Western Cape Regional Champions 2018 December 13 2018

Well done to the Western Cape Coffee Competition Competitors and winners! Thank you to all our amazing sponsors ho make these competitions possible!

Top 6 Barista Championships WC 2018:
WINNER: Simnikiwe Mkize - Rosetta Roastery
2. Neil Gouws - Origin Coffee Roasters
3. Charles Pass - Langdon Coffee Merchants
4. Ophen Machenje - Tribe Coffee Roasting
5. Kudakwashe Gezi - Ground Central Coffee Roastery
6. Makuve Politus - Bootlegger Coffee Company

Cup Tasters:
1. Jerome Hendricks - Global Coffee
2. Dominic Currie - Global Coffee

Latte Art: 
1. Chris Abrahams - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.
2. Rodney Swarts - Champs Musical Coffee Shop Productions

Central Region Latte Art & Cup Tasters Round Up! November 01 2018

Written by Shaun Aupiais

Central Regional Latte Art Competition held in Bloemfontein was an absolute blast. We started off our weekend with a latte art and cup tasters orientation on the Friday evening followed by a Barista competition workshop for our Top 3 from Central Region that will be at nationals next year. This event was hosted by James at Stereo Cafe.

The Latte art kicked off bright and early at Royal Roastery with 6 competitors putting their latte art skills to the test. The passion for coffee in bloemfontein is palpable and the tone was set by the baristas having fun and with a great turn out of supporters the event was a massive success.  

Latte Art - Finalists

1. Simeon Snyman - Stereo Cafe

2. Tshepho Modiakgotla - Jaru Coffee

We then moved over to Bloemfontein Coffee roasting Co. for the Cup Tasters competition. There was a great turn out at this event too and the customers and supporters seemed to have enjoyed the vibe set by the simplicity yet intencity of this tasting competition. The palates were on form and the competition was very tight.

Cup Tasters - Finalists

1. Lourens Mellet - Royal Roastery

2. Adrian Nel - Home Bru Coffee

Chris and I traveled from Port Elizabeth to Judge and Run these 2 competitions. It was such a pleasure to do so with such an amazing team on the ground sorting out what needed to be done for all of this to come together. Thanks must go to James from Stereo Cafe, Ruan, Lourens and their amazing team at Royal Roastery,

Adrian & Inge from Bloemfontein Coffee Roasting Co. and Stevo from Urban Brew. These teams gave of their time and finances to ensure that every step of this weekend was a complete success. 

Also a massive thank you to Royal Roastery for the sponsorship of the Milk and coffee for the Latte art and to Jayne & Percy from Infood Coffee Society - Jeffreys Bay for the sponsorship of the Cup Tasters coffee.

The passion, consistency, quality and perseverance towards coffee excellence is what makes Bloemfontein's coffee culture something to keep an eye one.

Watch out National Competitors, these guys mean business!

New Q-Grader Training Course Announced October 12 2018

Due to the success of the first ever Q-Grader course held in South Africa, another course has been scheduled with the wonderful Mbula Musua in early 2019, January 14-19 in Johannesburg.

If you would like to register for the course, please contact Mbula at or contact for more info. Thank you to Sevenoaks Trading for taking the initiative to make this course accessible.


Become part of the growing group of South African Coffee Professionals qualifying in this invaluable field! SA's two newest graduates were Dirk Maritz (Famous Brands) and Mike MacDonald (Origin Coffee Roasting).



KZN Coffee Competitions 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


South African Baristas going to Sydney! September 25 2018

Recently two South African baristas have earned trips to represent South Africa in Sydney, Australia in November this year!

Congratulations to Romeo Chimunya of Tribe Coffee Roasting who won the SA AeroPress Championships held by MoreFlavour at EspressoLab and Idricia Nakahosa of Truth Coffee who won the SA Breezey Masters competitions held by Blue Diamond Almonds SA.

Both these talented baristas will be heading to Sydney in just a couple weeks time to compete in their respective competitions.

We love the fact that more and more coffee events are happening around the country, growing our community and love for coffee. Well done to these wonderful baristas for making it all the way in their respective events!


