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

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

Warm greetings from Korea!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Dear SCASA Members 

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards

Lani Snyman

Chair: SCASA and on behalf of BOD


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

Free State Coffee Competition Results August 21 2018

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

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


Bloemfontein Coffee Competitions! August 13 2018

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


Here's what's going down:

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

• Standard WBC rules apply

• 2 Sensory judges, 1 Tech judge


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

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

Rhona Wessels (FS Ciro office)

Kobus le Roux - independent

Shupi Ngkadima


We are heavily supported by the following companies:

George Karatzas- Equipment Cafe

Ultimate Water

Morrico Imports

Windmill Casino


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

Marie-Louise Smith - organiser of the Coffee Extravaganza

James Kilbourn - Owner of Stereo Café


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

International Coffee Week (ICW)

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

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

Winston Thomas at the World Barista Championship 2018 June 07 2018

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

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

Livestreaming will be happening on the World Barista Championship website. 

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

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

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


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

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

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

You can find the amazing Mbula's credentials here.


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

AST courses available in South Africa May 10 2018

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

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

SCASA Costs: R1000. Download Registration Form here.

SCA Costs: Contact directly for more info.

Call for Board of Directors Nominations May 04 2018

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

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

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

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

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

You can download the form here.

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

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

SCASA Announcements and updates from our Chairperson May 04 2018


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

SCASA Platinum Sponsor: DaVinci Gourmet

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

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

Hostex Sponsor: Huletts


Upcoming Educational Events in July 2018:

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

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

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

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


New Cycle for SCASA Board of Directors:

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

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


Competitions and events coming up:

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

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

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

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


VACANCY: contact SCASA for details

- Competition Co-Ordinator Position available


Lani Snyman

On behalf of SCASA Board of Directors

New SCASA Platinum Sponsor: Da Vinci Gourmet May 03 2018

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

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

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


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

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


What did Kerry Group see in this brand?

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


WCEP Judges Training - Details Here! April 30 2018

Do you have ambitions to judge at a World level?

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


Kwa Zulu Natal,  Ciro Coffee Academy

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

26 July 2018: Latte Art Training | Thursday afternoon

26 July 2018: Ibrik Demonstration | Thursday evening

27 July 2018: WBC Certification Exams

28 July 2018: Coffee in Good Spirits | Saturday Morning


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


How much does it cost?

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


WBC Certification

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

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

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


Cancellation and Refund Policy

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


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


How do I register?

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


How to get there and where to stay:

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


AGENDA | Training in Kwa Zulu Natal (Durban)


Monday 18h30pm Dinner with SCASA Board of Directors


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

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

17h00pm End of the day

18h00pm Ibrik demonstration (Venue to be confirmed)

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


Friday 27 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)

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

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


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

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


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


To register or any queries: email





Full Results from Nationals 2018 April 23 2018

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

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

Below are the official scores from the event.

Finals Round Scores:

Semi finals Round Final Scores:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Our Coffee Champions in the news! April 04 2018

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

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

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

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

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

You can read the full interview here.

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

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

National Barista Champion Winston Thomas on Tour! March 12 2018

Photo by Justin Groep

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

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

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

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

Thursday 15th March: Lineage Coffee - Hillcrest.

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

Sat 17th March: Father Coffee - JHB

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

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

Tuesday 20th March - Royal Roastery - Bloem

Wednesday  21st March- Winston travels to JHB. 

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

Friday  23rd March - Thirdspace - Fourways

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


Three New Coffee Champions for 2018 March 07 2018

Barista Championship Top 6
Winston travels to Amsterdam in June to represent South Africa.
WINNER: Winston Thomas - Independent
2nd Neil Gouws - Origin Coffee Roasting
3rd Harry Mole - TriBeCa Coffee Roasting
4th John Evans -  TriBeCa Coffee Roasting
5th Trevor Fitz - Independent
6th Khulekani Mpala -  TriBeCa Coffee Roasting
Latte Art Championship
Christopher travels to Brazil in November to represent South Africa
WINNER: Christopher Abrahams - Ciro Beverage Solutions
Runner Up Nigel Kamhanda - InFood Coffee Society
Cup Tasters Championship
Donovan travels to Dubai in September to represent South Africa!
WINNER: Donovan McLagan, Urban Espress/Cabal Roasters
Runner Up: Matt Allen, Sumatran Coffee

