Want to showcase your brand on the SCASA stage? May 23 2017

It's so easy - all SCASA members can apply (slots will be given on a first come first served basis) for a 30 min slot on the SCASA competition stage at the Western Cape Regionals next week. 

Please email Jamie and Dyl ( to secure your spot.

There is also the opportunity to become part of the Coffee Village for a discounted rate if you are a SCASA member. So many great ways to get your coffee business to the consumers! 

Please email Daniel Bloch to find out more:

Call to enter! May 23 2017

There are some big events coming up in the next couple of months. Baristas and coffee professionals, are you ready?! And more importantly, have you entered???

It's so easy, here is the form to fill in, then send it directly to Amanda at

Western Cape Regional Barista Competition 

Date: 2-4th June 2017

Venue: Good Food & Wine Show at CTICC.

Format: Barista Competition - WBC 2017 format : 15 mins  to prepare 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 signature beverages. (Full rules are available on the WBC website)

Entry: Fill in the entry form and mail to SCASA secretary, Amanda on



World of Coffee: 

Latte Art and Cup Tasters World Championships, Budapest, 13th - 16th June 2017

South Africa will be sending two Coffee Professionals to the World Champs! Alhenrico Thomas (Famous Brands) will be representing SA in the Latte Art World Champs and Simpiwe Adams (Sumatra Coffee) will be represnting SA in the Cup tasters World Champs.

We wish them all the best and know they will represent SA proudly! 

Latte Art Finals:  Chris Abrahams (Ciro) on the left hugs the Champ, Alhenrico Thomas (Famous Brands) after the winners were announced at Nationals!


Shaun Aupias (Famous Brands) crosses Cupping Spoons with the Champion, Simpiwe Adams (Sumatra Coffee) at the recent National Finals. Simpiwe went on to win with a maximum 8/8 score!


Eastern Cape Regional Coffee Competitions:

Venue: Homemakers EXPO at Boardwalk.

Format: Barista Competition, Latte Art competition and  Cup Tasters competitions. 

(Full rules are available on the WBC website)

Entry: Fill in the entry form and mail to SCASA secretary, Amanda on

The Eastern Cape Coffee Family comes together every year to celebrate and compete for the titles! Have you booked your entry? 



Official Barista Champs National Standings 2017 May 16 2017

Well done to all the competitors who undertook this gruelling discipline! You are all winners and we are proud of each of you. Thank you for participating in this prestigious competition, we hope to see you all next year!

Finals Round Top 6 (9 May 2017)


Winston Thomas



Harry Mole



Khulekani Mpala



Bruce Manning



Alicia Bulter



Wency Masawi



Semi-finals Results Ranking from 7th-20th (7th & 8th May)


Travis Scott



Pardon Sibanda



Phumlani Sibeko



Chad Whitby



Zakhele Sibanda



Tim Krynauw



Nomthandazo Sibeko



Megan Muller



Angeline McLagan



Lolly Daweti



Kuda Gezi



Fiks Khuzwayo



Noluthando Mavela



Phakamisani Zono



Three new SCASA Champions travelling to World Champ Events this year May 16 2017

Wow! We are still recovering from an amazing three days spent with the amazing people in South Africa's coffee industry for the SCASA National Coffee Competitions.

There were so many incredible moments and in the end we have three new South African Champions.

National Barista Champion: Winston Thomas, Western Cape, Origin Coffee Roasters

National Latte Art Champion: Alhenrico Thomas, Western Cape, Famous Brands

National Cup Tasters Champion: Simphiwe Adams, Eastern Cape, Sumatran Coffee

You can watch all the finalists' sets on our Facebook page. The Coffee Magazine, our official Media Partner sponsored the live streaming so that people across the country could watch!

Now preparations begin for Budapest and Seoul!

World of Coffee in Budapest is literally around the corner, so Alhenrico and Simphiwe will be applying for visas and booking flights! World Coffee Events are running multiple competitions at this expo and we are proud to have two representatives!

 We can't wait to see how our Champs do on the World Stage!

 Thank you so much to all the sponsors of the Championships and to all the supporters who came through to make it the best Nationals yet! Let's get behind our Champions and take them to the top! 

SCAE Introduction to Coffee Course running at Nationals: Discounted Rate for SCASA Members May 02 2017

Book your spot now, there are only limited spaces available! Email

There are 4 sessions planned and at only R1000/person (SCASA member price) it is a steal!