WCEP Judges Training Results! September 17 2018

The results are in! Congratulations to the following people who are now certified World Coffee Events judges for World Barista Champs and World Latte Art Champs:

- George Bertolis (Coffeequip) - Sensory/Visual
- Chris Faragher (Ciro Beverage Solutions) - Sensory/Visual
- Tim Krynauw (Ciro) - Technical

Thank you to Annemarie Tiemes and Teija Lublinkhof for bringing this training to SA.

We are extremely proud of everyone who participated in this training, raising the bar for our coffee competitions! The pass rate for this course is between 0-20% normally, so for three of our participants to pass is EXCELLENT.




Invitation: Cafe Show 2018, Seoul South Korea September 03 2018

Cafe Show is an incredible coffee expo in Seoul. Last year Winston Thomas attended the World Barista Championships there and the members that went along with him were all blown away by the sheer size and the incredible attendance. Definitely worth a visit. This year they launch a business-to-business networking service to connect you to businesses relevant to you. Please see below invitation from Cafe Show project Manager, Ashley Park:

Warm greetings from Korea!

My name is Ashley Park and I am a project manager of Seoul Int'l Cafe Show. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and our event, the 17th Seoul Int'l Cafe Show. 

I am writing this to inform you about our show invitation and VIP hosted buyer program. It is great honor to notify that Asia's No. 1 Coffee Event, the 17th Seoul Int'l Cafe Show 2018 (Cafe Show Seoul 2018) will take place from Nov. 8 ~ 11, 2018 in Coex, Seoul, South Korea.

In summary, 583 exhibitors participated last year, using 37,824 sqm and 146,805 people visited from 77 countries. This year we are launching 'Cafe Show Mocha Port' which is one-to-one business matching and networking service for buyers and exhibitors. Find out more about that here.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could recruit your association members and potential key local buyers in your network to our show. 

I have enclosed the invitation and VIP Hosted Buyer Program herewith for your kind reference. 

Please RSVP to by 12 September, 2018. If you need more information or further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee. 


*Buyers could register online now via our website. Click this link and it will direct you to our buyer registration.  

Urgent: News from SCASA and Voting for New SCASA Board August 28 2018

Dear SCASA Members 

We are delighted to have had an explosion in the coffee industry this last few months in South Africa. SCASA Hosted an inspirational educational month with a Q Graders course kicking off this month in July and we are delighted to have Dirk Maritz and Micheal Mac Donald qualified as Q Graders. Well done and thank you to Seven Oaks and Utake offering this course and Mbula Musau for facilitating the qualification.  Thereafter the SCA AST Qualification was offered at Ciro Coffee Academy Gauteng with Annemarie Tiemes from SCA facilitating the course and 10 candidates were certified with this qualification. This week was finished by the WCE All Stars creating a great vibe at the Coffee and Chocolate Show in JHB.

The last course, the World Competitions Educational Program, was offered at Ciro Coffee Academy KZN and facilitated by Annemarie Tiemes and Teija Lublinkhof. Both these facilitators provided 5 days of intense training and examinations for the World Barista and Latte Art Championships. The results are not yet available.

Another day at the end of this week, was spent on the Coffee in Good Spirits Competition, training the judges on the detail of the rules and regulations and how to execute this event. Annemarie also demonstrated the Ibrik brewing method which can also be added to the list of newly inspired possible competitions in the future. This last week of WCEP training was organised in conjunction with the Creative Coffee Week in Durban, hosted by Coffee Magazine which was also a fantastic success and great initiative for coffee in South Africa.

Thank you to all parties involved to make this such a coffee inspired month.

 The SCASA BOD would like to issue the voting ballot for the next cycle which will be for a period of 2 years. Please find the nominations and volunteers for the new Board of Directors here. Kindly cast 6 votes and return the ballot to by the 7th September. The new SCASA BOD will be contacted and signed up, however the official event will be hosted during the nationals in February 2019.

Kind regards

Lani Snyman

Chair: SCASA and on behalf of BOD


Please read the requirements of the BoD carefully before nominating who you think should take up this mantle.  Please note, you are only able to vote if you are a paid-up SCASA member, thank you.

Free State Coffee Competition Results August 21 2018

Well done to all the competitors of the first Barista Championship in the Free State! The idea was to get this region going so they started with a shortened format with less judges, having to complete the espresso course and the milk based course in 10 minutes. The Top 3 will proceed to Nationals.

