal where one can read interviews with coffee people around SA, find out about new coffee shops on the block, and they are always giving away coffee and gadgets. 

Haven't seen it? Take a look at The Coffee Mag online.

But that is not the point of this post. We want to draw your attention to their magazine. This monthly publication is packed with newsworthy content from the coffee industry both locally and internationally. 

You may have seen the magazine at your local coffee shop but you can also subscribe to receive the magazine each month. Sign up is super easy online, just click here.

Add this magazine to your waiting room at work, or if you are a cafe owner and haven't subscribed now is the time! Mel & Iain of The Coffee Mag are always sourcing fascinating new content for their magazine, keeping us all up to date on what's news in the coffee world.

So why not sign up today and enjoy ongoing quality coffee journalism.

Unification of SCAA & SCAE August 18 2016

Have you seen the recent update circulating social media? The Specialty Coffee Association of America announced their plan to unify with the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe.

We want to congratulate the SCAA & SCAE on this unification and are so excited for how this strong partnership will make a difference, a positive impact, to specialty coffee worldwide. Take a look at the release SCAA put out online HERE. It also outlines the goals and next steps of this process. 

We were asked on Twitter what impact it has on SCASA and here is feedback from the board.

"The unification does not affect SCASA at all, as we are a separate organisation from the SCAE or SCAA. The unification between SCAE and SCAA would benefit the coffee industry as a whole, due to having stronger unified views and impact on the coffee scene globally. This just means that influence and decisions will be made with a more comprehensive view and insight, and once decided, the global community will be unified and aligned, to work closer together to achieve greater results in coffee quality, education at every level from farm to coffee service and communities will be built with unified strategic force behind it – on a global level.

We can be glad that this is happening, however it will not be happening without its challenges, however once they push through, I believe greater impact will be visible.

So let’s wait and see what the next steps will be, however we can only follow in their footsteps as they have achieved success in their associations, which we are still building towards."

Eastern Cape Coffee Competition Results August 04 2016

Well done to the Eastern Cape baristas who came out to take part in your Regional Coffee Competition. It was a small pool with big passion and we so admired the effort put in to the competition.

Of course without our sponsors and organisers these competitions would not happen so THANK YOU ALL! We are so grateful for businesses who partner with us to grow the specialty coffee industry in SA, as well as improving the level and training of local baristas.

So here are the results from last weekend's Eastern Cape Coffee Competition.

Barista Champs

6. Noluthando Mavela - Ubuntu Educational Fund
5. Sivuyile Jacobs - TriBeCa Coffee Company
4. Pique Zono - Fratelli Foods
3. Simphiwe Adams - Sumatran Coffee
2. Zeldrico Hansen - Eastern Cape Motors
1. Angeline McLagan - Ciro Beverage Solutions

Latte Art Champs

2. Sivuyile Jacobs - TriBeCa Coffee Company
1. Azuzile Gqaba - Masterton's Coffee and Tea Specialists

Cup Tasters Champs

4. Donovan McLagan - Urban Espress Coffee Co
3. Matthew Allen - Sumatran Coffee
2. Shaun Aupiais - Famous Brands
1. Simphiwe Adams - Sumatran Coffee

Take a look at the official press release on The Coffee Mag's website, which includes some photos from the event and links to sponsors and cafes.

The Eastern Cape Coffee Competition begins today! July 28 2016

It's all happening in PE today, at the the start of the Eastern Cape Coffee Competition. Hosted by the Homemakers Expo at their Coffee Lovers Theatre, baristas will be competing in three categories over the next 3 days... Latte Art Competition, Cup Tasters Competition and the Barista Competition.

Each of these categories has it's own element of fun and excitement and we cannot wait to see what each barista brings to the table.

Here is the schedule over the next few days.

Thursday 28th July
10am - 4.30pm : Barista Competition
6pm - 7.45pm : Latte Art Competition

Friday 29th July
10am - 4.30pm : Barista Competition
6.45pm - 7.25pm : Cup Tasters Competition
7.30pm : Monin Minute
7.30pm : Finals Announcement

Saturday 30th July
10am : Cup Tasters Final
10.30am : Latte Art Final
12pm - 5.30pm : Barista Competition Final
6.30pm : Monin Minute
6.45pm : Award Ceremony

Sending well wishes to every barista competing. Have fun and impress those judges. The top 2 latte art finalists will go through to Nationals, the top 6 barista finalists, and the top 4 cup tasters.