Coffee Market Report March 02 2018

The Brazil Ministry of Trade have reported that the countries coffee exports for the month of February were 57,995 bags or 2.51% lower than the same month last year, at a total of 2,250,202 bags.  This is a relatively modest dip and when considered in terms of the exports being mostly related to arabica coffees, would seemingly indicate that the consumer markets continue to take delivery of just enough as is required of the Brazil quality coffee for their blends. 

Meanwhile in terms of weather the month of February has seen all the major coffee districts in Brazil receive good rains and with forecasts indicating good rains to continue, for the coming week.  Thus, for the present the forecasts for a significantly larger new Brazil coffee crop this year, remain weather supported and dampen many speculative spirits within the coffee terminal markets. 

With the Brazil weather issues for the present not threatening for global coffee supply, the focus shall be upon the start of the new summer rain season in Vietnam, which is due to start for the main central highlands coffee districts during the next month and shall need to come in time, to support a follow on good year end new crop for the country.    This shall be a factor closely watched and while one can expect some fear stories about dry weather threats to the new crop coming to the fore during this month, the La Niña within the Pacific Ocean is over and conditions are neutral, which would tend to indicate little threat of abnormal rains for this year.  

The May 2018 to May 2018 contracts arbitrage between the London and New York markets narrowed yesterday, to register this at 43.75 usc/Lb., while this equates to 35.3% price discount for the London Robusta coffee market.   

The Certified washed Arabica coffee stocks held against the New York exchange were seen to decrease by 435 bags yesterday; to register these stocks at 1,895,304 bags.  There was meanwhile a similar in number 437 bags increase to the number of bags pending grading for this exchange; to register these pending grading stocks at 34,787 bags. 

The commodity markets were mixed in trade yesterday, to see the overall macro commodity index taking a steady to buoyant track for the day.   The Natural Gas, Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Wheat, Corn and Soybean markets had a day of buoyancy, while the Oil, Cotton, Copper, Orange Juice, Gold and Silver markets had a softer day’s trade.   The Reuters Equal Weight Continuous Commodity Index that is made up from 17 markets is 0.33% higher; to see this index registered at 429.82.  The day starts with the U.S. Dollar tending softer and trading at 1.378 to Sterling, at 1.227 to the Euro and with the dollar buying 3.251 Brazilian Real, while North Sea Oil is showing some degree of buoyancy and is selling at US$ 64.40 per barrel. 

The London market started the day yesterday on a steady note and with modest buoyancy, while the New York market started the day trading marginally south of par and with the London market starting to attract support and move further into positive territory, for early afternoon trade.   Very quickly the London market attracted further support and with buy stops being triggered moved up into very positive territory which was followed by a recovery for the New York market, which took a more sedate and steady upside track for the rest of the days trade, as against the London market taking an erratic sideways track from the early afternoon surge in value. 

The London market ended the day on a very positive note and with 91.7% of the earlier substantial gains of the day intact, while the New York market ended the day on a positive note and with 91.5% of the gains of the day intact.    This close would tend to paint a more positive picture for the charts and one might think shall assist towards a steady start for early trade today, against the prices set yesterday, as follows: 

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

MAR   1807 + 37                                             MAR   122.45 + 1.40

MAY   1768 + 44                                             MAY    123.95 + 1.95

JUL    1794 + 40                                              JUL    126.00 + 1.90 

SEP    1796 + 40                                              SEP    128.10 + 1.90

NOV   1798 + 39                                              DEC    131.30 + 1.80

JAN    1803 + 38                                              MAR   134.55 + 1.75

MAR   1815 + 38                                              MAY   136.50 + 1.75

MAY   1830 + 39                                               JUL    138.20 + 1.70

JUL    1846 + 36                                               SEP    139.70 + 1.55

SEP    1854 + 40                                               DEC   142.20 + 1.55

Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Three February 16 2018

Things are heating up now! With only one week to go, everyone is getting incredibly excited. Our favourite question is the un-coffee related one, we're learning so much about these wonderful coffee personalities!


