Nationals

Introducing the 2019 National CHAMPIONS February 24 2019

Introducing the 2019 National Champions as crowned during SCASA's National Coffee Competitions at Ballito's Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, 24 February 2019.


BARISTA CHAMPION Harry Mole (TriBeCa Coffee)


LATTE ART CHAMPION Christopher Abrahams (Ciro)


CUP TASTERS CHAMPION Thabang Maluleka (Ciro)

Barista Specialty Awards (as determined in Semi-Final Round)
Best Technical & Best Signature Drink: Khulekani Mpala (Wiesenhof)
Best Milk Beverage: Ishan Natalie (Starbucks SA)
Best Espresso: Neil Gouws (Origin Coffee Roasters)








Harry Mole (TriBeCa Coffee) 2019 National Barista Champion with SCASA chair person, Bernard Muneri

2019 Barista Placement
1. Harry Mole - TriBeCa Coffee
2. Trevor Fitz - Beethoven Coffee Company
3. Neil Gouws - Origin Coffee Roasters
4. Ishan Natalie - Starbucks SA
5. Khulekani Mpala - Wiesenhof
6. Kgune Dlamini - Lineage Coffee


Christopher Abrahams (Ciro) 2019 National Latte Art Champion with SCASA chair person, Bernard Muneri


2019 Latte Art Placement
1. Christopher Abrahams - Ciro
2. Rodney Swartz - Champs Musical Coffee Shop Productions


Thabang Maluleka (Ciro) 2019 Cup Tasters Champion with SCASA chair person, Bernard Muneri

2019 Cup Tasters Placement
1. Thabang Maluleka - Ciro
2. Donovan McLagan - Urban Espress Coffee Company

Nationals 2019 Day 4 (Finals) in Pictures


Harry Mole (TriBeCa Coffee)


Trevor Fitz (Beethoven Coffee Company)


Christopher Abrahams (Ciro)


Christopher Abrahams's Latte Art set at finals (Ciro)


Rodney Swartz (Champs Musical CSP)


Rodney Swartz's Latte Art set at Finals (Champs Musical CSP)


Thabang Maluleka (Ciro) and Donovan McLagan (Urban Espress)


Maxine Thiart (Routed Roasters) and Chad Whitby (Colombo Coffee)

Photos: The Coffee Magazine


Nationals 2019 Judges Announced February 23 2019



Judges announced for 
SCASA National's Coffee Competitions Finals Sunday, 24 February at Lifestyle Centre Ballito in KZN.
 
LATTE ART COMPETITION (09:30)
Head Judges: Teija Lublinkhof & Bernard Muneri
Visual: George Betolis & Dave Ballance
Technical: Quincy Hlongwane
 
BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIPS (10:30)
Head Judge: Teija Lublinkhof
Sensory: Bernard Muneri, Alessandro Morrico, George Bertolis & Chad Aden Whitby
Shadow: Luke van der Merwe
Technical: Quincy Hlongwane & Tim Krynauw
 
THANK YOU to all our judges for their contribution and effort during this year's Nationals.

Photo: The Coffee Magazine


Nationals 2019 Day 3 in Pictures February 23 2019

A fantastic third day of SCASA's National Coffee Competitions that delivered nine scintillating sets and ultimately leading to the announcement of the top six baristas that will be competing for the National title; and a spot to represent South Africa in Boston, USA at the World Barista Championships (WBC). In order of appearance (on Sunday, 24 February) they are: Neil Gouws (Origin Coffee Roasters), Ishan Natalie (Starbucks South Africa), Trevor Fitz (Beethoven Coffee Company), Harry Mole (TriBeCa Coffee), Khulekani Mpala (Wiesenhof Coffee) and Kgune Dlamini (Lineage Coffee). Apart from the Barista Championships stating at 10:30, the National Coffee Competitions will also feature the Cup Tasters Competition (starting at 09:00) and the Latte Art Competition (starting at 09:30) at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre.


The 2019 Top 6 Barista Finalists - from LR: Harry Mole, Trevor Fitz, Ishan Natalie, Neil Gouws and Khulekani Mpala (Missing Kgune Dlamini)


The 2019 National Coffee Competitions Judges


Khulekani Mpala (Wiesenhof Coffee)


Khulekani Mpala (Wiesenhof Coffee)


Dieter Liebenberg (VDP Distributors)


Simnikiwe Mkhize (Rosetta Roastery)


Stevo Kühn (Urban Brew Coffee)


Ndumiso Ngcobo (The Talkhouse Cafe)


Bruce Manning (TriBeCa Coffee)

All barista sets will be LIVE streamed via the SCASA Facebook Page. Click HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. 

SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

Photos: The Coffee Magazine/Melanie Winter

Nationals 2019 After Party Details February 23 2019


Join us at SCASA's official after party 24 February 2019! Come relax and unwind by the beach to celebrate our new SCASA National Coffee Champions.

Venue: Hops in Ballito (KZN), 14 Edward Place
Time: 19:00 until late
You will receive an armband at the door to access the tab.

TOP 6 Baristas for 2019 Announced February 23 2019


The following baristas have advanced to the finals
 (on 24 February 2019) of SCASA's National Coffee Competitions at Ballito's Lifestyle Centre.

BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIPS TOP 6 FINALISTS
Neil Gouws - Origin Coffee Roasters
Ishan Natalie - Starbucks South Africa
Trevor Fitz - Beethoven Coffee Company
Harry Mole - TriBeCa Coffee
Khulekani Mpala - Wiesenhof Coffee
Kgune Dlamini - Lineage Coffee

Click 
HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nationals 2019 Day 2 in Pictures February 23 2019

Day two (22 February 2019) of SCASA’s National Coffee Competitions saw 11 competitors stake their claim to finish in the top six of the Barista Championship taking place at KwaZulu-Natal’s Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

 
Charles Pass of Langdon Coffee Merchants


Minenhle Sibisi (Colombo Coffee & Tea)


Ken Machenge (Tribe Coffee Roasting)


Sibahle Ngqiva (Agape Coffee Shop)


Thambwe Kazembe (Kivu Project Cafe)


Neil Gouws (Origin Coffee Roasters)


Harry Mole (TriBeCa Coffee)


Gerald Pietersen (Agape Coffee Shop)


Kgune Zamo Dlamini (Lineage Coffee)


Ishan Natalie (Starbucks South Africa)

All barista sets will be LIVE streamed via the SCASA Facebook Page. Click HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. 


SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

Photos: The Coffee Magazine/Melanie Winter


Nationals 2019 Day 1 in Pictures February 22 2019

Day one (21 February 2019) of SCASA’s National Coffee Competitions taking place at KwaZulu-Natal’s Ballito Lifestyle Centre delivered the top four Cup Tasters finalists, Thabang Maluleka (Ciro Beverage Solutions), Chad Whitby (Colombo Coffee & Tea), Maxine Thiart (Routed Roasters) and current champion Donovan McLagan (Urban Espress Coffee Company). It also saw the top two latte art finalists, Rodney Swartz (Champs Musical Coffee Shop Productions) and current champion Christopher Abrahams (Ciro Beverage Solutions) secure their place in the finals this coming Sunday (24 February). The Barista Championships also kicked off on Thursday with two barista sets with the majority of this segment of the competition happening Friday (22 February) and Saturday (23 February).

Donovan McLagan (Urban Espress)

Maxine Thiart (Routed Roasters)


Thabang Maluleka (Ciro) and Chad Whitby (Colombo Coffee & Tea)


Chris Abrahams (Ciro)


Rodney Swartz (Champs Musical Coffee)


Hillary Gwaze (Infood Coffee Society)


Ndumiso Ncgobo (The Talkhouse Cafe)


Winston Thomas and Thabo Kheleroa (JARU Coffee)

Across Friday and Saturday, 22 baristas will compete for a spot in the final, some familiar names include: last year’s runner up Neil Gouws (Origin), three time National champion, Ishan Natalie (Starbucks), Gauteng Champ, Trevor Fitz (Independent), eight time Nationals finalist Bruce Manning (TriBeCa) and three Regional champions in Simnikiwe Mkize (Rosetta - Western Cape), Khulekhani Mpala (Weissenhof - Gauteng) and Dieter Liebenberg (VDP - KZN).

All barista sets will be LIVE streamed via the SCASA Facebook Page
Click HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. 

SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

Photos: The Coffee Magazine/Melanie Winter

TOP 2 Latte Artists for 2019 Announced February 21 2019


The following competitors have advanced to the finals
 (on 24 February 2019) of SCASA's National Coffee Competitions at Ballito's Lifestyle Centre.

LATTE ART TOP 2 FINALISTS
Rodney Swartz - Champs Musical Coffee Shop Productions
Christopher Abrahams - Ciro Beverage Solutions

Click 
HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

TOP 4 Cup Tasters for 2019 Announced February 21 2019


The following competitors have advanced to the finals
 (on 24 February 2019) of SCASA's National Coffee Competitions at Ballito's Lifestyle Centre.

CUP TASTERS TOP 4 FINALISTS
Thabang Maluleka - Ciro Beverage Solutions
Chad Whitby - Colombo Coffee & Tea
Maxine Thiart - Routed Roasters
Donovan McLagan - Urban Espress Coffee Company

Click 
HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

Download the updated Nationals schedule HERE February 20 2019


Click HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.


