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    by Published on 02-03-13 02:33  Number of Views: 1893

    La Marzocco and Allegra Events Ltd. are thrilled to announce the full line-up for the True Artisan Café, a collaborative pop-up coffee shop taking place at The London Coffee Festival between 25-28 April 2013.

    For four days only the True Artisan Café will bring together baristas from some of the UK’s most inspired independent coffee shops and roasters to serve visitors bespoke coffee creations.

    Returning favourites include East London coffee-shop-come-cocktail-bar Shoreditch Grind, legendary Caravan (who have just opened their second café-roaster concept in Kings Cross) and antipodean coffee specialists Allpress Espresso.

    New additions to the line-up are Square Mile, co-founded by former World Barista Champion James Hoffman; leading West Midlands roaster Has Bean Coffee and coffee-cycling enthusiasts Rapha Cycle Club.

    Visitors will be invited to meet London’s best baristas, sample bespoke coffees and cocktails, listen to live DJs and learn how to make professional coffee.

    Last year saw all baristas taking part go the extra mile to create special drinks for the visitors of The London Coffee Festival. From ‘Café Corretto’, a double Blawan espresso with a dash of amaretto served in mini cortado size to ‘The Layer Cake Martini’, which took first place in the UK and runner-up in the World ‘Coffee in Good Spirits 2010’ competition.

    Other featured speciality drinks were the elegantly named ‘Plum’ using Has Bean coffee, enhanced with a plum reduction and served in a shot glass; ‘Popcorn Coffee’, made from Araku coffee, with the addition of popcorn-infused milk, homemade caramel and a pinch of salt and an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe espresso from the Tumticha cooperative served as single shot of espresso combined with an ice cube infused with Earl Grey tea and honey.

    Baristas from 33 different coffee shops and roasteries have been selected to take over the True Artisan Café on La Marzoccos festival stand, for a three hour slot each. The complete line-up can be found online at

    The True Artisan Café will be raising money for Project Waterfall, the clean water initiative delivering clean water projects in African coffee-producing countries, by asking all visitors to make a donation to the charity rather than buying their drink.
    by Published on 17-02-13 08:05  Number of Views: 997 

    SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the running order for Regional Heat 3 hosted by Butterworth & Son at
    The Apex – 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD – on 05/06 March 2013
    Visitor entry is free - but please bring along coins for donation to our chosen charity Coffee Kids
    Follow this event on Twitter @scaeuk @butterworthsuk or @ukbc and via the hashtags #ukbcht3 and #ukbc2013

    The 2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 3 Entrants are

    05-Mar 1010 Yann Chalmers
    05-Mar 1035 Dhan Bahadur Tamang
    05-Mar 1100 Mario Kassa
    05-Mar 1125 Magda Grzelka
    05-Mar 1150 Sandra Ebassa Ongbiteke
    05-Mar 1215 Tomas Bruckus
    05-Mar 1240 Davide Pastorino
    05-Mar 1305 Guillaume Le Coz
    05-Mar 1355 Alex Sargeant
    05-Mar 1420 Jarunee Thanasawasdeechaiyakul
    05-Mar 1445 James Franklin
    05-Mar 1510 Marta Twardygrosz
    05-Mar 1535 Estelle Bright
    05-Mar 1600 David Caple
    05-Mar 1625 Ash Bookluck
    06-Mar 1010 Mark Pooley
    06-Mar 1035 Alessandro Bonuzzi
    06-Mar 1100 Ben Cox
    06-Mar 1125 Laura Holmes
    06-Mar 1150 Edita Chordacevic
    06-Mar 1215 John Gordon
    06-Mar 1240 Barry Cook
    06-Mar 1305 Norman Ciemala
    06-Mar 1355 Nerijus Latakas
    06-Mar 1420 Will Corby
    06-Mar 1445 Benjemyn Deyn

    Times are subject to change at short notice. Please get there early to support your local barista!
    Volunteer positions are available by registering on
    by Published on 16-02-13 04:04  Number of Views: 614 

    SCAE UK Chapter and UK Coffee Events are pleased to announce the results for Regional Heat 2 hosted by Pumphreys Coffee at Life Science Centre - Newcastle

    On Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February, 24 baristas from across the UK competed over 2 days in front of a good crowd.

    Newcastle upon Tyne based barista Joe Meagher from Flat Caps Coffee scooped 3 awards; Best Signature Drink, Best Cappuccino and Overall Winner of 2013 UK Barista Championships Regional Heat 2.

    Steve Dyson from Spring Espresso in York - a 4th time UKBC entrant - took second place just ahead of fellow York barista Nicola Peacock from The Perky Peacock.

