NATIONALS 2020: GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS

01 Mar 2020 | Coffee Competitions, Nationals, News

The time has come to compete to learn who will become the 2020 Barista, Cup Tasters and Latte Art Champions. Reacquaint yourself with our Coffee Competitors in SCASA’s 2020 National Coffee Competitions, 1-3 March at HOSTEX at the Sandton Convention Centre.


CENTRAL REGION
Name: Stevo Kühn
Coffee Company: Urban Brew Coffee
Region: Central Region (Bloemfontein)
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Central Region: 2018- 2nd place, 2019 – 1st Nationals: 2019 – 7th

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I look forward to spending time with some great friends I’ve made in coffee and meeting new people.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I love playing music, cooking and spending time with my friends and family.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? It feels like there’s a massive emphasis on education and upliftment – that excites me.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Traveling to Bahrain to train baristas. I spent time with 7 different Nationalities learning more about specialty coffee.Coffee is truly universal!

To where would you travel for coffee?
 Melbourne! I’d love to learn more about the Specialty Scene there and their approach to coffee and the consumers.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Coming from a small region is tough, so the help I have received is highly appreciated: My wife, Elri, for supporting me and running a full house while I prep and travel. Father Coffee for assistance with samples and all things coffee. My friends, Eugene and Josh for tasting endless espresso recipes and listening to sets. Thato, for running the sites and allowing me the time to work on comp. All the baristas I could train over the past year. All the questions and comments push me to grow and learn more!

Follow Stevo on Instagram @urbanbrewcoffee @stevobarista
Photo Credit: Meyer Pieterse

Name: Thabo Kheleroa
Coffee Company: Jaru Coffee
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Central Region Barista Competition Champion 2018, Runner Up 2019. National Barista Competition Competitor 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? 
To learn, improve and gain exposure in the industry from other great baristas.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? I’m a fan of African single origins. I’m currently enjoying the Kenya Bold Bean.

To where would you travel for coffee? 
Definitely Brazil for three reasons: 1: They are the biggest coffee producers in the world. 2: The colourful culture and 3: SOCCER.

Name: Mapaseka Mapela
Coffee Company: Wiesenhof
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Third in 2019 at the Central Region Coffee Competitions. I never thought I’ll fall so much in love wth coffee. Honestly I’ve learned to fall in love with coffee over and over again after Regionals.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m looking forward to competing with more experienced people and getting to know and learn more.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would love to travel to Nicaragua for coffee simply because ever since I entered the competition I’ve been using their coffee and its amazing…

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would love to thank Wiesenhof from the head office to the store, my boss, manager and colleagues.

Follow Mapaseka on Instagram @mapasekamapelafancy


Name:
 James Kilbourn
Coffee Company: Stereo Café
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Winner 2019 Central Region Cup Tasters. Cup Tasters Competitor 2018. Judge 2016 Western Cape Barista and Latte Art Competitions. Judge 2018 & 2019 Central Region Barista and Latte Art Competitions.


Name:
 Maryke Schoonwinkel
Coffee Company: Bruder Coffee Roastery
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Tasting new coffees and watching the other baristas compete!

What are your interests outside of coffee? Photography and art.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I think the future of coffee in SA is bright! In Klerksdorp the coffee culture is growing and we are busy educating people to drink and ONLY buy good quality coffee! We still have a big market to influence! The quality and variety of coffee beans keeps getting better so I am positive!

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? To taste a coffee and know exactly what I taste and say it out loud. That gives me a good feeling.

To where would you travel for coffee? Definitely Ethiopia, it is where coffee started and also one of my favorite coffee beans

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? My husband (Pieter) for roasting a lot of coffees and the Bruder Team for doing many cuppings with me!

Follow Maryke on Instagram @maryksschoon @bruder_coffee_roastery


Name:
 Tshepo Modiakgotla
Coffee Company: Royal Roastery
Region: Central Region
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Central Region Latte Art Competition Champion 2019.
Follow Tulo on Instagram @tshepo_leadership

Name: Tulo Ernest Lephuthing
Coffee Company: Royal Roastery
Region: Central Region (Free State)
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Latte Art 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? For me it’s not about competing as much, it’s more likely an objective achievement, willing to learn and share coffee knowledge with the best baristas.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Interests outside coffee… That will be art and nature.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Favourite coffee moment is whenever I surprise myself, not only based on latte art, collaborating or slow brew coffee. Sometimes I tend to receive compliments from customers coming personally to thank me for the effort, passion and dedication towards my work. It is not only about coffee, how we engage with customers count too. Coffee is coffee, nevertheless we baristas do most of it same as life.