Name: Sinjon Wicks

Competition History

2015 KZN Barista Championship - 8th Place

2015 KZN Cup Tasters - 5th

2017 KZN Cup Tasters - 2nd


 Terbodore Coffee Roasters

Why did you enter this competition

My first experience with competitive coffee was in 2015, not long after starting my coffee journey. I saw it as an opportunity to learn from some of the top barista's and coffee professionals from across the country, sharing ideas and growing the speciality industry as a whole. Competition also provides a unique platform for exploring trends, experimenting with new coffees, and beverage recipes as well as the opportunity to get all of us into one room and talk about what we love; coffee!

What is your favourite coffee at the moment

At the moment I'm obsessed with an Ethiopian Kana Heirloom natural process. Cortado in the morning, and V60’s all day after. 

What has been the highlight of the journey so far?

All of the amazing people I've had the opportunity to meet. These passionate individuals are the one's who are driving the speciality industry and market forward, I count myself very lucky to be able to share ideas and disseminate new information and techniques with some of the most knowledgeable in the coffee industry.

Why do you think these competitions are important ?

Running cafe's or roasteries is often a seven-day-a-week operation, and unfortunately doesn't really afford us the opportunity to engage with other like-minded people . Of course, the dissemination knowledge and personal growth through competition goes without saying, but the camaraderie developed through these events is absolutely amazing. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee) 

When I'm not making coffee, I play drums and bass in a band with some of the other guys at the roastery. We're terrible.


Name: Christopher Abrahams

Competition History: WC Latte Art Regional Championship 2015,2016 & 2017. WC Barista Regional Championship 2016 & 2017. Runner-up SA Latte Art National Championship 2017.

Region and position in comp: WC Latte Art Champion & 4th place Barista Regional Championship.

Company: Ciro Beverage Solutions

Why did you enter this competition? 

 I entered the competitions because of my love and passion for coffee! It is also a perfect opportunity to meet barista within the coffee community, where great friendships are made :)

What is your favourite coffee at the moment?

My favourite coffee at the moment an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere through a chemex. It is absolutely delicious!

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? 

The highlight of this journey has certainly been the opportunity to compete and continue learning about how special coffee is to South Africa. It is continuously growing and it is amazing to see the growth and talent of upcoming baristas in the industry.

Why do you think the competitions are important?

 I believe that the competition is important, as it allows baristas to express their passion for coffee as well as giving coffee companies opportunities to expose their brands.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself :

I am one of a twin. As funny as this may sound, I am actually passionate about trucks. I truly enjoy working with my hands and find the world of engineering absolutely fascinating!

Name: Dayle Visser

Competition History:

2nd in KZN Latte Art Championship 2013

Regional barista Championships:  KZN 2011,2012, WP 2017, 2018

Region and position in comp:

Barista Champs:

KZN 2011 (did not make finals), KZN 2012 (did not make finals), WP 2017 (did not make finals), WP 2018 (placed 2nd)

Latte Art champs: KZN 2013 (placed 2nd), Nationals 2013 (did not make finals)

Aeropress Nationals 2017

Company: Tribe Coffee

Why did you enter this competition:

I entered this year to better myself as a person as well as a coffee professional. I have also realised that these competitions are extremely fun and being part of the coffee community is a privilege very few get to experience. I'm doing this in hopes of proving to the world that South Africans kick ass at coffee.

Favourite coffee at the moment:

At the moment I'm really enjoying a Kenyan fully washed (its my competition coffee so won't give too much info lol)

The first thing I do in the morning is have it in an aeropress before heading off to work. Start your day off with perfect coffee right?