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


Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Four February 18 2019

 

Name: Bruce Manning

Coffee Company: Tribeca coffee

Region: KZN

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: 8 years competing, Won Kzn 2017, finished 3rd nationals 2018, 2nd regionals 2019. 

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Competing against other top professionals and tasting the most expensive coffees produced around the world (yes I also paid an embarrassing amount for a few Kgs coffee for my entry!) 

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? If you're not there, you're not willing to learn more and examine ‎what it takes to engage with the highest level of coffee processes!

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Attending Sigep Rimini coffee show in Italy, watching Italian barista champs and tasting best coffees in the world!

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Scandinavia for light roast culture and delicious pour-overs!

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I play lawn bowls competitively - and though it's thought of as an old man's game, I was due to represent the SA mens pairs event in UK but my partner is young and had never travelled so didn't have a passport! So we never got to the event :/

 

Name: Hilary Gwaze

Coffee Company:INFOOD COFFEE ROASTERY

Region: Eastern Cape

Discipline: Cup Tasters/Latte Art/Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? To learn and expand my coffee knowledge and meeting other coffee professionals like myself

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? It's a great platform for me to showcase my skills that l have attained for the past few years l have been in the coffee industry. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Being crowned EC Barista Championship 2018 runner up. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Obviously Colombian coffee farms! It is my wish to be able to be in the farmer's shoes and experiencing the whole farming processes including experimental innovative processing methods like carbonic maceration.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I love working out!

 

 

Name: Thabang Maluleka

Coffee Company: Ciro Beverage solutions

Region: Gauteng

Discipline: Cup Tasters

Previous Experience at Nationals: Cup Tasters in 2018. The competition was nerve-wracking but very inspiring.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I’m looking forward to pushing my limits and exploring new coffees, most importantly I’m looking to interact with the best in the business!!!

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? My personal goal is to be an expert in coffee roasting and profiling, the competition offers me an opportunity to evaluate my progress and interact with other coffee enthusiasts.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? My best moment was when I competed for the first time in 2017 and came second in my region, I had no prior experience with cupping competition, just the love of coffee and curiosity. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I would like to go to Ethiopia, I find Ethiopian coffees very interesting in both taste and their roasting properties, I would like to find out if Ethiopians share the same experience with me with regards to this coffees.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. If I am not busy with coffee I am either busy with my Agricultural projects or Musical projects.

 

Maxine & Ansophi of First Light Coffee Bar

Name: Maxine Lynne Thiart

Coffee Company: Routed Roasters and First Light Coffee Bar

Region: Eastern Cape, Jeffreys Bay

Discipline: Cup Tasters

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I am most looking forward to meeting all the different coffee folk and learning. I love ow coffee builds bridges and would love to see that happen. Also really looking forward to tasting the different coffees, yes in the comp you are looking for the differences but man it is such a privilege to taste such beautifully roasted coffee. Feels like this opportunity has catalyzed a greater desire to learn and grow. So let's see how it goes

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? We compete to learn and grow and connect with others who have walked the road before us and would be amped to show us their footsteps. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? My best moment in coffee has been more like a journey, a collection of moments:  working with and building the business with my team, Opening the new shop and Roastery after starting in a stationary store and garage and savoring those moments where someone takes a sip of coffee and is mesmerised because they are tasting something that they have never tasted before, what a privilege to introduce them to the world behind the cup, moments where strangers become friends.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Burundi, because i have always wanted to check out what Long Miles coffee is up to and learn from them. Rwanda, was one of the first coffees i fell in love with and Costa Rica, because I remember a couple years Back Hitchhiking through there and finding a local coffee bar in the middle of this chaotic Market, I ordered a coffee and was blown away by it, felt like that moment fast tracked me into coffee.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I've travelled to more countries than I am old. 

Name: Ndumiso Ngcobo

Coffee Company:Talk house cafe

Region:KZN

Discipline:Latte Art/Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: 2018. It was an amazing experience to share the same stage with coffee kings like Winston Thomas, Bruce manning, Harry mole and Khulekani mpala.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Learning as much information as possible and that will help improve my skills and knowledge in the industry and mostly I don't want to miss out on the action.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I want to enhance my knowledge about coffee and become one of the best and the main reason is that I want to be able to pass on the correct information to those who are willing to learn about coffee and I believe this will help grow the coffee culture in this region.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Staying in one area does not grow you in any way but traveling around does, in the beginning of last year I flew to cape Town for the very first time and if it wasn't for my passion for Coffee I wouldn't have been there last year.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Dubai not just for coffee only but the beauty of the place, people and the lifestyle.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I'm the type of person that can do anything and I'm the first person to swim Midmar Mile in my family and now I want to do triathlons in future. 