To where would you travel for coffee? I’ll travel to Brazil, despite the perception of coffee I love Brazil’s Amazon (rainforest), nature there nurture’s itself.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I’d like to thank Ruan my boss personally for all he did for me since I joined the Royal team, Garith Prior, Roland Pienaar, Dunette, Janelle aka Nella and the Royal team for sharing the experience.

Follow Tulo on Instagram @tuloernest5
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EASTERN CAPE

Name: Hilary Gwaze
Coffee Company: Infood Coffee Roastery
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Eastern Cape Barista Competition Champion 2019, Runner Up 2018.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? 
l’m looking forward to learn from other baristas but more importantly to grow and becoming a better barista, l also believe that good baristas are produced under pressure.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?
 l think we have seen a glimpse of the future of the coffee industry by witnessing very innovative coffee processing methods, sophisticated coffee machines, different brewing tools both manual and automatic but l also think we are going see more in the future as the specialty coffee industry is growing because people are becoming more and more knowledgeable about coffee and are also becoming curious about everything from seed to cup as the third wave coffee is taking over.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far?
 Crowned EC barista champion 2019 and also scooping two awards for milk based beverage and signature drink.

To where would you travel for coffee? Panama obviously because l had a privilege of tasting Panama geisha CM wow it feels like l was not drinking coffee at all, it tasted like juice and the dominant flavour there was papaya and blueberries.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank God above all and my team at INFOOD COFFEE ROASTERY for their immense support and all our random and regular customers and also special thanks to Jayne Davies the owner of Infood for her support not only financially but also for moral support, for her input and passion for coffee.

Follow Hilary on Instagram @hilarygwaze


Name:
 Raymond Roesstorff

Coffee Company: Wiesenhof Coffee Holdings
Region: Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 2018/2019 Regional Champion, 2019/2020 Regional Runner Up. First time National competitor 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? The experience, the knowledge and most of all to showcase my skills, commitment and growth in this trade and proudly represent the Wiesenhof Brand.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I have quite a few hobbies outside of coffee. I really enjoy tinkering with computers as I’m a Certified Microsoft System Engineer and a PC and Network technician. I play a lot cue sport and recently started playing outdoor cricket again. I really enjoy the camaraderie of team sports.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? In South Africa, I see the change daily. The consumer is getting more educated on coffee and more willing to pay for better coffees and coffee experiences. Us, as coffee professionals and suppliers, we need to keep up with these trends and adapt accordingly.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Not one specific moment, but a collection of moments. Coffee has uplifted so many lives and I’m very proud to have been part of some of those moments. This industry has endless opportunities and I relish the endless learning opportunities coffee has to offer.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would like to go the farm where my competition coffee is being produced. This is one of my short-term goals and I plan on making this a reality in the near future.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? My coach, Khulekani, a huge thanks to our head roaster, Carel Wood, for the massive amounts of resources and support, and my HQ as a whole, for the confidence and encouragement. Then finally my wife, for “allowing” me the space and time to practice.

Follow Raymond on Instagram @sting_ray_barista

Name: Mpumelelo Adams
Coffee Company: Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista Competition
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: This was my first time competing

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I am looking forward to competing and learning more about coffees that are not readily available.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Reading

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Qualifying for the SCASA National Barista Competition.

To where would you travel for coffee? Italy, I think they have an amazing coffee culture.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank Mastertons for their support. I also want to thank my brother, Bobby for pushing me and helping me through my regional competition. It is a pity he is out of the country and will not attend Nationals.

Follow Mpumelelo on Instagram @adams_mpumelelo
Photo Credit Karl Schoemaker.

Name: Kyle Grebe
Coffee Company: The Coffee Boys
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: The 2019 Eastern Cape regionals was my first time competing.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m really looking forward to competing on the national stage, feeling the atmosphere and the pressure, and also seeing legends like Winston Thomas and Kgune Dlamini compete in the Barista competition.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I’m a surgeon by profession so the human body really interests me, I also enjoy being in nature, hiking, camping, swimming.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see specialty coffee becoming more accessible to everyone in the future, breaking through socioeconomic boundaries. With companies like Woza Coffee and The Red Band Academy creating opportunities for disadvantaged people to enter the coffee community and giving them a platform to spread the love of coffee back to their communities. I believe that the coffee industry has the power to not only educate and empower people, but also create and build wealth for the African continent.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My favourite moment so far has definitely winning the Eastern Cape Cup Tasters Competition. I’m still very new to the coffee community, but I plan to make many more memories.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would love to travel around Africa, visiting farms in all the major coffee producing countries. I want to follow the process from bean to cup, and experience authentic coffee brewing process. I definitely want to go to Ethiopia.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank the Eastern Cape coffee community for making amazing coffee and being so welcoming and friendly. To Chris Faragher of Holiday Coffee, for teaching me the nuances of great coffee and for the friendship we have grown over the past year. To Shaun Apupiais for your advice and guidance and for being my mentor and inspiration in the coffee world!