We want to encourage you to head down to the Expo this weekend and cheer on your local baristas. They learn so much at these competitions, and in turn this means your daily coffee will just get better and better.

All the details about the expo are on their website, so we'll see you at the Boardwalk Exhibition Centre this weekend! 

The Coffee Mag catch up with SA Barista Champ July 21 2016

Wayne Oberholzer is back from Ireland and The Coffee Mag caught up with him after his World Barista Champs experience.

Read the full interview here.

One question they asked is if the public will be able to taste any of his WBC coffee and Wayne has assured all coffee drinkers that it will be available on Cape Coffee Beans, for order, soon!

Wayne is owner at The Portland Project, a Western Cape based coffee company. Take a look at what they are doing in the coffee scene and follow them on Facebook.

Results from the World Barista Champs July 04 2016

The results have been confirmed and once again the World Barista Champs were a huge success. Well done to the host city Dublin, Ireland for putting on a fantastic event. Our baristas and team that attended have only had great things to say! 
Above are the top 6 barista finalists, and below you will find a complete list of results from the event. (click on the image to view full screen and zoom in)
We are incredibly proud of SA Barista, Wayne Oberholzer for placing 29th in the whole competition. His performance was a testament to his wide coffee knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for specialty coffee. 
We are already looking forward to our National competition to see which SA barista will have the privilege of competing at the WBC next year! 
Thank you to everyone who makes these events a possibility for our baristas. Sponsors, team support and the passionate coffee community all play a vital role in sending our baristas to compete on an international level. We cannot wait to see what tips and experience Wayne brings home from his time in Dublin.

World Barista Champs Recap June 30 2016

It was an exciting build up to this annual coffee championship and as Wayne Oberholzer and team SA head over to Dublin, Ireland we were all cheering them on. The World Barista Championship is an esteemed event and a fantastic opportunity for our baristas to meet the champions from around the world and learn from each other.

Image Credit | The Coffee Mag ©

Wayne took part in the Barista Competition and Winston took part in the Aeropress Competition. Both gents made us very proud, despite not making it into the finals round. Wayne placed 29th out of 61 competitors which is a fantastic result! 

You can view all the results here.

Image Credit | The Coffee Mag ©

Berg Wu of Taiwan took the World Barista Champ titles and Filip Kucharczyk of Poland won the World Aeropress Championship. 

You can catch the action on livestream, and take a look at what else the guys got up to on their Irish adventures, over at The Coffee Mag.

Well done again guys! Safe travels home. 

Dates for the Western Cape Coffee Competition June 10 2016

The dates have been set for the 2016 Western Cape Coffee Competition.

15th - 18th September
Cape Homemakers Expo, CTICC

We are counting down the months to this event, and are urging all Western Cape baristas to get your entries in ASAP. Download your entry form HERE.

The categories, as usual, are barista competition, latte art competition and cup tasters competition. Enter one or all and come be part of this fantastic, proudly South African, specialty coffee event. 

Sandy Edwards, Expo Organiser for HOMEMAKERS Cape commented saying: “We invite visitors to gather around the coffee aroma at the Coffee Lovers’ Theatre and support our local baristas as they battle it out for the Western Cape regional title.”

The press release also made note that "the Expo offers a vast array of home improvement, décor, design and lifestyle products and services under one roof, giving you the opportunity to explore, compare and find solutions to your specific needs."

So put these dates in your diary today and join us at the CTICC in September. Gather round the excitement that will be brewing as our local baristas battle it out for a place at Nationals and the chance to gain the title of Western Cape barista champ.

Watch the World Barista Champs on Livestream May 26 2016

Image Credit | The Coffee Mag

Wayne Oberholzer has been prepping day and night for his set at the World Barista Champs in Ireland. The competition takes place from the 22nd - 25th June in Dublin, Ireland.

You can watch the whole thing on Livestream! Yes, make sure you catch the action here. Wayne will be performing on day 1, Wednesday 22nd at 3.35pm Dublin time.

You can get all the event info and schedules on the World Coffee Events website. Just click here.

We can't wait for this competition and to see just what Wayne has up his sleeve for his performance. From all of us here, we are backing you all the way Wayne. We know you'll make SA proud. 

Take a look at the interview The Coffee Mag did with Wayne as he gets ready for his trip.

Read the full interview here.