    Nicola also picked up the award for Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer at this heat.
    The ‘Union Hand-Roasted Coffee Best Newcomer’ will be announced at the London finals of the 2013 UK Barista Championships.

    Union Hand-Roasted barista trainer Chris Walton (@espressochris) received the award for Best Espresso.

    The Top 20 leaderboard has been updated on to reflect the results from this regional heat.

    Congratulations to all baristas who took part and thank you to all volunteers, judges and the Sanremo UK road crew for helping to stage this successful event.

    Regional Heat 3 is set to be hosted by Bury St Edmunds based coffee roasters Butterworth & Son and will take place at the apex – Bury St Edmunds – on 05/06 March.

    Andrew Tucker – Managing Director of Sanremo UK said ahead of Heat 3: “It's great to be working alongside enthusiastic hosts like Butterworth & Son. The effort and professionalism they are approaching this event with is exciting. The venue (the apex in Bury St Edmunds) is fantastic and Rob is so tuned into the buzz around the UKBC. This is undoubtedly going to be one of the real highlights of this year's competition.”

    For further information and news updates visit or follow us on Twitter @scaeuk or @ukbc
    by Published on 16-02-13 04:01  Number of Views: 1183 

    Expowest Westcountry Exhibition – owned and run by Hale Events Ltd was the host of Regional Heat 1 of the 2013 UK Barista Championships.

    9 baristas competed in this Exeter based heat, with 8 being awarded points towards the rolling Top 20 leaderboard published on

    Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (Colonna & Smalls – Bath) UKBC 2012 winner and 6th placeholder at the 2012 World Barista Championships - carried his form to take top honours and win this heat with 588.5 out of a possible 840 being awarded.

    Not far behind was 2007 UK Barista Champion Hugo Hercod (Relish – Wadebridge (Cornwall))

    2010 / 2011 UK Barista Champion John Gordon (Square Mile Coffee Roasters – London) is competing in Regional Heat 3 taking place at Bury St Edmunds, making this the first time 3 previous UKBC winners have competed in the same year.

    Andrew Tucker, Managing Director of Sanremo UK (Official Machine sponsor of the UK Barista Championships) said: “This year's competition is off to a really exciting start. With two previous champions competing in the first heat, the bar has been set high for others. Interestingly, we have noticed that some competitors have left the portafilters out of the machines for a prolonged period. The Sanremo Verona TCS ensures the temperature control is the most stable it has ever been in this contest, so it suggests a tactical move by some baristas to lower the temperature intentionally to work with their competition coffee. It hints that this may be the most competitive UKBC yet.”

    Photographers Ben Tyler ( and Laurent Rickling ( were on hand to capture the action and their photographs can be seen on the SCAE UK Chapter Flickr stream

    The regional heats are being held in Exeter, Newcastle, Bury St Edmunds and Chester. The top scoring baristas from the regional heats will go through to the finals, which will be held at The London Coffee Festival (25th – 28th April 2013). One of them will be crowned 2013 UK Barista Champion and go on to compete in the World Barista Championship in Melbourne, Australia (23rd – 26th May 2013).

    For further information and news updates visit or follow us on Twitter @scaeuk or @ukbc
    by Published on 14-02-13 11:16  Number of Views: 907 

    Remember Send me to Vienna?
    This year, our hometown takes centre-stage!
    Finally, weʼre sending someone down under to Melbourne.

    Send Me to Melbourne 2013 is the international competition for coffee lovers around the world.
    Brought to you exclusively by Natvia – the all natural, low calorie sweetener crafted especially for coffee.

    Once again, we bring together coffee fanatics from around the globe to express their love, obsession, dedication and passion for coffee. Not to mention, winning the top prize of a trip to Melbourne for the 2013 World Barista Championship!
    For all of you whoʼve ear-bashed us about last yearʼs challenges…They were a pain in the brain, we get it! So, we’ve stripped it all the way back!

    This year, all you have to do is to make a profile and then promote the heck out of it.
    Yes, it is a straight on popularity contest.

    One man. One vote. And thanks to women’s suffrage, the fairer sex can vote too!
    Woo hoo!! Now that’s what I call Modernity and it can’t be stopped! Most votes, wins.
    Yes, we want to see shameless self-promotion! Get your friends, family, colleagues and customers to vote for you online!

    So, get on the Send me Melbourne bandwagon and send yourself Down Under to walk Melbourne’s laid-back lane ways and frolick with kangaroos!

