EC Barista Champs Overview & Scores July 29 2014

Pic: TheCoffeeMag/Mel Winter

The past weekend at the Eastern Cape Barista Champs was both a display of staggering talent as well as camaraderie. The competition was spectacular as baristas from around the Eastern Cape showed off their best skills. 

A lot of practice goes in to these competitions so a BIG well done to all who competed.

The results from the competition were as follows:

Winner Byron Keet From Urban Espress Coffee Co – Also the Latte Art Champion .
Second Place went to Mike Chizeya from Tribecca Woolworths
Third Place: Sisa Mapetu Hand Roasted Coffee’s
Fourth Place: Luyanda Radisson Blu Hotel
Fifth Place: Lennox Tribecca Woolworths
Sixth Place: Lizo Boardwalk Sun International Hotel

Cup tasters Winner and Runner Up :
Mark Bennet and Donovan McLagan Urban Espress Coffee Co

Best espresso was won by Sisa Mapetu
Best Cappucino was won By Mike Chizeya
Best Signature, Best Technical and Best Overall impression was won by Byron Keet

Baristas competing represented Urban Espress Coffee Co ; Tribecca Woolworths ; The Ciro Coffee Academy ; Ciro Beverage Solutions ; Pomodoros ; Radisson Blu ; Sun international Boardwalk Hotel ; Como Café & Madibaz.

Baristas came from as far as George, and 4 years in to the EC SCASA competitions the love and passion for coffee keeps growing.

Thank you to all who were involved in making this competition happen, and all the best to the Top 6 baristas for the upcoming Nationals.