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COVID-19: COFFEE ROASTING DURING LOCKDOWN April 04 2020



According to Government Gazette 43148, Page 10 A.1.i - Any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages, have been grouped under Section A GOODS (CATEGORISATION OF ESSENTIAL GOODS AND SERVICES DURING LOCKDOWN).

Roasters can apply for certification to prove they are essential service providers during the 21-day national lockdown period. Only businesses deemed essential by government will be able to continue trading. Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel have announced that businesses can apply for required certification via the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission's Bizportal website - bizportal.gov.za. Businesses which are registered with the CIPC such as companies, close corporations and co-operatives will be able to apply for certification.

For more follow fin24's Lockdown | Step-by-step guide to registering your business as an essential service provider.

Read who is Roasting through COVID-19 Lockdown by The Coffee Magazine.

Please Note: During these uncertain times and with regulations changing without prior notice, SCASA will do its best to keep you informed of any changes, but cannot be held liable in the event that certification is denied or retracted.


COVID-19: NATIONAL LOCKDOWN NOTICE, BLOCK EXEMPTION & REGULATIONS March 25 2020




In his statement to the nation delivered on Monday, 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an escalation of measures to combat the global pandemic, COVID-19. The National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020, until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020.

In compliance with the nation-wide lockdown it should be noted that ALL restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops will be required to comply with the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days.

Such service providers have NOT been included on the list of what has been deemed essential services during the lockdown, will NOT be permitted to operate, and will thus need to be closed for the duration.

In addition, in compliance with the nation-wide lockdown ALL food delivery services will also need to be suspended for 21 days with effect from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020.

For clarity and assistance please contact the Department of Tourism Call Centre on 0860 868 747 or email callcentre@tourism.gov.za

READ THE FULL NOTICE TO THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY FROM THE MINISTER OF TOURISM

The minister of Trade, Industry and Competition issued an exemption that allows retail property tenants to come to new agreements with their retail landlords to minimize the financial impact of the COVID-19 national disaster, without being at risk of breaching the Competition Act No. 89 of 1998. These agreements could relate to rental payment holidays, rental discounts and/or limitation on the eviction of tenants. The exemption is specifically applicable to restaurants, personal care services and clothing and home textile retailers.

READ THE FULL BLOCK EXEMPTION FOR RETAIL PROPERTY FROM THE MINISTER OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY AND COMPETITION

Stringent regulations stipulates a range of prohibited services and areas that will not be accessible during the lockdown period, as stipulated in the Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Directions made in terms of Section 27(2) by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

READ THE FULL GAZETTED DIRECTIONS AND LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS FROM THE MINISTER OF COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND INDUSTRY AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS


REGIONALS 2020: POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE March 23 2020



SCASA COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT

Regional Coffee Competition details to be announced once there is more clarity on the stabilising of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Provisional dates to be announced where available, however also subject to change in the event of uncertainty. In the meantime we would like to urge the community to stay calm and unite in the passion for coffee.

Stop The Spread with these handy tips from the World Health Organization to keep yourself safe and help contain the spread of the virus.

1. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
2. Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, and nose.
3. Avoid contact with people who are vulnerable. And if you can’t, wear a mask.
4. Cover your cough with the bend of your elbow.
5. Disinfect surfaces you regularly use.
6. If you feel unwell, stay at home and call your healthcare provider.
7. Only share information from trusted sources.

You can also Whatsapp 0600 123 456 for information or contact the National Institute for Communicable Diseases 0800 029 999 for more. Read more at https://sacoronavirus.co.za/

During these uncertain times remember to keep supporting small businesses, especially your favourite cafes and roasteries.


NATONALS 2020: THE WINNERS March 05 2020

South Africa has three new coffee champions for 2020 that will be competing at Worlds later this year, as decided at Hostex (3 March 2020).



Two time National barista champion (2017 & 2018) Winston Thomas from Cape Town (Winston Douglas Coffee) clinched the 2020 barista title, returning to competition after a short break. In the end beating a very dominant Stevo 
Kühn (Urban Brew Coffee) from Bloemfontein who was named runner up.



The Latte Art competition saw a new champion in Jeff Stopforth from KZN (Beaver Creek Coffee) being crowned, after beating two time National champion (2018 & 2019) Christopher Abrahams (Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.) and 2019's KZN champion, Ndumiso Ngcobo (Fabrica Coffee) in the finals on 3 March.



The Cup Tasters competition also offered plenty of highlights when 
Wency Masawi (Tanaka Coffee / African Roots Coffee) beat the experienced Nicodemus Nabakwe (Sevenoaks Trading) in the final. 

Barista champion, Winston Thomas will be representing South Africa for a third time at the World Barista Championship, this time 4-7 May 2020 at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo in Australia.

New Cup Tasters champion Wency Masawi and Latte Art champion, Jeff Stopforth will compete at the World Cup Tasters and Latte Art Championships at World of Coffee in Warsaw, Poland 18-20 June later this year.

Recapping all the finals results
BARISTA CHAMPION
Winston Thomas - Winston Douglas Coffee
Runner Up: Stevo Kühn - Urban Brew Coffee

CUP TASTERS CHAMPION
Wency Masawi - African Roots Coffee / Tanaka Coffee
Runner Up: Nicodemus Nabakwe - Sevenoaks Trading

LATTE ART CHAMPION
Jeff Stopforth - Beaver Creek Coffee
Runner Up: Christopher Abrahams - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.

SPECIALTY AWARDS 
⭐️ Best Signature Drink & Milk Based Beverage: Winston Thomas - Winston Douglas Coffee
⭐️ Best Espresso and Technical: Stevo Kühn - Urban Brew Coffee
⭐️ Best Overall Impression: Fikile Khuzwayo - MRP Foundation

BARISTA TOP 6
1. Winston Thomas - Winston Douglas Coffee
2. Stevo Kühn - Urban Brew Coffee
3. John Evans - TriBeCa Coffee
4. Neil Gouws - Origin Coffee Roasting
5. Samantha Naidoo - TriBeCa Coffee
6. Bruce Manning - Brustar Coffee

LATTE ART TOP 3
1. Jeff Stopforth - Beaver Creek Coffee
2. Christopher Abrahams - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.
3. Ndumiso Ngcobo - Fabrica Coffee

LATTE ART TOP 4 (SEMI FINAL ROUND)
1. Wency Masawi - Tanaka Coffee / African Roots Coffee
2. Thabang Maluleka - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.
3. Nicodemus Nabakwe - Sevenoaks Trading
4. Maryke Schoonwinkel - Bruder Coffee Roastery

SCASA would like to thank all its sponsors, partners, members, the administrative staff, judges, baristas and volunteers who made this event such an unforgettable success. Thank you for investing into the future of our industry and for igniting a united passion for coffee.  


NATIONALS 2020: GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS February 29 2020



Reacquaint yourself with our Coffee Competitors in SCASA's 2020 National Coffee Competitions, 1-3 March at HOSTEX at the Sandton Convention Centre.

COMPETITOR SCHEDULE
Learn who will be competing when. 
Download the National Coffee Competitions Schedule here.
(Please Note: schedule subject to change at short notice)

CENTRAL REGION

Name: Stevo Kühn 
Coffee Company: Urban Brew Coffee
Region: Central Region (Bloemfontein)
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Central Region: 2018- 2nd place, 2019 - 1st Nationals: 2019 - 7th

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I look forward to spending time with some great friends I’ve made in coffee and meeting new people.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I love playing music, cooking and spending time with my friends and family.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? It feels like there’s a massive emphasis on education and upliftment - that excites me.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Traveling to Bahrain to train baristas. I spent time with 7 different Nationalities learning more about specialty coffee.Coffee is truly universal! 

To where would you travel for coffee?
 Melbourne! I’d love to learn more about the Specialty Scene there and their approach to coffee and the consumers.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Coming from a small region is tough, so the help I have received is highly appreciated: My wife, Elri, for supporting me and running a full house while I prep and travel. Father Coffee for assistance with samples and all things coffee. My friends, Eugene and Josh for tasting endless espresso recipes and listening to sets. Thato, for running the sites and allowing me the time to work on comp. All the baristas I could train over the past year. All the questions and comments push me to grow and learn more!

Follow Stevo on Instagram @urbanbrewcoffee @stevobarista
Photo Credit: Meyer Pieterse

Name: Thabo Kheleroa
Coffee Company: Jaru Coffee
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Central Region Barista Competition Champion 2018, Runner Up 2019. National Barista Competition Competitor 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? 
To learn, improve and gain exposure in the industry from other great baristas. 

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? I'm a fan of African single origins. I'm currently enjoying the Kenya Bold Bean. 

To where would you travel for coffee? 
Definitely Brazil for three reasons: 1: They are the biggest coffee producers in the world. 2: The colourful culture and 3: SOCCER. 


Name: Mapaseka Mapela
Coffee Company: Wiesenhof
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Third in 2019 at the Central Region Coffee Competitions. I never thought I'll fall so much in love wth coffee. Honestly I've learned to fall in love with coffee over and over again after Regionals.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I'm looking forward to competing with more experienced people and getting to know and learn more.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would love to travel to Nicaragua for coffee simply because ever since I entered the competition I've been using their coffee and its amazing...

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would love to thank Wiesenhof from the head office to the store, my boss, manager and colleagues.

Follow Mapaseka on Instagram @mapasekamapelafancy


Name:
 James Kilbourn
Coffee Company: Stereo Café
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Winner 2019 Central Region Cup Tasters. Cup Tasters Competitor 2018. Judge 2016 Western Cape Barista and Latte Art Competitions. Judge 2018 & 2019 Central Region Barista and Latte Art Competitions.


Name:
 Maryke Schoonwinkel
Coffee Company: Bruder Coffee Roastery
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Tasting new coffees and watching the other baristas compete! 

What are your interests outside of coffee? Photography and art.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I think the future of coffee in SA is bright! In Klerksdorp the coffee culture is growing and we are busy educating people to drink and ONLY buy good quality coffee! We still have a big market to influence! The quality and variety of coffee beans keeps getting better so I am positive!

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? To taste a coffee and know exactly what I taste and say it out loud. That gives me a good feeling.

To where would you travel for coffee? Definitely Ethiopia, it is where coffee started and also one of my favorite coffee beans

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? My husband (Pieter) for roasting a lot of coffees and the Bruder Team for doing many cuppings with me!

Follow Maryke on Instagram @maryksschoon @bruder_coffee_roastery


Name:
 Tshepo Modiakgotla
Coffee Company: Royal Roastery
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Central Region Latte Art Competition Champion 2019.
Follow Tulo on Instagram @tshepo_leadership

Name: Tulo Ernest Lephuthing
Coffee Company: Royal Roastery
Region: Central Region (Free State)
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Latte Art 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? For me it's not about competing as much, it's more likely an objective achievement, willing to learn and share coffee knowledge with the best baristas.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Interests outside coffee... That will be art and nature.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Favourite coffee moment is whenever I surprise myself, not only based on latte art, collaborating or slow brew coffee. Sometimes I tend to receive compliments from customers coming personally to thank me for the effort, passion and dedication towards my work. It is not only about coffee, how we engage with customers count too. Coffee is coffee, nevertheless we baristas do most of it same as life.

