SCASA Gauteng Region Coffee Competitions 2019 - ENTRIES OPEN March 14 2019

ENTRIES NOW OPEN for SCASA's 2019 Gauteng Region Coffee Competitions taking place 26-28 July at Coffee & Chocolate, Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg.

Download the Coffee Competition Entry Form HERE

Judges who would like to apply can do so HERE
Judges training will be Thursday 25 July 2019, Venue TBC.

Learn more about at 2019's Coffee & Chocolate HERE

Gauteng Regional Champions 2018 August 13 2018

Congratulations to the new Gauteng Regional Coffee Champions! Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers.

Barista Championship:
Winner: Ishan Natalie - Starbucks South Africa
2nd: Harry Mole - TriBeCa Coffee
3rd: Trevor Fitz - Independent
4th: Khulekani Mpala - Wiesenhof Roastery
5th: Mbongiseni Benedictus Nkomo - thirdspace
6th: John Gareth Evans - TriBeCa Coffee

Latte Art:
Winner: Mbongiseni Benedictus Nkomo - thirdspace
2nd: Itumeleng Zono - HSC - The Hospitality Solutions Company

Cup Tasters:
Winner: Thabang Klainbaas Maluleka - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.
2nd: Itumeleng Zono - HSC - The Hospitality Solutions Company

Photos: The Coffee Magazine



2018 Gauteng Regionals Schedule May 03 2018

Gauteng Regionals 2018 at HOSTEX March 19 2018

The 2018 National  Champions have just been decided but as it always goes, the next cycle of Regionals is hot on their heels to begin the search for 2019 contenders.

The Gauteng Regional Coffee Competitions (Cup Tasters, Barista and Latt Art) will be from 6th-8th May 2018 held at the Gallagher Convention Centre. Last year this team played host to the Nationals and it was a roaring success, we look forward to HOSTEX this year.

You can sign up for your free trade ticket here.


- Judges

- Competitors

Please email to

*Note for judges: The WCEP Training to qualify to judge at World Coffee Events will be happening in Durban from 24 - 28 July 2018. More details on this to follow soon, but it's a good idea to get some training in at the Regionals!

Results from Gauteng Regional Barista Champs 2017 August 02 2017

Wow! Everybody who was at the Good Food & Wine Show JHB could agree that the standard was exceptionally high.

Congratulations to Trevor Fitz, the new Gauteng Barista Champion!!!

Top 6:
1. Trevor Fitz - Independent
2. Harry Mole - TriBeCa Coffee
3. Khulekani Mpala - TriBeCa Coffee
4. Mbongiseni Nkomo - Time Out Cafe
5. John Evans - TriBeCa Coffee
6. Musa Magwaza - Starbucks South Africa

Well done to all competitors! Shew, Nationals 2018 is going to be epic! 

Photos courtesy of our Media Partners, The Coffee Magazine. Full album here.

Full Results here:


Gauteng Barista Champs Schedule July 28 2017

Get down to the Good Food & Wine Show at the Ticketpro Dome to support some of the most talented baristas in Gauteng! It's going to be a wonderful weekend with some stiff competition!!! Will Khulekani Mpala defend his crown? Or will a new champion emerge?

Here is the full schedule for the Gauteng Barista Champs Semi-Finals running today 28 July and tomorrow 29 July:

ENTER NOW: Gauteng Barista Champs at Good Food & Wine Show JHB July 18 2017

Have you entered the Gauteng Regional Barista Championships? 14 amazing baristas already have! Throw your name into the ring and you could be South Africa's next Barista Champion! The competition will be held at Good Food and Wine Show, Johannesburg, 28-30 July 2017!

Photo by Brew Tool Coffee Culture

Khulekani Mpala will be back to defend his 2016 Gauteng title, along with TriBeCa colleagues Harry Mole and John Evans. The popular Whippet Cafe has two entries this year and Musa Magwaza, who last competed in KZN, but has since relocated to join the Starbucks SA team, will rejoin competition! A very exciting field indeed!

Download your entry form here and send to

The Good Food and Wine Show in JHB is the biggest and has so much to offer consumers. If you would like to take a stand at this show and reach a new audience of coffee drinkers, SCASA members get a special rate, please contact Daniel to find out more: 306 0579

We can't wait to see you there!!!

Gauteng Latte Art Line Up July 14 2017

Gauteng Latte Art and Cup Tasters Comp: 13-16 July. Enter NOW! June 26 2017

Do you have mad latte art skills like Amadeu from the Eastern Cape?

Do you want to learn from people who have competed successfully on the World Stage?