Thank you to all our headline sponsor DaVinci Gourmet and the Supplier Sponsors as well as all Judges who volunteered their time.


Bloemfontein Coffee Competitions! August 13 2018

The Free State have been aiming at getting this started for a while, so we are super excited that this community has come together to finally having it this weekend at the Windmill Casino as part of the Coffee Extravaganza.


Here's what's going down:

• Shortened version (10 min set that focuses on the espresso and milk beverages)

• Standard WBC rules apply

• 2 Sensory judges, 1 Tech judge


SCASA is awesome to help us with experienced judges - George Bertolis, Alessandro (Morrico is also sponsoring the official machine).

Besides these judges we also have the following locals part of the panel:

Rhona Wessels (FS Ciro office)

Kobus le Roux - independent

Shupi Ngkadima


We are heavily supported by the following companies:

George Karatzas- Equipment Cafe

Ultimate Water

Morrico Imports

Windmill Casino


Besides these people and companies this would not have been possible without the drive and dedication from:

Marie-Louise Smith - organiser of the Coffee Extravaganza

James Kilbourn - Owner of Stereo Café


For more info on the Bloemfontein Coffee Extravaganza, please contact Marie-Louise:

Bring on Brazil for our South African Champions! August 08 2018


Our South African National Cup Tasters and Latte Art Champ, Donovan McLagan and Christopher Abrahams, will both be heading to International Coffee Week in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in November. They are both charging ahead with preparations.

We are hoping that they will place well this year, but more importantly that they come back fired up and excited to share the knowledge they have gained on the World stage with their fellow coffee professionals at home.


The 2018 World Brewers Cup (WBrC) and World Cup Tasters Championship (WCTC) are moving to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, joining the World Latte Art Championship and World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship at International Coffee Week (ICW), the 7th-9th of November.

National coffee champions from over 40 countries will attend ICW to compete in the four world championships. The World Brewers Cup is the premier event for manual coffee brewing; the World Cup Taster Championship pits coffee cuppers (tasters) against each other in lightning fast rounds; the World Latte Art Championship celebrates artistry with espresso and milk; and the World Coffee In Good Spirits Championship recognizes the combination of coffee and alcohol. Get tickets to see them live for yourself at the ICW website, or tune in during the event for live video streams of each championship at the WCE website brazil.worldcoffeeevents.orgwhere you will also be able to find more schedules, news, and competitor profiles as they become available.

The 2018 World Coffee Roasting Championship will also be moving to a new location, given the recent announcement from the Specialty Coffee Association, with details to be shared as soon as they are finalized—more details can be found in the release here.

The World Coffee Championships bring together a community of passionate coffee people from across the globe, gathering to compete as equals and show the world what the heights of coffee professionalism can be. It is exciting to be able to bring this community to Brazil with International Coffee Week.


World Coffee Events (WCE) is an event management organization registered in Dublin, Ireland that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Specialty Coffee Association.

WCE is the premier producer of events for the coffee community worldwide. Our mission is to develop events that engage the specialty coffee community and promote coffee excellence. The current portfolio involves competition events such as the World Barista Championship, the World Cup Tasters Championship, the World Latte Art Championship, the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, the Cezve/Ibrik Championship, and the World Brewers Cup, as well as show features such as the Espresso Bar and the Brew Bar.

International Coffee Week (ICW)

The International Coffee Week (ICW) is the largest coffee expo in Brazil. Taking place on 7th- 9th of November, 2018, the sixth edition of the event will again allow thousands of coffee producers to present the best of their harvest to buyers, roasters and international traders in Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais State. During the event, several coffee producing regions are promoted through various cupping sessions and it is possible to taste the finalist coffees from the quality contest that gathers the best beans from the new crop.

ICW is an enterprise of the FAEMG System, Café Editora, Sebrae and the Government of the Minas Gerais State, through the efforts of the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Seapa) and Codemig. ICW gathers all international and domestic coffee supply chain in favor of social and economic sustainable growth of Brazilian products. The event involves the presence of coffee growers, roasters, coffee graders, exporters and buyers, suppliers, baristas, entrepreneurs and coffee lovers. Throughout 3 days, there are 25 simultaneous events focused on the following areas: Market & Consumption, Knowledge & Innovation and Business & Entrepreneurship. This year, ICW hosts the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, World Latte Art Championship, World Brewers Cup and World Cup Tasters Championship organized by WCE – World Coffee Events, and the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association as hosting National Body.

