SCASA KwaZulu-Natal Region Coffee Competitions 2019 - ENTRIES OPEN September 18 2019

ENTRIES NOW OPEN for SCASA's 2019 KwaZulu-Natal Region Coffee Competitions taking place at the Pearls of Umhlanga Mall, in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, 7-9 November.

Download the Coffee Competition Entry Form HERE

Judges who would like to apply can do so HERE
Judges training will be before the competition all details TBC.


KZN Coffee Competition Results 2018 November 14 2018

Well done to the new KZN Champions and the coffee professionals heading to Nationals early next year!

Barista Champs:
CHAMPION: Dieter Liebenberg - VDP Distributors
2. Bruce John Manning - TriBeCa Coffee
3. Kgune Zamo Dlamini - Lineage Coffee
4. Minenhle Sibisi - Colombo Coffee
5. Ndumiso Ngcobo - The Talkhouse Cafe
6. David Kasembe - Steampunk Coffee South Africa

Cup Tasters:
CHAMPION: Chad Aden Whitby - Colombo Coffee
2. Andile Zulu - Terbodore Coffee Roasters
3. Melanie Winter - The Coffee Magazine
4. Sean Brydon - Colombo Coffee

Latte Art:
CHAMPION: Thami Ndlovu - Coastal Coffee Roasters
2. Ndumiso Ngcobo - The Talkhouse Cafe 
3. Sphamandla - Blue Onion Foods
4. Siyanda Ceejay Ntleko - Skyline Coffee Roasters

Thank you to all the Sponsors, volunteers and the awesome venue, Lifestyle Centre Ballito. Fantastic weekend all round.


KZN Schedule Coffee Competitions 2018 October 31 2018

KZN Coffee Competition Dates 2018 October 08 2018

KZN Regional Barista Championships

When: 2, 3, 4 November 2018

Where: The Market, Lifestyle Centre, Ballito

Format: Latte Art, Cup Tasters, Barista Championships

Download the Entry Form here and send to


Winners in KZN! December 04 2017

The SCASA KZN Regional Barista Champs, Latte Art and Cup Tasters competitions were held this week in Durban, and 3 new Champions were crowned! 

Anthem Conference Centre in Durban North played host to the coffee competitions, the last of the 4 Regionals, which determines the final line-up for Nationals,  to be held at Cape Town Coffee Festival in February 2018. 

In the Barista Competition, it was newcomer, Simnikiwe Mkhize (Counter Culture Coffee), that impressed the judges to defeat the reigning champion, Bruce Manning (Tribeca), into second spot.

In the Latte Art it was Minenhle Sibisi (Colombo Coffee & Tea) who clinched the Regional Championship Title from Ndumiso Ngcubu (Talkhouse Cafe) and in the Cup Tasters competition it was Iain Evans (Coffee Magazine) who narrowly beat Sinjon Wicks (Terbodore) for the Title. 

Besides the seriousness of the competitions, it was an incredible week of coffee making, idea sharing and camaraderie amongst the KZN Coffee community - some highlights were Ndumiso Ngubu winning R2500 in the Almond Breeze Barista Blend Smackdown, Monin syrups representative Jason Andrews showcasing some incredible new latte art designs with the new Monin products and the usual barista Afterparty, with the now traditional Winner on the table shot! 

Full results as follows: 

Latte Art:
1. Minenhle Sibisi - Colombo Coffee
2. Ndumiso Ngcobo - The Talkhouse Cafe

Cup Tasters:
1. Iain Evans - The Coffee Magazine
2. Sinjon Wicks - Terbodore Coffee Roasters

Barista Championship:
1. Simnikiwe Mkhize - Counter Culture
2. Bruce Manning - TriBeCa Coffee
3. Ndumiso Ngcobo - The Talkhouse Cafe
4. Seshnie Govender - TriBeCa Coffee
5. Armandt Lauwrens - Ground Coffee House
6. Fikile Khuzwayo - MRP Foundation

Thank you to all judges and Sponsors!