Sunday 7th & Monday 8th:

Session 1: 09h30 – 12h30

Session 2: 13h30 – 16h30

This is an incredible opportunity for everyone in the coffee industry. The Introduction to Coffee course runs over 3 hours, you get 10 points and a certificate towards your Diploma. 

"Introduction to Coffee is an ideal module for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. It maps coffee’s journey from its origins in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today; enjoyed by millions of people around the world. From farming the cherries through drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this module looks at the processes coffee goes through. This half day course also includes a 'coffee cupping' which allows you to taste the various flavours coffee has to offer."

Invaluable for people starting in the industry, anyone who is interested in coffee and for all the members of your staff if you are the owner of a coffee establishment.


Countdown to SCASA Nationals: Meet the Baristas April 19 2017

Our media partners the Coffee Magazine have been doing interviews with some of the Top 24 Baristas in the Build Up to the 2017 SCASA Nationals. These are some of the most talented baristas in the business and we are so very excited for Nationals at Hostex 2017 in Joburg in just 18 days time! There is everything at stake as the Barista Champs, Latte Artists and Cup Tasters prepare to compete for their tickets to the World Coffee Events competitions in Seoul and Budapest!

Don't miss out! Get down to Gallagher Convention Centre 7-9 May to watch them at Hostex 2017.

"Why do you want to win this thing?
It would be an honour and a privilege to represent our beautiful Country and be an ambassador for our SA Coffee Industry. Although I am not the feminist type it would be pretty darn awesome being the first Lady National Barista Champion – Doing it for the girls." Angeline McLagan, Winner Eastern Cape Regional


"What, to you, is the most exciting trend in coffee right now?
The accessibility of information and resources has got me pretty excited. I’ve seen so many people sharing their brewing insights and experience on social media within the past few weeks, some who work in coffee and others who don’t. It’s exciting to see the industry grow both locally and abroad."  Winston Thomas, Winner Western Cape Regional


"What is it about coffee that gets you fired up?
The realisation that coffee is more than just a beverage. It's a way of life. In one simple morning hour coffee touches all spectra of society and gets it ticking."   Khulekani Mpala, Winner Gauteng Regional


"Why do you want to win this thing?
Previously I just wanted to participate and learn more, and winning wasn’t important - but the shift in standards and rules now clearly demonstrate that the winner/ finalists are recognised as profoundly skilled and specialised in the coffee industry."


You can read the full interviews here: 

SCASA announces Competition Sponsors for 2017 April 10 2017

The Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa is proud to announce the following sponsors for the 2017/2018 Regional and National Coffee Competitions.


Gold Sponsor: 

Almond Breeze Barista Blend

Silver Sponsors: 


Vision Works

Supplier Sponsors: 

Official Espresso Machine Supplier: Morrico Import/Exports - Victoria Arduino and Nuova Simonelli.

Official Grinder Supplier:  Koldserve - Mahlkonig

Official Water Filtration Supplier: Ultimate Water

Official Cleaning Product Supplier: Koldserve - Urnex

Venue Partners:

Hostex - Food & Hospitality Africa

Good Food & Wine Show

Coffee & Chocolate Expo

Homemakers Expo Port Elizabeth

Media Partner:

Coffee Magazine


If you would still like to become a Sponsor of these competitions with opportunities at 8 venues in 2017, please contact Iain Evans at 082 397 2792 or email

Be part of the Coffee Village at HOSTEX 2017 March 24 2017

SCASA is hosting the National Barista Championships at HOSTEX, Gallagher estate from 7-9 May 2017. We are also creating a SCASA “Coffee Village” for all our members, and have negotiated a ridiculously good rate for any Coffee Company who is a SCASA Member to take a stand. Be part of the Coffee Community, interact with SA’s Top Coffee Professionals, get a ringside seat for the Nationals, and most importantly, showcase YOUR coffee company to the Industry Leaders!

To book a stand or for more info email:  Nick Sarnadas on or call 083 5193599


Call for Judges: Nationals Judges Training 4-5 May 2017 March 24 2017

Judges, judges!!!

SCASA wants to raise the level of judges at the 2017 Nationals to be held at Hostex and to do this have organised Teija Lublinkhof (a sensory judge in last year's World Barista Championship Final Round) to come give a FREE two day, in depth judges training session. Her knowledge is invaluable as she has tasted all Top 6 competitors coffees and knows exactly what the South African Coffee Champions should be aiming for!