Winston Thomas at the World Barista Championship 2018 June 07 2018

Hot off the heels of the World Barista Championship in Seoul November 2017, in what can only be described as the blink of an eye, Winston Thomas is off to represent South Africa for a second time at World of Coffee Amsterdam.

We are so excited to support him as he hopes to better his debut performance on the World Stage. He is FIRST in the entire competition, so he will be getting the judging panel off to a wonderful start. 

Livestreaming will be happening on the World Barista Championship website. 

Q-Grader Course available in SA July 9 - 14 July June 06 2018

We are very excited to announce that a Q-Grading experience will be happening at the beginning of July. This is the first time that this kind of training will be available in the country. Thank you to Mbula Musau, Utake Coffee, Coffee Quality Institute, Sevenoaks Trading and the team at SCASA for making this happen!

If you are interested in attending please fill in the Google Form that can be found here. If you have any questions please email


Do you want to become a Q Grader? May 25 2018

Mbula Musua, qualified Coffee Quality Institute trainer, will be in South Africa in July and is trying to find out if there is any interest from South Africans to participate in a Q Grading course.

Please let us know if you are interested, that way we can try to put some costing together and make this happen! Email to show your interest.

You can find the amazing Mbula's credentials here.


Please read up on the Frequently Asked Questions on the CQI website for more info:

AST courses available in South Africa May 10 2018

Do you want to learn how to train coffee professionals to the SCA standard measure? 

SCASA is partnering with SCA to make this available in South Africa on 18&19 July this year in Johannesburg.

SCASA Costs: R1000. Download Registration Form here.

SCA Costs: Contact directly for more info.

Call for Board of Directors Nominations May 04 2018

SCASA needs you! Do you know someone who could contribute positively to the growth of our Association? Please nominate them before the 18 May.

Please read our current Chairperson Lani Snyman's announcements before casting your nominations about the things lined up for the coming year.

SCASA is looking for some fresh ideas and new people to steer the Association in a positive way. Anybody with a passion for coffee and a willingness to volunteer their skill-set (whatever that might be) is encouraged to get involved to help improve the Association and the industry as a whole.

A new structure will be worked out by the Board once all nominations are received, so specific roles and functions are not yet known, but we need willing Members to put their hands up to take SCASA forward.

If you are that person or you know someone who could contribute, please download and fill out the Nomination form and send to by latest 18 May.

You can download the form here.

Thank you to our outgoing Board of Directors for volunteering their time for numerous years of service to this Association.

From left to right: George Bertolis, Alessandro Morrico, Nadine Shone, George Karatzas, Iain Evans, Lani Snyman

SCASA Announcements and updates from our Chairperson May 04 2018


A huge WELCOME/THANK YOU to the NEW/CONTINUING SCASA 2019 Cycle sponsors:

SCASA Platinum Sponsor: DaVinci Gourmet

SCASA Bronze Sponsor: VisionWorks Optometrist / Love your Eyes, Coffee Magazine

SCASA Equipment Sponsor: Victoria Arduino/Morrico, Mahlkonig/Koldserve, Ultimate Water/Everpure

Hostex Sponsor: Huletts


Upcoming Educational Events in July 2018:

- World Competitions Educational Program and Judges Certification (KZN). Deadline to register 15 June 2018, limited space.

- SCA AST Qualification (GP). Deadline to register 15 June 2018, limited space.

- Q Graders Certification (GP) Deadline to register 15 June 2018, limited space. (Info to be released soon) 

Contact SCASA for information (, or follow the SCASA facebook page


New Cycle for SCASA Board of Directors:

Thank you to the team of Directors that created new and needed events in coffee in South Africa the last 2 years.

Nominations to serve on the Board of Directors will be open within the next month. Please look out for the nomination document to be released soon.


Competitions and events coming up:

- Hostex, with the Gauteng Regional Coffee competitions next week. Good luck to all the competitors.

- KZN, EC & WC Regional Coffee competitions to be hosted at any interested coffee partner venue. Please contact SCASA with suggestions.

- Bloemfontein Coffee Expo happening 26 & 27 May, visit the show as great coffee innovation is happening in the region.

