February 26, 2015
by Cathal.Burke
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Become a World of Coffee Ambassador

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WORLD OF COFFEE, Europe’s biggest and most exciting coffee event, is coming to Dublin in June 2016 and will attract up to 10,000 coffee professionals from over 100 countries around the world to the city for a four-day celebration of coffee.

The show, which is organised by Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), will include the prestigious World Barista Championship 2016 along with a 10,000sq.ft exhibition featuring the international coffee community’s top suppliers, plus conferences, seminars, educational programmes and fringe events.

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In preparation for the event at the RDS, Dublin on 22-25 June 2016, SCAE Ireland is launching an innovative new programme to shine a spotlight on Dublin’s best coffee providers. The new World of Coffee Ambassadors’ Club will feature the top 100 cafés, restaurants, hotels and bars serving coffee in the capital, and support them through a range of training and marketing initiatives.

Become a World of Coffee Ambassador

With the support of DublinTown, SCAE Ireland is calling on hospitality operators across Dublin to apply to become a World of Coffee Ambassador and help promote coffee excellence in the city.

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Successful applicants will be invited to attend a conference on 24 March 2015 and will receive two off-site training days, a one-to-one on-site training session plus three on-site audits completed by an independent auditor. Training packs will also be provided to help educate additional team members in participating outlets.

Introducing Your Business to the World

The 100 businesses taking part in the programme will be promoted in a World of Coffee 2016 booklet and mobile app which will showcase the city’s best coffee locations. The booklet will be distributed to all visitors at the show and also circulated nationwide through media partners.

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Additional World of Coffee Ambassadors’ Club benefits include free SCAE membership, discounted SCAE Coffee Diploma System (CDS) courses and free tickets to the Nordic World of Coffee 2015 which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden this 16-18 June.

Open for Entry

Cafés, restaurants, hotels and bars can apply to join the World of Coffee Ambassadors’ Club at www.worldofcoffee-dublin.com and www.scae.ie from 9am on Friday, 27 February 2015.

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The Ambassadors’ Club will comprise 29 cafés, 41 restaurants, 23 pubs and seven hotels and business owners may enter one outlet per category. Please note, membership is limited to 100 participants and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so early entry is advised.

For further details about the World of Coffee Ambassadors’ Club and World of Coffee Dublin 2016 please visit www.worldofcoffee-dublin.com or www.scae.ie.

Sign up to be an ambassador here: https://eventhaus.formstack.com/forms/wocambassador16

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January 28, 2015
by Cathal.Burke
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Sensory intermediate

Hello all,

Just a quick note to tell you that we’re going to have to defer the Sensory Intermediate course scheduled for February. It was originally scheduled for the 18th and 19th of February but we’ve had to put a hold on it for unexpected reasons. The new date is TBD.

January 13, 2015
by Cathal.Burke
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Sponsorship opportunities at AST Live!

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SCAE is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural AST Live! event which will take place in Dublin in March. The event will bring together Authorised SCAE Trainers (ASTs) from all over Europe to network and share their ideas, as well as hear from some of the industry’s most influential minds.

Run over an intensive two day programme of seminars and workshops, SCAE now invites suppliers to submit premium partnership bids which will allow successful partners the opportunity to have their equipment and services used at this inaugural event, as well as benefiting from the pre and post show branding and promotion associated with this exciting new event.

Premium partners are sought in the following areas (please check the minimum specifications and requirements):

  • Espresso machine premium partner – Espresso machine x2 – 2 group (minimum) with steam wands
  • Roasting machine partner – electric roaster x3 (500g – 12kg)
  • Water premium partner – filtered water
  • TDS = 75-250 (ideal is 75 – 120) pH = 6.8 – 7.5 Hardness = 1-5 grains (17-85mg/l)
  • Grinder premium partner – Large lab quality –  Guatemalan x2, Tanzania EK 43 x2
  • Coffee partner – for Barista skills – espresso blends with full knowledge of variety, origin, process and roast style
  • Range of single estate coffees which highlight differences in species, origin, process and roast style
  • Cups (cupping bowls, espresso and cappuccino cups): 100 of each

To apply to become a premium partner at AST Live!, please read the terms and conditions in full (download here) and submit a full specification of your offering, along with a written agreement detailing the following terms:

  • Your company will supply the equipment as specified.
  • Your company will install the equipment as required
  • Your company agree to pay a one-off premium partnership fee of €3000.00

Please submit all applications to to Garret Buckley, Event Manager for SCAE (garret.buckley@eventhaus.ie) by no later than 17:00 on 23 January 2015. All applications will then be reviewed and successful partners will be notified within 7 days.

For more information about the event please visit http://www.ast-live.com

January 7, 2015
by Cathal.Burke
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The Irish Cupping Competition 2015

Two announcements in a day. Things are getting crazy around here.

Here are the details for the Irish cupping competition.

Thursday 19th February 2015 @ Catex RDS

Times to be confirmed closer to the date

Closing date for applications is Friday 30th January 2015 @17:00

Entry fee – SCAE Member €20, SCAE Non Member €40

Maximum entries 30 people

Please e-mail DMarshall@bewleys.ie to enter and for further details.

January 7, 2015
by Cathal.Burke
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Competitors timetable for Latte Art and Barista competitions

Happy New Year to you all. We hope you haven’t indulged too much over the festive period if you’re taking part in these competitions as a steady hand is a must!

Here are the competition times for the Latte Art and Irish Barista Championship Finals. (Click on the image to zoom in)

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Best of luck to you all.

December 23, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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Espresso Machine Sponsorship 2015-2017

SCAE Ireland would like to announce that La Marzocco will be the espresso machine sponsor for 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the Irish Barista Championships and Latte Art competitions.

SCAE Ireland would like to thank CMA Astoria for their support and generosity over the last number of years. CMA Astoria throughout their sponsorship period have been a tremendous partner to work with and we wish them every success for the future. In particular we would like to thank Jason Jones and Flavio Urizzi for their commitment and dedication to the Chapter.

November 10, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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Green and Sensory Foundation

Ladies and gentlemen, your interest in the SCAE Ireland courses has been, as usual, overwhelming.

The upcoming courses green and sensory foundation courses on the 26th and 27th of November are now fully booked.

Please still email scae.education.ie@gmail.com if you’re interested in doing either of these courses as there may still be drop outs or we can point you in the direction of the next upcoming course.

October 22, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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Introduction to Coffee and Barista Foundation

Hello all,

Introduction to Coffee and Barista Foundation on the 27th of October are now sold out. For those still interested in those courses there will be new dates soon.

For those attending the courses who have not paid, please pay via cash or cheque on the day as per usual.