Name: Neil Gouws

Coffee Company: Origin Coffee Roasting

Region: Western Cape

Discipline:Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: 2nd at 2018 Nationals

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I'm really excited to present what I feel is a truly amazing coffee and have a chance to hang out with some of the most passionate coffee folk in the country.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I feel competition drives us to be better at what we do. Competitors are forced to engage with coffee on a level beyond what we do on a daily basis. I love that. We also have the opportunity to showcase the best that South Africa has to offer. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Probably the final day of nationals last year. It was my first nationals and I really wasn't expecting to make the finals. I had a terrible first set, everything that could go wrong did. Fast forward a day and I was standing next to Ishan and Winston, two legends on the South African coffee scene. Ishan was about to raise the champions hand. Making finals was more than I hoped for, so how I ended up as the runner up in my first nationals I'm still not sure.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Most likely Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Seeing wild coffee must be the most amazing experience. 

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. 

I am a qualified sports scientist. I think I disappointed a few people when I decided to make coffee my career. 

Click 
HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal. 

 

 


Water Test Results are in for the 2019 National Coffee Competitions February 13 2019

Ultimate Water’s test results are in for the National Coffee Competitions and it’s looking good for our 2019 competitors. Below is a breakdown of the World Barista Championship water specifications and how it compares to the National Coffee Competitions’ water test results.


Total Dissolved Solids
A total dissolved solid (TDS) is a measure of the combined total of organic and inorganic substances contained in a liquid. This includes anything present in water other than the pure H20 molecules. These solids are primarily minerals, salts and organic matter that can be a general indicator of water quality. 

The palatability of drinking water has been rated by panels of tasters in relation to its TDS level as follows: excellent, less than 300mg/L; good, between 300 and 600mg/L; fair, between 600 and 900mg/L; poor, between 900 and 1200mg/L; and unacceptable, greater than 1200mg/L.

Ultimate Water’s TDS test result comes in at 87mg/L, which is ideal for baristas.

Total Hardness
The simple definition of water’s total hardness (TH) is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Hard water is high in dissolved minerals, both calcium and magnesium. Compounds of calcium and magnesium, and cause hardness by a variety of other metals. General guidelines for classification of waters are: 0 to 60mg/L (milligrams per liter) as calcium carbonate is classified as soft; 61 to 120 mg/L as moderately hard; 121 to 180mg/L as hard; and more than 180mg/L as very hard. 

Ultimate Water’s TH test result comes in at 70mg/L, which is ideal for baristas.

pH
In chemistry, pH is a logarithmic scale used to specify the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. The pH of pure water is 7. In general, water with a pH lower than 7 is considered acidic, and with a pH greater than 7 is considered basic. The normal range for pH in surface water systems is 6.5 to 8.5, and the pH range for groundwater systems is between 6 to 8.5.

Ultimate Water’s pH test result comes in at 7.4, which is ideal for baristas.

Alkalinity 
Alkalinity is the capacity of water to neutralize acids. This capacity is caused by the water's content of carbonate, bicarbonate, hydroxide and occasionally borate, silicate and phosphate. The amount of Alkalinity that should be in water is 20-200mg/L for typical drinking water. 

Ultimate Water’s alkalinity test result comes in at 106, which is ideal to acceptable for baristas.

Free Chlorine
Free chlorine, is the chlorine available to inactivate disease-causing organisms, and thus a measure to determine the potability of water. A free chlorine level of 0.5mg/L of free chlorine will be enough residual to maintain the quality of water.

Ultimate Water’s free chlorine test result comes in at <0.1, which is ideal for baristas.

Turbidity
Turbidity is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, similar to smoke in air. The measurement of turbidity is a key test of water quality. Many drinking water utilities strive to achieve levels as low as 0.1 Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU). The European standards for turbidity state that it must be no more than 4 NTU. The World Health Organization, establishes that the turbidity of drinking water should not be more than 5 NTU, and should ideally be below 1 NTU.

Ultimate Water’s turbidity test result comes in at 0.1, which is ideal for baristas.

Coffee in general has an acidic pH, but alkaline water can help ‘restore’ that and remove the bitterness. Basically water is neutral meaning it is of pH 7. However due to different molecules dissolved in water, it can also be slightly acidic or alkalic. 

The signification of pH for coffee, extremely simplified [as by www.baristainstitute.com]

Bicarbonate is regulating the acidity in coffee. You want to have at least some alkalinity, which keeps the pH stabile to balance the flavour of the coffee. However too high alkalinity will prevent sensing the pleasant acidity even though it is there present coffee. The taste is dull, flat and earthy. Cupping portions are foaming. On the other hand with too low alkalinity, coffee tastes vinegary and sour.