To where would you travel for coffee? I'll travel to Brazil, despite the perception of coffee I love Brazil's Amazon (rainforest), nature there nurture's itself.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I'd like to thank Ruan my boss personally for all he did for me since I joined the Royal team, Garith Prior, Roland Pienaar, Dunette, Janelle aka Nella and the Royal team for sharing the experience.

Follow Tulo on Instagram @tuloernest5
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EASTERN CAPE


Name: Hilary Gwaze
Coffee Company: Infood Coffee Roastery
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Eastern Cape Barista Competition Champion 2019, Runner Up 2018.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? 
l'm looking forward to learn from other baristas but more importantly to grow and becoming a better barista, l also believe that good baristas are produced under pressure.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?
 
l think we have seen a glimpse of the future of the coffee industry by witnessing very innovative coffee processing methods, sophisticated coffee machines, different brewing tools both manual and automatic but l also think we are going see more in the future as the specialty coffee industry is growing because people are becoming more and more knowledgeable about coffee and are also becoming curious about everything from seed to cup as the third wave coffee is taking over.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far?
 
Crowned EC barista champion 2019 and also scooping two awards for milk based beverage and signature drink.

To where would you travel for coffee? Panama obviously because l had a privilege of tasting Panama geisha CM wow it feels like l was not drinking coffee at all, it tasted like juice and the dominant flavour there was papaya and blueberries.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank God above all and my team at INFOOD COFFEE ROASTERY for their immense support and all our random and regular customers and also special thanks to Jayne Davies the owner of Infood for her support not only financially but also for moral support, for her input and passion for coffee.

Follow Hilary on Instagram @hilarygwaze

Coffee Company: Wiesenhof Coffee Holdings
Region: Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 2018/2019 Regional Champion, 2019/2020 Regional Runner Up. First time National competitor 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? The experience, the knowledge and most of all to showcase my skills, commitment and growth in this trade and proudly represent the Wiesenhof Brand.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I have quite a few hobbies outside of coffee. I really enjoy tinkering with computers as I’m a Certified Microsoft System Engineer and a PC and Network technician. I play a lot cue sport and recently started playing outdoor cricket again. I really enjoy the camaraderie of team sports.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? In South Africa, I see the change daily. The consumer is getting more educated on coffee and more willing to pay for better coffees and coffee experiences. Us, as coffee professionals and suppliers, we need to keep up with these trends and adapt accordingly.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Not one specific moment, but a collection of moments. Coffee has uplifted so many lives and I’m very proud to have been part of some of those moments. This industry has endless opportunities and I relish the endless learning opportunities coffee has to offer.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would like to go the farm where my competition coffee is being produced. This is one of my short-term goals and I plan on making this a reality in the near future.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? My coach, Khulekani, a huge thanks to our head roaster, Carel Wood, for the massive amounts of resources and support, and my HQ as a whole, for the confidence and encouragement. Then finally my wife, for “allowing” me the space and time to practice.

Follow Raymond on Instagram @sting_ray_barista


Name: Mpumelelo Adams
Coffee Company: Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista Competition
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: This was my first time competing

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I am looking forward to competing and learning more about coffees that are not readily available.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Reading

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Qualifying for the SCASA National Barista Competition.

To where would you travel for coffee? Italy, I think they have an amazing coffee culture.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank Mastertons for their support. I also want to thank my brother, Bobby for pushing me and helping me through my regional competition. It is a pity he is out of the country and will not attend Nationals.

Follow Mpumelelo on Instagram @adams_mpumelelo
Photo Credit Karl Schoemaker.


Name: Kyle Grebe
Coffee Company: The Coffee Boys
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: The 2019 Eastern Cape regionals was my first time competing.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m really looking forward to competing on the national stage, feeling the atmosphere and the pressure, and also seeing legends like Winston Thomas and Kgune Dlamini compete in the Barista competition.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I’m a surgeon by profession so the human body really interests me, I also enjoy being in nature, hiking, camping, swimming.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see specialty coffee becoming more accessible to everyone in the future, breaking through socioeconomic boundaries. With companies like Woza Coffee and The Red Band Academy creating opportunities for disadvantaged people to enter the coffee community and giving them a platform to spread the love of coffee back to their communities. I believe that the coffee industry has the power to not only educate and empower people, but also create and build wealth for the African continent.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My favourite moment so far has definitely winning the Eastern Cape Cup Tasters Competition. I’m still very new to the coffee community, but I plan to make many more memories.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would love to travel around Africa, visiting farms in all the major coffee producing countries. I want to follow the process from bean to cup, and experience authentic coffee brewing process. I definitely want to go to Ethiopia.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank the Eastern Cape coffee community for making amazing coffee and being so welcoming and friendly. To Chris Faragher of Holiday Coffee, for teaching me the nuances of great coffee and for the friendship we have grown over the past year. To Shaun Apupiais for your advice and guidance and for being my mentor and inspiration in the coffee world!

Follow Kyle on Instagram @heart_dr.kyleg and @beanstalking_pe


Name:
 Chris Faragher
Coffee Company: The Coffee Boys/Holiday Coffee Co.
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Eastern Cape Cup Tasters Competition 2019. Certified WBC Judge since 2018. Multiple head and sensory judging since 2012

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? To further stretch my capacity in the sensory side of coffee competitions. 

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Guatemala Finca La Hermosa. Pacamara Natural from the Acatinoga Regon. Notes: A Super Boozy coffee with a really distinct heavy fizz. Medium acidity. 

To where would you travel for coffee? Réunion Island. Volcanic soil, rolling hills, The home of Bourbon Coffees, good surf and French food! Nuff said! Selfish I know.. but hey, why not?!

Follow Chris on Instagram @chrisfaragher


Name: Raymond Dzinemarira
Coffee Company: Infood Coffee Roastery
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: No

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I'm looking forward to be the best Latte Art champion and to be a super inspirational role model to others.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Besides coffee I'm interested in helping and teaching people both spiritually and academically.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I can see the coffee industry changing in a better way in the future.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My favourite coffee moment so far was being nominated as Latte Art runner up in the Eastern Cape region.

To where would you travel for coffee? If I have to travel anywhere in the world for coffee ; i would want to go to Korea because am inspired with how they are best in their coffee latte art.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank my beloved brother Percy Chikwira for the love and support all the way from point A. I also want to thank and appreciate my beloved workmates, Earstern Cape champion barista Hilary Gwaze, Evidence Chiyeke, Livingstone Chiyaka, Shane January, to mention but a few and above all most regards to my role model two time Eastern Cape latte art champion Nigel Kamhanda.
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GAUTENG

Name: Trevor Fitz
Coffee Company: Beethoven Coffee Co
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Gauteng Barista Competition Champion 2019 & 2017, 3rd 2018. Runner Up National Barista Competition 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I am really looking forward to bringing something a little different to the table. South Africa has a lot of expertise to offer in many different industries, I'm hoping to bring some of those with other expertise into the mix to explore something that hasn't been explored in coffee before.

What are your interests outside of coffee? My main interests outside of coffee are Sports, and experimenting in the kitchen. I really enjoy cooking and baking, I bring a lot of those flavour combinations into my competition prep as well. It's why I love the competitions so much.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I can only see the industry in SA expanding into the future. The stats indicate that the market in growing, and that speciality coffee market is growing even quicker. I think SA is in an exciting place to be and there is lots of potential for this industry. I believe that people who stick to their guns have a chance to make it big. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for us.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? I would say winning the Gauteng Regional Championships for the second time. I was in Kenya for a corporate work trip up until prep day of the competition. I landed at the airport and drove straight to the venue to do my machine practice time at about 19:00. The next day I was on stage! I really didn't think I could win it under the circumstances, I felt under prepared and was looking simply to place for a spot in the National Barista Championships this year. To come away with victory really showed me that I do have what it takes, and that winning at Nationals is indeed a realistic goal for me. So that's what I'm aiming for now!

To where would you travel for coffee? Guatemala. I love the rich history that they have, stemming all the way back to the Mayan civilisation. It has also been one of my favourite coffee origins for as long as I can remember, and the farmlands look super picturesque. Would love to experience that.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank Nkulu, he was the one who actually trained me, and first convinced me to enter the barista champs. I regard him a the best trainer in the country by some distance. Jacques, he really helped me pull things together. There is always the team behind me, they have helped me prep for all my comps from the beginning: Claire, my sister and parents, and in more recent times, Branden, and Fanie and Chris from Thirdspace.

Follow Trevor on Instagram @5armfitz


Name: John Evans
Coffee Company: Asmara Coffee
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Gauteng Barista Competition 2019, Competitor 2017 & 2018. National Barista Competition Competitor 2018 & 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Reconnecting with a lot of friends from other parts of South Africa, and showcasing a coffee that I’m very excited about.

What are your interests outside of coffee? My family, CrossFit, playing the drums, and being outdoors as much as possible.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I think we’re already seeing the consumer becoming more educated about coffee, and so I think through this, we’re going to see a greater awareness around the need to drink coffee that’s sustainably sourced, because I think people are going to understand that that’s the only way we’re going to be able to do this in the long-term.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Traveling to WBC in Boston in 2019 with Harry Mole.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would really love to travel to Melbourne.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Martin Fitzgerald and Manfred Gunkel for the coffee, and the team – Harry, Matt, Tiny, Natasha and Sam from TriBeCa.

Follow John on Instagram @johnevans24


Name:
 Fanie Botes
Coffee Company: SEAM Coffee Roaster
Region: Gauteng
Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 3rd Gauteng Barista Competition, Competitor 2018.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? 
It's exciting to compete for the honour of representing South Africa on the world stage, but I'm most looking forward to sharing some delicious coffee with some really good people.

What are your interests outside of coffee?
 I'm an avid martial artist enthusiast and I've been competing in Muay Thai for the last few years. I try to get to live music shows as often as I can, but mostly I end up listening to albums at home.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?
 I definitely see a shift from limited shops serving specialty, to specialty being the norm being served in hotels, restaurants and businesses, but the focus of the specialty will shift from the higher scoring, ultra rare coffees being sought after, to coffees that are not as exclusive and expensive, but are more palatable and approachable to the majority of consumers. This approach is not only what I believe to be the best approach to integrate specialty into our society, but also the most financially rewarding for industry professionals all throughout the chain, from farmers to baristas, therefore creating a more sustainable industry overall.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far?
 Being able to play a part in educating and empowering young people to lead a better life the coffee industry.

To where would you travel for coffee? I'd travel to Melbourne, Australia. Not necessarily for the coffee itself, but I'd like to experience how a cafe in a thriving coffee community operates and their approaches to service.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I'd like to thank my coach, Claire Andersen, she's a legend and without her help I would not have made it this far and my roaster and best friend, Chris, as well as the rest of my team back at Thirdspace.

Follow Fanie on Instagram @the_slightly_emo_barista

Name: Samantha Jocelyn Naidoo
Coffee Company: TriBeCa Coffee Company
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Barista (Practice makes perfect!)
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 5th Gauteng Barista Competition 2019. Previously competed in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Nationals three times.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Sharing my experiences through coffee.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Is there anything else besides coffee?

