Western Cape

SCASA Western Cape Region Coffee Competitions 2019 - ENTRIES OPEN May 27 2019

ENTRIES NOW OPEN for SCASA's 2019 Western Cape Region Coffee Competitions taking place 4-6 September at GOOD, Woodstock, Cape Town (242 Sir Lowry Road).

Download the Coffee Competition Entry Form HERE 

Judges who would like to apply can do so HERE
Judges training will be Wednesday 4 September 2019, Venue TBC.

Western Cape Regional Champions 2018 December 13 2018

Well done to the Western Cape Coffee Competition Competitors and winners! Thank you to all our amazing sponsors ho make these competitions possible!

Top 6 Barista Championships WC 2018:
WINNER: Simnikiwe Mkize - Rosetta Roastery
2. Neil Gouws - Origin Coffee Roasters
3. Charles Pass - Langdon Coffee Merchants
4. Ophen Machenje - Tribe Coffee Roasting
5. Kudakwashe Gezi - Ground Central Coffee Roastery
6. Makuve Politus - Bootlegger Coffee Company

Cup Tasters:
1. Jerome Hendricks - Global Coffee
2. Dominic Currie - Global Coffee

Latte Art: 
1. Chris Abrahams - Ciro Full Service Beverage Co.
2. Rodney Swarts - Champs Musical Coffee Shop Productions

Western Cape Coffee Competitions Schedule 2018 December 04 2018

Response from Board of Directors on WC Regionals November 26 2018

From the SCASA BoD


Thank you for your feedback on the Western Cape Regional Coffee Competitions, it is appreciated and noted as always. However, we are unable to change or postpone the WC Regionals for various reasons as listed below:

  • WC Dates were unfortunately set with limited notice as we were under enormous pressure from various key players and stakeholders in the Association including the WC Baristas to get them completed before most companies close for season.
  • Nationals has to take place as early in Feb as possible to prepare Nationals Winners for Global events (visas etc).
  • School holidays was a “no go” as most Restaurant/Café businesses are busy to pull away their Baristas for 3 days in this period, so best was to confirm the dates before school holidays kick in, as the competition would then be too close to Nationals.  
  • The competitions are largely run by informal Regional Committees. There is not currently a team of volunteers in the Western Cape. If you are in the Western Cape and you are willing and able to assist please email info@scasa.co.za. The Western Cape needs you!

On a positive, dates for the next new year cycle will be announced at the Nationals (in February) in order for all Baristas to prepare months in advance as we intend to complete the cycle earlier and maintain that going forward. We look forward to your participation in the new upcoming cycle and your continued support in bettering the SA coffee industry. We thank you for your valuable input and support to the industry and once again our sincere apologies for the short notice.

Please email info@scasa.co.za should you have any comments or queries on the above.


Western Cape Regional Coffee Competitions 2018 November 21 2018

Western Cape Regional Coffee Competitions 2018

Date: 4-6 December 2018

Venue: Rock & Roller Coffee Culture

What: All three competitions - Barista Champs, Latte Art and Cup Tasters

Entry Form: Please download here and send to info@scasa.co.za

If you have any questions please email us!



Western Cape Latte Art and Cup Tasters Winners 2017 October 09 2017

Congratulations to the winners and finalists from this weekend's Western Cape Latte Art & Cup Tasters Champs at the CT Coffee & Chocolate. All the finalists go through to Nationals next year.

Latte Art:
1. Christopher Abrahams - Ciro Full Service Coffee Co.
2. Alhenrico Thomas - Famous Brands Coffee

Cup Tasters: (All finalists from Global Coffee Company!)
1. Teresa Schmidt
2. Gavin Wiese
3. Jerome Hendriks
4. Peter

Big thanks to Dylan Da Silva and Megan Muller and all the sponsors - Coffee & Chocolate Ultimate Water Nuova Simonelli South AfricaEquipment Cafe Almond Breeze South Africa LiquidConcepts The Coffee Magazine Fair Cape Dairies

Photos by: The Coffee Magazine


Western Cape Latte Art and Cup Tasters Schedule October 05 2017

Come down to the Coffee & Chocolate Expo this weekend to appreciate these coffee professionals at work! 