Watch the premiere of 'The Coffee Man' in Cape Town May 19 2016

Yes it's coming to SA, The Coffee Man will be premiering in Cape Town.

Sasa Sestic is the current world barista champ and this documentary follows his journey of coffee. A must see for all coffee lovers and especially those invested in the specialty coffee industry. 

Date: 13 June
Venue: Labia Theatre
Cost: R75

You can get your tickets via The Coffee Mag site, so just click here. You'll also see all the details on their post about the event. 

Download your Entry Form Eastern Cape Baristas May 11 2016

Last week was a brilliant start to the 2016 Regional Coffee Competitions in SA. The competition was great fun and our competing baristas did so well. 

Next up is our Eastern Cape competition, so if you are a barista, cafe owner or coffee shop regular, now's the time to act. Download an entry form HERE and fill it in to return to If you know a great barista who you think should enter, then download a form for them to fill in. 

The EC coffee competition will take place from the 28th - 31st July at the Homemakers Expo, Boardwalk Exhibition Centre, PE. 

If you would like to volunteer or judge please email us on and we'll put you in touch with the organising committee. 

We will be updating you as we get closer to the time, however we urge you to enter soon and we look forward to seeing you there.


Congrats to the 2016 Gauteng Barista Champ Khulekani Mpala May 06 2016

Image credit | Brew Tool Coffee Culture ©2016 PS Primich

The past week has been exhilarating, nail-biting and on the edge of your seat stuff. The Gauteng regional coffee competition was such a success and we are so thankful to all our sponsors who made the event possible.

To the judges and volunteers involved, thank you for your time and effort over the competition, and of course congrats to all the baristas that took part. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and that you learnt a lot and got to meet some more coffee professionals.

Yesterday we announced the top 6, and these 6 competed in the final competition where there could only be one winner. The final results were as follows...

2016 Gauteng Barista Champ: Khulekani Mpala of TriBeCa
2nd place: Harry Mole
3rd place: Alicia Bulter
4th place: Phumlani Sebeko
5th place: Nomthandazo Sebeko
6th place: Pardon Sibanda

These 6 will be going through to Nationals to compete for the title of SA Barista Champ.

The cup tasters competition was won by Harry Mole and the latte art competition was won by Sibusiso Ncube of Famous Brands. You can read more about the results and see more photos on The Coffee Mag's site here.

We look forward to our next regional competition in PE so keep an eye on our Facebook page for details leading up to that event.


Gauteng's Top 6 Baristas May 05 2016

This week has been phenomenal, as we have watched the talented Gauteng baristas competing at regionals. Each barista has brought their unique flare to the competition and it has been such a pleasure watching them compete. 

Another big thank you goes to our sponsors and all involved in making this competition a reality. For local baristas these competitions are such a great way to learn, develop confidence and meet people from the industry.

It is finals day today and the top 6 baristas competing for the title of Gauteng Barista Champ are Phumlani Sibeko, Nomtha Sibeko, Khulekani Nkulu Mpala, Alicia Bulter, Pardon Sibanda and Harry Mole.

Image Credit | The Coffee Mag ©

These 6 are already going through to Nationals at the end of the year, and we wish you all the best of luck today and in the competition ahead. Congrats as well to Harry Mole who claimed the Cup Tasters title in Gauteng.

Here's to the final day of the competition, thank you to the Food and Hospitality Africa Expo for being such fantastic hosts!

Watch "Consumed by Coffee: The Bloom of Coffee Culture in SA" April 28 2016

With the long weekend ahead of us, and just 5 days to go before the Gauteng Regional Coffee Competition, we are feeling extremely excited. 

So in the spirit of coffee in SA, we wanted to share this phenomenal short film from The Coffee Mag.

"Consumed by Coffee: The Bloom of of Coffee Culture in SA" is a glimpse into the industry and the incredible growth that has taken place.

Get to know key players in coffee around South Africa, and make sure you have coffee nearby cause you will definitely want to have a cup after watching this.

Thank you to all those involved in putting this video together. You have served the specialty coffee industry in SA well and we just love this.

So go ahead and watch the short film HERE.

Get to the Food & Hospitality Africa Show in Gauteng April 21 2016

We are getting so excited about the first regional coffee competition of 2016! As you may have seen, the competition is taking place at the Food & Hospitality Africa Expo from the 3rd to the 5th of May in Gauteng. 

The schedule is out so you can start planning which days and times you'll be stopping by to watch all the coffee action.