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable about the coffee they are drinking, pushing and testing the boundaries of coffee and the barista.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Getting my tattoo (coffee beans) while sipping delicious coffee, surrounded by amazing coffee people.

To where would you travel for coffee? Nicaragua. I would to love to see the work being done on the Rajuanse Estate.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Team TriBeCa! Everyone one of them, be it one of my barista's or a director, they are an amazing family to have support you all the way!

Follow Samantha on Instagram @sam_jo_0412
Photo Credit @l_o_t_b


Name: Thandiwe Shonhiwa
Coffee Company: Wiesenhof Absa Towers 
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 6th Gauteng Barista Competition 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals?
 
As a female I look forward to setting the record straight, we run the world.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Reading novels.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see more people getting involved. I believe coffee farmers, producers, roasters and baristas are increasing all over the world.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Meeting other baristas and new people.

To where would you travel for coffee? Colombia, they have a very big coffee industry and are producing the high quality coffee.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for nationals? Coach Khule Kani and coach Wayne Brown.

Follow Thandiwe on instagram @tishashy


Name: Karel Viviers
Coffee Company: Coocoocachoo
Region: Gauteng, Johannesburg
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals? Gauteng Cup Tasters Competition Champion 2019. First time competing at Regionals in 2019 (woohoo) and hence first time competing at Nationals (woohoo x 2).

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Mostly the opportunity to compete at this level and meeting competitors from all over the country who share the same level of passion for great coffee!

What are your interests outside of coffee? I enjoy cooking and baking and one of my indulgences are well made B-grade movies. I have two young boys, and they keep my wife and I busy busy busy, hence my other interest the past few years is peace and quiet, that to date evades me unfortunately.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I believe climate change will be at the forefront of coffee development. From crop to cup I believe this will influence every step of the supply chain and associated decision making, for businesses and consumers.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? It's not one moment but one journey, the learning journey in coffee has been so rewarding. You never stop learning and that excites me.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Japan, as a country I'm fascinated by their culture. Their coffee culture seems refined and precise yet humble, that really appeals to me.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? My team of baristas who have been very supportive and indulged my tasting exercises and other prep to date.

Follow Karel on Instagram @coocoocachoo_sa


Name: Thabang Maluleka
Coffee Company: Ciro Full Service Co.
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: National Cup Tasters Champion 2019, Gauteng Cup Tasters Champion 2018, Runner Up 2019, 2017. World Cup Tasters Championship Competitor 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? 
Coffee competitions serve as an educational guide to me, I am looking forward to seeing what is new in the industry, to where the industry is heading as well as new opportunities that are arising with the growing coffee scene.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I host music events, I am involved in several agricultural projects and I would like to go more into helping disadvantaged people in 2020 as a personal social development obligation.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? As more and more people get coffee education I think more opportunities will be created for coffee professionals to grow. The growth of the industry will also ensure that we become more competitive on a global scale.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? I have a few but winning the 2019 Nationals has to be the biggest favourite moment.

To where would you travel for coffee? Ethiopia, I love Ethiopian varieties and that is where the coffee legend originates after all. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank my mom Doris Maluleka for believing in me, even though she doesn’t really understand what I do she always supports my cause. My girlfriend Michelle Kange is always supportive and celebrates my achievements as her own and that keeps me motivated and hungry.

Follow Thabang on Instagram @klaainbaas_coffee_student

Name: Nicodemus Nabakwe
Coffee Company: Sevenoaks Trading
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 2013: National Barista Championship Finalist and came fifth overall. Runner Up KZN Barista Championship. Fourth Gauteng Cup Tasters Championship.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Have as much fun and probably winning.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Being a soccer coach, Panorama F.C.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? With the growing number of consumers and product knowledge awareness, the industry is shaping up to the international standard. We should be expectant of better things to come.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Sharing my knowledge with other industry professionals.

To where would you travel for coffee? Colombia, they have invested heavily in coffee science and their washed Arabicas are amongst the best in the world. Their farmers' passion for green coffee processing is amazing.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? My colleague Thoriso.

Follow Nicodemus on Instagram @nicodemus_nabakwe


Name: Elizabeth Gumbo
Coffee Company: Seattle Coffee Co.
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: It was my first time competing in the regionals and I am looking forward to completing in the national's for the first time.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I am so excited because I will be learning as well, this is a very good opportunity to see what other baristas are doing all over South Africa and hopefully share ideas.

What are your interests outside of coffee? In my free time I enjoy watching movies and TV shows, I enjoy going out on adventures, hanging out with my friends and swimming.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? Coffee was once a little-known delicacy used to aid religious rituals; we actually drink coffee to wake up...

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like thank Seattle Coffee Co for the lively support that they have given me, it’s an honour to have lovely colleagues who encourage you to do better, we make our coffee with love because we are love.

Name: Sibusiso Ndzuzo
Coffee Company: TriBeCa Coffee Company
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Gauteng Latte Art Competition 2019.
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KWAZULU-NATAL


Name:
 Kgune Dlamini
Coffee Company: Lineage Coffee
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: I came 6th at Barista Nationals 2019 and I was crowned KZN Barista Champ later in the same year. 

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? First and foremost to have fun. And then of course to learn anew. That's the daily mantra. 

What are your interests outside of coffee? I am a writer and a Performance Poet. 

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? A tangible passion and an empowering in terms of information pertaining Coffee.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? The people, to me coffee is People!

To where would you travel for coffee? I have never travelled much, however I would love to visit Australia. I have heard the Coffee culture there is quite huge.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? The Lineage Team and my customers at large.

Follow Kgune on Instagram handle @kgunezamodlamini


Name: Fikile (Aka Fiks) Khuzwayo
Coffee Company: MRP Foundation
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up KZN Barista Competition 2019. Hard work pays off and the most amazing thing is to believe in yourself so that you will do the best. It was my first time in 2016 to be a part of Nationals my aim was to learn a lot.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? To challenge myself and giving myself more exposure in the field of coffee.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Mentoring the young people to guard and assist them in life coaching by using my experience to help another person. I also love cooking and baking.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? Seeing more ladies having a similar interest in the coffee industry and succeeding in this industry too.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Double Americano.

To where would you travel for coffee? Rwanda. To get more of an understanding and feeling for coffee. The most of all meeting the women out there who play such a good role at the coffee farms. It will be an honour to learn more from them. #WomenInCoffee #3AfricanSisters

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Oooh Yes. The MRP Foundation Team, Laura, the Lineage team and Wency Masawi.

Follow Fikile on Instagram @fikile_fiks

Name: Bruce Manning
Coffee Company: Brustar Coffee
Region: KwaZulu-Natal
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Ten years competing. KZN Barista Competition Champion and Runner Up. National Barista finalist in 5 years of competing and Cup Tasters finalist 3 years of competing.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Finally winning it!

What are your interests outside of coffee? Writing stand-up comedy and watching edgy comedic shows.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? As much as the coffee industry wants to evolve, the cafe patrons understandably aren't likely to... and if we subscribe to the 'customer is king' philosophy then we're going back to darker roast profiles ‎with robusta as a blend and wholesale coffee under R200/kg. And that's how I'm positioned for the future if I want to stay economically relevant.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Panamanian Geisha lactic fermentation I had at Nationals last year.

To where would you travel for coffee? Antonio Beotegui of Finca Castanos ‎is a farmer on the Canary Islands with the micro-climate most suited to growing premium coffees. He runs a farm, cafe and education centre.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Nicodemus Nabakwe of Sevenoaks ‎for roasting and sharing insights of both practice and competition coffees.


Name: Wency Masawi
Coffee Company: Tanaka Coffee / African Roots
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: KZN Cup Tasters Competition Champion 2016 & 2019. Runner Up National Cup Tasters Competition 2017. Top 6 KZN Barista Competition competitor 2013-2017.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Winning it and of course getting to share a cupping table with the best coffee addicts in the country.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Soccer and hanging out with friends and family.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? It's already started, the best part consumers are getting knowledgeable day by day, that also pushes the whole chain to raise the bar.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Being an AST (SCA) and winning the KZN Cup Tasting title again.

To where would you travel for coffee? Burundi Naturals. I have always enjoyed the versatile nature of its cupping possibilities.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Jonsson Workwear depot online comfortable apparels I get to wear it at all the time. Both Tanaka Coffee and the African Roots teams.

Follow Wency on Instagram @wencymasawi


Name: Themba Ndlovu
Coffee Company: VDP Distributors
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up KZN Cup Tasters Competition 2019.
 
What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? To learn more about coffee and the experience and meeting all the amazing coffee people from around the country.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Music. I have a few of my own tracks published.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? By spreading more in to the townships and giving opportunities to the needy to change their lives.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Qualifying for nationals.
 
To where would you travel for coffee? Ethiopia or Tanzania. They play a huge role in the coffee industry and have some of my favourite African origins.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Chris Rootman for pushing me to compete and William Steyn for always motivating. And Warren Broad for introducing me to the coffee industry...

Follow Themba on Instagram Instagram @money_manyora

Name: Ndumiso Ngcobo
Coffee Company: Fabrica Coffee Shop
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Latte Art.
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: KZN Latte Art Competition Champion 2019.
Follow Ndumiso on Instagram @ndumeyanindumiso


Name: Jeff Stopforth
Coffee Company: Beaver Creek
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Latte Art. Respect the rules, judges and other competitors.
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: KZN Latte Art Competition Champion 2016, Runner Up 2019. Competed at Nationals 2017.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Learning from some of the best coffee professionals in SA and becoming more recognized in the industry.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Music, hiking and surfing.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? The industry will grow as there are more cafes and roasteries starting up and potentially coffee farms in some parts of South Africa which are ideal for farming coffee.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Winning a competition.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would like to go to Poland for the World Latte Art Championship.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank Beaver Creek Coffee for helping me take part in the competitions.

Follow Jeff on Instagram @jeffstopforth
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WESTERN CAPE


Name: Winston Thomas
Coffee Company: Winston Douglas Coffee
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: National Barista Competition Champion 2017 & 2018. Africa Barista Champion 2019. Western Cape Barista Competition Champion 2017, 2018 & 2020, Runner Up 2016. 8th National Barista Competition 2016. World Barista Championship Competitor 2017 & 2018.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m happy to be back after taking a year off in 2019. The standard has been raised in a big way so I am looking forward to sharing stage with all the other amazing competitors and seeing what they have to present.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, a bit of running an social football.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I would like to see some progression in the coffee value stream where roasters in South Africa are able to purchase specialty coffee from more local importers and / or buying directly instead of having to import from European / US importers. I do also understand that this is easier said than done. But I belief that this would also open up more career opportunities for young coffee professionals in South Africa.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? It’s very hard to limit my favourites moments to one. More recently I really enjoyed seeing Ndumiso Qolintaba grow and make it to the top 6 in the Western Cape Barista Regionals and qualify for Nationals. I’ve known him for a long time and to see him achieve one of his life long goals was amazing. On top of that by pure chance the owner of the washing station (I speak under correction, it might have been the owner of the farm but I’m not too sure) who happened to be in Cape Town during the time of comp showed up during his finals performance after hearing that a barista was using his coffee.