Follow Kyle on Instagram @heart_dr.kyleg and @beanstalking_pe


Name:
 Chris Faragher
Coffee Company: The Coffee Boys/Holiday Coffee Co.
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Eastern Cape Cup Tasters Competition 2019. Certified WBC Judge since 2018. Multiple head and sensory judging since 2012

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? To further stretch my capacity in the sensory side of coffee competitions.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Guatemala Finca La Hermosa. Pacamara Natural from the Acatinoga Regon. Notes: A Super Boozy coffee with a really distinct heavy fizz. Medium acidity.

To where would you travel for coffee? Réunion Island. Volcanic soil, rolling hills, The home of Bourbon Coffees, good surf and French food! Nuff said! Selfish I know.. but hey, why not?!

Follow Chris on Instagram @chrisfaragher

Name: Raymond Dzinemarira
Coffee Company: Infood Coffee Roastery
Region: Eastern Cape
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: No

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m looking forward to be the best Latte Art champion and to be a super inspirational role model to others.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Besides coffee I’m interested in helping and teaching people both spiritually and academically.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I can see the coffee industry changing in a better way in the future.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My favourite coffee moment so far was being nominated as Latte Art runner up in the Eastern Cape region.

To where would you travel for coffee? If I have to travel anywhere in the world for coffee ; i would want to go to Korea because am inspired with how they are best in their coffee latte art.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank my beloved brother Percy Chikwira for the love and support all the way from point A. I also want to thank and appreciate my beloved workmates, Earstern Cape champion barista Hilary Gwaze, Evidence Chiyeke, Livingstone Chiyaka, Shane January, to mention but a few and above all most regards to my role model two time Eastern Cape latte art champion Nigel Kamhanda.
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GAUTENG

Name: Trevor Fitz
Coffee Company: Beethoven Coffee Co
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Gauteng Barista Competition Champion 2019 & 2017, 3rd 2018. Runner Up National Barista Competition 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I am really looking forward to bringing something a little different to the table. South Africa has a lot of expertise to offer in many different industries, I’m hoping to bring some of those with other expertise into the mix to explore something that hasn’t been explored in coffee before.

What are your interests outside of coffee? My main interests outside of coffee are Sports, and experimenting in the kitchen. I really enjoy cooking and baking, I bring a lot of those flavour combinations into my competition prep as well. It’s why I love the competitions so much.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I can only see the industry in SA expanding into the future. The stats indicate that the market in growing, and that speciality coffee market is growing even quicker. I think SA is in an exciting place to be and there is lots of potential for this industry. I believe that people who stick to their guns have a chance to make it big. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for us.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? I would say winning the Gauteng Regional Championships for the second time. I was in Kenya for a corporate work trip up until prep day of the competition. I landed at the airport and drove straight to the venue to do my machine practice time at about 19:00. The next day I was on stage! I really didn’t think I could win it under the circumstances, I felt under prepared and was looking simply to place for a spot in the National Barista Championships this year. To come away with victory really showed me that I do have what it takes, and that winning at Nationals is indeed a realistic goal for me. So that’s what I’m aiming for now!

To where would you travel for coffee? Guatemala. I love the rich history that they have, stemming all the way back to the Mayan civilisation. It has also been one of my favourite coffee origins for as long as I can remember, and the farmlands look super picturesque. Would love to experience that.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank Nkulu, he was the one who actually trained me, and first convinced me to enter the barista champs. I regard him a the best trainer in the country by some distance. Jacques, he really helped me pull things together. There is always the team behind me, they have helped me prep for all my comps from the beginning: Claire, my sister and parents, and in more recent times, Branden, and Fanie and Chris from Thirdspace.

Follow Trevor on Instagram @5armfitz

Name: John Evans
Coffee Company: Asmara Coffee
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Gauteng Barista Competition 2019, Competitor 2017 & 2018. National Barista Competition Competitor 2018 & 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Reconnecting with a lot of friends from other parts of South Africa, and showcasing a coffee that I’m very excited about.

What are your interests outside of coffee? My family, CrossFit, playing the drums, and being outdoors as much as possible.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I think we’re already seeing the consumer becoming more educated about coffee, and so I think through this, we’re going to see a greater awareness around the need to drink coffee that’s sustainably sourced, because I think people are going to understand that that’s the only way we’re going to be able to do this in the long-term.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Traveling to WBC in Boston in 2019 with Harry Mole.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would really love to travel to Melbourne.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Martin Fitzgerald and Manfred Gunkel for the coffee, and the team – Harry, Matt, Tiny, Natasha and Sam from TriBeCa.