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

9am-11am: Cup Tasters Championships Semi Finals  

11am-5pm: Barista Championships Semi Final Round 1

Wednesday 4TH May 2016

9am-11am: Latte Art Championships Semi Finals

11am-4pm: Barista Championships Semi Final Round 2 

4pm - 5pm SCASA AGM. 

Thursday 5TH May 2016

9am - 10am: Cup Tasters Finals

10am -11am: Latte Art Finals

11am - 3.30pm: Barista Championships Finals - Top 6.

4.15pm: Prizegiving. 

Nominations for 2016 SCASA Board of Directors April 12 2016

It's that time of year again when we nominate our SCASA Board of Directors. If you have been involved and would like to nominate someone, DOWNLOAD THIS FORM and email your nominations to

We look forward to an exciting year ahead and are so grateful to everyone who has and will assist us along the way.

Thank you for taking part in this nomination. Closing date is 15 April 2016 so get your nominations in today!


World Latte Art and World Cup Tasters Results April 07 2016


It is always a great privilege to watch our SA baristas competition at World Coffee Events, and this past week we saw two of our top competitors in Shanghai. Donovan McLagan represented SA in the World Cup Tasters Champs and Alhenrico Thomas represented SA in the World Latte Art Champs.

Both baristas did phenomenally well, competing at a high standard and impressing the judges. This is such a great opportunity for our guys to learn from overseas trends while getting to meet other baristas in their field of competition. 

Donovan McLagan placed 14th in the world which is just awesome!

We are still waiting for the full results from the World Latte Art Champs, for where Alhenrico placed.

Thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible for Don and Alhenrico. This is a big step forward for the Specialty Coffee Industry in SA and we look forward to many more world champs in the years ahead.

The Coffee Mag have shared some pictures from the events in Shanghai, so take a look here.

Download your 2016 Coffee Competition Entry Form HERE! March 30 2016

We have 4 regional coffee competitions throughout 2016 and we want you to enter.

Download your entry form HERE and email it to us on It's that simple. All the info you need is on the form.

These competitions are a great way to learn from more experienced baristas, seasoned competitors, and are a great place to meet South African coffee professionals. The competitions are fun and a brilliant way to uplift baristas around the country.

SCASA is an agent for the World Coffee Events and the World Barista Competition, therefore promoting the competitions related to these organisations. SCASA ensure that baristas within the country are trained to an ultimately professional level, providing them with the best skills to compete in competitions Regionally, Nationally, and Internationally.

SCASA provides a forum to share information and views, so as to assist the industry in growing the knowledge and awareness of Speciality Coffee in Southern Africa. 

So far our first competition is happening in JHB from the 3rd - 5th May and our second regional competition is happening in PE from the 28th - 31st July. Find out more info here.

Download your form HERE if you haven't already!!!! 

We look forward to seeing some new faces at this year's competitions.

Ital Espresso Worx share their products March 17 2016

Ital Espresso Worx sent us a Facebook message with some of their current products. Take a look at this equipment for your home coffee bar, cafe or roastery.


What happens at SCASA coffee competitions March 10 2016

Whenever we meet bystanders at our competitions the first thing they ask is, "What's going on here?". Once we explain to them that it is a coffee competition for baristas competing for a place at Nationals and ultimately to be SA Barista Champ they then ask, "What do they have to do?". So here is a summary of what happens at SCASA coffee competitions.

There are three competitions: Latte Art Champs, Cup Tasters Champs, and Barista Champs. Let's break these down for you.

Latte Art Champs

Image : Coffey & Cake

Barista competing in the latte art champs have to submit to images of latte art that they are going to replicate. They have two pour for each design. One is a free pour where they just use the motion of their wrist to make a pattern, and the other is a design pour where they can use an etching tool to create something amazing.

They present their best one out of each category to the judges.

Cup Tasters Champs

Image : Coffey & Cake

This competition looks very different to the rest, because it is not done behind the espresso machine. Rather it is a race (if you will) between two baristas to taste 8 sets of 3 coffees and choose the odd one out in each set. It is great fun to watch as baristas aren't tasting espresso coffee, it is ground coffee with tempered water poured over and the residue is removed. Baristas slurp up the coffee using what looks like a soup spoon.

The barista who gets the most right in the fastest time is the Cup Tasters Champ.