To where would you travel for coffee? At the moment I would really like to go back to Rwanda and visit farms. I have been there before but did not get a chance to visit any farms. But if Nationals goes according to plan that might be come a reality :) I would also like to visit some friends who own a cafe and roastery in a surf town in the Philippines - El Union.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Firstly all thanks to God, who has guided me in the last few years through success and failure. I’m not sure what he has in store for me at Nationals but I’ll continue to follow his lead. There are a lot more people I could thank but my first in command who has walked a long journey with me through out competition is Mr Khan Chang from Uncle Bear Coffee!

Follow Winston on Instagram @winston_douglas & @winstondouglascoffee
Photo Credit Lee Henriques


Name: Neil Gouws
Coffee Company: Origin Coffee Roasting
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista 
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up National Barista Competition 2018, 3rd 2019. Runner Up Western Cape Barista Competition 2019 & 2018, 3rd 2017.
 

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I always love getting the chance to see coffee friends I don't get to spend time with very often. The challenge of the competition is always exciting.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I love being outdoors, fishing, camping, hiking and cooking.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see a bigger move to traceability. This is already happening bit I see traceability as being a key factor to ensuring every one in the value chain of coffee getting paid what they deserve.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Competing at Nationals last year in Ballito was a great experience. I had an amazing coffee, a lot of support and I had the most fun I've ever had on stage. It was an experience I won't forget 

To where would you travel for coffee? Who wouldn't go to Ethiopia? It's the birthplace of coffee and seeing wild coffee would be amazing. Plus the coffee is fantastic.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? As always my wife is key to my preparation, she is my coach, psychologist, backstage assistant. I owe a lot to her. When you watch competition you only see the competitors, but there's a huge amount of people and effort that goes unseen. I would also like to acknowledge the team that has helped source my coffee, Origin for the funding and support and everyone who has and still will taste my coffee and offer feedback.

Follow Neil on Instagram @neilgouws

Name: Simnikiwe Mkhize
Coffee Company: Rosetta Roastery
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Western Cape Barista Competition Champion 2018, 4th 2019. KZN Barista Competition Champion 2017.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I look forward to experiencing what the other fellow baristas have been to and learning about their coffees. Oh since it's during the Hospitality expo, experiencing the expo.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I enjoy going to the movies, anything goes. I started knitting and stopped but I started again. I will have a cool beanie by winter!!

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see it as being more.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Oh my, I really enjoy a Nicaraguan that Rosetta launched recently. But I may not use it for nationals. I have other plans for the main show. *Wink*

To where would you travel for coffee? San Francisco. I want to visit Saint Frank's. I just love it.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I want to thank my pushers that push *queue inside laughs*. That will be the Rosetta Roastery team, I'm a bit much during the prep period but they keep me afloat. I truly appreciate you guys. My family, my aunt who I live with, keeps me feed. My built-in best friend, my sister, always cheering on. My mother, she has no clue what I'm doing but she says, " people like it, keep going." My unofficial big brother always looking out for me and checking up on me. I appreciate you Malumz!

Follow Simnikiwe on Instagram @iamsimplicity

Name: Ndumiso Qolintaba
Coffee Company: Vineyard Hotel
Region: Western Cape, Cape Town
Competition Discipline: Barista (Professionalism. Respect for the industry.)
Previous Experience at regionals and Nationals: Finished fifth in the Western Cape Regional Coffee Competition in 2019. It was a great experience at the regional competition, really enjoyed myself had fun and learned a lot and the response was overwhelming from the judges and the people at the competition.

What are you most looking forward to competing at nationals? Competing with my fellow Baristas from different regions it makes me excited to showcase my skills to the bigger stage for the first time it a dream come true.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Music and sport but I still think coffee is my calling.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? For me personally I think if there can be workshops held for baristas and everyone in the coffee industry it could contribute in growing the baristas and open opportunities for them to be educated about the industry at large.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Competing at the Western Cape Regional Barista Championship and competing with my coach Winston Thomas, has been the highlight as it is important in my career.

To where would you travel for coffee? Coffee farms in Africa, Burundi, Bujumbura to be specific. Presented their coffee at the previous competition (Western Cape Regionals) and want to learn and experience the farm.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank everyone at the Vineyard Hotel, Warren at Quaffee and Winston Thomas for his contribution.

Follow Ndumiso on Instagram at @ndumisojames


Name: Tess Schmidt
Coffee Company: Sevenoaks Trading (Pty) Ltd
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Western Cape Cup Tasters Competition Champion 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Meeting with all the coffee personalities and not only representing my province but also my company.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Gardening, Cooking, Capturing moments on camera, Entertaining family and friends.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? The demand for premium coffees will increase and roasters will collaborate more.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Participating in the Cup Tasters competition and making my family and colleagues proud.

To where would you travel for coffee? Rwanda. Totally influenced but the wonderful experiences of others I have eavesdropped on. I also want to see this beautiful country with its hospitable people that produce stunning coffee.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Unfortunately I cannot single out one person. I would have to mention two. Carol Corlett who employed me and flung open the doors to the coffee world and said “Enjoy!” and I have done just that. Mike McDonald who is our Q-Grader in Cape Town for making umpteen cups of coffee and spending so much time discussing each aspect of the cup.

Follow Tess on Instagram @tessandcoffee


Name: Leigh Wentzel
Coffee Company: Rosetta Roastery
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters 
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 
Runner Up Western Cape Cup Tasters Competition 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I'm looking forward to sharing this experience with coffee enthusiasts and learning as much as I can.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Eating good food is one of my other interests, constantly hunting down restaurants that are making a difference.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? 
Our industry is still young but constantly progressing. There are way more roasteries and cafes that are striving for excellence and are a little more knowledgeable about what specialty coffee is and can be. Sustainability and traceability has become one of our main focus and will definitely be more prominent in the future.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? 
My favourite coffee moment is being able to taste coffee from all over the world and to share that experience with others.

To where would you travel for coffee? Norway Oslo mainly because of their passion for coffee and their application to the craft.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? 
I would like to thank Rosetta Roastery as a whole for building and moulding me into the coffee professional I am now.

Follow Leigh on Instagram @leigh_wentzel
Photo Credit: Justin Groep


Name: Christopher Abrahams
Coffee Company: Ciro Full Service Beverage Company
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: National Latte Art Competition Champion 2019 & 2018, Runner Up 2017. Western Cape Latte Art Competition Champion 2017-2019, Runner Up 2016, 3rd 2015. 4th Western Cape Barista Competition 2017. World Latte Art Championship Competitor 2018 & 2019. 

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m really looking forward to seeing new talent that exists in latte art in South Africa. It is always great to see new baristas and for us all to learn from one another. It is also a good time to get to see friends that work within the coffee industry.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Well…I enjoy spending time with family, when I get the chance. I also enjoy traveling. I enjoy learning about new cultures, although this doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? Well…the industry has changed so much already! It has developed so much over a short space of time. The coffee industry has had a positive impact on unemployment in South Africa, by providing job opportunities and has created passion among individuals within the industry. I definitely see the coffee in the industry improving, knowing that consumers are slowly but surely becoming more educated about coffee, allowing them to identify the difference between commodity and speciality coffee. After all, I believe that the goal is to improve the quality of coffee within South Africa and at the same time, to be profitable for coffee companies. This isn’t easy, but more coffee companies have already adapted by investing in better equipment and tools in order to maintain consistency and to improve the overall standard of coffee served within the industry. Technology has had a tremendously positive impact on the industry and continues to do so, with the goal of improving consistency, efficiency and productivity.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My favourite coffee moment was last year when I represented South Africa at the World Latte Art Championship 2019. I managed to score 329.5 points…only 26.5 points away from making it to the semi-finals. I was truly amazed and felt blessed. This has become a driving force within me…it has motivated me to work harder and to improve where I can.

To where would you travel for coffee? I’d love to travel to Asia so that I can learn more about latte art and hopefully improve my latte art skills by adapting new latte art techniques, as well as skill.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I’d like to thank Ciro Full Service Beverage Company for allowing me to compete in the SCASA competitions. The company has been a great support and has allowed me to practice after hours. I’d also like to thank Johan Grobbelaar, Lani Snyman, Lizaan Alberts and Bakhe Mapasa for keeping me motivated and for always believing in my ability to pour latte art well. Lastly, I’d like to thank my wife, Shannon, for always supporting me where possible and for assessing my latte art in the most analytical way possible.

Follow Christopher on Instagram @The_Caffeine_Guy


Name: Bakhe Mapasa
Coffee Company: Ciro Full Service Beverage Company
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Western Cape Latte Art Competition 2019, Competitor 2018.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m looking forward to learn from other coffee lovers in South Africa and also try to improve my Latte Art skills.

What are your interests outside of coffee? My interest outside coffee will be sport, especially football.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My coffee moments will be the day the champ (Christopher Abrahams) made it to Worlds in 2018.

To where would you travel for coffee? Asia because I personally think that it is one of the places where Latte Art is taken seriously.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would firstly like to thank the Ciro team for making me the person that I am because I think I wouldn’t have been this far without their support, guidance and not forgetting their motivation. I also would like to thank Mr Christopher Abrahams for training me and pushing me to become the best in the world and not forgetting to thank the SCASA Organisation and the judges for making this competition possible.

Follow Bakhe on Instagram @Bakhe4023
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WILD CARD ENTRIES

Name: Karabo Motla
Coffee Company: Tsogo Sun
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Third Ciro Deaf Barista Competition 2019. KZN Latte Art Competition Competition 2019.
Follow Karabo on Instagram @karabo_kb_motla_jw

Name: Olwethu Silo
Coffee Company:
 Rosetta Roastery
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Western Cape Barista Competition Competitor 2019.
Follow Olwethu on Instagram @pray4osilo

Name: Jason Nkosi
Coffee Company:
 Lineage Coffee
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: KZN Competition Competitor 2019.
Follow Olwethu on Instagram @jasonmfanafuthinkosi


Name: Jonathan le Roux
Coffee Company:
 Cupocafe Coffee Bar
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Gauteng Latte Art Competition Competitor 2019.
Follow Olwethu on Instagram @jonoglr

COMPETITOR SCHEDULE
Learn who will be competing when. 
Download the National Coffee Competitions Schedule here.
(Please Note: schedule subject to change at short notice)

LATTE ART COMPETITION CRITERIA
Learn more about the rules of the Latte Art Competition Criteria.

THE JUDGES
Learn who will be officiating at this year's Nationals.


COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE TO HOSTEX
Complimentary entrance for all registered trade visitors to Hostex. 
Register online here.

 


NATIONALS 2020: Water Results February 27 2020

SCASA's water filtration sponsor, Ultimate Water, have shared their testing results for the water at the upcoming 2020 National Coffee Competitions at HOSTEX. In summary, the results are in spec with the WBC standards and baristas shouldn’t experience any extraction or taste issues during their sets.


Download the detailed report.