Change of Date: CT Latte Art & Cup Tasters 6-8 October August 25 2017

Are you the next Western Cape Latte Art or Cup Tasters Champion?

The hosting venue of the Western Cape Latte Art and Cup Tasters competitions has changed their date, and as such, the competition dates have shifted.

CT Coffee&Chocolate will now be from 6th to 8th October, which means you have an extra week to prep, baristas! There are 6 weeks to go, so get your entries in now!

Call for Entries: WC Barista Champ Regionals at Good Food&Wine Show CT 2017 March 29 2017

This will be the first Regional competition in the 2018 Cycle! This year's Western Cape Barista Champ Regionals take place at the Good Food & Wine Show at the CTICC from 2-4 June 2017. Please note, this is exclusively the Barista Championships.


If you would like to enter, please download the form here and email it to info@scasa.co.za


If you would like more information about the show or would like to become an exhibitor, please email sadika@fieromilano.co.za or clint@fieromilano.co.za



Schedule for the 2016 Western Cape Coffee Competition September 13 2016

Right, now you can start planning when you'll be joining us at the CTICC for the Western Cape Coffee Competition this weekend.

Here is your schedule for the weekend. Just to remember that times may be delayed just slightly due to set up and performance times, however you'll get an idea of which day you want to spend with us at the Coffee Lovers Theatre.

Baristas, this will also help orientate you as to the plan for the weekend.

Wed 14th 3pm: Barista Orientation 

9am arrive at venue
10.30am : Cup Tasters Semi Finals. 
12pm : Latte Art Semi Finals.
5pm : Close. 

9am arrive at venue
10.30am : Barista semi finals round 1.
5pm : Close. 

10.30am Barista Competition Semi finals round 2.  
4pm : Finalists Announcement 
Latte Art Finals
Cup Tasters Finals
5pm : Close. 

10.30am : Barista Competition Finals Begin! 
3.30pm : Monin Minute
Prize giving 

We can't wait to see you all there, supporting your local baristas. For more info about the Cape Homemakers Expo take a look here.

Enter the 2016 Western Cape Barista Champs June 10 2016

The Western Cape barista competition has been finalised and will be hosted at the Cape Homemakers Expo from the 15th - 18th September 2016. Set to be another epic coffee showdown we are encouraging all WC baristas to get your entries in ASAP.

Download the entry form HERE, and keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page for info leading up to the event.

Sandy Edwards, Expo Organiser for HOMEMAKERS Cape, said in their press release : “We invite visitors to gather around the coffee aroma at the Coffee Lovers’ Theatre and support our local baristas as they battle it out for the Western Cape regional title.”

It's going to be a great weekend, and we look forward to seeing who will be the next 6 baristas to make it through to nationals at the end of the year. Baristas will each get 15 minutes to prepare an espresso course, cappuccino course and signature drink course for the judges, presenting in time to music of their choice, as they inform the judges of the coffee they're using and what tastes to look for.

We're ready to see the talent coming out of the Western Cape! See you in September.


Info for the 2015 Western Cape Coffee Competition July 21 2015

The final regional competition of the year is happening in the Western Cape.
Hosted by the Homemakers Expo this competition is going to be full of suspense and excitement.

Date: 27 - 30 August
Venue: Homemakers Expo, CTICC

Best of all, there will be a FREE barista workshop for all baristas wanting to know a little bit more about the competition and what to expect. You don't want to miss this! Details below.

Date: 01 August
Time: 10.00am – 2pm
Address: Learn to Earn is 79 Belvedere Road, Claremont.]
Contact: Pauline Leschinsky
TEL: +27 (0)21 671 2230
CELL: +27 (0)72 477 2896
E-MAIL: groundupcpt@learntoearn.org.za

Start entering TODAY. Download your competition entry form here - DOWNLOAD.

Enter the 2015 Western Cape Barista Competition February 02 2015

Our last regional competition for the year is the Western Cape Barista Competition. Baristas from around the Western Cape have an opportunity to showcase their talents and skills to a panel of judges, and hopefully make it through to the National Barista Champs.

