Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Four February 18 2019

 

Name: Bruce Manning

Coffee Company: Tribeca coffee

Region: KZN

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: 8 years competing, Won Kzn 2017, finished 3rd nationals 2018, 2nd regionals 2019. 

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Competing against other top professionals and tasting the most expensive coffees produced around the world (yes I also paid an embarrassing amount for a few Kgs coffee for my entry!) 

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? If you're not there, you're not willing to learn more and examine ‎what it takes to engage with the highest level of coffee processes!

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Attending Sigep Rimini coffee show in Italy, watching Italian barista champs and tasting best coffees in the world!

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Scandinavia for light roast culture and delicious pour-overs!

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I play lawn bowls competitively - and though it's thought of as an old man's game, I was due to represent the SA mens pairs event in UK but my partner is young and had never travelled so didn't have a passport! So we never got to the event :/

 

Name: Hilary Gwaze

Coffee Company:INFOOD COFFEE ROASTERY

Region: Eastern Cape

Discipline: Cup Tasters/Latte Art/Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? To learn and expand my coffee knowledge and meeting other coffee professionals like myself

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? It's a great platform for me to showcase my skills that l have attained for the past few years l have been in the coffee industry. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Being crowned EC Barista Championship 2018 runner up. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Obviously Colombian coffee farms! It is my wish to be able to be in the farmer's shoes and experiencing the whole farming processes including experimental innovative processing methods like carbonic maceration.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I love working out!

 

 

Name: Thabang Maluleka

Coffee Company: Ciro Beverage solutions

Region: Gauteng

Discipline: Cup Tasters

Previous Experience at Nationals: Cup Tasters in 2018. The competition was nerve-wracking but very inspiring.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I’m looking forward to pushing my limits and exploring new coffees, most importantly I’m looking to interact with the best in the business!!!

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? My personal goal is to be an expert in coffee roasting and profiling, the competition offers me an opportunity to evaluate my progress and interact with other coffee enthusiasts.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? My best moment was when I competed for the first time in 2017 and came second in my region, I had no prior experience with cupping competition, just the love of coffee and curiosity. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I would like to go to Ethiopia, I find Ethiopian coffees very interesting in both taste and their roasting properties, I would like to find out if Ethiopians share the same experience with me with regards to this coffees.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. If I am not busy with coffee I am either busy with my Agricultural projects or Musical projects.

 

Maxine & Ansophi of First Light Coffee Bar

Name: Maxine Lynne Thiart

Coffee Company: Routed Roasters and First Light Coffee Bar

Region: Eastern Cape, Jeffreys Bay

Discipline: Cup Tasters

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I am most looking forward to meeting all the different coffee folk and learning. I love ow coffee builds bridges and would love to see that happen. Also really looking forward to tasting the different coffees, yes in the comp you are looking for the differences but man it is such a privilege to taste such beautifully roasted coffee. Feels like this opportunity has catalyzed a greater desire to learn and grow. So let's see how it goes

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? We compete to learn and grow and connect with others who have walked the road before us and would be amped to show us their footsteps. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? My best moment in coffee has been more like a journey, a collection of moments:  working with and building the business with my team, Opening the new shop and Roastery after starting in a stationary store and garage and savoring those moments where someone takes a sip of coffee and is mesmerised because they are tasting something that they have never tasted before, what a privilege to introduce them to the world behind the cup, moments where strangers become friends.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Burundi, because i have always wanted to check out what Long Miles coffee is up to and learn from them. Rwanda, was one of the first coffees i fell in love with and Costa Rica, because I remember a couple years Back Hitchhiking through there and finding a local coffee bar in the middle of this chaotic Market, I ordered a coffee and was blown away by it, felt like that moment fast tracked me into coffee.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I've travelled to more countries than I am old. 

Name: Ndumiso Ngcobo

Coffee Company:Talk house cafe

Region:KZN

Discipline:Latte Art/Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: 2018. It was an amazing experience to share the same stage with coffee kings like Winston Thomas, Bruce manning, Harry mole and Khulekani mpala.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Learning as much information as possible and that will help improve my skills and knowledge in the industry and mostly I don't want to miss out on the action.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I want to enhance my knowledge about coffee and become one of the best and the main reason is that I want to be able to pass on the correct information to those who are willing to learn about coffee and I believe this will help grow the coffee culture in this region.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Staying in one area does not grow you in any way but traveling around does, in the beginning of last year I flew to cape Town for the very first time and if it wasn't for my passion for Coffee I wouldn't have been there last year.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Dubai not just for coffee only but the beauty of the place, people and the lifestyle.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I'm the type of person that can do anything and I'm the first person to swim Midmar Mile in my family and now I want to do triathlons in future. 

Name: Neil Gouws

Coffee Company: Origin Coffee Roasting

Region: Western Cape

Discipline:Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: 2nd at 2018 Nationals

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I'm really excited to present what I feel is a truly amazing coffee and have a chance to hang out with some of the most passionate coffee folk in the country.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I feel competition drives us to be better at what we do. Competitors are forced to engage with coffee on a level beyond what we do on a daily basis. I love that. We also have the opportunity to showcase the best that South Africa has to offer. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Probably the final day of nationals last year. It was my first nationals and I really wasn't expecting to make the finals. I had a terrible first set, everything that could go wrong did. Fast forward a day and I was standing next to Ishan and Winston, two legends on the South African coffee scene. Ishan was about to raise the champions hand. Making finals was more than I hoped for, so how I ended up as the runner up in my first nationals I'm still not sure.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Most likely Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Seeing wild coffee must be the most amazing experience. 

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. 

I am a qualified sports scientist. I think I disappointed a few people when I decided to make coffee my career. 

Click HERE to download the latest National Coffee Competitions schedule. SCASA's Nationals will be taking place 21-24 February 2019 at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.