- Brewers Cup Casual Competition to be hosted in Cape Town end of May. Any interested coffee partner may contact SCASA to host the event, by 14 May.


VACANCY: contact SCASA for details

- Competition Co-Ordinator Position available


Lani Snyman

On behalf of SCASA Board of Directors

New SCASA Platinum Sponsor: Da Vinci Gourmet May 03 2018

We are so pleased to announce that DaVinci Gourmet has come on board as Platinum Sponsor to SCASA for the next 2 years.

Visit the Da Vinci Brew Bar at the SCASA stage at Hostex from 6-8 May to taste their amazing syrups and meet the baristas that are competing at the Gauteng Nationals. You will recognise their man on the ground from VDP, Chris Rootman, as he has been an amazing volunteer and member of SCASA for many years.

We caught up with Paul Hewitt of Kerry Group (the holding company for DaVinci in South Africa). 


Why was it important to DaVinci to be involved in SCASA as a Platinum Sponsor?

DaVinci Gourmet is a leading beverage flavour brand in the speciality coffee segment globally. We have been the Gold Sponsor of the World Barista Championship for past 16 years and to show our commitment to support the growth of coffee community and barista skills in South Africa we chose to be the platinum sponsors for SCASA 2018.  


What did Kerry Group see in this brand?

Kerry Group is one of the largest syrup making company in the world and one of the top flavours and ingredients suppliers globally , it had all the tools in place to build the best beverage brand for food service industry. DaVinci Gourmet was a successful brand which provided creative legacy recipes to make unique menu solutions in coffee segment. Kerry saw the opportunity and combined craft, science, and art to build a robust portfolio of products with DaVinci gourmet and empower drink makers to create their own masterpieces.


How do you think it will shake up the syrup market in South Africa?

We follow a philosophy of co-creation, crafting each new product and recipe with real Baristas and Mixologists to help create deeper connections with consumers.

This is what makes DaVinci Gourmet Unique and differentiated from the competition and provide creative menu solutions which industry experts are looking for.


Why do you think baristas and cafe owners in South Africa will love the DaVinci range of products?

We believe Baristas and cafe owners are creative people and true artists ,  they seek perfection to amaze their audiences and as DaVinci Gourmet is inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s pursuit of perfection , it becomes a contemporary choice for professional drink makers to fuels their creativity and supports in building masterpieces.


And on a personal note, what’s your favourite flavour or beverage using the Da Vinci products? 

For coffee based drinks I love the indulgence of caramel syrup and Madagascan vanilla sauce, but when it’s hot here in Durban you can’t beat refreshing fruit drinks like strawberry and orange with a good dash of intense lime.


WCEP Judges Training - Details Here! April 30 2018

Do you have ambitions to judge at a World level?

Well there is an opportunity for you to do so this July in Durban. The World Competitions Education Program (WCEP) is coming to South Africa.


Kwa Zulu Natal,  Ciro Coffee Academy

24-26 July 2018: WBC Training | Tuesday – Thursday

26 July 2018: Latte Art Training | Thursday afternoon

26 July 2018: Ibrik Demonstration | Thursday evening

27 July 2018: WBC Certification Exams

28 July 2018: Coffee in Good Spirits | Saturday Morning


What is WCEP?
stands for World Competitions Education Program.  The WCEP was developed by World Coffee Events’ Instructional Design Sub-Committee (IDSC) to provide in-depth instruction about world competitions.


The WCEP is specifically focused on Competitions Training, to improve the understanding of this and includes reviewing current rules and regulations, competition procedures, judging skills, and how competitions are judged. These modules are suited for anyone interested in competition, as a judge, competitor or coach. They are also geared toward developing the competencies tested in the Judge Certification, which is a partner program from World Coffee Events. As such, these modules are not meant to be taught directly preceding any competition in order to allow time for practice and habituation of the materials. It is recommended that these modules are taught at least one month prior to the Judge Certification or three months prior to the national competition to allow attendees to hone their skills before attempting certification (if they so desire) or to fully prepare for competition either as a judge or a barista.


Completing WCEP for one of the WCE championships is equal to one year of this specific National Body sanctioned Championship judge experience for those who are interested in attending the WCE Judge Certification. All attendees who have attended and finished the course will receive an official certificate of participation.