Follow John on Instagram @johnevans24


Name:
 Fanie Botes
Coffee Company: SEAM Coffee Roaster
Region: Gauteng
Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 3rd Gauteng Barista Competition, Competitor 2018.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? 
It’s exciting to compete for the honour of representing South Africa on the world stage, but I’m most looking forward to sharing some delicious coffee with some really good people.

What are your interests outside of coffee?
 I’m an avid martial artist enthusiast and I’ve been competing in Muay Thai for the last few years. I try to get to live music shows as often as I can, but mostly I end up listening to albums at home.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?
 I definitely see a shift from limited shops serving specialty, to specialty being the norm being served in hotels, restaurants and businesses, but the focus of the specialty will shift from the higher scoring, ultra rare coffees being sought after, to coffees that are not as exclusive and expensive, but are more palatable and approachable to the majority of consumers. This approach is not only what I believe to be the best approach to integrate specialty into our society, but also the most financially rewarding for industry professionals all throughout the chain, from farmers to baristas, therefore creating a more sustainable industry overall.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far?
 Being able to play a part in educating and empowering young people to lead a better life the coffee industry.

To where would you travel for coffee? I’d travel to Melbourne, Australia. Not necessarily for the coffee itself, but I’d like to experience how a cafe in a thriving coffee community operates and their approaches to service.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I’d like to thank my coach, Claire Andersen, she’s a legend and without her help I would not have made it this far and my roaster and best friend, Chris, as well as the rest of my team back at Thirdspace.

Follow Fanie on Instagram @the_slightly_emo_barista

Name: Samantha Jocelyn Naidoo
Coffee Company: TriBeCa Coffee Company
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Barista (Practice makes perfect!)
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 5th Gauteng Barista Competition 2019. Previously competed in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Nationals three times.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Sharing my experiences through coffee.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Is there anything else besides coffee?

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable about the coffee they are drinking, pushing and testing the boundaries of coffee and the barista.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Getting my tattoo (coffee beans) while sipping delicious coffee, surrounded by amazing coffee people.

To where would you travel for coffee? Nicaragua. I would to love to see the work being done on the Rajuanse Estate.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Team TriBeCa! Everyone one of them, be it one of my barista’s or a director, they are an amazing family to have support you all the way!

Follow Samantha on Instagram @sam_jo_0412
Photo Credit @l_o_t_b

Name: Thandiwe Shonhiwa
Coffee Company: Wiesenhof Absa Towers 
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 6th Gauteng Barista Competition 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals?
 As a female I look forward to setting the record straight, we run the world.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Reading novels.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see more people getting involved. I believe coffee farmers, producers, roasters and baristas are increasing all over the world.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Meeting other baristas and new people.

To where would you travel for coffee? Colombia, they have a very big coffee industry and are producing the high quality coffee.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for nationals? Coach Khule Kani and coach Wayne Brown.

Follow Thandiwe on instagram @tishashy

Name: Karel Viviers
Coffee Company: Coocoocachoo
Region: Gauteng, Johannesburg
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals? Gauteng Cup Tasters Competition Champion 2019. First time competing at Regionals in 2019 (woohoo) and hence first time competing at Nationals (woohoo x 2).

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Mostly the opportunity to compete at this level and meeting competitors from all over the country who share the same level of passion for great coffee!

What are your interests outside of coffee? I enjoy cooking and baking and one of my indulgences are well made B-grade movies. I have two young boys, and they keep my wife and I busy busy busy, hence my other interest the past few years is peace and quiet, that to date evades me unfortunately.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I believe climate change will be at the forefront of coffee development. From crop to cup I believe this will influence every step of the supply chain and associated decision making, for businesses and consumers.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? It’s not one moment but one journey, the learning journey in coffee has been so rewarding. You never stop learning and that excites me.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Japan, as a country I’m fascinated by their culture. Their coffee culture seems refined and precise yet humble, that really appeals to me.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? My team of baristas who have been very supportive and indulged my tasting exercises and other prep to date.

Follow Karel on Instagram @coocoocachoo_sa

Name: Thabang Maluleka
Coffee Company: Ciro Full Service Co.
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: National Cup Tasters Champion 2019, Gauteng Cup Tasters Champion 2018, Runner Up 2019, 2017. World Cup Tasters Championship Competitor 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? 
Coffee competitions serve as an educational guide to me, I am looking forward to seeing what is new in the industry, to where the industry is heading as well as new opportunities that are arising with the growing coffee scene.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I host music events, I am involved in several agricultural projects and I would like to go more into helping disadvantaged people in 2020 as a personal social development obligation.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? As more and more people get coffee education I think more opportunities will be created for coffee professionals to grow. The growth of the industry will also ensure that we become more competitive on a global scale.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? I have a few but winning the 2019 Nationals has to be the biggest favourite moment.