Thank you to Ultimate Water for 
ensuring premium water that's free of contaminants, allowing our competitors serve the highest quality beverages.


NATIONALS 2020: BARISTA PRACTICE TIMES February 26 2020



Download the Barista Practice Times for Saturday 29 February 2020.

Competing Baristas to note that there is a gap at 15:00 for Orientation, together with the Latte Artists (only the Barista Competition competitors will have a practice session).

Everyone else is welcome to come early and help the SCASA team and volunteers with setting up everything else around the competition stand at HOSTEX - Sandton Convention Centre.

COMPETITOR SCHEDULE
Learn who will be competing when. 
Download the National Coffee Competitions Schedule here.
(Please Note: schedule subject to change at short notice)

LATTE ART COMPETITION CRITERIA
Learn more about the rules of the Latte Art Competition Criteria.

THE JUDGES
Learn who will be officiating at this year's Nationals.


COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE TO HOSTEX
Complimentary entrance for all registered trade visitors to Hostex. 
Register online here.


NATIONALS 2020: LATTE ART COMPETITION CRITERIA February 25 2020



A Compulsory “Competition Orientation” will take place on Saturday 29 February at 15h00 at the SCASA Stand at HOSTEX - Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton CBD.

Here, the competition organisers will run through the Rules with competitors, answer any questions they may have - and allow them to become familiar with the Competition and Preparation Areas.

Learn more about the rules of the Latte Art Competition Criteria.

COMPETITOR SCHEDULE
Learn who will be competing when. 
Download the National Coffee Competitions Schedule here.
(Please Note: schedule subject to change at short notice)

THE JUDGES
Learn who will be officiating at this year's Nationals.


COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE TO HOSTEX
Complimentary entrance for all registered trade visitors to Hostex. 
Register online here.

NATIONALS 2020: PRIZE MONEY UP FOR GRABS February 21 2020



BIG NEWS! Sanremo Coffee Machines will be giving away R16,000 in prize money and gift bags to all the top competitors at the 2020 SCASA National Coffee Competitions at Hostex, 1-3 March. Sanremo has also included a special award for the 'Best New Talent', so stay tuned, things are bound to get more exciting! See below what's up for grabs for the top three competitors in each discipline.

Barista Competition
1st Prize: R10 000 + Sanremo Gift Bag
2nd Prize: Sanremo Gift Bag
3rd Prize:  Sanremo Gift Bag

Cup Tasters Competition
1st Prize: R2 000 + Sanremo Gift Bag
2nd Prize: Sanremo Gift Bag
3rd Prize: Sanremo Gift Bag

Latte Art Competition
1st Prize: R2 000 + Sanremo Gift Bag
2nd Prize: Sanremo Gift Bag
3rd Prize: Sanremo Gift Bag

Special Award: The Sanremo Best New Talent Award
1st Prize: R2 000 + Sanremo Gift Bag

Thank you to Sanremo Coffee Machines for investing in Southern Africa's coffee talent.

COMPETITOR SCHEDULE
Learn who will be competing when. 
Download the National Coffee Competitions Schedule here.
(Please Note: schedule subject to change at short notice)

THE JUDGES
Learn who will be officiating at this year's Nationals.


COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE TO HOSTEX
Complimentary entrance for all registered trade visitors to Hostex. 
Register online here.

  

NATIONALS 2020: The Judges Speak Out! February 20 2020

With Nationals just around the corner (1-3 March at Hostex - Africa's Food, Drink and Hospitality Trade Expo, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg), we spent time with some of this year's judges to get to know them better and to learn what advice they have for competitors. Meet the rest of the judges panel.


Chris Burke: I’m a coffee consultant and barista trainer.


Wildon Pretorius: I work at ‘Flip Out Centurion’, an indoor trampoline arena in Pretoria. Flip Out has a little café, and that’s where my journey in coffee started.


Henning Lubbe: I’m a lecturer, moderator, skills developer and industry service consultant at Guvon Hotels and Spa's Guvon Academy.


David C Ballance: Owner operator at Country Ground Coffee. We also have a shop and a mobile set up.


Waseem Jadwat: I’m with TriBeCa Coffee Company, the regional beverage academy head for Johannesburg (Woolworths Cafés).


Ishan Natalie: Central Operations Specialist at Starbucks Coffee Company.


Shaun Aupiais:
 I’m a coffee consultant and barista trainer.

How many competitions have you judged (or worked, competed at) thus far?
CB: Five years judging as a sensory judge. Also hosted cup tasters and three years a latte art judge.

WP: I have judged both Gauteng and Western Cape Regional Barista championships in 2019, and now the upcoming Nationals in 2020.

HL: Judged at four Regionals. It will be my first Nationals but I have observed Nationals. Both barista and latte art.

DCB: I been judging since 2009 not sure the number but in that time I've missed two years. Judged all KZN, one Eastern Cape, two Gauteng Regionals and four National finals.

WJ: Gauteng Regionals and Nationals, from 2016 onwards.

IN: Too many to count. I've competed since inception in 2007. Took a break from competing in 2012 - 2013, and 2016 - 2017. I have judged across regional and national competitions during my 2012 - 2013 break and did fulfill a head judge in training role during that time.

SA: Ten years regional and national competitions.

Any particular SCASA competition that’s stood out for you? 
CB: I plead the fifth to reserve the right to comment.

WP: The Western Cape Barista Champs stood out for me because of the level of expertise that the Western Cape Baristas have. The professionalism, efficiency and workflow of the baristas are amazing. As a technical judge myself I didn't get to taste any of the coffee served, but I am pretty sure it was amazing as well.

HL: Last year, we had our first competitor from the Guvon Group take part in Latte Art.

DCB: Nationals at Hostex a few years ago.

WJ: Nationals 2018, in a warehouse in Cape Town in the midst of a water crisis!

IN: There’s too many to list but I would say the first one in 2006/2007, the KZN regional where Kyle Fraser and Craig Charity were the top two.

SA: 2007 Nationals in Cape Town. Meeting the South African coffee community and the World Champion Klaus Thompson, that really made me feel that this was my new journey! 

Do you need to have any specific skills to be a coffee competition judge?
CB: I don't think it's really necessary to have a skill. Just the ability to learn from those around you. An appropriation for coffee and the coffee community and willingness to grow.

WP: Well we have technical as well as sensory judges. As a technical judge for SCASA, you need to have solid know how on how espresso-based beverages should be prepared and industry best practices. As a sensory judge you need to have a very developed palate, as the beverages will be served to you, and you need to score on amongst other things, expected flavour descriptors, mouth feel, etc. given by the barista.

HL: Yes, either from being a barista or coffee industry or a strong hospitality food background. For me it's the latter as well as being in the education part of the industry. Being an assessor of chefs for many years has definitely helped with a consistent assessment for myself as well as adding a more academic perspective.

DCB: I think you should be an accomplished barista/roaster. Some skill can't be taught.

WJ: Attention to detail, patience, friendliness, and a refined palate. Not that I possess any of those...

IN: Being sensory proficient is important as a sensory judge. Taste is subjective but you have to be perceptive and aligned with all the judges. Multitasking and attentiveness are also important, especially as a technical judge.

SA: A real passion for coffee and the people in coffee, the rest will follow! 

Why do you like judging (and/or competing)?
CB: I get to interact with other like-minded people in our industry. I get to learn about new coffees and watch the passion the competitors have.

WP: Before judging I like to go through the SCA rules and regulations, but SCASA always has judges calibration where all judges go through the rules together to have a united understanding of what we are looking for both technically and in sensory experience.

HL: Coffee is a different beast from all the other forms of food and beverages and hence a challenge for me to learn, improve and personally get that very elusive wow moment, where you are treated by something that provides pleasure and surprise at the quality of taste experience.

DCB: Judging keeps me abreast of what is happening in the industry in SA and globally. Contestants have to keep themselves current. So it keeps me current.

WJ: Selfishly, to taste delicious coffee! But for me, the greatest facet of barista competition is the fact that we all get to hang out together, put our differences aside, put coffee first, and learn from each other.

IN: The competition arena has been one of my favorite places to spend time because I enjoy being pushed towards excellence in coffee and supporting the barista/coffee community as much as I can.

SA: I feel it's another way to give back to the industry especially with the generations to come! It also helps us to experience many different coffees and people in the coffee industry. 

Any preparations you do before judging (and or competing) a coffee competition?
CB: Nothing really I just prepare my palate for the coffees that I will be judging.

WP: I love judging because I feel like I am actively contributing towards the advancement of the local coffee community in South Africa. I see it as an opportunity to congratulate and encourage best practice, as well as suggest positive changes to enhance workflow.

HL: The rules and score sheets are of course the most important aspect, but I also do align my taste buds with an espresso or five. The calibration before the competition is the main part for getting me mentally ready as my taste buds are always ready to go.

DCB: Brush up on palate/taste profiles. Review the years judging requirements.

WJ: None.

IN: I've never really prepped for judging except for attending the judges training and calibration. For competing, there are so many things to prep – finding the right coffee and roast profile, the brew parameters, the flow and presentation in the 15 minutes.

SA: I like to replace the batteries in my stopwatch. 

What tips do you have for competitors who’ll be taking part in this year’s National (and Regional) competitions?
CB: Rest well, relax and enjoy the experience. Try to be as natural as possible. Practice, practice, practice, practice.

WP: Too all competitors, repetition is the name of the game. Know your coffee and practice your set as much as possible. Have fun displaying the coffee you chose, and make sure you know how to work the grinder (if not bringing your own) and machine used in the barista competitions. If you make a mistake, bounce back, and own your stage. Good luck, and thanks for competing.

HL: Do what you feel comfortable with and confident in. And the main thing is, treat it like a practical. Practice, practice, practice and let different people taste and judge your set. And of course, there will be no purpose to the exercise if you don't enjoy it.

DCB: Keep it real. Think outside of the box. And just be yourself, let your personality show through. You can always be yourself, if you try to copy someone else you have to work twice as hard.

WJ: Know the score sheets and rules, and nail the basics. And beyond that, let your personality shine through!

IN: Find your purpose for competing. And it shouldn't be to prove that you are better than anyone. Your higher purpose should be the reason for being there and being an ambassador to support the industry and other baristas. My purpose has always been, since 2002 when I first came across what barista championships are, to be a World Barista Champion.

SA: Always have fun!

Thank you Judges, wishing you and the rest of the panel, discerning palates, wisdom and a great taste adventure.

THE COFFEE COMPETITORS
Learn who will be competing when.

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE TO HOSTEX
Complimentary entrance for all registered trade visitors to Hostex.
Register online here.


NATIONALS 2020: THE JUDGES February 16 2020



Herewith some of our Judges who will be on duty during the 2020 SCASA National Coffee Competitions 1-3 March at 
Hostex - Africa's Food, Drink and Hospitality Trade Expo, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

THE JUDGES
Lizaan Alberts
Shaun Aupiais
George Bertolis
Chris Burke
Percy Chikwira
Brian Harris
Waseem Jadwat
Benjamin Jenkin
Byron Monty Keet
Azhar Khan
Salmon Khan
Keitumetse Kolwane
Tim Krynauw
Theo le Roux
Henning Lubbe
Teija Lublinkhof
Wency Masawi
Alessandro Morrico
Bernard Muneri
Chanelle Naidoo
Ishan Natalie
Chris Rootman
Patience Sibanda
Rudolf Swanepoel
Ed Wrede

Judges training will be on 29 February 2020 10:00-16:00 at Ciro Full Service Beverage Co. in Bryanston (30 Sloane Street, Bryantson). Thank you to Ciro for their assistance.