Acidic water is bad for extraction but good for flavor. Also, corrosion will be a problem for coffee equipment. Basic water is good for extraction but bad for flavour. The lower the values for total hardness and alkalinity are, the less scale will be formed. 

In the end it definitely pays off to check the brewing water quality to ensure you will result in having a more balanced cup of coffee.

SCASA's National Coffee Competitions will feature three disciplines: the Barista Championship, Cup Tasters Competition and the Latte Art Competition, running 21-24 February at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.

For more information email: info@scasa.co.za





Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Three January 30 2019

Thank you to our amazing Platinum Sponsor DaVinci Gourmet, Silver Sponsor Visionworks Optometrists, supplier sponsors, venue sponsor Ballito Lifestyle Centre and all our other members who make these events possible. See them all here.

 


Name: David Kazembe

Coffee Company: KIVU PROJECTS CAFE

Region: KZN

Discipline: BARISTA CHAMPS

Experience at Nationals: First time at Nationals

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? It will be my first time to compete at the nationals I will be happy to compete with others champs.

Am so proud to be participating and grateful for all people in coffee industry who supporting me and all friends barista who always encourage me, see you there, am very excited!

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? Most of the customers really like my coffee and some of them asked me to enter SCASA competition and I entered. Fortunately I made to national this time. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? My best moment in the coffee is the when am in the bar and meet new people from different industries and share histories.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I could go to Costa Rica and see the best farmer and ask them about the red honey process, and see the procedure.

Name: Andile Zulu

Coffee Company: Terbodore Coffee 

Region: KZN

Discipline: Cup Tasters

What are you most looking forward to at nationals?

The opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable and talented coffee industry professionals so that I can evolve into a better competitor.

Why do you compete in competitions? To build a name and reputation for myself within the South African coffee community, and to be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking.

What has been your best moment so far working with coffee? Definitely placing 2nd in the regional cup tasters championship in 2018.

If you could travel anywhere in the world to experience coffee where would it be? Probably South America. I love the flavour profiles and the scale on which they produce coffee.

What is a fun, non-coffee related fact about yourself? When I'm not making coffee,  I'll probably be asleep. I  like to be well rested!

Name: John Evans

Coffee Company: Asmara Coffee

Region: Gauteng

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: This will be my second time at Nationals.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Last year at Nationals, I was humbled by the camaraderie between competitors. It was a real reminder to me about why we do this – it’s not really about us, but about specialty coffee in South Africa. So I am looking forward to more of that.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? Competing pushes me to be a better barista and roaster, and helps to develop me as not only a coffee professional, but as a human being. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Having the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to help build a cow shed for a widowed lady coffee farmer named Scholastica Temba.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Probably to Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been very fortunate in my coffee career to spend time in Ethiopia and Tanzania, as well as being able to attend the New York Coffee Festival. I’ve heard that Melbourne is considered the “coffee capital” of the world, so to be able to see their coffee scene, and to engage with the people involved in it would really be incredible.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. My wife and I just bought our first house!

 

Name: Ishan Natalie

Coffee Company: Starbucks Coffee Company South Africa

Region: Gauteng

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: I've competed at 7 Nationals.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals?

Engaging, sharing and learning from our awesome coffee community.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I have always considered it the best platform to push your limits towards learning and growth. It forces you to think out if the box and to explore a little deeper into the coffee supply chain and how to make coffee better. It’s also an amazing platform to introduce change for a better coffee tomorrow.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Placing 18th at WBC 2015. I realised how much I had grown and what I am capable of achieving by putting in the time and work.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Ethiopia for the heritage of coffee, Central America to understand the difference between farmers and practices in Africa vs those farmers; Asia, Australia and Scandanavia to explore the exciting speciality coffee scene in their markets.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I come alive playing Masterchef in my kitchen. I love community, and to be able to be creative and feed people beautiful and delicious food makes me happy and feel alive.

 

Christopher Abrahams and Nigel Kamhanda

Name: Nigel Kamhanda

Coffee Company: InFood Coffee Roastery

Region: Eastern Cape

Discipline: Latte Art

Previous Experience at Nationals: 2nd place 2018

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals?  Learning from other coffee professionals 

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? Mostly because it takes me out of my comfort zone. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Being the 2nd latte artist in South Africa in 2018

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and Why? Tanzania, because I wanna hike kilimanjaro mountain one day and most probably visit some coffee plantations 

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.

I was once thin lol😊

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Name: Christopher Abrahams

Coffee Company: Ciro Beverage Solutions

Region: Western Cape

Discipline: Latte Art

Previous Experience at Nationals:

National Latte Art  Competitor: 2017 – 2018

National Barista Competitor: 2017

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I’m really looking forward to competing in KZN, as I’ve never done so yet. It’s also going to be a great opportunity to meet new competitors and an amazing chance to see all the talent that exist in the South African coffee industry. 

