Nationals

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.

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.

SCASA NATIONAL BARISTA COMPETITION 2015 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2015

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

FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2015

10:00 Barista Competition (9 Competitors)

17:00 Almond Breeze Smack Down

SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2015

10:00 Barista Competition (9 Competitors)

17:00 Almond Breeze Smack Down

SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2015

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

Gauteng

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

KZN

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.