COMPETITOR SCHEDULE
Learn who will be competing when.
Download the National Coffee Competitions Schedule here.

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE TO HOSTEX
Complimentary entrance for all registered trade visitors to Hostex. 
Register online here.

(Please Note: all competition elements subject to change at short notice)

NATIONALS 2020: COMPETITOR SCHEDULE February 14 2020



It's almost time for the 2020 National Coffee Competitions taking place at
 Hostex - Africa's Food, Drink and Hospitality Trade Expo, 1-3 March at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Three winners will be decided across three coffee competition disciplines (Barista Competition, Latte Art Competition and Cup Tasters Competition). 

COMPETITOR SCHEDULE
Learn who will be competing when. 
Download the National Coffee Competitions Schedule here.
(Please Note: schedule subject to change at short notice)

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE TO HOSTEX
Complimentary entrance for all registered trade visitors to Hostex. 
Register online here.

JUDGES
Most of our judges have already been cast and training will be on 29 February 2020 10:00-16:00 at Ciro Full Service Beverage Co. in Bryanston (30 Sloane Street, Bryantson).

Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 National Coffee Competitions.

Build Up to SCASA National 2020 Coffee Competitions 1-3 March January 10 2020

The 2020 National Coffee Competitions will take place at Hostex - Africa's Food, Drink and Hospitality Trade Expo, 1-3 March at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 43 Competitors across three coffee competition disciplines (Barista Competition, Latte Art Competition and Cup Tasters Competition) have qualified for this year's Nationals.

JUDGES APPLICATION NOW OPEN
All interested judges apply here.
Judges training will be 29 February 2020 10:00-16:00 at Ciro Full Service Beverage Co. in Bryanston (30 Sloane Street, Bryantson). 

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRANCE TO HOSTEX
Complimentary entrance for all registered trade visitors to Hostex.
Register online here.

The following competitors have qualified for the 2020 National Coffee Competitions.

Barista Competition = BC | Latte Art Competition = LA | Cup Tasters Competition = CT

CENTRAL REGION COMPETITORS
Stevo Kühn (BC Winner) - Urban Brew Coffee
Tshepo Modiakgoda (LA Winner) - Royal Roastery
James Kilbourn (CT Winner) - Stereo Cafe
Thabo Kheleroa (BC) - Jaru Coffee
Mapaseka Mapela (BC) - Wiesenhof
Tulu Ernest Lephuting (LA) - Royal Roastery 
Maryke Schoonwinkel (CT) - Bruder Coffee Roastery

EASTERN CAPE REGION COMPETITORS
Hilary Gwaze (BC Winner) - Infood Coffee Roastery
Earl Higgins (LA Winner) - Brioche Food & Coffee
Kyle Grebe (CT Winner) - Coffee Boys
Raymond Roesstorff (BC) - Wiesenhof
Mpumelelo Adams (BC) - Mastertons Coffee & Tea
Raymond Dzinemarira (LA) - Infood Coffee Roastery
Chris Faragher (CT) - Coffee Boys / Holiday Coffee

GAUTENG REGION COMPETITORS
Trevor Fitz (BC Winner) - Beethoven Coffee Co.
Elizabeth Gumbo (LA Winner) - Seattle Coffee Co.

Karel Viviers (CT Winner) - Coocoocachoo
John Evans (BC) - Tribeca Coffee Company
Fanie Botes (BC) - Thirdspace Café & Roastery
Jesse Dodkins (BC) - Father Coffee
Samanatha Naidoo (BC) - Tribeca Coffee Company
Thandiwe Shonhiwe (BC) - Wiesenhof (ABSA Towers)
Sibusiso Ndzuzo (LA) - Tribeca Coffee Company
Thabang Maluleka (CT) - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.
Viwe Lugongolo (CT) - Father Coffee
Nicodemus Nabakwe (CT) - Sevenoaks Trading

KWAZULU-NATAL REGION COMPETITORS
Kgune Dlamini (BC Winner) - Lineage Coffee
Ndumiso Ngcobo (LA Winner) - The Talkhouse
Wency Masawi (CT Winner) - Tanaka Coffee / African Roots Coffee
Fikile Khuzwayo (BC) - Mr Price Foundation
Bruce Manning (BC) - Brustar
Jeff Stopforth (LA) - Beaver Creek Coffee
Themba Ndlovu (CT) - VDP Distributors

WESTERN CAPE REGION COMPETITORS
Winston Thomas (BC Winner) - Winston Douglas Coffee
Christopher Abrahams (LA Winner) - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.

Tess Schmidt (CT Winner) - Sevenoaks Trading
Neil Gouws (BC) - Origin Coffee
Justin Groep (BC) - Rosetta Roastery
Simnikiwe Mkhize (BC) - Rosetta Roastery
Ndumiso Qolintaba (BC) - The Vineyard Hotel
Innocent Chakanyuka (BC) - Truth Coffee Roasting
Bakhe Mapasa (LA) - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.
Leigh Wentzel (CT) - Rosetta Roastery

Stay tuned for more information on the National Competitions and our Competitors. 


SA National Coffee Competitions 2020 December 17 2019



SCASA's National Coffee Competitions is the pinnacle event of South Africa's specialty coffee scene. Competing disciplines will be the Cup Tasters competition, the Latte Art competition and the Barista competition, happening at Sandton's Convention Centre in Johannesburg, 1-3 March.


Read more about Hostex - Africa's Food, Drink and Hospitality Expo

#SABaristaChamps2020 #SCASA #UnitedPassionForCoffee

Meet Kgune Dlamini, the KwaZulu-Natal Region's Barista Champion for 2019 November 15 2019

After placing third at the KZN Coffee Competitions last year (2018) and sixth at Nationals this year (2019), Kgune Dlamini from Lineage Coffee was ready to step up and win his first barista competition.


(Kgune Dlamini from Lineage Coffee, the winner of the 2019 KZN Barista Competition, here with 2018 winner Dieter Liebenberg. Photo: The Coffee Magazine)


(Kgune Dlamini home at Lineage Coffee. Photo: Facebook)

Tell us a bit more about yourself? Who do you work for? How did you get into coffee? 
Well I am creative by design, a Performance Poet to be specific. When I am not writing a poem, I am writing a book. In fact as we speak I am working on my book titled 'Silence, a Love untold.'

This is infact all of Kgune Dlamini in one sentence. As 'Silence' is the tool with which I have come to pursue my love for people (Which is funny because I talk a lot).

However, this mantra has become the very foundation for my Coffee journey. Because I have come to believe and conclude that Coffee is People. And this epiphany came about in March of 2016. When our systems Manager asked the team at work, what we loved the most about our job. Without a second thought I replied: People, because Coffee is People.

And this marriage, of Coffee and People, began at Lineage Coffee with Craig Charity in 2015. I have only worked for Lineage Coffee and to be trained by the highest ranking Barista in South Africa to this date, has been nothing but an honour and a privilege and it is the very reason why, 3 years later into competing, I have won my first ever Barista Championships competition.


(Photo: The Coffee Magazine)

Tell us a bit more what this win means to you?
I think this win came at the right time. Had it come sooner, I probably would have assumed the position of "Better THAN". And my being here and or winning, is not to be better than anyone but to stand with everyone. I guess when you have taken your losses, from being disqualified, to making rookie mistakes like spilling an Espresso on stage, I guess to win simply means: To learn. This is my position and centre, really. I am here to learn, have fun and with Coffee as a medium, love as many people as I possibly can hahaha.



How long did you train? And what specific methods do you apply when approaching a competition?
Well this time around I felt somewhat rested, so my preparation began 4 weeks before the competition. But that rest soon went out the window as I realized, 'Champions are not built on hope, but hard work.' Having placed 6th at Nationals, the trap was almost too easy, "Rest, you have been in the deep end, you got this." And I am super thankful that I never fell into that trap of complacency. Because where I come from, you are as good as your last poem. And in this context, you are as good as the last coffee you make.

With this in mind, my preparation would begin 5am in the morning for 45 minutes, then again from 17:30 in the evening to 23:30. I did this for 4 weeks. However I wouldn't say this is the only formula. For advice I'd say, prepare in time, pace yourself, all in all enjoy and learn from the process.

What are your interests outside of coffee?
Well I am a Performance Poet, Writer and a Dancer. 



The KZN Region Coffee Competitions were such an exciting event this year, tell us more about your experience and how it felt like competing and your set?
This year was absolute fun, in fact my plan was quite simple, 'to have fun'. I made this my daily mantra. Because truly, if I wasn't going to reserve myself the right to have fun, I don't think I'd want to compete. That was the plan, to go there and have fun, and if you saw my set, I think I did exactly that. As for my Signature Drink, I wanted to explore species. For me it was an untouched terrain. So I did that, I made a spice infused cacao reduction. Added cloves, cinnamon and star anise and some coconut cream with some grapefruit. And guess what? The whole thing tasted like dark chocolate with Orange notes hahaha truly beautiful.


(Kgune with his two Specialty Awards for Best Signature & Espresso Drink, here with SCASA chairman, Bernard Muneri)

Did you ever expect to win two Specialty Awards?
Well that was the idea, to get at least two. I love Espressos, so I always expect to get that one hahaha. So when I don't, you best believe I look myself in the mirror and give myself that scolding look hahaha. So when I was done experimenting with the signature drink, I was almost certain that I would get the award. 


(Kgune far letf with fellow competitors, from left to right, David Kazembe, Fikile Khuzwayo, Jason Nkosi and Bruce Manning) 

What is great about coffee in KZN?
We are a huge family and a bunch of coffee enthusiasts and professionals who truly enjoy each other. I have not been to other provinces but for what I know here, we don't compete against each other, we sharpen each other for the sole purpose that, in the end Coffee wins. 

What is your favourite coffee at the moment, and why?
Guatemala Canalaj from Bluebird Roastery. Absolutely clean. In fact the word that I used to describe it when I first tasted was, crisp. A crispy clean coffee. Now that right there, is magic in a cup.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the KZN Region Coffee Competitions?
There is a legion of people, however in no specific order. Craig Charity and the entire Lineage Team at large. My family, leaving the house at 5am and only to return at midnight hasn't been easy, but my family's support has truly been my back bone. Also our Lineage Customers, Karl of Salt Rock Coffee Company. Toni of Back in Thyme. These guys have been absolutely, absolutely amazing in this whole journey.


(Photo: Facebook)

What’s next for you and where do you see yourself in five years? 
The next stop is Nationals next year (2020). And the idea hasn't changed. To go there and have fun and learn as much as I possibly can whilst I'm at  it. And in five years time? Well I have a very strong passion and heart for the deaf. So in five years time, I probably would be owning my own space. Where I would offer my heart, my coffee skill set and also my expertise in the arts, to partner with the deaf community and therefore empower the ‘Hearing to See’. To see as in, to see as I have always dreamt. The Hearing and the Deaf in one space, enjoying Coffee, Art and Love and People. Without the slightest reminder of language being a barrier. 