    The winner will receive:

    • Return Flights to Melbourne inclusive of Accommodation from the 22nd-27th May 2013
    • VIP Access to the Natvia Skybox lounge
    • VIP Pass to the Sweet Fantasy Party
    • Invitation to the Roasted Conversation Dinner

    Dates to mark in your calendar:

    • Send Me To Melbourne Launch – 13th Feb 2013.
    • Voting starts – NOW!
    • End of Competition – Thursday 25th April 2013 at 11:59 pm AEST time
    • Winner Announced – Friday 26th April 2013
    • World Barista Championships – 23rd-26th May 2013

    To enter, go to

    Natvia is the Official Sweetener for the UK Barista Championships
    by Published on 20-01-13 02:28  Number of Views: 1613 
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    by Published on 17-12-12 06:10  Number of Views: 940 

    [h=The UK Barista Championships are set to take place nationwide, kicking off in Exeter on 6th February culminating in finals at the London Coffee Festival 25th – 28th April 2012, welcoming both trade and consumer coffee enthusiasts]3[/h]
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    Following last year’s success, artisan coffee experts, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, are set to start their search for a ‘rising star’ barista 2013. The ‘Union Hand-Roasted Coffee Best Newcomer’ will be announced at the London finals of the UK Barista Championships 2013, a competition that celebrates outstanding coffee crafted by the UK’s finest baristas. Union will once again be the Roasted Coffee sponsor and run the Union Brew Bar [#unionbrewbar] which will tour with the competition across the nation showcasing their finest coffees, exciting trade and consumer coffee enthusiasts.

    Earlier this year the 2012 inaugural ‘Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer’ award was presented to James Bailey who works at Prufrock Coffee, based in the City of London. James also went on to win second place in the overall competition, twelve points behind winner Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood. James took home the award for Best Espresso and Best Signature Drink too, and then went on to win the ‘Brewers’ Cup’ at the London Coffee Festival. James was one of 10 newcomers to the competition last year who made it to the semi-finals.

    The highlight of James’ ‘Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer’ prize will be an Origin Trip to visit the smallholder coffee farmers in Rwanda, with Union Founders Jeremy Torz and Steven Macatonia, from whom they source their high quality speciality Arabica coffee. The 2013 Union Hand-Roasted Coffee Best Newcomer prize will also feature a trip to origin for the winner.

    The UK Barista Championship 2013 competition will kick off with regional heats from 6th February in Exeter, culminating in finals at the London Coffee Festival 25th – 28th April 2012 to a crowd of coffee enthusiasts. Judges will once again be scrutinising the competitor’s attention to detail, sensory descriptors and technical precision and creative flare in the coffee world.

    Union Hand-Roasted Coffee Co-Founder, Jeremy Torz, commented: ‘We are delighted to be taking part in the UK Barista Championships again this year. We are striving to help raise the coffee standards in this country and feel passionate that great tasting coffee is a combination of nature, nurture, intuition and skill. ‘What better person to be able to help the coffee drinking consumer understand more about their daily brew, and better recognise quality coffee than the barista serving them every morning.’

    Steven Macatonia continues: ‘The Union Hand-Roasted Coffee Best Newcomer’ Award was born out of a desire to support rising stars in the industry. We wanted the competition to appeal to upcoming baristas who might otherwise have had little chance of scoring as well as more seasoned competitors, and have been put off entering.

    Glenn Watson of UK Coffee Events, organisers of the UK Barista Championships, said: ‘The introduction of the Union Hand-Roasted Best Newcomer category in 2012 was well received, and created a lot of buzz in the barista community.’
    ‘The opportunity to win a trip to origin is an extra incentive to enter the UK Barista Championships. We would love to see as many newcomers this year as last. So far nearly 50% of entrants are newcomers so competition will be fierce!’.

    To enter this year’s ‘Union Hand-Roasted Coffee Best Newcomer’ as part of the main championships visit:

    More about the UK Barista Championship Competition

    The competition is a nationwide search to find the most talented and passionate barista scoring them across a total of 12 drinks to be served in 15 minutes. Four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four espresso based signature drinks are the requirements for competitors.

    About Union Hand-Roasted

    Union Hand-Roasted Coffee is dedicated to the joy of high quality speciality Arabica coffee. London-based, founders Jeremy Torz and Steven Macatonia source their coffee direct from small holder farmers across the world and roast coffee each day in small batches in order to display the fullest expression of flavour and aroma.

    Union Hand-Roasted Coffee turn the coffee farmers they work with all across the world into friends. What they call Union Direct Trade is Jeremy and Steven’s tried and tested model for ethical buying. By sourcing their coffee direct from the grower and paying more than Fairtrade price, they develop long term relationships and help promote sustainable livelihoods for the farmers. This directly benefits Union coffee drinkers as it ensures the highest quality coffee and complete price transparency.
    Union Hand-Roasted Coffee is available to purchase online where you can browse a diverse range of coffees:
    Published on 09-12-12 05:18  Number of Views: 902 

    Coffee Omega is a leading supplier in the catering trade covering the UK nationwide.