Who is it right for?
The WCEP is NOT a test. It is competition training, done in the safety of a classroom, with room for questions and discussion, and it can be used for many purposes. It is good for:


  • People who aspire to be judges
  • Current NB judges who don’t have enough experience to take the Judge Certification
  • Current NB judges who want to improve their confidence/chances for passing the Judge Certification
  • World--Level Judges who want to refresh their skills


  • Aspiring Competitors
  • Competitors who want to understand how competition is scored
  • Competitors who want to deepen their competition understanding



The beauty of WCEP is that it goes deep with the information, training skills and is transparent. It essentially raises the perceived curtain on competitions, and allows anyone to deeply understand how competition works—from an expert’s perspective.


How much does it cost?

  • Space for only 16 trainees, of which 8 can do WBC Judges certification.
  • WCEP Training (All sessions except Friday certification) | R8000
  • WCEP & WBC Judges Certification (All sessions and qualify to complete WBC Judges certification examination) | R8000
  • Full payment secure space


WBC Certification

There will be an opportunity to take part to World Barista Championship (WBC) Judge Certification.

To attend a WCE Judge Certification, participants must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Possess judging experience in one (1) world championship (World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Brewers Cup, World Barista Championship OR Two (2) years of judging experience at a national-level competition for Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits, Brewers Cup, or Barista Championships OR One (1) year of judging experience at a national-level WCE sanctioned competition AND one (1) fully completed World Competitions Education Program for the specific competition. Judging experience must be within the last 5 years to maintain eligibility. Additionally, participants are only eligible to certify for competitions in which they have experience judging.
  • Agree to abide by the WCE Judges Code of Conduct.
  • Pay all certification fees.
  • Pricing is set by the host of each event individual, and can vary


Cancellation and Refund Policy

SCASA reserves the right to cancel a WCEP at any time. In the event of a SCAE cancellation, registrants will be offered an opportunity to transfer registration to another planned workshop. In the event of a cancellation or no-show by a registrant without a valid reason (to be decided at the discretion of SCASA and WCEP instructors) an administration fee will be charged. -
20% of the registration fee for cancelation more than 10 working days of the start of the WCEP. - 50% of the registration fee for cancelation less than 10 working days of the start of the WCEP


How do you prepare for WCEP?
Read/learn and print out the Rules and Regulations and score-sheets of the competitions you are attending as well as Judges Code of Conduct. Prepare any questions you might have at this moment and check if they are answered during the training. If not, ask them at the end of the respective competition training,


How do I register?

  • Send email to and registration form can be completed
  • SCASA will send the invoice (Amanda Payne-James | SCASA Administration)
  • Registration is only definite after payment
  • For any other information, please contact Lani Snyman | | 083 445 5606


How to get there and where to stay:

The training will be hosted in Durban, Ciro Coffee Academy.


AGENDA | Training in Kwa Zulu Natal (Durban)


Monday 18h30pm Dinner with SCASA Board of Directors


Tuesday 24 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)
9am Welcome coffee
9.30am Introductions
WBC S1 Sensory Judge Score-sheets
13h00pm Lunch
14h00pm WBC S2 Sensory Skills Application
17h00pm End of the day

Wednesday 25 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)
9am Coffee to ease in the day and prepare your palate
9.30am UNV D1 Deliberation
WBC S3 Sensory Judge Stage Behaviour
13h00pm Lunch
14h00pm WBC S3 Sensory Judge Stage Behaviour UNV D2 Debriefing

17h00pm End of the day

18h00pm Ibrik demonstration (Venue to be confirmed)

Thursday 26 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)
9am Coffee to ease in the day
9.30am UNV T1 Technical Judge Score-sheets
UNV T2 Technical Judge Stage Behaviour
13h00pm Lunch
14h00pm WLAC Judge Scoresheet, Calibration and Stage Behaviour 
17h30pm Attend the Almond Breeze Latte Art Throwdown (Venue to be confirmed)


Friday 27 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)

9am Coffee to ease in the day
9.30-17.00 WBC Certification Exams

18h00 Creative Coffee Week get together (venue to be confirmed)


Saturday 28 July 2018 (Venue to be confirmed)
9am Coffee to ease in the day
9.30am WCIGS Score-sheets & Stage Behaviour
13h00pm End of the day

18h30pm Certificates to be handed out at Coffee Magazine Awards Gala Dinner


All times are estimates and can be changed at the discretion of the organisers, regular breaks will be scheduled as appropriate


To register or any queries: email





Full Results from Nationals 2018 April 23 2018

Well done to every single competitor that took part in February's competition! It takes a lot of guts to get up on that stage and perform and these are the best in the business.