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I enjoy competing, as it is a great opportunity to test your skills, as a barista, under pressure. It is also an amazing opportunity to have the privilege of expressing your passion for coffee through your performance on stage. It is also a goal of mine to inspire those who work within the coffee industry.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? My best moment in coffee, was last year in Brazil. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of representing South Africa at the World Latte Art Championship. It was an amazing experience, as I got the opportunity of meeting latte artists that have inspired me over the years. It was a great opportunity to learn from them all. I learnt that the only way to success is through hard work and dedication. I realised that coffee meant more to them than I thought. It’s a way of life. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I’d love to travel to China one day. The Chinese culture fascinates me and it has always been a dream of mine to experience the country one day.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.  I’m quite a reserved individual and I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times. I enjoy travelling and love meeting new people. I’m soft-hearted and find it easy to do what I can to help those in need.

 

 

 


Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Two January 22 2019

Thank you to our amazing Platinum Sponsor DaVinci Gourmet, Silver Sponsor Visionworks Optometrists, supplier sponsors, venue sponsor Ballito Lifestyle Centre and all our other members who make these events possible. See them all here.

  

 

Name: THAMSANQA NDLOVU

Coffee Company: COASTAL COFFEE ROASTERS

Region: KZN

Discipline: Latte Art

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? TO LEARN MORE AND TO SOCIALISE WITH OTHER REGIONAL CHAMPIONS, BUT MOST OF ALL TO WIN THE NATIONALS

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions?  TO BE RECOGNISED AS A BARISTA IN DURBAN. TO MOTIVATE MYSELF AND PUSH MYSELF FURTHER

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? WINNING THE KZN LATTE ART CHAMPIONSHIP 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA BECAUSE MY ROLE MODEL IS THERE, HIS NAME IS CELEB CHA, I WISH TO MEET HIM AND LEARN FROM HIM.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I LOVE PLAYING SOCCER, AND CONSIDER MYSELF A VERY GOOD PLAYER.

 

 

Name: Gerald Pietersen

Coffee Company: Agape Coffee Shop

Region: Eastern Cape

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: This is the first time that Sibahle and I are participating.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? One of the things I am looking forward to is being connected to greatness at this level, and being immersed in the knowledge and expertise of like-minded people.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? For us it was an interesting journey, seeing that the coffee shop is only one year old in March (23rd March 2019), and I wanted to evaluate if we are on the same level in terms of our competence, coffee knowledge and personality. And now it’s Nationals :)

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Personally, getting to know coffee on another level and realizing the association that is made with coffee and meeting new people in the process.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why?  Probably Ethiopia. One of my first filter bags, received from a friend. I love the energy and creativity in Africa as well as the passion for Coffee.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. 

This is difficult, especially when you think you are a fun person…I love art, especially scrapbooking (as much as I don’t do it much anymore) AND I can speak a little French :)

 

 

Name: Trevor Fitz

Coffee Company: Beethoven Coffee Co.

Region: Gauteng

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: I competed in the 2018 nationals and placed 5th

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals?Trying new things and stretching myself to do better than I did before

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions?

I compete to challenge my thinking and my abilities. I always feel like competitions stretch me to be better as a barista and they force me to think outside the box, to do things that are out of the ordinary 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Winning the 2017 Gauteng barista championships is definitely 1st place. A close second would be starting my own roasting company. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? East Africa! I have always been interested and inspired by the processing and farming stages of coffee, and would love to see it all happening first hand and be a part of it.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. 

I have always loved cooking and baking, which is probably where my passion for experimenting with flavours first emerged.

 

Name: Raymond Roesstorff

Coffee Company: Wiesenhof Coffee Holdings

Region: Eastern Cape

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: None, first time

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Definitely the experience and having the country's top coffee people in one room.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? To express my skill, passion and love for the coffee world.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Winning the 2018 EC Barista championships and making the connections and friendships that has led me to this point

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Colombia, Guatemala, Brazil, Ethiopia, anywhere I can to go pick and process my own coffee

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I studied IT but life had other plans for me! I play a lot of pool in my off time.

 

Name: RODNEY SWARTZ

Coffee Company: CHAMPS MUSICAL COFFEE SHOP PRODUCTIONS

Region: CAPE TOWN

Discipline: LATTE ART

Previous Experience at Nationals: NONE

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? BEING MYSELF,MEETING NEW BARISTAS FROM DIFFERENT REGIONS...

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? TO SEE HOW GOOD I AM AND TO HAVE A GREAT TIME AMONGS OTHER COFFEE ARTISIANS... TO LEARN MORE FROM ORHERS.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? COMPETING FOR THE FIRST TIME AT REGIONALS...😀☕️AND DOING WHAT I LOVE...