To where would you travel for coffee? Ethiopia, I love Ethiopian varieties and that is where the coffee legend originates after all.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank my mom Doris Maluleka for believing in me, even though she doesn’t really understand what I do she always supports my cause. My girlfriend Michelle Kange is always supportive and celebrates my achievements as her own and that keeps me motivated and hungry.

Follow Thabang on Instagram @klaainbaas_coffee_student

Name: Nicodemus Nabakwe
Coffee Company: Sevenoaks Trading
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 2013: National Barista Championship Finalist and came fifth overall. Runner Up KZN Barista Championship. Fourth Gauteng Cup Tasters Championship.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Have as much fun and probably winning.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Being a soccer coach, Panorama F.C.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? With the growing number of consumers and product knowledge awareness, the industry is shaping up to the international standard. We should be expectant of better things to come.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Sharing my knowledge with other industry professionals.

To where would you travel for coffee? Colombia, they have invested heavily in coffee science and their washed Arabicas are amongst the best in the world. Their farmers’ passion for green coffee processing is amazing.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? My colleague Thoriso.

Follow Nicodemus on Instagram @nicodemus_nabakwe

Name: Elizabeth Gumbo
Coffee Company: Seattle Coffee Co.
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: It was my first time competing in the regionals and I am looking forward to completing in the national’s for the first time.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I am so excited because I will be learning as well, this is a very good opportunity to see what other baristas are doing all over South Africa and hopefully share ideas.

What are your interests outside of coffee? In my free time I enjoy watching movies and TV shows, I enjoy going out on adventures, hanging out with my friends and swimming.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? Coffee was once a little-known delicacy used to aid religious rituals; we actually drink coffee to wake up…

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like thank Seattle Coffee Co for the lively support that they have given me, it’s an honour to have lovely colleagues who encourage you to do better, we make our coffee with love because we are love.

Name: Sibusiso Ndzuzo
Coffee Company: TriBeCa Coffee Company
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Gauteng Latte Art Competition 2019.
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KWAZULU-NATAL


Name:
 Kgune Dlamini
Coffee Company: Lineage Coffee
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: I came 6th at Barista Nationals 2019 and I was crowned KZN Barista Champ later in the same year.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? First and foremost to have fun. And then of course to learn anew. That’s the daily mantra.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I am a writer and a Performance Poet.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? A tangible passion and an empowering in terms of information pertaining Coffee.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? The people, to me coffee is People!

To where would you travel for coffee? I have never travelled much, however I would love to visit Australia. I have heard the Coffee culture there is quite huge.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? The Lineage Team and my customers at large.

Follow Kgune on Instagram handle @kgunezamodlamini

Name: Fikile (Aka Fiks) Khuzwayo
Coffee Company: MRP Foundation
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up KZN Barista Competition 2019. Hard work pays off and the most amazing thing is to believe in yourself so that you will do the best. It was my first time in 2016 to be a part of Nationals my aim was to learn a lot.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? To challenge myself and giving myself more exposure in the field of coffee.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Mentoring the young people to guard and assist them in life coaching by using my experience to help another person. I also love cooking and baking.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? Seeing more ladies having a similar interest in the coffee industry and succeeding in this industry too.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Double Americano.

To where would you travel for coffee? Rwanda. To get more of an understanding and feeling for coffee. The most of all meeting the women out there who play such a good role at the coffee farms. It will be an honour to learn more from them. #WomenInCoffee #3AfricanSisters

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Oooh Yes. The MRP Foundation Team, Laura, the Lineage team and Wency Masawi.

Follow Fikile on Instagram @fikile_fiks

Name: Bruce Manning
Coffee Company: Brustar Coffee
Region: KwaZulu-Natal
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Ten years competing. KZN Barista Competition Champion and Runner Up. National Barista finalist in 5 years of competing and Cup Tasters finalist 3 years of competing.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Finally winning it!

What are your interests outside of coffee? Writing stand-up comedy and watching edgy comedic shows.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? As much as the coffee industry wants to evolve, the cafe patrons understandably aren’t likely to… and if we subscribe to the ‘customer is king’ philosophy then we’re going back to darker roast profiles ‎with robusta as a blend and wholesale coffee under R200/kg. And that’s how I’m positioned for the future if I want to stay economically relevant.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Panamanian Geisha lactic fermentation I had at Nationals last year.

To where would you travel for coffee? Antonio Beotegui of Finca Castanos ‎is a farmer on the Canary Islands with the micro-climate most suited to growing premium coffees. He runs a farm, cafe and education centre.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Nicodemus Nabakwe of Sevenoaks ‎for roasting and sharing insights of both practice and competition coffees.

