Nationals 2017 Schedule May 02 2017

SCASA Nationals kicks off on Sunday 7th May! We are so excited. Here is all the info you need to know:

You can see the detailed times when all baristas are competing HERE.

7 May: Barista Championships Semi-Finals: 09h30

            Latte Art Semi-Finals: 15h00

8 May: Barista Championships Semi-Finals: 09h30

            Cup Tasters Semi-Finals: 14h30


Barista Championships: 10h00

Cup Tasters: 14h00

Latte Art: 14h45


Almond Breeze Barista Smackdown 

You don't want to miss out on this! The top baristas showing off their latte art skills in fine fashion! A little fun in the midst of some serious competition!

7 May: 14h45

8 May: 14h15

9 May: 13h30


Monin Minute 

Getting the crowd involved, the Monin team make delicious coffee cocktails using their amazing range of syrups.

9 May: 15h30


Training Opportunities: SCAE Introduction to Coffee Course

This will be running on Sunday and Monday. Find all details here. Not to be missed of you're serious about your coffee!


SCASA Unite Afterparty

Date:9 May 2017


Venue:Tigersmilk, Bryanston


Cash Bar: Beer sponsored by Corona until it runs out! The Cash Bar


SCASA Nationals at Hostex 2017 March 23 2017

36 of the best coffee professionals in the business will come together at the SCASA Nationals to be held at Hostex 2017 at Gallagher Estate.

Why should you come join in on the fun? Well there are multiple opportunities to learn as a brains trust of coffee professionals descend upon Joburg. There will be demos, tastings and most importantly there will be 3 new South African Coffee Champions crowned!

If you have any queries please email

If you would like to be part of the Hostex 2017 Exhibition you can get in touch with the team here, there are opportunities to save as a SCASA member!!

We are so excited!



Dear Competitors,
The mandatory competition grinders will not be available for this year’s national competition in Durban.
Following from this, we will revert back to the 2015 rules on grinders for this competition.
The 2015 rule states:
Competitors have the option of using the official WBC grinder provided, bringing their own grinder(s) or using both the provided
grinder and their own grinder. Competitors may not use more than two grinders for espresso preparation during their
performance, otherwise the competitor will receive zero (0) points in Station Management on all Technical Score Sheets. A
grinder is defined for this competition as a paired motor and grinding surface.
SCASA through their sponsor will have 4 Mahlkoenig K30 Vario grinders available for the competitors.
We would also like to wish the competitors good luck for the competition.

Who's competing when at Nationals October 16 2015

Our amazing organising team have put together the detailed schedule for Nationals, so take a look below at who's competing when.

Thursday 19 November : Cup Tasters, Latte Art & Barista Competition


Friday 20 November : Barista Competition


Saturday 21 November : Barista Competition


We'll be posting more info about Sunday's schedule soon so keep an eye out on Facebook or here.

National Barista Champs Schedule October 02 2015


Craig Charity (SA Barista Champ 2013, Lineage Coffee) raises Ishan Natalie’s (TriBeCa Coffee) hand as he is crowned 2014 National Barista Champion over Rodreck Nzirainengwe (Union Hand Roasted).
Photo credit: The Coffee Magazine/Winter.

The countdown has begun, as the National Barista Champs take place at the end of November. Baristas who have placed in the top 6 of their regions are all gearing up for their chance at a spot in the finals, and maybe even being crowned SA's next Barista Champ.

The winners of the Cup Tasters Competition, Latte Art Competition, and the Barista Competition will all have a chance to compete at the World Barista Champs, to be held in Durblin (Ireland) in 2016.

The National competition is being held in the sunny, coastal city of Durban, at the Gateway Shopping Centre. If you want to watch this exciting competition make sure you save the dates, and have a look at the line up for this epic coffee competition.



10:00 Cup Tasters Semi Finals (4 rounds, 8 competitors)

11:30 Latte Art Semi Finals (8 competitors)

13:30 Barista Competiton (6 Competitors)

17:00 Almond Breeze Smack Down


10:00 Barista Competition (9 Competitors)

17:00 Almond Breeze Smack Down


10:00 Barista Competition (9 Competitors)

17:00 Almond Breeze Smack Down


10:00 Cup Tasters Finals (2 Competitors)

10:30 Latte Art Finals (2 Competitors)

11:00 Barista Competition Finals (6 Competitors)

15:30 Monin Minute

16:00 Almond Breeze Latte Art Demo

16:30 Awards Ceremony

19:00 Barista After Party


2015 National Coffee Competition to take place in DURBAN August 28 2015

Together with our sponsors and hosts we are thrilled to announce that this year's National Coffee Competition will take place at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, in Durban!

The Expo Xplore Court will be transformed into a coffee lovers heaven, as 24 baristas compete for the title of SA Barista Champ. Who will it be? Gauteng, KZN, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape Baristas making the best cup of coffee to win the likes of their judging panel.

The SA Barista Champ will compete in Dublin next year for a spot in the World Barista Champ line-up. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for constant updates leading up to this culminating 2015 event. 



2014 National Barista Champs October 15 2014

Date : 5 - 7 November

Venue : Sandton Convention Centre

Schedule - Click Here

The countdown to the 2014 National Barista Champs has started, and we cannot wait. If you got an opportunity to watch any of the Regional competitions you will know that the competition this year is fierce. 

On the 5th of November baristas from around the country will meet up in Johanneburg at the IFEA convention - Sandton Convention Centre. From the 5th - 7th November baristas will compete in their categories to see who will take Craig Charity's spot as number 1 barista in South Africa, and head out to Seattle for the World Barista Champs in 2015.

So to catch you up, here are the baristas who will be competing in this years National Barista Champs. 

Western Cape

1. Gerald Charles - Rock and Roller Coffee Culture
2. David Coleman - More Flavour SA
3. Rodrick Nzirainengwe - Union Hand Roasted
4. Romeo Chimunya - Bean There Coffee Company
5. Ken Machenge - Tribe Coffee
6. Wezo Sithonga - Buitenverwagting


1. Phumlani Sibeko
2. Ishan Natalie
3. Sipho Mabaso
4. Matt Carter
5. Casper Ncube
6. Dale Fienberg


1. Dirk Maritz (Famous Brands)
2. Azhar Khan (Continental Bakery and Deli)
3. Travis Scott (TriBeCa/Woolworths Cafe)
4. Wency Masawi (Nino's)
5. Musa Magubane (Lineage Coffee)
6. Chris Stander (Protea Hotel Karridene)

Eastern Cape

1. Byron Keet - Urban Espress Coffee Co 
2. Mike Chizeya - Tribecca Woolworths
3. Sisa Mapetu - Hand Roasted Coffee’s
4. Luyanda - Radisson Blu Hotel
5. Lennox - Tribecca Woolworths
6. Lizo - Boardwalk Sun International  Hotel

We will be sharing the schedule for the weekend as soon as it comes out, and will include Latte Art and Manual Brewer competitors. 

For tickets to the event click here.


SCASA National Coffee Competition dates and venue announced! April 08 2014

SCASA National Competition for the finalists from each of the Regionals shall be held at the IFEA Food and Drink Expo at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 5th to 7th November. This competition will determine the winner to represent South Africa at the World Barista Competition 2015 in Seattle.