World Champs Round Up: Catch up with Simphiwe 'Bobby' Adams June 28 2017



I don't know where to start. It was a great journey and i was so excited, emotional and nervous all at the same time, ha ha ha. It was a great feeling; everyone there spoke the universal language of "COFFEE"


I'm so disappointed and angry with myself but it was a lesson. I was not at my best and I made wrong decisions that cost me, some of the reasons were because of the long flight and i was very overwhelmed and lonely. It is so important to have a supporter,colleague or manager with you if possible to help keep focused and calm the nerves.


Try arrive a few days before the competition,to get used to the change in environment and culture and familiarise yourself with the city and avenue. Having someone to support you is extremely important.This to me was my biggest downfall. Thankfully I did know GEORGE KARATZAS and ALHENRICO THOMAS from SA, they together with the WEGA team at the expo supported, also my Family,Friends and colleagues at Sumatran coffee for their messages of support. I can't wait to qualify for next World Cup Tasters, hopefully there will be enough time for us to raise funds to take a supporter along.


Competing at International level helps us to grow and improve our coffee culture back home. There more we learn from other professionals in the industry, the more ideas, knowledge and experiences we bring back to our communities. There is so much happening in the coffee industry, new coffee and equipment out there, I mean amazing stuff.


Palate development helps a lot and cupping at least twice a week. Eat lots of fruit and different food, cupping/tasting coffee from different roasters around the world if at all possible, using beans mainly CENTRAL AMERICA, medium to dark roast, which increases the difficulty, avoid spicy food during the competition days.

SCASA Members - Sponsor a deaf barista and change a life! June 27 2017

Do you want to really change a person's life using coffee?  SCASA, in association with UNISA, EDeaf ( and Ciro have created an opportunity for SCASA members to Sponsor a Deaf person to join a training programme that will see them become a fully fledged barista.  The cost of the SCASA Member's Sponsorship is only R2700 per person, and this stipend will go directly to assisting the candidate's transport and monthly costs as Unisa is sponsoring the NQF Level 5 certificate "Short Course in Barista Skills" under the Unisa Department of Consumer Sciences.

This is an amazing opportunity and UNISA has created sponsored space for 30 deaf baristas to be trained for the duration of one month. EDEAF is facilitating this training on behalf of SCASA and the UNISA Sound Video and Photography directorate is developing a multi modal  training  DVD, so the empowerment process has legs beyond the training itself.  SCASA Members, Ciro have already committed to one sponsorship and Coffee Magazine to two sponsorships! All SCASA Members are urged to participate. There are 27 more sponsorships available!

How can you get involved?

*   email if you would like to Sponsor a deaf barista.

*   There will be a celebration of this program on the 4th of July in JHB at Ciro, to meet successful deaf baristas who has already worked in the industry for 2 to 3 years. UNISA and Edeaf representatives will be present to meet and to find out more information.

*   There will be a Deaf Barista competition at CoffeeChoc EXPO with an interpreter - In order to make it as similar in spirit to a regionals/nationals set, the deaf Baristas will prepare a set of cappuccinos in 10 minutes and be judged by George Bertolis, Alessandro Morricco and Lani Snyman with Iain Evans to MC . Come and support!


Partners: Unisa, Ciro, EDeaf, SCASA, CoffeeChoc, Coffee Magazine. Deaf Barista Program and competition celebration On 4th July. Rsvp at SCASA.


Watch the South African Champions compete at the World of Coffee!!! June 12 2017

Our Latte Art and Cup Tasters Champions are in Hungary this week competing at the World of Coffee!

You can support them LIVE by tuning in to the World Coffee Events website which is the only place the action will be streamed:

World Cup Tasters Championship

Simphiwe 'Bobby' Adams: 13 June 10.40am

Simphiwe is up against some tough competitiors, but the way this competition works is that every score goes on to the main leader board. The people with the most number of cups right in the shortest amount of time go through to the next round, so Bobby doesn't have to worry about the people around him, just the coffee in the cups! He, his colleagues at Sumatran Coffee and Shaun Aupiais have been training tirelessly to prepare for Budapest. He scored an amazing 8 out of 8 correct in his Final Round at Nationals at the beginning of May, we're confident he can repeat it!

World Latte Art Championship

Alhenrico Thomas: 13 June, last competitor of the day (no time given thus far)

This is Alhenrico's second time at World's so now that he knows what to expect we know he is going to do us proud. What an amazing achievement to go to Worlds in two consecutive years. He learnt so much on his first trip and he will certainly take all that experience to the stage with him. His company Famous Brands have supported him in a big way to get to this point. Well done to the Famous Brands team.


If you would like to see the full schedules please visit the World Coffee Events website, there will be loads of coffee entertainment all day!

Call for Entry: Eastern Cape Regionals 22-25 June 2017 June 08 2017

The Friendly City is one of the most passionate regions when it comes to love for coffee and it's growing every year. The current Cup Tasters Champion, Simphiwe Adams, calls Eastern Cape home.

It's happening at the Homemakers Expo and it's only 3 weeks away!

SCASA needs you to participate!

Are you an aspiring barista wanting to learn more about the industry and about your own capabilities? Have you entered yet? You can do so here.


Winners in the Western Cape! June 05 2017

The first six places for Nationals 2018 have been decided! A very well run competition at the Good Food & Wine Show Cape Town sees an excellent Top 6 advance to the National Stage.

Winston Thomas, our current SA Champion, couldn't stay away as he is determined to make it back to Worlds next year! And he defended his Regional title successfully, with very strong competition from other fantastic baristas!

Winner - Winston Thomas, Origin Coffee Roasters

2nd - Dayle Visser, Tribe Coffee Roasting
3rd - Neil Gouws, Origin
4th - Christopher Abrahams, Ciro Full Service Coffee Co.
5th - Kuda Gezi, TriBeCa Coffee
6th - Lehan Venter, Truth Coffee Roasting

From the semi-final round:
Best signature - Winston Thomas
Best technical - Winston Thomas
Best milk based - Neil Gouws
Best espresso - Justin Groep, Rosetta Roastery

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