The SCA Ireland 2017 AGM will take place on the 8th of September at 14:30 sharp. This year it will be held in 3FE Sussex Terrace and all SCA Ireland Members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
As some of you are lucky enough to be heading to Budapest in the next two weeks to support our Irish Cup Tasters, Brewers Cup and Latte Art champions, we asked our soon to be departing Judges Coordinator Anita Bartok to put together some recommendations for the city.
You’ll notice that there aren’t many coffee recommendations listed below and this is because there will be a speciality coffee shop map at the World Of Coffee.
In terms of restaurants Anita’s recommendations are as follows:
- Borkonyha (http://www.borkonyha.hu)
- Babka (https://www.facebook.com/babkabudapest)
- Dobrumba (https://www.facebook.com/dobrumba)
- Cirkusz (http://www.cirkuszbp.hu)
- Gerbaud (http://www.gerbeaud.hu)
- Stand25 bistro (https://stand25.hu) Tamas Szèll owns the place who was the winner of Bocus d ‘or 2016
- And on Váci street there are many Hungarian restaurants and they are all very good they all serve typical Hungarian dishes
For must visit places Anita recommends the following:
- Buda castle
- Heroes square
- Vaci street
- Fishermen’ Bastei
- If there is time the turkish baths or Széchènyi bath (With all natural spring water!) are amazing.
Anita has also asked us to pass on her thanks to all the members who worked with her over the years and to please say hello if they see her in Budapest this summer. Anita and her family are returning home to Hungary to start a new coffee roastery and training centre. From everyone in SCA Ireland we wish her the best of luck as she will be surely missed!
To Renata Khedun (Latte Art), Reda Matiejune (Cup Tasters) and Stephen Houston (Brewers Cup) we wish you all the best and hope that the luck of the Irish will be on your side! Hopefully you’ll be able to hear those that can’t make it cheer from home and those who can will be right there making the most noise.
Slán agus beannacht!
A weekend that will be hard to beat.
We recently found ourselves in a predicament when faced with what was the largest number of competitors to date. With 25 people registered, we had to figure out exactly how everybody was going to fit into the compact venue of the Cloud Picker Roastery. Weeks before the competition, we visited Frank and Peter to discuss the competition but each time we deliberated over the fact that the venue was going to be too small, but we couldn’t have been more wrong!
For 3 days the Cloud Picker facility was handed over to SCA Ireland to host the IBrC 2017 competition. With a marquee erected over the preparation area, the brand new Sanremo Café Racer for all the baristas to try, as well as an endless supply of amazing food (Pickler) and beers (White Hag) for every single judge, volunteer, competitor and visitor, there was nothing spared. The Cloud Picker team made sure that every single person left with amazing memories – Thank you guys.
Over the 2 days of the competition a range of amazing coffees were consumed by the team of national judges. From V60’s to Kalita’s to Aeropress every competitor showed an ever-increasing level of brewing skill and customer service. From a final 19 competitors who took part six went through to the finals on Sunday 23rd of April. The finals saw another step-up in performance levels from the six competitors who engaged with the judges and the audience showing that they were experts in coffee brewing.
Finally, the winner of the IBrC 2017 was announced as Stephen Houston from Bailies Coffee Roasters in Belfast. Using Kalitas and a natural Colombian from Finca Morte Verde, that he roasted himself, he became the 2017 Irish Brewers Cup champ. In second place was Aliona Budan (Fumbally) using a natural Panaman from Verve Coffee with Kalitas and in third place was Julia McKenna (Bailies) who used the winning roast as well but through v60s.
The Thank You’s
On behalf of SCA Ireland we want to send a big thank you to the national judges and WCE representative, Michael McCauley, and a special thank you to Anita our head judge who leaves Ireland in June.
Thank you to Frank, Peter, Tom and the entire Cloud Picker team for hosting this event and for looking after everyone so well.
Thank you to the support of Ian & Timea who kept the baristas on their toes and made sure the competition went smoothly.
In addition, thank you to every competitor for taking part in this year’s IBrC. Without each one of you there would be not competition of any sort.
Signing off for this year’s competitions and see you all towards the end of the year for the next round of competitions.
-Damian and Aidan
Events and Communications SCA Ireland
Attached you’ll see the competitor timetable for the Irish Brewers Cup 2017. See you all on the 22nd and 23rd of April in the Cloud Picker Roastery!
There is currently an exciting opportunity to volunteer as a calibration barista for the World Brewers Cup, Latte Art Championship, Coffee in Good Spirits and Cezve/Ibrik in Budapest this year.
SCA and World Coffee Events are currently looking for seasoned competitors to perform 2-3 full competition routines for WCE judges and will receive feedback from them afterwards.
They’re particularly interested in national competition finalists and other experienced competitors, however it is necessary that all calibration baristas have no conflicts with any of the competitors in Budapest.
The needed calibration barista shifts are as follows:
WBrC & WLAC & WCIGS — 1pm~5pm, June 11
WLAC — 9:30am~12:30pm, June 12
WCIGS — 2pm~5pm, June 12
WBrC — 12:30pm~3:30pm, June 12
Cezve/Ibrik — 2pm~4pm, June 12
If you have any interest in volunteering, please contact Kyonghee Shin directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at Catex the Irish Latte Art champion, Renata Khedun, will be giving Latte Art demonstrations from 14:00 – 15:30 on the barista competition stage.
Renata will show the finer points and complexities of Latte Art creation. Come along and try this for yourself while you are there.
Course Update for Jan/Feb
Barista Foundation 24th Jan
Barista Intermediate 6th Feb
Taking place in Java Republic details here javarepublic.com/education/bari…
Courses will be updated at the start of every month, so please keep an eye out here and across our Social media
Here is a look at training course coming up this January
– 14th – Barista Foundation – Cloudpicker
– 15th – Barista Foundation – First Draft Coffee
– 21/22nd – Barista Intermediate – Cloudpicker
– 28th – Intro to Coffee – Cloudpicker