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? ANYWHERE WHERE THERE'S GOOD COFFEE NI E PEOPLE...AND OF COURSE BETTER COFFEE GADGETS...

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself... GUITARIST,POET WRITER...FATHER TO MY BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND A HUSBAND TO MY WIFE...BUT ABOVE ALL GOD FIRST...


Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles One January 16 2019

This competition season we have a lot of competitors that will be participating for the first time on the National Stage. This is already a huge achievement. For our first round of interviews we chat to some of these first timers...

 

Name: Kgune Dlamini

Coffee Company: Lineage Coffee

Region: KZN

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: Actually none :)

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? The experience and all the lessons attached to it. :)

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? Because in order to relearn, one needs to unlearn. I am here, learning. :)

What has been your best moment in coffee so far?

The people. Coffee can be repetitive at times, but the human experience of those coffees never is. Coffee, is people!

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Anywhere in the world. As long as there is coffee and people. The mantra is to serve love, through this medium of coffee.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I am a Performance Poet.

 

Name: Stevo Kühn 

Coffee Company: Urban Brew Coffee

Region: Central Region (Bloemfontein)

Discipline: Barista Comp

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I look forward to meeting more people as well as connecting with existing friends. More than this I look forward to learning more from the legends out there.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? This pushes me in a learning environment and pushes me to stay relevant when training other baristas.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? I think being able to train people and seeing them find employment in coffee definitely puts things in perspective. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why?  Where to start...for café culture Australia and Germany. Would also love to visit a coffee farm in Africa.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.  I used to play bass in theatre gigs as well as a 12 piece jazz band. Now I just play for creative outlet.

 

 

Name: Dieter Liebenberg

Coffee Company: VDP Distributors

Region: KwaZulu Natal

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: N/A

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Competing with the best and taking in the great experience.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? To challenge myself as well as to learn, grow and meet new people in the industry.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Competing for the 1st time and winning KZN champs and learning along the way.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Boston to compete at World Champs!

Tell us a fun, non-coffee related fact about yourself. I'm a sports fanatic so I'm in the process of creating a 5-a side with my 3rd boy on the way :)

 

 

Name: Chad Whitby

Coffee Company: Colombo Coffee and Tea

Region: KZN

Discipline: Cup Tasters

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Connecting with competitors from other regions and sharing ideas. 

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? It’s an awesome platform for coffee professionals to engage in healthy competition and for industry leaders to share ideas. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Being nominated for Coffee Personality at last years Coffee Magazine awards. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Definitely Ethiopia. It’s the birthplace of coffee and is home to the first coffee I fell in love with.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.  I play 3 music instruments and DJ

 


Coffee Champions 2018 August 14 2018

Huge congratulations must go to the three gentlemen who will represent South Africa at the World Coffee Events Championships across the globe.

If you want to watch any of the performances, Coffee Magazine sponsored the live feed on Facebook during the event, you can find them all here.

Barista Champion: Winston Thomas - Independent

Now a two time Champion! Placed 31st at WBC 2018 in Amsterdam.

Cup Tasters Champion: Donovan McLagan - Urban Espress Coffee

This is the 4th time that Don has won this discipline and he has it down to a fine art. His goal is to reach finals in his 4th attempt on the World Stage. We are excited to see how he does in Brazil in November.

Latte Art Champion: Christopher Abrahams - Ciro Beverage Solutions

Christopher had a rocky start to his weekend going over time in the Barista Championship, but he pulled his nerves back to make the Finals of the Latte Art and then on to become the champion in a hard fought final against the wonderful Nigel Kamhanda from InFood Coffee Society. Chris will travel to Brazil to represent SA in November!


Three New Coffee Champions for 2018 March 07 2018

Barista Championship Top 6
Winston travels to Amsterdam in June to represent South Africa.
WINNER: Winston Thomas - Independent
2nd Neil Gouws - Origin Coffee Roasting
3rd Harry Mole - TriBeCa Coffee Roasting
4th John Evans -  TriBeCa Coffee Roasting
5th Trevor Fitz - Independent
6th Khulekani Mpala -  TriBeCa Coffee Roasting
Latte Art Championship
Christopher travels to Brazil in November to represent South Africa
WINNER: Christopher Abrahams - Ciro Beverage Solutions
Runner Up Nigel Kamhanda - InFood Coffee Society
Cup Tasters Championship
Donovan travels to Dubai in September to represent South Africa!
WINNER: Donovan McLagan, Urban Espress/Cabal Roasters
Runner Up: Matt Allen, Sumatran Coffee

National Coffee Competitions Schedule 2018 February 20 2018

The National Coffee Competitions take place this week! Three New Champions will be crowned! Below is the full schedule. Please follow the link to see when your favourite competitors will be on stage! Coffee Magazine will be sponsoring the Facebook Live of as much of the action as possible.