Do you want the chance to compete against the current National Cup Taster's Champ, Simphiwe Adams, who just won the Eastern Cape Regionals again?

Then you need to enter the SCASA Latte Art and Cup Tasters Champs held at Coffee & Chocolate Expo JHBENTRY FORM HERE

Submit to

Gauteng Regionals: Latte Art and Cup Tasters 2017 March 23 2017

Following the new schedule format the Latte Art and Cup Tasters competitions are now standing on their own two feet at a seperate venue to the Barista Champs.

This Johannesburg event will be held at the Coffee&Chocolate Expo at Montecasino from 13-16 July!

Exciting news is that C&C will also play host to the World Coffee Events All Star event, the first of it's kind in South Africa. 

You can find the entry form here.

Schedule for the Gauteng Regional Coffee Competition April 14 2016

It's all happening from 3-5 May at the Food & Hospitality Africa Show, Gallagher Estate. The competition will take place at the Tea & Coffee Pavilion and is set to be a fantastic event with baristas from all over Gauteng.

Besides showcasing the best coffee professionals in Gauteng who will be battling each other for the titles in Latte Art, Cup Tasters and Barista competition categories, the SCASA stage will be a vital access point for visitors to learn more about Speciality Coffee in South Africa.

Stop by and watch the competition or take part in one of our demos where you'll get to meet leaders in the coffee industry and talk all things coffee.

So here's what the three days will look like.


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. 

We look forward to seeing you there! Baristas if you haven't sent in your application then download it here and send it in asap.

Dates for SCASA Gauteng Regionals February 17 2016

The Coffee Mag have released a press release detailing the upcoming dates for the Gauteng Regional Coffee Competition. This event is the first regional competition for 2016 and will be held at the inaugural Food & Hospitality Africa Show

"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!"

Baristas will also be competing in the Cup Tasters and Latte Art competition so this is one weekend you don't want to miss out on. Come along and meet some of SA's top coffee talent.

Read the full Press Release from The Coffee Mag here.

Download your entry form here.

Enter the 2015 Gauteng Barista Competition February 02 2015

Are you a barista in Gauteng? The Gauteng Barista Champs are around the corner!
Competitions are a fantastic way of learning new skills and having fun, while interacting with other baristas and judges. Download your entry form HERE and enter today.

Date : 26 Feb - 1 March

Venue : Homemakers Expo, Coca-Cola Dome, JHB

Click HERE to enter.

CALLING ALL JUDGES! February 08 2014

SCASA will present the Gauteng Regional Coffee Competitions at the Homemakers Expo (Coca-Cola dome) between 27 Feb - 2 March 2014.

Please email George Bertolis before Thursday 13 February 10am, if you are available to be part of the judging team! Once we know who is available we will let you know if you are going to be a coffee comp judge.

Please note in order to be able to judge you need attend the compulsory judges calibration, tasting and training session on Wednesday (26 Feb 2014) You will also be required to attend the calibration session each morning before the start of the competition as well as the barista debriefing.

You will be tested and need to know the WBC rules & regulations (Click here to download) and you should be familiar with all WCE rules & regulations. There will also be various coffee taste start honing in on your skills

Judges Training February 08 2014

Judging in the Gauteng Regional Coffee Competitions?

You will be required to attend compulsary judges training as follows:

Wednesday: 26 February 2014
Time: 11h00 to 17h00!
Venue: To be confirmed

Technical Judges please bring the following to the training:

  • 2 stop watches each
  • Spoon
  • Pencil
  • Clipboard
  • Eraser
Sensory Judges please bring the following to the training:
  • Spoon
  • Pencil
  • Clipboard
  • Eraser
Also please remember to only eat bland foods and no perfumes or strong deodorants before training and during the competition!

The judges schedule will be finalised after the training session. Should you need additional information please do not hesitate to contact George Bertolis by email or call +27-72-878-7867

Gauteng Regionals 2014 January 22 2014

The first event of the year is the Gauteng Regionals to be held at the Homemakers Expo at the Coca-Cola Dome from 27th Feb – 2nd March 2014.

Gauteng’s best coffee professionals will compete at the Homemakers Expo for the Regional title’s in the Barista competition, the Latte Art competition, the Cup Tasters competition and the Aeropress competition.

The finalists in each of these competitive coffee categories will qualify for the National Finals later in the year.  From these competitions a South African Champion in each category will be chosen to represent South Africa at the World Barista Championships in 2015.

To compete in the Gauteng Regional coffee competitions, click here to download the registration form.