Highlight of the journey so far:

The highlight so far was standing next to our current national champ for the winner announcement at regionals. That feeling standing next to a champion, everyone dead silent as if no one was breathing, you could taste the excitement in the air. Winston is an incredible barista and it was honour to share a stage with him.

Why are the competitions so important:

The chance to show off your skills as a barista to a panel of judges and the public is so important for growth as a coffee professional. It's also a perfect way to introduce the general public to speciality coffee. Being a professional barista is damn cool and these competitions prove it.

Interesting facts about me:

I am currently working on massive art pieces.

I have been skateboarding for 17 years.

Just started a multi genre music project with one of my best friends.

NAME: Simnikiwe Mkhize

COMPETITION HISTORY: This was first competition. Ever.


COMPANY: Counter Culture SA

WHY DID YOU ENTER THIS COMPETITION? Honestly, I was peer pressured, by the bosses, co workers and customers. I gave in because the environment gave me an opportunity to put my skills up against other barista in KZN and also make new connections that I wouldn't have made being at the cafe.


WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS JOURNEY FOR YOU SO FAR? Its definitely not the attention, but the amount of support and love I receive from coffee lovers who come from all over.

WHY DO YOU THINK THE COMPETITIONS ARE IMPORTANT? The bible verse that says "Iron sharpens iron" sums it up. you will never know how good you are unless you yourself against others who think the same about themselves. not says that if you don't come on top that your not but rather you learn where you need to improve.

TELL US AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF. Okay, this very personal. I have a 14 years old Surf City Barbie doll and a 8 years old Fashionsta Barbie doll. I make outfits for them as often as I can and obviously comb and play with them. :)

Name: Neil Gouws

Competition History: (what have you competed in before?) Cup Tasters Nationals 2017, Western Cape Barista Champs 2017

Region and position in comp: (i.e. KZN Cup Tasters 4th) Western Cape 3rd 

Company: Origin Coffee Roasting

Why did you enter this competition? I love competing, not only does it push me and improve my coffee knowledge, it's a great oppurtunity to connect with all the awesome people in the South African coffee community. 

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean) I've recently had the chance to work with a few great Ethiopian Naturals. My favourite would have to be a Yirgacheffe Kochere Natural V60 pour-over.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Nationals 2017 was a great experience. So much knowledge and experience gathered under one roof.

Why do you think the competitions are important? Competitions are one of the ways we improve our skills and up our standards. This is incredibly valuable in a relatively new coffee industry like South Africa's. Competitions gather the greatest coffee professionals, who are always willing to share their knowledge and sow into our community. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:)  I really enjoy being outdoors. So if I'm not behind the bar you'll probably find me on the beach or a hiking trail in the middle of nowhere.

Name:Kuda Gezi

Comps History: 2nd place Western Cape Barista Championships (2016)

5th place Western Cape Barista Championships (2017)

Company: Ground Central Coffee Roastery 

Coffee I like: I’m so into Flat whites, especially with El Salvador beans

My Journey: It has been a tough at the moment to find time to practice and be behind the machine as I have been mostly involved in Coffee equipment selling & Coffee machine repairs and importing in my new job with Ground Central. It has been an exciting time, but still i’m always trying to give myself more time behind the espresso bar.

Why Comps are Important:  In my opinion they are important in a way that we get the time to showcase our skills,talent & passion.Also the fact that we are coffee  ambassadors & we all have the same obsession.

Fact about me: Look, my life has now changed hey from socializing with friends lol! I’m now a dad so he is now my partner in crime, always with him in my spare time :)

South African Champion at All Africa Barista Champs this week! February 12 2018

Winston Thomas, SCASA National Barista Champion, will compete this week at the All African Champs held at AFCA in Kampala, Uganda.

We wish him all the best and hope that he gains valuable insights that he can bring back to the broader industry. When we chatted to him last week, he was feeling confident and excited for this adventure!