Name: Wency Masawi
Coffee Company: Tanaka Coffee / African Roots
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: KZN Cup Tasters Competition Champion 2016 & 2019. Runner Up National Cup Tasters Competition 2017. Top 6 KZN Barista Competition competitor 2013-2017.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Winning it and of course getting to share a cupping table with the best coffee addicts in the country.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Soccer and hanging out with friends and family.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? It’s already started, the best part consumers are getting knowledgeable day by day, that also pushes the whole chain to raise the bar.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Being an AST (SCA) and winning the KZN Cup Tasting title again.

To where would you travel for coffee? Burundi Naturals. I have always enjoyed the versatile nature of its cupping possibilities.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Jonsson Workwear depot online comfortable apparels I get to wear it at all the time. Both Tanaka Coffee and the African Roots teams.

Follow Wency on Instagram @wencymasawi

Name: Themba Ndlovu
Coffee Company: VDP Distributors
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up KZN Cup Tasters Competition 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? To learn more about coffee and the experience and meeting all the amazing coffee people from around the country.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Music. I have a few of my own tracks published.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? By spreading more in to the townships and giving opportunities to the needy to change their lives.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Qualifying for nationals.

To where would you travel for coffee? Ethiopia or Tanzania. They play a huge role in the coffee industry and have some of my favourite African origins.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Chris Rootman for pushing me to compete and William Steyn for always motivating. And Warren Broad for introducing me to the coffee industry…

Follow Themba on Instagram Instagram @money_manyora

Name: Ndumiso Ngcobo
Coffee Company: Fabrica Coffee Shop
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Latte Art.
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: KZN Latte Art Competition Champion 2019.
Follow Ndumiso on Instagram @ndumeyanindumiso

Name: Jeff Stopforth
Coffee Company: Beaver Creek
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Latte Art. Respect the rules, judges and other competitors.
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: KZN Latte Art Competition Champion 2016, Runner Up 2019. Competed at Nationals 2017.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Learning from some of the best coffee professionals in SA and becoming more recognized in the industry.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Music, hiking and surfing.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? The industry will grow as there are more cafes and roasteries starting up and potentially coffee farms in some parts of South Africa which are ideal for farming coffee.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Winning a competition.

To where would you travel for coffee? I would like to go to Poland for the World Latte Art Championship.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank Beaver Creek Coffee for helping me take part in the competitions.

Follow Jeff on Instagram @jeffstopforth
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WESTERN CAPE

Name: Winston Thomas
Coffee Company: Winston Douglas Coffee
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: National Barista Competition Champion 2017 & 2018. Africa Barista Champion 2019. Western Cape Barista Competition Champion 2017, 2018 & 2020, Runner Up 2016. 8th National Barista Competition 2016. World Barista Championship Competitor 2017 & 2018.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m happy to be back after taking a year off in 2019. The standard has been raised in a big way so I am looking forward to sharing stage with all the other amazing competitors and seeing what they have to present.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, a bit of running an social football.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I would like to see some progression in the coffee value stream where roasters in South Africa are able to purchase specialty coffee from more local importers and / or buying directly instead of having to import from European / US importers. I do also understand that this is easier said than done. But I belief that this would also open up more career opportunities for young coffee professionals in South Africa.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? It’s very hard to limit my favourites moments to one. More recently I really enjoyed seeing Ndumiso Qolintaba grow and make it to the top 6 in the Western Cape Barista Regionals and qualify for Nationals. I’ve known him for a long time and to see him achieve one of his life long goals was amazing. On top of that by pure chance the owner of the washing station (I speak under correction, it might have been the owner of the farm but I’m not too sure) who happened to be in Cape Town during the time of comp showed up during his finals performance after hearing that a barista was using his coffee.

To where would you travel for coffee? At the moment I would really like to go back to Rwanda and visit farms. I have been there before but did not get a chance to visit any farms. But if Nationals goes according to plan that might be come a reality 🙂 I would also like to visit some friends who own a cafe and roastery in a surf town in the Philippines – El Union.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Firstly all thanks to God, who has guided me in the last few years through success and failure. I’m not sure what he has in store for me at Nationals but I’ll continue to follow his lead. There are a lot more people I could thank but my first in command who has walked a long journey with me through out competition is Mr Khan Chang from Uncle Bear Coffee!