*Please note the date and venue of the Latte Art Competition has changed, details below.

Thank you to all our amazing Supplier Sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.

 

 

Thursday 22nd February

Event: Compulsory Barista Orientation and beginning of practice times

Venue: Koldserve Warehouse (Directions: 10 Barlinka Road, Saxenburg Park 1, Kuils River, Cape Town, 7580)

Time: Orientation at 9am for Barista Championship competitors. The practice schedule has been emailed to you by Jamie and Dylan Da Silva.

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Friday 23rd February

Event: Barista Champs Semi-Finals

You can view the full schedule here.

Venue: Koldserve 

Time: 8am-4pm

Event: Cup Tasters Semi-Finals and Finals

Venue: Origin Coffee Roasters, Greenpoint

Time: 6pm-9pm

This event is also open to the public, come taste some interesting coffees with some of the best in the business!

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Saturday 24th February

Event: Latte Art and Barista Champ Finals and Prizegiving

You can view the full schedule here.

Venue: Koldserve

Time: 8am-4pm

Lunchtime: Almond Breeze Smackdown 

Prizegiving: 3pm 

 

Event: Afterparty!!!

Venue: Devil's Peak Taproom Salt River

Time: 6.30pm


!!NB!! Updated Nationals information January 17 2018

Despite the Cape Town Coffee Festival being postponed, our National Competitions will still be taking place in Cape Town.

If you have any questions please email info@scasa.co.za

Thursday 22nd February

Event: Compulsory Barista Orientation and beginning of practice times

Venue: Koldserve (10 Barlinka Road, Saxenburg Park 1, Kuils River, Cape Town, 7580)

Time: Orientation at 2pm for Barista Championship competitors. The practice schedule will be emailed to you by Jamie and Dyl closer to the time.

Event: Semi Finals and Finals of Latte Art  

Venue: Tribe Coffee Roasting, Woodstock

Time: 5.30pm-10pm (Winner will only be announced at prizegiving on Sat 24th Feb)

The team at Tribe will also be hosting a fun Latte Art Throwdown on this evening, so there will be lots of action and beer! Come join us!

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Friday 23rd February

Event: Barista Champs Semi-Finals

Venue: Koldserve 

Time: Schedule to be confirmed, but 8am kick-off

Event: Cup Tasters Semi-Finals and Finals

Venue: Origin Coffee Roasters, Greenpoint

Time: 6pm-9pm

This event is also open to the public, come taste some interesting coffees with some of the best in the business!

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Saturday 24th February

Event: Barista Champs Finals

Venue: Koldserve

Time: 9am-4pm

Lunchtime: Almond Breeze Smackdown 

 

Event: Prizegiving and Afterparty

Venue: TBC

Time: 6.30pm

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*The Association and the water sponsor will make sure that the water for the competition is sourced responsibly in this time of drought.


Excitement builds for Nationals in Cape Town, February 2018 January 10 2018

We are so, so excited for Nationals! It hasn't been in Cape Town for quite some time, but the Mother City is calling!

So from Thursday 22nd February - Sunday 25th February we will be throwing the pinnacle of South African Coffee Competitions in the Cape Town City Bowl.

*Please note, below schedule subject to change.

 

Thursday 22nd February

Event: Semi Finals of Latte Art  

Venue: TBC

Time: 6pm-8pm

 

Friday 23rd February

Event: Compulsory Barista Orientation

Venue: TBC

Time: 4pm

Event: Cup Tasters Semi-Finals

Venue: TBC

Time: 6pm-8pm

 

Saturday 24th February

Event: Barista Champs Semi-Finals

Venue:TBC

Time: 8am-6pm

Lunchtime: Almond Breeze Smackdown 

 

Sunday 25th February - Finals Day!!! 

Event: Barista Champ, Latte Art and Cup Tasters FINALS

Venue: TBC

Time: 9am - 5pm

 

Detailed Schedule and Times to be confirmed

 


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

9 May FINALS DAY!

Barista Championships: 10h00

Cup Tasters: 14h00

Latte Art: 14h45

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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

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Monin Minute 

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

9 May: 15h30

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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!

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SCASA Unite Afterparty

Date:9 May 2017

Time:19h00

Venue:Tigersmilk, Bryanston

Rsvp :info@scasa.co.za

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 info@scasa.co.za

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!

 


URGENT UPDATE FOR BARISTAS COMPETING AT NATIONALS November 13 2015

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:
 
4.4 GRINDER
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.