Thank you to all our amazing Supplier Sponsors and Member Sponsors for all their hard work and investment into this competition.

Below are the official scores from the event.

Finals Round Scores:

Semi finals Round Final Scores:

Report: Does the United States Withdrawing from the International Coffee Agreement have any impact on South Africa April 04 2018

News hit this week courtesy of Roast Magazine that the United States would be withdrawing from the International Coffee Organisation set up to protect both producers and buyers. We asked Lionel de Roland Phillips of I&M Smith and former Chairperson of SCASA to shed some light on whether this has any impact on South Africa.

"The International Coffee Organisation ( and it International Coffee Agreement between its members, is mostly as statistical body for its members.    Thus I would say that there is really no impact from the USA leaving the body, as it has no bearing on either global coffee supply or prices of coffee.

In terms of membership there are forty four coffee producer members and therefore most of the producers, while it is only the European Union as a single member and six other consumer countries who are members of the ICO.   South Africa has never been a member.

Meanwhile in terms of the ICO and the USA coffee industry and while the USA government shall cease to be a member, the private industry National Coffee Association of the USA has always had a good relationship with the ICO and there is no reason to believe, that this shall not continue to be the case."    

So it seems that this move by the US may be more paperwork than practically effecting coffee trade. We hope that it doesn't have any negative impact on the farmers at origin.


You can read the Daily Coffee Market Report provided by I&M Smith here on our website.

Our Coffee Champions in the news! April 04 2018

We're so proud to see our Coffee Champions Winston Thomas and Donovan McLagan hitting the mass media.

Don McLagan, our 2018 Cup Tasters Champion featured in the Port Elizabeth Herald:

"Speaking about his preparation strategy ahead of the world championships, McLagan said he would be training his tastebuds for about two hours a day in the months leading up to the competition.

“The guys in the Eastern Cape have really taken this seriously, which is fantastic because the better the competition is the better you become,” he said.

“I taste coffee all the time and going into world’s [championships], I will be trying to get in as many two-hour block sessions as possible from now onwards."

You can read the full interview here.

And in case you missed it, here is the interview Winston Thomas, our 2018 National Barista Champ did with Huffington Post South Africa while he was on his tour around SA.

Go forth and conquer, Champions! This Association and its Members are behind you all the way!

National Barista Champion Winston Thomas on Tour! March 12 2018

Photo by Justin Groep

Be sure to catch Winston Thomas on tour in the coming weeks to support his journey to Amsterdam and the World Barista Champions!

Our 2-time National Barista Champion is doing a Roadshow around SA to raise some funds for his World Barista Championship campaign in Amsterdam later this year and he wants you to taste his award winning competition coffee!

Winston's Gesha Village coffee is sublime, and if you haven't tasted it, you really ought to! If that is not reason enough to make sure you're at the Cafe's below when he visits, then just the fact that he's an inspiring and extremely insightful coffee personality, with World experience, ought to get you there.

Check him out at the following cafe's, where he will be spending the entire day, making coffees, pulling shots and sharing his experiences in coffee:

Thursday 15th March: Lineage Coffee - Hillcrest.

Friday 16th March:  Colombo Coffee & Tea - Durban North.

Sat 17th March: Father Coffee - JHB

Sunday 18th - Free (Cafe Owners in JHB  - click here if you would like to host Winston on this day)

Monday 19th March - Winston travels to Bloem  - (Cafe Owners in Boem... click here to host Winston!)

Tuesday 20th March - Royal Roastery - Bloem

Wednesday  21st March- Winston travels to JHB. 

Thursday - Free  Cafe Owners in JHB  - click here if you would like to host Winston on this day)

Friday  23rd March - Thirdspace - Fourways

We will update this page as the free slots become booked, so keep an eye out, or follow Winston on social media to find out the latest news on this roadshow, and SUPPORT OUR CHAMP!


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