Follow Winston on Instagram @winston_douglas & @winstondouglascoffee
Photo Credit Lee Henriques

Name: Neil Gouws
Coffee Company: Origin Coffee Roasting
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up National Barista Competition 2018, 3rd 2019. Runner Up Western Cape Barista Competition 2019 & 2018, 3rd 2017.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I always love getting the chance to see coffee friends I don’t get to spend time with very often. The challenge of the competition is always exciting.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I love being outdoors, fishing, camping, hiking and cooking.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see a bigger move to traceability. This is already happening bit I see traceability as being a key factor to ensuring every one in the value chain of coffee getting paid what they deserve.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Competing at Nationals last year in Ballito was a great experience. I had an amazing coffee, a lot of support and I had the most fun I’ve ever had on stage. It was an experience I won’t forget

To where would you travel for coffee? Who wouldn’t go to Ethiopia? It’s the birthplace of coffee and seeing wild coffee would be amazing. Plus the coffee is fantastic.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? As always my wife is key to my preparation, she is my coach, psychologist, backstage assistant. I owe a lot to her. When you watch competition you only see the competitors, but there’s a huge amount of people and effort that goes unseen. I would also like to acknowledge the team that has helped source my coffee, Origin for the funding and support and everyone who has and still will taste my coffee and offer feedback.

Follow Neil on Instagram @neilgouws

Name: Simnikiwe Mkhize
Coffee Company: Rosetta Roastery
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Western Cape Barista Competition Champion 2018, 4th 2019. KZN Barista Competition Champion 2017.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I look forward to experiencing what the other fellow baristas have been to and learning about their coffees. Oh since it’s during the Hospitality expo, experiencing the expo.

What are your interests outside of coffee? I enjoy going to the movies, anything goes. I started knitting and stopped but I started again. I will have a cool beanie by winter!!

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? I see it as being more.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Oh my, I really enjoy a Nicaraguan that Rosetta launched recently. But I may not use it for nationals. I have other plans for the main show. *Wink*

To where would you travel for coffee? San Francisco. I want to visit Saint Frank’s. I just love it.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I want to thank my pushers that push *queue inside laughs*. That will be the Rosetta Roastery team, I’m a bit much during the prep period but they keep me afloat. I truly appreciate you guys. My family, my aunt who I live with, keeps me feed. My built-in best friend, my sister, always cheering on. My mother, she has no clue what I’m doing but she says, ” people like it, keep going.” My unofficial big brother always looking out for me and checking up on me. I appreciate you Malumz!

Follow Simnikiwe on Instagram @iamsimplicity

Name: Ndumiso Qolintaba
Coffee Company: Vineyard Hotel
Region: Western Cape, Cape Town
Competition Discipline: Barista (Professionalism. Respect for the industry.)
Previous Experience at regionals and Nationals: Finished fifth in the Western Cape Regional Coffee Competition in 2019. It was a great experience at the regional competition, really enjoyed myself had fun and learned a lot and the response was overwhelming from the judges and the people at the competition.

What are you most looking forward to competing at nationals? Competing with my fellow Baristas from different regions it makes me excited to showcase my skills to the bigger stage for the first time it a dream come true.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Music and sport but I still think coffee is my calling.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? For me personally I think if there can be workshops held for baristas and everyone in the coffee industry it could contribute in growing the baristas and open opportunities for them to be educated about the industry at large.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Competing at the Western Cape Regional Barista Championship and competing with my coach Winston Thomas, has been the highlight as it is important in my career.

To where would you travel for coffee? Coffee farms in Africa, Burundi, Bujumbura to be specific. Presented their coffee at the previous competition (Western Cape Regionals) and want to learn and experience the farm.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would like to thank everyone at the Vineyard Hotel, Warren at Quaffee and Winston Thomas for his contribution.

Follow Ndumiso on Instagram at @ndumisojames

Name: Tess Schmidt
Coffee Company: Sevenoaks Trading (Pty) Ltd
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Western Cape Cup Tasters Competition Champion 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? Meeting with all the coffee personalities and not only representing my province but also my company.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Gardening, Cooking, Capturing moments on camera, Entertaining family and friends.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? The demand for premium coffees will increase and roasters will collaborate more.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? Participating in the Cup Tasters competition and making my family and colleagues proud.

To where would you travel for coffee? Rwanda. Totally influenced but the wonderful experiences of others I have eavesdropped on. I also want to see this beautiful country with its hospitable people that produce stunning coffee.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? Unfortunately I cannot single out one person. I would have to mention two. Carol Corlett who employed me and flung open the doors to the coffee world and said “Enjoy!” and I have done just that. Mike McDonald who is our Q-Grader in Cape Town for making umpteen cups of coffee and spending so much time discussing each aspect of the cup.

Follow Tess on Instagram @tessandcoffee

Name: Leigh Wentzel
Coffee Company: Rosetta Roastery
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Cup Tasters 
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: 
Runner Up Western Cape Cup Tasters Competition 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with coffee enthusiasts and learning as much as I can.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Eating good food is one of my other interests, constantly hunting down restaurants that are making a difference.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? 
Our industry is still young but constantly progressing. There are way more roasteries and cafes that are striving for excellence and are a little more knowledgeable about what specialty coffee is and can be. Sustainability and traceability has become one of our main focus and will definitely be more prominent in the future.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? 
My favourite coffee moment is being able to taste coffee from all over the world and to share that experience with others.