    We are looking for a positive thinking, enthusiastic, energetic, charismatic, and happy, sales person to join our business in the “hospitality world”, to sell equipment and services.

    The responsibilities of the role include:

    • Account management
    • Dealing with day to day requests from existing customers and new enquiries for a range of catering equipment
    • Generating new customers in order to keep driving the business forward
    • Exploring new areas for potential sales
    • Bringing in new distributors and buyers nationwide

    The successful candidate will be provided with a full equipment training, literature, leads, etc

    With basic salary and commission the expected package can easily achieve £35k and upwards.

    For more info:
    call: 0843 289 6422

    Closing Date: 31.12.12

    Start Date: First week of January 2013
    by Published on 26-11-12 03:06  Number of Views: 690 

    Brand new and exclusive, the rijo42 Barista Spirit, A state-of the art 3 group traditional espresso machine with AutoSteam feature.

    The Barista Spirit is a bit of a looker; aluminium frame with pearl finish and stainless steel details however, it’s the Barista Sprit’s unique transparent styling that sets it apart from all other traditional machines currently on the market. The clear side and back panels allow you to see the internal elements of the machine with the illuminated side and control panels providing a contemporary feel.

    The Barista Spirit is equipped with three brew groups each with direct pre-infusion chamber. Four different programmable coffee doses and automatic back flush per group. The machine has an advanced sensor system for exact brewing temperature, allowing you to adjust the temperature for each brew group. Maximum precision temperature is achieved using PID technology. The result is a perfect espresso that reveals the unique character of your favourite rijo42 coffee blend.

    The Barista Spirit boasts three steam wands, two manual wands and one AutoSteam wand for automatic, hands-free frothing of large volumes of milk. The AutoSteam wand heats and froths milk to the correct temperature and consistency by full automation. Simply pour chilled milk into a jug, place under the AutoSteam wand, press a button, walk away and return to perfect microfoamed milk. The AutoSteam function is perfect when you need to attend to other tasks, you can serve other customers whilst the milk is prepared automatically. All steam wands are heat insulated therefore not hot to the touch after use. The machine is also equipped with two automatic hot water taps, providing the facility to make tea.

    Other features include a 17.5 litre capacity robust auto fill copper boiler with group heat exchangers. Digital boiler temperature control and display, built-in volumetric motor pump, digital brew time control. The machine is also equipped with a dispensed coffee memory setting providing diagnostics for stock and takings reconciliation.

    All in all the Barista Spirit is a high concept, high volume, traditional espresso machine that not only looks the part but also provides exceptional functionality.

    For more information on commercial coffee machines please visit
    by Published on 17-11-12 06:18  Number of Views: 615 

    UK Coffee Events is pleased to announce Pumphrey’s Coffee as the host for Regional Heat 2 of the 2013 UK Barista Championships.

    Following a successful regional heat in 2012, the dates have been set for 15th – 16th February 2013, at Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne,Tyne&Wear,NE1 4EP.

    Roaster, Trainer and Head Barista at Pumphrey’s Coffee, Stuart Lee Archer said “We at Pumphrey’s Coffee are once again proud to host the regional UKBC heat. We developed such a buzz last year that the regional standard of coffee quality and service dramatically improved. We can’t wait to see what happens after this year’s event.“

    Pumphrey’s Coffee has 3 Sanremo Verona TCS competition spec machines and invites local baristas entering the UK Barista Championships to contact them to arrange practice times.

    Registration for 2013 UK Barista Championship competitors will be managed online this year. Entry has been set at £25 and registration will be via a link placed on

    Lynsey Harley, SCAE UK National Coordinator said “We are pleased that Pumphrey’s has stepped forward to host a regional heat as we received brilliant feedback from all competitors and visitors to their heat last year. The North East region is producing some great baristas and they’re actively helping make coffee accessible to the public.“

    The top scoring baristas from the regional heats will go through to the finals, which will be held at The London Coffee Festival (25th – 28th April 2013), and one of them will be crowned UK Barista Champion 2013 and go on to compete in the World Barista Championship in Melbourne, Australia (23rd – 26th May 2013).

    Judges Training and Calibration is scheduled to take place at Masteroast in Peterborough- 7th – 8th January 2013. Anyone wishing to certify as a UK Coffee Events Judge is invited to register their interest by emailing Jamie Banwell

    Follow @scaeuk or @ukbc and @PumphreysCoffee on Twitter and search for information using the hashtag #ukceheat2

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