Barista Champs

Image : Coffey & Cake


This is probably the most well known of the competitions but here's what really goes down. Each barista gets 15 minutes to prep their area. During this time they set out their display table and make sure all their equipment is ready, neat and tidy. Then they get 15 minutes to perform their set. This is timed to background music and in this set they have to produce 3 courses to 4 sensory judges. They have technical judges watching their technique at the same time so you can image, the pressure is high. 

The 3 courses are the espresso, the cappuccino, and the signature drink. While making each course they are speaking the judges through the coffee they use, where it was sourced from, and all the information about why they chose this coffee and what the judges should taste in each course.

These competitions are great fun to watch, and as the clock ticks they can become quite exciting as you cheer for the baristas to finish in time. Not only are they fun, but they give baristas the opportunity to learn from each other, gain more confidence, and get to know coffee better.

So now that you know what happens at the SCASA coffee competitions, we urge you to get to the next competition happening in your city. We look forward to seeing you there.

Gauteng Competition
Food & Hospitality Africa at Gallagher Estate in Midrand
3-5th May. 

Eastern Cape Competition
Homemakers Expo. The Boardwalk Exhibition Centre 
28th - 31st July


Make great coffee at home with these methods. March 03 2016

We all know that feeling of waking up knowing there is good coffee in the house. It's an even better feeling when you have the right home brewing equipment to make your morning cuppa.

Coffey & Cake have put together a list of Home Brew Coffee Methods, with videos of just how to get the best coffee out of each method. As well as where you can buy the coffee brewer. 

We urge every coffee drinker to invest in the brewer you most enjoy. Whatever is easiest for you and makes coffee that tastes great to you. Some of your local coffee shops may be able to offer you tips around these home brewing methods so chat to the barista, or coffee shop owner, and start your journey towards amazing coffee at home.

So click HERE to learn more about these Home Brew Coffee Methods.

2016 Regional Coffee Competitions February 25 2016

We announced last week that the first of our regional coffee competitions will be happening in Joburg on the 3rd-5th of May 2016. 

Gauteng baristas it's time to get involved so email for competition entry details and we'll see you there! 

The competition will be hosted by the Food & Hospitality Africa Show and will be held at Gallagher Convention Centre from 9am - 5pm daily. Baristas will compete in the Latte Art Champs, Cup Tasters Champs, or the Barista Champs, for a shot at making it through to Nationals at the end of 2016.

The second regional competition happening in 2016 is in the Eastern Cape. Once again hosted by Homemakers Expo at The Boardwalk Exhibition Centre, PE. The competition will take place from the 28th - 31st July 2016.


If you know of a barista who should compete in either of these regional coffee competitions please email us on for competition entry details.

Download an entry form here.

Become a SCASA sponsor in 2016 February 22 2016

We are excited about this year ahead and the coffee competitions leading up to seeing who will be our next SA Barista Champ. For now however we are looking for individuals and companies to come on board as sponsors. There are a number of benefits, so take a look below at the categories you can register as.

Platinum level Sponsors get to have a dedicated space at each show as part of the SCASA Floor plan area. i.e in 2015 Dion Wired as Platinum Sponsor built a pop-up shop and sold stock at the SCASA coffee theaters. 
Gold level Sponsors get to fully-integrate their products into the SCASA Coffee Theatre and competitions ie in 2015 Spar Full Cream Fresh Milk as Gold Sponsor was named as the Official Milk supplier to all SCASA barista Competitions for 2015 and the use of their milk was compulsory in the Latte Art competition, and Spar Full Cream Milk product was on stage throughout the Latte Art event and 80l of Milk was supplied to the Barista practise room at all 5 events in 2015 . 
Silver level Sponsors get to run specific activations at the SCASA Coffee Theatre and competitions .ie in 2015 Monin and Almond Breeze as Silver Sponsors were allocated 1 hour slots as part of the Official SCASA programme on the SCASA main stage - the "Monin Minute" and "Almond Breeze Barista Smackdown" were mini events that utilized the entire SCASA infrastructure, personelle (SCASA Baristas, Judges, MC, DJ, Volunteers) and the brands' products, had full brand activation and audience participation.
Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors get their names on the back wall at all the competitions and on all event marketing, SCASA website and email newsletter - in order of their ranking ie Platinum BIG and always at the top, followed by Gold and then Silver in decreasing size and position. 
All Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsor members get the premium demo slots at the SCASA Brew bar at all events - 1 hour slots in the prime times! 
If you would like to become a SCASA sponsor please send us an email on