AFCA is a very prestigious event, in fact the biggest coffee event in Africa! It's focus is for producers and exporters to share knowledge and strengthen Africa's position on the global coffee stage. South Africa has always been very active in this organisation. Read what Sarah Schach of WM Cahn, who was served on the AFCA Board since 2011, has to say about the importance of this conference here:

Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Two January 29 2018

Another 3 competitors from Gauteng!


Name: Harry Mole

Competition History: Gauteng Regionals 2015 – 8th
Gauteng Regionals 2016 – 2nd, Gauteng Cupping 2016 – 1st.
Barista Championship Nationals 2017 – 2nd
Gauteng Regionals 2018 – 2nd (hope I got the dates right? haha)

Region and position in comp:
Gauteng Regionals 2015 – 8th
Gauteng Regionals 2016 – 2nd, Gauteng Cup Tasters 2016 – 1st.
Barista Championship Nationals 2017 – 2nd
Gauteng Regionals 2018 – 2nd 

Company: TriBeCa Coffee Company

Why did you enter this competition?
To challenge myself, my coffee knowledge and have fun!

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)

I’m really enjoying my morning Tanzania Kilimanjaro in a V60. Its tasty, it gets me ready for the day and gets me thinking of the mountain.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far?

Coffee people are great people. Meeting others with the same passion and enthusiasm for coffee is addictive; as well as learning more about myself and my journey with coffee.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
It is important to challenge not only each other but our knowledge of what is possible with coffee in order for the coffee community to grow.
I also think for us working in the industry that it challenges us to learn and grow with coffee.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:) 
I really love films! If I’m not in the cinema at least once a week I get grumpy :)

Name: Khulekani Mpala

Competition History:

Competed in Barista Championships

- 2011 Gauteng Regionals (finished towards bottom)

- 2016 Gauteng Regionals (1st place)

- 2017 Nationals (3rd place)

- 2017 Gauteng Regionals (3rd place)

N/B: 2011 represented Manna Cafe, the rest I represented Tribeca

Why did you enter this competition? It gives me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people in the world, and helps me to learn from some of the best baristas.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)
Currently my favourite is a cortado, exploring different single origins.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Winning best technical and placing 3rd at Nationals 2017 brought a degree of satisfaction! So far thats the highlight.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
Competitions are important because they bring the coffee community together, gives us a chance to learn from each other and become better professionals.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:
I grew up believing i would be a musician and my name was "General K" he he he he!!! I still listen to a lot of reggae.

Name: Thabang Maluleka

Competition History: The Cup tasting completion was my first time participating in a coffee competition
Region and position in comp: Gauteng Cup Tasters 2nd
Company: Ciro Beverage Solutions

Why did you enter this competition? This was a good opportunity for me to learn more about other coffees which are out there besides the ones that I’m used to, I also wanted to meet other people in the coffee community.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)
My favorite coffee is an espresso made up of American and African arabica beans.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far?
I have never thought of the coffee industry to be so big!, besides coming out second in cup tasting I would say finding out that there are a lot of coffee enthusiasts like me out there has been the biggest highlight so far.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
They are important to raise our coffee expertise as a nation to match that of world class nations in the coffee industry

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:) I’m a founder of Uma Mente Music (Pty) Ltd, a Record Label and Music Publishing Company.

Response to Water concerns for National Coffee Competitions January 22 2018

A note from SCASA

Thank you so much for your thoughts on the location of the National Coffee Competitions, we always encourage our members to voice concerns and also express willingness to participate. We have taken your concerns very seriously, thank you for your patience in our response.

We are very much aware of the water situation and have made a considerate amount of effort to not use extensive volumes of water from the region during the competitions. Cape Town is welcoming such events (including the Cape Argus), as its economy desperately needs income to support this cause. SCASA has been in contact with Tourism, Trade and Investment officials in this regard.

We have taken measures to ensure that water will be brought from JHB for the competitions to run the espresso machines (15 x 20litre), as well as water to be supplied for competitors and their teams for drinking and cleaning up water. Domestic airlines have sanctioned visitors to bring water in their checked luggage. Any excess water will be donated to the community of Langa.