Morrico Import and Export - Victoria Ardunio Black Eagle Espresso machines
Koldserve - Mahlkonig K30 Grinders
Ultimate Water - Water filtration

Almond Breeze - Gold Sponsor
Monin - Silver Sponsor
Vision Works - Bronze Sponsor

Schedule of Events: KZN Date and Venue, get your entries in! November 06 2017

IMPORTANT DATE & TIME Adjustments for KZN Barista, Cup Tasters & Latte Art Regionals:


Date      : Monday 27th November - Thursday 30th November 2017

Venue   : Anthem Conference Centre, Mackeurten Drive, Durban North

Outline of programme of events (subject to change) :

Monday 27th November

9am - 2pm : Competition Setup at Anthem Conference Centre  - KZN Organising comittee 

9am - 4pm: Judges Training: Venue TBC

3pm - Barista Orientation at Anthem Conference Centre.  

Tuesday 28th November

08h00 – 09h30         Cup Tasters Semi Finals Rounds

09h30 – 11h00         Latte Art Semi Finals 

11h00 - 14h30  Barista Semi Finals (+/- 5 competitors)

Wednesday 29th November

09h00 – 17h00         Barista Semi Finals (+/- 12 competitors)

Thursday 30th November

09h00                         Barista Finals Top 6

12h00                         Cup Tasters Finals 

13h00                         Latte Art Finals & Almond Breeze Smackdown

15h00                         Monin In A Minute

15h30                         Prize Giving

18h00 - late  Barista Afterparty!


Get your entry form here and email to 

If you would like to be a judge, please email

Thank you to Anthem for coming to the party and sponsoring this venue! 

KZN Competition Date and Venue to be announced soon. October 17 2017

With the setback of both hosting venues pulling out of their KZN shows, SCASA has been trying to determine a suitable venue and date for the KZN Coffee Competitions 2017. We will be announcing this as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. In the meantime, you can download the entry form here.

Watch this space for updates. Thank you for your patience.

Bruce Manning is still the reigning KZN Barista Champion, could you be next?!


KZN Expos Cancelled: KZN Competitions Venue and Date will be announced soon. August 10 2017

Due to the unforeseen cancellation of both Coffee&Chocolate Durban and Good Food and Wine Show Durban, the KZN Coffee Competition Regionals will be rescheduled to a new venue and the date will be confirmed as soon as possible. They will likely take place around the end of September.

Thank you for your patience in this regard.

You can keep your entries coming as the show will go on! You can download the form here and then send to Amanda at

Enter the 2016 KZN Coffee Competitions: Barista Competition, Latte Art & Cup Tasters September 23 2016

Calling all Coffee Professionals, Baristas and aspiring Home Baristas in KZN! The 2016 SCASA Regionals is happening on the 28th - 30th October (that's 5 weeks away!) at the Good Food & Wine Show, Durban Exhibition Centre. 

Categories are Barista, Latte Art and Cup Tasters competition as per the World Coffee Events formats. 

If you want to enter, click and download the entry form and send it to
Interested in the schedule for the competition? Take a look below.
Judges Training
3pm: Barista Orientation at DEC, attendance is compulsory for all competitors
KZN SCASA Roadshow - Venue and time TBC

Friday 28th Day One
10am: Semi-finals Barista Championship
5pm:  Cup Tasters Semi-finals 
7pm: Almond Breeze Barista Smack Down

Saturday 29th Day Two
10am: Semi-finals Barista Championship
5pm: Latte Art Semi-finals
7pm: Almond Breeze Barista Smack Down

Sunday 30th Finals Day
10am-3pm: Barista Championship Finals
3pm-4pm: Cup Taster's Finals
4pm-5pm: Latte Art Finals
5pm: Monin Minute
5.30pm: Prize-giving

Enter the 2015 KZN Barista Competition February 02 2015

2015 is an exciting year for KZN but before Nationals we have our Regional Barista Champs taking place at the Coffee & Chocolate Expo. This is a competition you really don't want to miss. You don't have to be a professional barista to enter these competitions. If you think you have what it takes then enter today

Date: 1 - 5 May

Venue: Suncoast Casino, Durban

KZN Baristas it is time to get your entry forms in so click HERE to download and ENTER!

KZN Regionals at Durban's Homemakers Expo May 13 2014

Wency Masawi (Nino's) competes at the KZN Regionals in 2013

The KZN Regionals will be happening in October, this year, at the Durban Homemakers Expo.

All the details are listed below so be sure to put these dates in your diary now.

Dates:         Friday 03 October to Sunday 05 October 2014
Times:        Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 21:00  Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00
Entrance:   Adults – R50 | Pensioners – R25 | Children under 12 – Free
Venue:       Durban Exhibition Centre, Walnut Rd, Durban.

KZN Champs 2013

If you would like to register for this competition click here.


*Images courtesy of The Coffee Mag