To where would you travel for coffee? Norway Oslo mainly because of their passion for coffee and their application to the craft.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? 
I would like to thank Rosetta Roastery as a whole for building and moulding me into the coffee professional I am now.

Follow Leigh on Instagram @leigh_wentzel
Photo Credit: Justin Groep

Name: Christopher Abrahams
Coffee Company: Ciro Full Service Beverage Company
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: National Latte Art Competition Champion 2019 & 2018, Runner Up 2017. Western Cape Latte Art Competition Champion 2017-2019, Runner Up 2016, 3rd 2015. 4th Western Cape Barista Competition 2017. World Latte Art Championship Competitor 2018 & 2019.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m really looking forward to seeing new talent that exists in latte art in South Africa. It is always great to see new baristas and for us all to learn from one another. It is also a good time to get to see friends that work within the coffee industry.

What are your interests outside of coffee? Well…I enjoy spending time with family, when I get the chance. I also enjoy traveling. I enjoy learning about new cultures, although this doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future? Well…the industry has changed so much already! It has developed so much over a short space of time. The coffee industry has had a positive impact on unemployment in South Africa, by providing job opportunities and has created passion among individuals within the industry. I definitely see the coffee in the industry improving, knowing that consumers are slowly but surely becoming more educated about coffee, allowing them to identify the difference between commodity and speciality coffee. After all, I believe that the goal is to improve the quality of coffee within South Africa and at the same time, to be profitable for coffee companies. This isn’t easy, but more coffee companies have already adapted by investing in better equipment and tools in order to maintain consistency and to improve the overall standard of coffee served within the industry. Technology has had a tremendously positive impact on the industry and continues to do so, with the goal of improving consistency, efficiency and productivity.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My favourite coffee moment was last year when I represented South Africa at the World Latte Art Championship 2019. I managed to score 329.5 points…only 26.5 points away from making it to the semi-finals. I was truly amazed and felt blessed. This has become a driving force within me…it has motivated me to work harder and to improve where I can.

To where would you travel for coffee? I’d love to travel to Asia so that I can learn more about latte art and hopefully improve my latte art skills by adapting new latte art techniques, as well as skill.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I’d like to thank Ciro Full Service Beverage Company for allowing me to compete in the SCASA competitions. The company has been a great support and has allowed me to practice after hours. I’d also like to thank Johan Grobbelaar, Lani Snyman, Lizaan Alberts and Bakhe Mapasa for keeping me motivated and for always believing in my ability to pour latte art well. Lastly, I’d like to thank my wife, Shannon, for always supporting me where possible and for assessing my latte art in the most analytical way possible.

Follow Christopher on Instagram @The_Caffeine_Guy

Name: Bakhe Mapasa
Coffee Company: Ciro Full Service Beverage Company
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Runner Up Western Cape Latte Art Competition 2019, Competitor 2018.

What are you most looking forward to competing at Nationals? I’m looking forward to learn from other coffee lovers in South Africa and also try to improve my Latte Art skills.

What are your interests outside of coffee? My interest outside coffee will be sport, especially football.

What has been your favourite coffee moment so far? My coffee moments will be the day the champ (Christopher Abrahams) made it to Worlds in 2018.

To where would you travel for coffee? Asia because I personally think that it is one of the places where Latte Art is taken seriously.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for Nationals? I would firstly like to thank the Ciro team for making me the person that I am because I think I wouldn’t have been this far without their support, guidance and not forgetting their motivation. I also would like to thank Mr Christopher Abrahams for training me and pushing me to become the best in the world and not forgetting to thank the SCASA Organisation and the judges for making this competition possible.

Follow Bakhe on Instagram @Bakhe4023
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WILD CARD ENTRIES

Name: Karabo Motla
Coffee Company: Tsogo Sun
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Third Ciro Deaf Barista Competition 2019. KZN Latte Art Competition Competition 2019.
Follow Karabo on Instagram @karabo_kb_motla_jw

Name: Olwethu Silo
Coffee Company:
 Rosetta Roastery
Region: Western Cape
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Western Cape Barista Competition Competitor 2019.
Follow Olwethu on Instagram @pray4osilo

Name: Jason Nkosi
Coffee Company:
 Lineage Coffee
Region: KZN
Competition Discipline: Barista
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: KZN Competition Competitor 2019.
Follow Olwethu on Instagram @jasonmfanafuthinkosi

Name: Jonathan le Roux
Coffee Company:
 Cupocafe Coffee Bar
Region: Gauteng
Competition Discipline: Latte Art
Previous Experience at Regionals and Nationals: Gauteng Latte Art Competition Competitor 2019.
Follow Olwethu on Instagram @jonoglr