Date: 27 - 30 August

Venue: Homemakers Expo, CTICC

To enter this competition click HERE.

FREE barista workshop info

The Western Cape Barista Committee is offering a FREE Barista Workshop for baristas that are interested in entering the Western Cape Competition so that they can have more insight on what it is all about, the rules, what is expected from them etc.

The aim of this would be to attract Baristas that have not competed before.

Date: 01 August
Time: 10.00am – 2pm
Address: Learn to Earn is 79 Belvedere Road, Claremont.]
Contact: Pauline Leschinsky
TEL: +27 (0)21 671 2230
CELL: +27 (0)72 477 2896
E-MAIL: groundupcpt@learntoearn.org.za


Western Cape Regionals Line Up May 14 2014

Western Cape Regionals 2014

If you were wondering what the line up looks like for next week's barista show down at the Western Cape Regionals, here it is...

Wed 21st May :  

09h00 -11h30:      Barista Semi Finals

11h30 - 13h30:     Latte Art Semi Finals

14h00 - 16h00:     Cup Tasters Semi Finals

Winner to be announced on Friday at Award Ceremony 15h00

Thursday 22nd May:

09h00 - 15h00:     Barista Competition Semi Finals - Round 1 continued

15h00 - 17h00 :    Manual Brewers Competition - Round 1 and Finals.

Friday 23rd May

09h00 - 10h00:    Latte Art Finals

10h30 - 11h00:    Cup Tasters Finals    

11h00 - 13h00     Barista Finals

15h00   Prizegiving & Awards


For more information regarding the Western Cape Regionals click here.

Thank you to our Western Cape competition sponsors involved...



SCASA Western Cape Regionals: 21st - 23rd May May 06 2014

The Western Cape competition is hurtling towards us! The baristas will be showing off their skills from the 21st to the 23rd of May at Hostex Cape Town. Please get your baristas to come and join the challenge, the practice is priceless and the opportunity to represent your country and win some goodies along the way is a good incentive! Click here to download the registration form.

If you would like to be part of the esteemed judging team, please email info@scasa.co.za. It's an incredible experience for your tastebuds and a whole new side of coffee.

We would also like to appeal to you, our SCASA members to sponsor prizes for the competitors in the different disciplines. It takes a huge amount of effort to get to the competition and we want the rewards to be fitting. 

Thank you to our Western Cape competition sponsors involved...



Are you a Western Cape Judge? April 26 2014

Do you have a keen pallet? Are you passionate about the Southern African coffee industry? If you have what it takes to be a Barista Championship judge, you should know these rules very well and you should be signing up to judge at the Western Cape coffee competitions, held at Hostex Cape Town between 21st - 23rd May 2014.

Please email George Bertolis before Thursday 1st May 10am, if you are available to be part of the judging team! Once we know who is available we will let you know if you are going to be a coffee comp judge.

To judge, you will be required to attend the compulsory judges calibration, tasting and training session on Monday (19 May 2014) You will also need to attend a calibration session each morning before the beginning of competition time as well as the barista debriefing after the championship.

You will be tested on the WBC rules & regulations (Click here to download) and you should have an understanding of WCE rules & regulations. There will also be various coffee taste tests...so practice and prep for the training!

Thank you to our Western Cape competition sponsors involved...



Who's the Best in the West? April 25 2014

Western Cape Regional Coffee Competitions

 Here at SCASA, we're getting excited to hold the Western Cape Regional Coffee Competitions from the 21-23 May 2014!

Just a few weeks to go until we head to Hostex -at the CTICC- to determine who the makes the best coffee in Cape Town - a community with a thriving coffee scene!

To find out more or become a judge, email SCASA. To download the competition entry form click here.

Thank you to our Western Cape competition sponsors involved...



Western Cape Regionals 2014 January 22 2014

The Competition then moves to The Mother City where the Western Cape Regionals will be held at Hostex 2014  from 21st – 23rd May.

Cape Town has a vast depth of baristas, coffee shops and roasteries and it’s citizen’s have a vibrant café culture which always sees a high level of competition.

To compete in the Western Cape Regional coffee competitions, click here to download the registration form.

Thank you to our Western Cape competition sponsors involved...