Date: 4&5th May

Venue: Ciro Beverage Solutions, Johannesburg

It is preferable that you have judged at a Regional level at least once before. If you are interested in taking part in this great opportunity, please contact info@scasa

This will be great experience for the WCEP training later on in the year.

Updated SCASA Competition Schedule: 2 Important Changes! March 16 2017

There have been two important updates to the SCASA competition schedule for 2017.

1. The Gauteng Regional Barista Championships have moved to the Good Food and Wine Show in Johannesburg from 28-30th July

2. The KwaZulu Natal Regionals have moved from April to August at the Coffee&Chocolate Expo!


WCE announces new rules for World Barista Champs 2017 March 14 2017

Exciting changes coming to the World Barista Championship stage in November this year in Seoul. As South Africa gears up for it's National competition in May this year at Hostex 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, the winner will have these changes to look forward to.
The Coffee Magazine asked Wayne Oberholzer, SA's current Barista Champion what he thinks of the new rules:

"So what do I feel about the rule changes? Excited. Actually pumped to compete.

The table setup I think will allow us to really bring a further integration of the "chefs table" experience. We could find Baristas almost shielding the judges from the coffee making process and engage them more into the experience and joy of the coffee or finding the Flavour. Changing heights will really help someone like myself to get more comfortable at the station. A bonus.

Machines temperature control is something we have always advocated for, the ability to really get the most out of the coffee and compensate for altitude and travel changes. As well as water... wow. Think of the signature drinks!!

Top 15 with a wild card. This really enforces the whole team approach that they are going for, which is amazing to see.

I think the dropping of technical in the Semi-finals and Finals rounds is a problem however. We have seen it play such a big part of deciding the top 3 in our local competitions... but hey, sensory is the name of the game right?

All in all I love it. I need to dive more into it. But I think it's the sort of shift we have been wanting and waiting for."
Note to Barista Competitors heading to Joburg in May: National competitions will be run with standard layout and temperature rules so this will not effect the competition in May

Calling all Latte Artists! SCASA sponsors Almond Breeze and The Coffee Magazine have a competition you don't want to miss! March 08 2017

We know you've got the skills out there, now is the time to let them shine! SCASA Gold Sponsor Almond Breeze and The Coffee Magazine have joined forces to bring you some amazing latte art battles and some amazing cash prizes!
Baristas can win R750 a week for submitting their latte art videos and getting people to vote for them. Cafe owners, this is the time to pull your coffee communities together! Coffee drinkers, this is your time to back your favourite barista! 
This competition is about celebrating baristas, a great product to pair with coffee and most of all, FUN!
You can enter HERE.

WCE All Stars coming to Johannesburg! February 17 2017

This is huge news for the South African coffee community! A chance to meet coffee professionals that have competed at the highest level and learn from their experience. Well done to SCASA Sponsor Coffee & Chocolate Expo for securing this internationally acclaimed event!
Press Release from World Coffee Events

All-Stars from the World Coffee Championships are headed to Johannesburg 13-16 July, 2017 for three days of interactive events, creative drink challenges, pop quizzes, hands-on demonstrations, meet-and-greets, and more at the Coffee & Chocolate Expo.

For the first time, the globally popular All-Stars program will be bringing some of the best competitive coffee makers to South Africa. Learn what it takes to compete on the world stage with 2016 World Latte Art Champion, Umpaul; 2016 World Coffee In Good Spirits Champion, Michalis Dimitrakopolous; 2015 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion, George Koustampardis; 2013 WLAC Finalist, Esther Maasdam; and a World Barista Championship All-Star to be announced soon!

WCE is the premier producer of events for the global speciality coffee community, including the World Barista Championship, World Latte Art Championship, Re:co Symposium, All-Stars, and Re:verb.

All-Stars is now in its fourth year of spreading coffee excellence globally. This dynamic program features exciting stage time and head-to-head performances, along with informal bar time, and opportunities to connect directly with the All-Stars and learn more about their coffee experiences and insights.

Call for Membership renewal and call for Sponsors for the SCASA Coffee Competitions! February 14 2017


2017 is shaping up to be the most exciting year in coffee!

so….. Have you renewed your SCASA membership for 2017 yet? To do so click here.

To find out more about Sponsorship opportunites, click here.


