Nationals 2019 Day 3 in Pictures February 23 2019

A fantastic third day of SCASA's National Coffee Competitions that delivered nine scintillating sets and ultimately leading to the announcement of the top six baristas that will be competing for the National title; and a spot to represent South Africa in Boston, USA at the World Barista Championships (WBC). In order of appearance (on Sunday, 24 February) they are: Neil Gouws (Origin Coffee Roasters), Ishan Natalie (Starbucks South Africa), Trevor Fitz (Beethoven Coffee Company), Harry Mole (TriBeCa Coffee), Khulekani Mpala (Wiesenhof Coffee) and Kgune Dlamini (Lineage Coffee). Apart from the Barista Championships stating at 10:30, the National Coffee Competitions will also feature the Cup Tasters Competition (starting at 09:00) and the Latte Art Competition (starting at 09:30) at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

The 2019 Top 6 Barista Finalists - from LR: Harry Mole, Trevor Fitz, Ishan Natalie, Neil Gouws and Khulekani Mpala (Missing Kgune Dlamini)

The 2019 National Coffee Competitions Judges

Khulekani Mpala (Wiesenhof Coffee)

Khulekani Mpala (Wiesenhof Coffee)

Dieter Liebenberg (VDP Distributors)

Simnikiwe Mkhize (Rosetta Roastery)

Stevo Kühn (Urban Brew Coffee)

Ndumiso Ngcobo (The Talkhouse Cafe)

Bruce Manning (TriBeCa Coffee)

All barista sets will be LIVE streamed via the SCASA Facebook Page. 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.

Photos: The Coffee Magazine/Melanie Winter