Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Five February 20 2019

 

 

Name: Sibahle Ngqiva

Coffee Company: Agape Coffee Shop

Region: Eastern Cape

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals:  I have no previous experience, this will be my first time participating.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I am looking forward to the experience of competing at that level and meeting other fellow coffee lovers

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions?   To broaden my knowledge of coffee, I realize that there is indeed an art, a science and in fact an amalgamation of both.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far?  It has to be competing at the Regionals for the first time.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why?It has to be Colombia or Ethiopia, I think those two places would be the perfect merge of my love for coffee and passion for travelling.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.   I am a spoken word artist and a singer. funny enough I was actually in a band once.

 

Name: Dominic Currie

Coffee Company: Global Coffee Exports

Region: Western Cape

Discipline: Cup Tasters/Latte Art/Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: Only competed up to regional level

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals: To explore new challenges and to compete with new competitors

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions: Our goal is to be a best company of choice in the country by delivering quality and is why we, and myself of course, get involved in SCASA projects

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Exciting moments are about learning every day from coffee graders, raw coffee, roasting, quality control and packaging. I love the tastes and the smells of coffee.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? If I win Nationals, I would like to represent SCASA in the international market and my preferred destination of choice would be America.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I love the outdoors and to socialize

 

Name: Harry Mole

Coffee Company: TriBeCa Coffee Company

Region: Gauteng

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals:

National Barista Championships 2016 - 2nd

National Barista Championships 2017 - 3rd

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Connecting with the coffee community, serving delicious coffees and learning more...

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? To push my boundaries, taste buds and skills beyond the limitations of my knowledge.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Sharing a Tanzanian, V60, with my coffee friends on the highest mountain in Africa. A special moment I'll never forget.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Hawaii. They have the Kona variety that I know absolutely nothing about... Volcanic mountains, ocean waves, ukelele's and coconuts... Paradise.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I'm passionate about film/movies and write my own mini-reviews on social media. Couch Potato Reviews! Shameless plug right there haha... 

Name: Thabo Kheleroa

Coffee Company: JARU Coffee

Region: Free State

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? To get experience and compete with the best.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I am excited to share my knowledge with the Nation.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far?

Serving a good Coffee is still my best moment

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Brazil Cerrado cos the Brazilian coffee is still the best especially Cerrado coffee

 

Name: Jerome Hendricks

Coffee Company: Global Coffee Exports

Region: Western Cape

Discipline: Cup Tasters/Latte Art/Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: Only competed up to regional level

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals: To meet up with experienced tasters and compete at this level.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions: To see and apply what I’ve learned over the years being in the coffee trade.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? When I won the regional cup tasters competition.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Columbia because I am a roaster and their coffee excites me!
Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I am a really sociable person