July 21, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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WE NEED YOU!

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Dublin Tea and Coffee Festival needs volunteers for competitions. It’s a great chance to get involved with SCAE Ireland and meet everyone involved in the show. See http://www.dublincoffeefestival.com/volunteer.html for more details.

May 16, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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SCAE Ireland AGM 2014

SCAE Ireland will be holding our Annual AGM on Thursday 19th June at 10am in the Fitzwilliam Hotel St Stephens Green, Dublin 2.

All members are welcome to attend. We would be grateful if you could R.S.V.P. so we can have some idea of numbers and space required.

Please see the agenda below.

 

1. Review of 2013 AGM Minutes and matters arising.

2. Chairman Report

3. Financial Report

4. Education Report

5. Competitions Report

6. Judges Committee Report

7. Election of Officers

8. Dublin Coffee Festival Update

9. A.O.B.

May 7, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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The Irish Brewers Cup Judges 2014

Vinicius Arruda

Vinicius Arruda is a well known and respected name within the Irish barista community.
Vini has been involved with the Speciality Coffee Assocation of Europe (SCAE) for a number of years, being one of the first to complete the Diploma in Coffee in 2012 and has held, since last year, the chair of SCAE Ireland Education committee.
Vini then went on to become an SCAE Authorised Trainer (AST) and in 2013 completed the Coffee Quality Institute’s Q-grader program – a highly specialised course in refined sensory skills. In doing so he became the first and only Q Grader in Ireland.
Vini is the head barista trainer for speciality coffee roaster Badger & Dodo Boutique Coffee Roasters.
Vini has also been serving coffee as head barista for Cabinteely’s ubercool Urbun cafe for many years now.

Anita Nagy-Bertok

Anita has been an Area Trainer for Matthew Algie since 2007. In addition to running coffee schools and customer training programmes in Ireland, Anita coaches staff and customers for barista competitions. She runs tasting and cupping sessions daily as part of her job. Anita is a certified AST (Authorised SCAE Trainer) and runs SCAE Barista and Brewing courses across the UK & Ireland  for SCAE. Anita is a certified World Brewers Cup Sensory Judge, World Barista Championship Sensory Judge and World Latte Art Visual Judge. Anita already has huge experience judging internationally. She has been the head Judge for the Hungary and Turkish Barista Championships and has organised the Irish Judges workshops. She was this years head Judge at the Irish Barista Championships and last years head Judge at the Irish Brewers cup.

Estelle MacGilp

Estelle MacGilp is currently the Green Coffee Buyer at Matthew Algie, an independent coffee roaster based in Glasgow. Prior to that, Estelle was the Coffee Buyer at another large coffee roaster based in Kent. Through these roles she now has over 14 years cupping experience, cupping a whole range of coffees from more mainstream commercial coffees right through to speciality coffees from all over the world on a daily basis. She also has extensive coffee blending experience and is often involved in training events on cupping, coffee tasting and coffee knowledge. She has travelled to both Ethiopia and Indonesia on coffee sourcing trips meeting her coffee partners on their home ground.

April 25, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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Irish Brewers Cup update 2

The Irish Brewers Cup will take place on Friday the 9th of May. We now know that it will be kindly hosted by Matthew Algie. The start time will be 2pm and there is one round. First 8 to register get in (we have 5 confirmed thus far) and it is €25 to enter. The winner goes to Rimini for the Worlds.

Address: 26 Great Strand Street Dublin D1, Ground floor.

Oh, one more thing: There is free beer for the first 100….

Update from Anita Bertok on the rules:

There will be only one round and this will be the Open Service round only.

April 24, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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The Brewers Cup

The Brewers Cup will take place on Friday the 9th of May between 2pm and 6pm. It will cost €25 per person to enter and we are only taking the first 8 entries. The venue will be a location in Dublin to be confirmed later this week.

To enter email cathal.burke@marco.ie with your name, address, email and mobile and I will advise you further.

April 14, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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THE DUBLIN COFFEE & TEA SCENE IS A-BUZZ AS FESTIVAL MOMENTUM BUILDS

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Word is spreading throughout the food & beverage industry about inaugural Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival 2014.  This unique event, which will celebrate the ever-more sophisticated consumer tastes for coffee and tea in Ireland, is fast becoming a must-do on the industry calendar as the place to present your offering directly to the consumer and is due to take place at the RDS, Dublin 12-14 September 2014.

The Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival will be brimming with features for all to enjoy including The Roasters’ Village, The Cupping Room, The People’s Stage, The Festival Roastery, The Food Village, Fringe Events and not to mention the National Competitions

Coffee excellence is the hallmark of Speciality Coffee Association of Europe – SCAE (who are organising the event along with the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance – IFSA) and at the Festival its Irish chapter will run a number of national competitions allowing the public to view the very best in action over the 3 days.

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Competitions scheduled to take place so far include The National Brewers Cup and the semi-finals of the much-lauded Irish Barista Championship, the National Latte Art Championship (the finals of which will take place at CATEX 2015), and first-ever The National Home Barista Championships.

The Festival will be home to a new event showcasing the emerging new trend of ‘home barista’. Over the recent years there has been a steady growth in the number of consumers purchasing their own equipment for use at home and experimenting in roasting and brewing methods. This competition will allow the home baristas take to the stage to demonstrate their skills and compete with pride in front of an audience.

The Festival is already enjoying the support of some key companies on the Irish coffee and tea scene including:  3FE Coffee Ltd, Ariosa Coffee Roasting Company, Badger and Dodo, Boutique Coffee Roasters Ltd, Bailies Coffee Company, Bewleys, Cloud Picker Coffee, Coffee Hub, Coffee Mojo, Espresso Tech, Hancock & Abberton, Insomnia, Java Republic, Joes Coffee, Kingfisher Tea, Marco Beverage Systems, Mrs Doyles Tea, Niks Tea, Robert Roberts, Solaris Botanicals and Suki Tea.

Said Sean Martin, Chairman, IFSAWe believe we had a terrific concept in developing this event that not only allows the sophisticated tea and coffee market in Ireland to showcase their products directly to their target audiences but also indulged the ever more discerning tastes of the irish consumer today by presenting the latest products and trends to them all at one event and under one roof”. He continued, “ The fact that so many well known brands have signed up to take part in the show is testimony to the fact that our instincts were correct and this truly will be a popular event for all. Of course the staging of the various competitions not least the consumer-participant Home Barista Championship, along with the fringe events will lend further spark to the excitement all round.”

For further information on features, competitions and exhibitors check out www.dublincoffeefestival.com

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