Sounds great Kgune, thanks for chatting to us and all the best with your preparations for Nationals in 2020.

Meet Wency Masawi, the KwaZulu-Natal Region's Cup Tasters Champion for 2019 November 13 2019

It's been three years since Wency Masawi has tasted victory. The 2019 and 2016 Cup Tasters Champion spills the beans on his coffee journey at the recent KZN Coffee Competitions.


(Wency Masawi the winner of the 2019 KZN Cup Tasters Competition. Themba Ndlovu was second. Photo: The Coffee Magazine)

Tell us a bit more about yourself? Who do you work for? How did you get into coffee? 
My professional coffee carrier started in 2010 when l met the coffee LEGEND Bernard Muneri soon after he came back from WBC Colombia in 2011, at a Ninos restaurant, he saw the talent and age then he invested his valuable time on me the rest is history, I am an entrepreneur and coffee professional who owns Tanaka Coffee Consulting Company as well as working hand in hand with Mark Platt of African Roots Coffee in Umhlanga in Durban, I am an AST (Speciality Coffee Association Accredited Trainer) certified who operates in Durban.



Tell us a bit more what this win means to you? 
This win I dedicated it to Tanaka Coffee and African Roots for the hard work which is being done behind the scenes by making sure that a Fair Trade practice is in place and giving back to the community as well as Value For Money to our customers.


( The Top 2 Cup Tasters Themba Ndlovu and Wency Masawi. Photo: The Coffee Magazine)

Did you train? And what specific methods do you apply approaching the competition?
I believe if you are a coffee professional it is suppose to be a habit not an act when you are dealing with speciality coffees, I train baristas and taste coffees day in day out for a living, I did not train and I take responsibilities as they come.

What are your interests outside of coffee? 
Soccer and hanging out with friends and family.

The KZN Region Coffee Competitions were such an exciting event this year, tell us more about your experience and how it felt like competing?
Traditionally KZN always brings their A game when it comes to these kind of events, without any surprises I was expecting a tough competition, I had former KZN Cup tasting champions competing against me, which was a norm in our region. It was quite tough but I came up victorious with a flying margin, 6 out of 8 coffees.


(The Top 4 Cup Tasters finalists F-L-T-R: Themba Ndlovu, Bruce Manning, Wency Masawi and Melanie Winter. Photo: The Coffee Magazine)

What is great about coffee in KZN? 
Coffee in KZN is a culture, we have a very close relationship amongst us coffee professionals and customers, our goal is to give our customers the most finest coffees we can source.



What is your favourite coffee at the moment, and why?
I have recently fell in love with coffee from Malawi (Livingstonia)… a mushroom farmer took a risk by planting coffee for a change, eventually it paid off, it is one of the best coffees Malawi has produced, I enjoy to drink it in drip filter with soft water.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the KZN Region Coffee Competitions?
I would like to give a word of appreciation to Jonnson Workwear for providing me with the awesome apparels, I was looking fabulous during the competition period I hope you saw the pics hahahaha, always feel comfortable in those, African Roots Coffee for a great work space and speciality coffees we get to source and brew, and The Coffee Mag for being the great voice of coffee in SA.

What’s next for you and where do you see yourself in five years?
Up next it is the National Competitions in March 2020, I see myself as the next coffee hero in the country helping the under privileged with the necessary coffee trainings at no cost with the help of sponsors.


SCASA KwaZulu-Natal Region Coffee Competitions 2019 - Winners November 09 2019

Congratulations to all our KwaZulu-Natal Region Coffee Competitions winners!


All three competitors have qualified for the National Coffee Competitions in March 2020.

The Barista Specialty Awards went to (as determined in the semi-final round):
⭐️ Best Technical: Dieter Liebenberg (VDP Distributors)
⭐️ Best Milk Beverage: Jason Nkosi (Lineage Coffee)
⭐️ Best Signature & Espresso Drink: Kgune Dlamini (Lineage Coffee)


Kgune Dlamini the 2019 KZN Barista Champion

FINAL Barista Standings:

1. Kgune Dlamini (Lineage Coffee)
2. Fikile Khuzwayo (Mr Price Foundation)
3. Bruce Manning (Brustar)
4. Jason Nkosi (Lineage Coffee)
5. Nkosingiphile Hlophe (Tribeca Coffee Company)
6. David Kazembe (Kivu Projects Café)

The 2019 KZN CUP TASTERS Champion is Wency Masawi from Tanaka Coffee/African Roots Coffee. Themba Ndlovu from VDP Distributors was second.

Both competitors have qualified for the National Coffee Competitions in March 2020.


Wency Masawi the 2019 KZN Cup Tasters Champion




The 2019 KZN LATTE ART Champion is Ndumiso Ngcobo from The Talkhouse Cafe! Jeff Stopforth from Beaver Creek Coffee was second.

Both competitors have qualified for the National Coffee Competitions in March 2020.


Ndumiso Ngcobo the 2019 KZN Latte Art Champion

Thank you to all the judges and everyone else who made the KwaZulu-Natal Coffee Competitions happen, including all our sponsors and partners: DaVinci GourmetCiro Full Service Beverage Co., Vision Works SA, Bühler Group, Blue Diamond Almonds South AfricaScotsman Ice Systems AfricaMorricoVictoria ArduinoEquipment CafeMahlkönigUrnex BrandsUltimate WaterThe Coffee Magazine and The Pearls Mall. Thank you.

 


SCASA KwaZulu-Natal Region Coffee Competitions 2019 - Schedule & Competitors November 06 2019

KwaZulu-Natal's 2019 Regional Coffee Competitions will comprise of three disciplines: The Cup Tasters Competition, the Latte Art Competition and the Barista Competition, running 7-9 November at The Pearls Mall in Umhlanga, Durban (6 - 8 Lagoon Drive, 4320 Umhlanga Rocks).

2019's competition will see 7 Cup Tasters, 18 Latte Artists and 8 Baristas!

Download the 2019 KZN Region Coffee Competition Schedule

CUP TASTERS COMPETITION
Bruce Manning
Iain Evans
Themba Ndlovu
Melanie Winter
Chad Aiden Whitby
William Steyn
Wency Masawi

LATTE ART COMPETITION
Thabo Boyce Nleya - Machine Washworx & Café
Philani Siyabonga Manukuza - Tribeca Coffee Company
Lihle Sphamandla Khoza - Blue Onion Foods
Khayelihle Ngcobo - Coffeebox
Ndu Mthalane - The Talkhouse
Nokwanda Bhele - Blue Onion Foods
Mdumiseni Bhengu - Tribeca Coffee Company
Thamsanqa Ndlovu - Coastal Coffee Roasters
Nokwanda Ndumo - African Roots Coffee
Nompumelelo Xaba - Blue Onion Foods
Jeff Stopforth - Beaver Creek Coffee
Sikhulile Promise Msane - Blue Onion Foods
Karabo Motla - Tsogo Sun
Ndu Ngcobo - The Talkhouse
Sihle Sikhakhane - Savior Café
Mbali Mpungose - Blue Onion Foods
Vincent Majola - African Roots Coffee
Nandipha Makhanya - Blue Onion Foods

Download the Latte Art competition criteria for 2019

BARISTA COMPETITION
Fikile Khuzwayo - Mr Price Foundation
Nkosingiphile Hlophe - Tribeca Coffee Company
David Kazembe - Kivu Projects Café
Thabo Boyce Nleya - Machine Washworx & Café
Kgune Dlamini - Lineage Coffee
Dieter Liebenberg - VDP Distributors
Jason Nkosi - Lineage Coffee
Bruce Manning - Brustar

The competitions will start on Thursday 7 November with the Cup Tasters competition at 10:00. Followed by the Latte Art competition at 11:00 until 18:00 on Day 1 and continuing on Day 2 (8 November) at 09:00 until 11:00. The Barista competition will start (on Friday 8 November) at 11:30 and will run until 17:00 with the finalists' announcement thereafter. Finals day, Saturday 9 November, will begin with the Latte Art final at 09:30, followed by the Cup Tasters final at 11:00. The Barista final will see six competitors, with the competition starting at 11:30.

Don't forget about the 'Almond Breeze Latte Art Smackdown', sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond South Africa, (SCASA's Bronze Competition Sponsor) featuring competitors, running on 7 November between 10:45 and 11:00, 8 November between 15:00 and 15:30 and on 9 November after 15:00, just before the winners' announcement. 

There is also a discussion scheduled on the 'Barista Wage Calculator' a collaboration between SCASA, CIRO Coffee Academy and The Coffee Magazine, just before the winners' announcement on Saturday 9 November. 

Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event become a reality and wishing all our KZN baristas the very best of luck with the competition.

Please Note: all schedules subject to change at short notice.
Any queries please email info@scasa.co.za


Meet Dr. Kyle Grebe, the Eastern Cape Region's Cup Tasters Champion for 2019 October 11 2019

From scrubs to brewing coffee. Meet Kyle Grebe, the coffee drinking doctor who recently won the Eastern Cape Region's Cup Tasters competition with his first attempt.



Tell us a bit more about yourself? Who do you work for? How did you get into coffee?
I’m originally from Cape Town, moved down to Port Elizabeth in 2016, tried to leave but the wind keeps blowing me back. I actually work for the government. I’m working as a surgeon in the PE hospital complex and currently training to become a Cardiothoracic surgeon.



As doctors we drink a lot of coffee and as an intern at Khayalitsha District Hospital, there was a sacred culture around coffee breaks, with Dr Sa'ad Lahri, the head of the emergency department teaching us about different brew methods. Seeing the difference, a good cup of coffee makes to team morale and motivation made me want to explore it more.

I started an Instagram page called @Beanstalking_PE to connect with the passionate people in the coffee industry, and those connections lead me here.



Tell us a bit more what this win means to you?
Over the past two years I’ve been watching the coffee community from the outside, wondering how I could become a part of it. Last year I went to watch the competition thinking I could meet a few people and learn a few things. Not knowing one year later I would enter Cup Tasters and actually win it! It still feels unreal!

Did you train? And what specific methods did you apply approaching the competition?
I spent a lot of time at Holiday Coffee, tasting different coffees with Chris and the team. A week before the competition I started watching YouTube videos of World Cup Tasters’ competitions and listening to interviews of previous winners for advice on techniques and strategy.





What are your interests outside of coffee?
Besides being a surgeon, I'm also into health and fitness, I train about four times a week, both cardio and weight training. I love the outdoors; hiking and swimming whenever I get a chance.

The Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions were such an exciting event this year, tell us more about your experience and how it felt like competing? Please tell us more about your set?
It really was an exciting event! Was great seeing the people I've come to know over the past year go out and give it their best! Also meeting new people at the event. It was stressful competing in my first competition, but once I started I was able to focus on the cups in front of me drown out the doubt and actually have fun with it.