INVITATION: Good Food & Wine Show presentations February 14 2017

As a SCASA member you are invited to the Good Food and Wine Show presentations for the 2017 shows. GF&WS have partnered with us to bring you the Barista Championship Regionals in 2017 with a special SCASA coffee village being created around the competitions.



Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa will be presenting the 2017 editions of the Good Food and Wine Shows next week in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This will be hosted at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town and the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. You can choose to attend one of 2x sessions in each city and we would welcome your attendance.
The presentations will showcase the theme for 2017,  international and local line up of chefs, exciting new activations planned for 2017, Interactive, entertaining and educational theatres, partners/associations working with GF&WS and much more.
We invite confirmed participants as well as those of you interested in understanding how we can partner with you to effectively use the Good Food & Wine Show platform to engage with over 60 000 consumers, showcase your amazing products and solutions, generate exceptional brand awareness and PR exposure as well as meet with industry professionals.
Kindly refer to the attached invitations and RSVP to Thirza by Monday 20 February. We look forward to seeing you next week.

Craig Charity heads to AFCA in Ethiopia to represent SCASA February 09 2017

Last time around in 2014, when Craig Charity of Lineage Coffee, 2013 South African Barista Champ represented SCASA at AFCA in Burundi, he did not fare too well running overtime and being disqualified. Faced with this unexpected opportunity to travel to Ethiopia as our current SA Champion, Wayne Oberholzer is unable to go and Craig was the Runner Up in last years competition, he is determined to put forward his best possible set and be crowned African Barista Champion 2017.

We are behind him all the way!

Last time he traveled alone which contributed to the difficulties he faced, this time he will take Fani Myeza, his roaster, barista and trusted friend with him to claim victory for South Africa! This will be a life changing experience for Fani, who is an incredibly passionate individual with a bright future ahead.

This has come at great financial cost. Franke SA, a SCASA gold Sponsor  and Illovo Sugar have played a huge role in getting Fani to Ethiopia. If you would like support this worthy cause, please follow this link to find all the details:


POSTPONED: World Competitions Education Program (WCEP) in Johannesburg! February 03 2017

This event has been postponed, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep up to date with news!



Where: Gauteng, venue to be confirmed

4-6 April 2017: WBC Training | Tuesday – Thursday

6 April 2017: Latte Art Training | Thursday afternoon

6 April 2017: Ibrik Training | Thursday evening

7 April WBC Certification Exams

8 April 2017: 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) | R6000
  • WCEP & WBC Judges Certification (All sessions and qualify to complete WBC Judges certification examination) | R7500
  • 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 cancellation 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 Gauteng, venue to be confirmed.

AGENDA | Training in Gauteng

Monday 18h30pm       Dinner with SCASA Board of Directors

Tuesday 4 April 2017 (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 5 April 2017 (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

17h00pm                     End of the day

18h00pm                     Ibrik competition (Venue to be confirmed)

Thursday 6 April 2017 (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                     End of the day

Friday 7 April 2017 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)

9am                             Coffee to ease in the day

9.30-17.00                   WBC Certification Exams

18h00                          SCASA Cocktail (Venue to be confirmed)

Saturday 8 April 2017 (Venue to be confirmed)
9am                             Coffee to ease in the day
9.30am                        WCIGS Score-sheets & Stage Behaviour
13h00pm                     End of the day

13h30pm                     Certificate lunch

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

What is Specialty Coffee? January 24 2017

If you missed this great feature on The Coffee Magazine's website, we wanted to share it with our readers too. Ishan Natalie sheds a lot of light on our favourite topic... Specialty Coffee. 

Ishan tells of his experience competing at the World Barista Champs and the process he went through in choosing his coffee. He goes on to express the role coffee shops play in enhancing the specialty coffee experience. It's such a great piece to read.

You can read the full feature HERE, and learn about specialty coffee from someone who really does know his stuff.

If you'd be interested in getting more involved in specialty coffee in South Africa, take a look at our website where you'll find out all about our mission and vision as SCASA. Become a SCASA member or get involved in your regional competition. There are so many ways you can support the growing specialty coffee industry in SA.

We look forward to having you on board in 2017.

Hello 2017 January 12 2017

Happy New Year to all our readers, sponsors and members. We are incredibly excited for what 2017 has in stores for coffee around South Africa. There are great competitions lined up, road shows and other awesome events in the works so make sure you are following our Facebook page for details as the dates get closer.