This is what has been organised by the SCASA BoD and volunteers:

- A free, sponsored venue. 
- Equipment sponsors
- Milk sponsored by a local dairy
- Bore hole water filtered through RO from Ultimate Water
- Water from Air Unit (150litre/day capacity) on site for drinking water and to take a couple litres home.
- Sponsored PA system
- A date that gives the Barista Winner at least 3 months to prepare

On tourism and water:…/tourists-bring-own-water-to-cape-to…
“Wesgro CEO Tim Harris emphasised that tourists are helping grow local economies and create jobs in the most remote parts of the province. "This is precisely why tourism is so valuable to our economy during these more challenging economic times, and why Wesgro will continue to do everything possible to ensure the industry continues to grow,” he said.”…/tourists-bring-own-water-to-cape-to…

This is a call to you, the members who have all competed/taken part in competitions organised for you, to step up and help make these competitions a success. The more members who put up their hands to help, the easier solutions are found. We look forward to any other suggestions that can help.

Tips to Save like a Local:…/save-like-a-local-how-visitors…

Thank you in advance for your support.
SCASA Board of Directors

Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles One January 17 2018

Leading up to Nationals in February, we will be profiling the amazing coffee professionals that are vying for the Championship spots and tickets to the World events across the Globe. First up, we have three contenders from Gauteng.

Name: John Evans

Competition History: I’ve competed in one regional barista championship, and judged one as well. 

Region and position in comp: Gauteng Barista Championship 2017 - 5th place. 

Company: TriBeCa Coffee

Why did you enter this competition? I wanted to push myself harder to be a better barista, and I want to do everything I can to promote specialty coffee in South Africa, and I feel like barista competitions go a long way in doing that. 

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? That’s a tough question! My go-to brew method is the V60, and if I had to pick, I’d probably go with something Ethiopian. 

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Probably the friends I’ve made. Coffee people are the best, and I love how we come together and look out for each other in competitions. 

Why do you think the competitions are important? I think they’re important for two reasons - as a barista, you can’t go into a competition and come out the other side without becoming better at what you do. You question everything, try everything, research everything and practice so hard that you become a better coffee professional. The other reason is that barista competitions bring the coffee community together, and I think that’s really good for us as a community. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:) 

I’m a drummer!


Name: Trevor Fitz

Competition History: Before competing in the Gauteng Nationals, my only previous competition was The Coffee Magazine's Home Barista competition at the Coffee & Chocolate expo 2 years ago, where I came second. 

Region and position in comp: 1st place in the Gauteng Barista championships

Company: I am an independent competitor. My company is Winwin Consulting, but they are not involved in coffee.

Why did you enter this competition? To learn more about coffee and to improve my skills as a barista 

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? My favourite coffee is the Cortado at the moment, Preferably with Burundi 

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? The Highlight so far has definitely been winning the Gauteng Regionals!  

Why do you think the competitions are important? Competitions force you to think more intentionally about coffee, how it’s grown, roasted and brewed, and encourages you to challenge yourself to become better than you were before.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: When I am not making coffee, my favourite pass time is cooking and baking. I have been cooking dinner and baking cakes since I was 10 years old and have never gotten bored of it.


Name: Debbie King

Competition History: Cup Tasters

Region and position in comp: 

2015 GP Cup Tasters 1st

2015 National Cup Tasters 5th

2016 GP Cup Tasters 4th

2017 GP Cup Tasters 1st

Company: Stil. Coffee/ AfricaBlack Coffee Roastery

Why did you enter this competition? I really enjoy entering Cup Tasters as I deal with cupping, quality control and roast profiling at work, so it is always great to challenge my senses and taste new coffees.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean) Zimbabwean Smaldeel Honey Process

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Traveling to a coffee estate in Malawi.

Why do you think the competitions are important? These competitions are important for the growth of the industry. From the Cup of Excellence to the Barista Championships, it encourages all coffee professionals to hone their skills to produce a great cup of coffee.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: My favourite band is The Cure and I am addicted to playing Overwatch.