What is great about coffee in the Eastern Cape?
There is something special about the Eastern Cape coffee community, I think it's the authenticity that comes from small, family owned businesses, that is welcoming and makes you feel like you are part of the family, even as a customer. We're all Coffee Companions...😉

What is your favourite coffee at the moment, and why?
The Rosetta San Francisco Natural, it's a Honduras Catuai, natural processed! It has a dynamic complex flavour with strong blueberry and chocolate notes. Each cup is a unique experience, but always amazing! And when pairing it with Nutella.... Wow!



Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions?
I would like to thank Shaun Aupiais for convincing me to enter, and sharing his passion for coffee, Chris Faragher of Holiday Coffee for having faith in me and always pushing me out of my coffee comfort zone. I would also like to make a shout out to my girlfriend Stacey Middleton for all her patience and support, waiting hours while I decide which new brewing equipment and coffee gadgets I want to buy.

What’s next for you and where do you see yourself in five years?
My eyes are definitely on Nationals, I will be going in prepared, I will be doing a palate development course, tasting coffees from all regions, and practicing as much as I can. In five years’ time I hope to have combined my two passions Surgery and Coffee, using both fields to create a network that will facilitate at risk teens to reach their full potential.
Thank you Dr. Grebe and all the best for the future.

Photos: Shaun Aupiais and Facebook

Meet Earl Higgins, the Eastern Cape Region's Latte Art Champion for 2019 October 10 2019

Earl Higgins from Brioche Food & Coffee put in a magical performance to claim victory in the Latte Art discipline at 2019's Eastern Cape Coffee Competitions. Meet the man who got the final nod from the judges.

 
Tell us a bit more about yourself? Where are you from? Where do you work? How did you get into coffee?
I’m Earl Higgins and I live in Walmer, in the Eastern Cape. I work for Brioche Food & Coffee. I was spotted and invited to work for Brioche Food & Coffee by the owner Ilse Stinnette Cole, I was serving her as a waiter and she offered me work and so my life began as a barista.

What a great win for you last week. Tell us a bit more what this win means to you?
I now have achieved a good coffee network. Both my understanding and career in the coffee industry has grown. I’m also now confident that I can train others and hopefully come up with my own blends.



Was this your first time competing? How did approach this competition and how long in advance to you start training?
This was not my first time competing? I’ve competed at a Latte Art Throwdown at Como Caffé, so entering SCASA’s Latte Art competition came with a little bit less nerves.



What are your interests outside of coffee?
I’m a family man, so when I’m not pouring Latte Art, I’m at home with my wife and kids.

The Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions were such an exciting event this year, tell us more about your experience overall and how it felt like competing?
Coming into this competition I already knew what I was up against. My approach was to be as perfect as possible. Practice makes perfect.



What is great about coffee in the Eastern Cape?
Is that Brioche Food & Coffee serves the best coffee in the Eastern Cape.



What is your favourite coffee at the moment, and why?
At the moment I would have to go with the Italian Tribeca brand, their medium dark roasted coffee for my espresso. It’s a nice bean to work with.



What is your favourite LA design at the moment and anything new you would like to attempt?
My favourite Latte Art pour at the moment would have to be a detailed swan. As for something new, I’m attempting to pour a 20 layer inverted tulip.
Thank you Earl, all the best with your preparations for Nationals.

Photos: Supplied

Meet Hilary Gwaze, the Eastern Cape Region's Barista Champion for 2019 October 09 2019

Meet Hilary Gwaze from Zimbabwe now residing in Jeffreys Bay. Hilary placed second in 2018 but came back strong this year to win the Eastern Cape's Barista Competition.



Tell us a bit more about yourself? Who you work for and how you got into coffee?
l'm a Zimbabwean residing in Jeffreys Bay close to Port Elizabeth and have been working at Infood Coffee Roastery since 2013. l got involved in coffee through a dear brother of mine as a means of putting food on my table, little did l know that it was going to become a passion and my life...



Tell us a bit more what this win means to you?
This win means everything to me, because as a barista trainer l have a lot of people who look up to me as their role model, so this win has inspired a lot of young people to have a different perceptive on coffee, that you can actually make a career and a profession out of this.

The Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions were such an exciting event this year, tell us more about your experience and how it felt like competing? Please tell us more about your set? Beverages/Signature Drink.
It was a great experience no matter how many times you compete it's always a nervous experience standing in front of judges. l used an 'Ethiopian Guji Anasora Grade 1 Natural'. Wow l can confidently say that it's one of the best coffees l ever had and it really shines through in the milk, but you have to be careful because not all milk will complement this coffee. l used a farm fresh milk and it really brought out the best in this coffee. My signature drink was my favourite course because the complexity of this coffee gives you so many options to play around with. l discovered that as this coffee cools down it begins to change and have a dominant berry flavour, so l wanted to highlight that berry flavour, that's why l left my coffee to cool down to add my reduction which consisted of blueberries, strawberries, orange and sugar which l mixed with my coffee and it brought out flavours of chocolate, berries and orange with a lavender finish.



How long did you train? And what specific methods do you apply when approaching a competition?
I don't recall exactly how long I trained, but at our roastery where l work we have about more than 10 specialty coffees and more than 20 high commodity coffees which l sell about everyday, and when l'm selling these coffees l always explain about the origin, altitude, processing method, roast profile and taste profiles which is very similar to the barista competitions, so my approach to coffee competitions are the same as my approach to our costumers who walks through our doors everyday asking me different questions which always challenges me to grow and do more research.

Did you ever expect to win two specialty awards?
Not at all l just gave my best and the hard work of my team and l paid off.



What is great about coffee in the Eastern Cape?
l really love the coffee community we have here in the Eastern Cape because there is unity and everyone is willing to help and learn. My set involved a lot of people that showed how great coffee is in the Eastern Cape.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment, and why?
The 'Ethiopian Guji Anasora Grade 1 Natural' because it's very complex and versatile, you can enjoy it as anything, but my favourite is when you introduce milk to it as a cappuccino or cortado. 

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions?
l would love to thank my colleagues who helped me, and a special thanks to Jayne Davies the owner of Infood for supporting me and sponsoring me with everything l needed for the competition.

What are your interests outside of coffee?
I like playing and watching soccer, by the way l used to be a professional soccer player.



What’s next for you and where do you see yourself in five years? 
I think making top six at nationals will be great because it will inspire a lot of young people like me, that it's possible and it will be a good example as l have a lot of people who look up to me as their leader and role model. l think in five years l see myself making a lot of impact by training young people who are less privileged and who don't have hope anymore. By giving them skill and impart knowledge in them so that they can also start their career in coffee.
Thanks Hilary, and all the best for the future!

Photos: Supplied, Facebook and Shaun Aupiais

SCASA Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions 2019 - Winners October 08 2019

Congratulations to all our Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions winners.


Hillary Gwaze from Infood Coffee Roastery was the winner of the Barista Competition with last year's winner, Raymond Roesstorff from Wiesenhof Coffee second.



The Barista Specialty Awards went to:
⭐️ Best Milk Beverage and Signature Drink: Hillary Gwaze - Infood Coffee Roastery (right)
⭐️ Best Espresso: Raymond Roesstorff - Wiesenhof Franchise (left)
⭐️ Best Technical: Mpumelelo Adams - Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists (middle). Mpumelelo also came third overall in the competition.
All three baristas have qualified for the National Coffee Competitions at Hostex in March 2020 in Johannesburg.

Kyle Grebe from Coffee Boys came first in the Cup Tasters Competition with Chris Faragher from Coffee Boys / Holiday Coffee second. Both Kyle and Chris, have qualified for the National Coffee Competitions at Hostex in March 2020 in Johannesburg.

Earl Higgins from Coffee Boys won the Cup Tasters Competition with Raymond Dzinemarira from Infood Coffee Roastery (in picture above) came second. Both have qualified for the National Coffee Competitions at Hostex in March 2020 in Johannesburg.

Thank you to all the judges and everyone else who made the Eastern Cape Coffee Competitions happen, including all our sponsors and partners: DaVinci GourmetCiro Full Service Beverage Co., Vision Works SA, Bühler Group, Blue Diamond Almonds South AfricaScotsman Ice Systems AfricaMorricoVictoria ArduinoEquipment CafeMahlkönigUrnex BrandsUltimate WaterThe Coffee MagazineRed Band AcademyFather's House ChurchCoffee Boys Barista SolutionsMastertons Coffee & Tea SpecialistsUrban Espress Coffee Co.Vovo Telo PE and Woodlands Dairy. Also not forgetting Shaun Aupiais and Chris Burke for all their hard work. Thank you.

Photos: Shaun Aupiais


SCASA Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions 2019 - Schedule & Competitors October 04 2019


The Eastern Cape's 2019 Regional Coffee Competitions will comprise of three disciplines: The Cup Tasters Competition, the Latte Art Competition and the Barista Competition, running 4-5 October at Father's House Church
 in Port Elizabeth (30 Paterson Road).

2019's competition will see 6 Cup Tasters, 5 Latte Artists and 7 Baristas!

Download the 2019 Eastern Cape Region Coffee Competitions Schedule

CUP TASTERS COMPETITION
Maxine Thiart - Routed Roasters
Raymond Roesstorff - Wiesenhof
Heinrich Thiart - Routed Roasters
Kyle Grebe - Coffee Boys
Charmaine Strauss - Routed Roasters
Chris Faragher - Coffee Boys(Holiday Coffee)

LATTE ART COMPETITION
Shane Januarie - Infood Coffee Roastery
Zanoxolo Yali - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.
Bongiwe Booi Jacobs - Urban Espress Coffee Company
Raymond Dzinemarira - Infood Coffee Roastery
Earl Higgins - Coffee Boys

BARISTA COMPETITION
Raymond Roesstorff - Wiesenhof
Hillary Gwaze - Infood Coffee Roastery
Nyasha Chiwaridzo - Urban Espress Coffee Company
Kenneth Mupanganyemba - Infood Coffee Roastery
Bongiwe Booi Jacobs - Urban Espress Coffee Company
Mpumelelo Adams - Mastertons Coffee & Tea
Nonkululo Budaza - Urban Espress Coffee Company

The competitions will start on Friday evening 4 October with the Cup Tasters and Latte Art competitions at 18:00 until 20:30. The Barista competition will start on Saturday 5 October at 09:00 and will run until 14:30 with the winners' announcement thereafter at more or less 16:00. Please note there will be no finals round.

Don't forget about the 'Almond Breeze Latte Art Smackdown', sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond South Africa, (SCASA's Bronze Competition Sponsor) featuring competitors, running on 5 October at 15:30 just before the winners' announcement. 

Thank you again to all our sponsors and wishing all baristas the very best of luck with the competition.


SCASA KwaZulu-Natal Region Coffee Competitions 2019 - ENTRIES OPEN September 18 2019

ENTRIES NOW OPEN for SCASA's 2019 KwaZulu-Natal Region Coffee Competitions taking place at the Pearls of Umhlanga Mall, in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, 7-9 November.

Download the Coffee Competition Entry Form HERE

Judges who would like to apply can do so HERE
Judges training will be before the competition all details TBC.