If you haven't seen the competition schedule for the year, take a look here.

If you would like to volunteer at any of the competitions or maybe even try your hand at judging then go ahead and mail us on

Becoming a member of SCASA is also super easy and at only R500 a year you can join our team of passionate coffee men and women. Click here for more details about registering yourself or your company.

Receive our newsletter in 2017. Each month we send out a newsletter with details about what's happening in the specialty coffee arena around the country. You can sign up on our website here.

Well that's all for now. Welcome to a new year of great fun and coffee adventures. We look forward to having you on this journey with us.

Here is a fun 2017 coffee calendar you can purchase at 


Buy the latest Coffee Magazine and stand a chance to WIN BIG! December 14 2016

The latest edition of The Coffee Mag is out nationwide and there is a VERY exciting giveaway involved.

Together with Selati Sugar, The Coffee Mag are giving away a R50 000 Home Barista Set Up to one lucky magazine reader! Say what????? Yes it is true. 

See more details about this competition and the latest issue of the magazine here.

Coffee Market Report December 08 2016

8th. December, 2016

The Brazil Exporters Association Cecafe have reported that the countries green coffee exports for the month of November were 460,000 bags or 14.20% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 2.78 million bags.  The bulk of these exports are attributed to arabica coffee exports to a total 2.75 million bags, and following this year’s dismal conilon robusta coffee crop, conilon coffee exports contributed a lower total 30,000 bags, for this month of exports.
The March to March contracts arbitrage between the London and New York markets widened yesterday, to register this at 50.03 usc/Lb., while this equates to a 35.30% price discount for the London robusta coffee market.  This arbitrage remains an attractive factor for the roasters who have considered robusta coffees to be an opportunist discount component, within their mostly arabica coffee blends.

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange rose by 2,750 bags yesterday; to register these stocks at 1,262,724 bags.  There was meanwhile 3,850 bags decrease in the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 12,568 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed in trade yesterday, as the US Dollar slipped back against a basket of other major currencies and the oil markets tending softer on the day. It was a positive day for Soybean, Sugar, Gold, Silver and Platinum, although a softer day for for Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Copper, Corn, Wheat, Palladium. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.1855% lower; to see this Index registered at 425.869.   The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.265 to Sterling and 1.077 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending steady and is selling at 51.37 per barrel.
The London market started the day on a softer but steady note yesterday, to turn positive during the session as New York market registered a positive track to start the day.  The New York market held steady at the outset and in positive territory although seller activity at the top of the day gradually etched away the gains, to see this market push lower to move through opening levels and into negative territory by midsession.  This softer move was mirrored in London, to see both markets trading in mildly negative territory for the latter half of the day and in New York within a tightly held range either side of unchanged.  As the session progressed toward the finish line, a degree of seller pressure withdrew from the floor and both markets posted a modest boost, but still in negative territory, to set the close in London about the middle of the days trading range, and in New York just about unchanged on the day, as follows:

LONDON ROBUSTA US$/MT                        NEW YORK ARABICA USc/Lb.

JAN      2030 –   9                                            DEC   137.90 – 0.05
MAR     2021 – 11                                            MAR   141.70 – 0.30
MAY     2031 – 10                                            MAY   144.05 – 0.25
JUL      2038 –   8                                            JUL    146.20 – 0.25
SEP      2044 –  7                                             SEP    148.25 – 0.20
NOV     2050 –  6                                             DEC    151.20 – 0.20
JAN      2056 –  2                                             MAR   153.80 – 0.20
MAR     2066 –  2                                             MAY   155.40 – 0.20
MAY     2082 –  2                                             JUL    156.85 – 0.15
JUL      2100 –  2                                             SEP    158.10 – 0.15


Coffee Market Report December 07 2016

The March to March contracts arbitrage between the London and New York markets narrowed yesterday, to register this at 49.83 usc/Lb., while this equates to a 35.09% price discount for the London robusta coffee market. This arbitrage remains an attractive factor for the roasters who have considered robusta coffees to be an opportunist discount component, within their mostly arabica coffee blends.

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange rose by 221 bags yesterday; to register these stocks at 1,259,974 bags. There was meanwhile a larger decrease at 3,209 bags to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 16,418 bags.

The commodity markets were mixed in trade yesterday, the influential Oil markets slid back from the gains posted over the past few sessions and the latest round of data reported crude oil production to be higher out of most major export regions. The U.S. Dollar registered a stronger day with a positive day for Cotton, Corn, Soybean, Sugar and Platinum markets although a softer day for Cocoa, Coffee, Copper, Wheat, Gold, Silver and Palladium. The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.015% higher; to see this Index registered at 425.659. The day starts with the U.S. Dollar trading at 1.266 to Sterling and 1.072 to the Euro, while North Sea Oil is tending steady and is selling at 52.04 per barrel.

The London and New York markets started the day yesterday in a positive note in quiet opening trade, but with both markets taking a softer stance by midsession. The New York market held relatively steady at the lower levels but with both markets recovering to move back up into positive territory in early afternoon trade. This upward move attracted another round of hefty speculative selling activity back to the New York market in the latter part of the day, to see this market lose all the ground covered on the day and settle at the lows on the day. The London robusta market had limited time to react to the latter day softer trade, and this market which had slid into negative territory toward the close, finished with some of the recovery from the lows, intact. The close yesterday in both markets after a fair volume day, registered a softer day overall and a close in negative territory, as follows:


JAN   2039 – 25                       DEC  137.95 – 2.25
MAR  2032 – 11                       MAR  142.00 – 2.50
MAY  2041 – 9                         MAY  144.30 – 2.55
JUL   2046 – 9                         JUL   146.45 – 2.55
SEP   2051 – 9                        SEP   148.45 – 2.55
NOV  2056 – 9                         DEC  151.40 – 2.50
JAN   2058 – 9                         MAR 154.00 – 2.50
MAR  2068 – 9                         MAY 155.60 – 2.35
MAY  2084 – 9                         JUL 157.00 – 2.10
JUL   2102 – 9                         SEP 158.25 – 2.05

La Marzocco receive European accolade November 30 2016

You may have seen La Marzocco equipment at one or many of our competitions or coffee events. Known for their exceptional quality this coffee equipment brand has been recognised internationally as Best Equipment Supplier at the European Coffee Awards. 

Read the Press Release below

FLORENCE, Italy – La Marzocco ranked first in “Best Equipment Supplier – Europe”, awarded at the latest European Coffee Awards, which brought together influential network representatives and celebrated outstanding achievements within the industry.

On Tuesday evening, at the Hilton Hotel Budapest in Hungary, La Marzocco took part at the prestigious annual European Coffee Awards ceremony, now in its ninth year and an integral part of the European Coffee Symposium.

The event, launched by Allegra Events, aims to recognize and promote company and individual excellence across the European coffee shop and food-to-go sector.

In recent weeks, members of the coffee sector and consumers across Europe were invited to elect their favorite brands – whether a chain, roaster, independent coffee shop or equipment supplier – for which La Marzocco was elected number one.

In the company of leaders in the field, La Marzocco’s Managing Director, Guido Bernardinelli, General Manager of La Marzocco UK & Ireland, Paul Kelly, and local partner Mate Gergely of Expresso Cafè kft, gratefully accepted the award on behalf of the company, global staff, international distributors and the specialty coffee community.

About La Marzocco

La Marzocco, founded in 1927 by the Bambi brothers, has traditionally specialized in producing high end, hand crafted professional espresso coffee machines geared towards excellence, a quality cup and style.

1939, La Marzocco patented the first machine with a horizontal boiler, an industry standard still today, and the first of a series of important innovations, such as the dual boiler with saturated groups.

Tradition, research, quality and reliability are factors that distinguish the company.

Highly specialized staff oversees each stage of production for every machine, which are made by hand to order for each customer.

In this manner, the boundless experience and professional pride of the Bambi brothers has continued for over eighty-five years.

The company is headquartered near Florence, Italy, with offices in Auckland, Barcelona, London, Melbourne, Milan, Seattle, Seoul and Sydney.

La Marzocco has over 280 employees and produces espresso coffee machines and grinders that are exported to over 100 countries with the support of its distributors and partners, making La Marzocco’s presence known on the 5 continents.


If you are interested in ordering La Marzocco equipment in South Africa, take a look at our directory for lists of equipment importers and suppliers.

2017 & 2018 Competition Plan November 16 2016

We've put a schedule together for the next 2 years of competitions, so you can start planning where and when you want to compete, volunteer or judge at one of these competitions.

We will update you on dates closer to each event. 

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B = Barista Competition
LA = Latte Art Competition
CT = Cup Tasters Competition