SCA Irish Chapters Position on the WCE’s Locations for World Championships

Following the recent announcement by the WCE detailing where and when the 2018 Cezve/Ibrik Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters Championship and World Coffee Roasting Championship are taking place, the SCA Ireland Chapter committee felt it important to state their position on the decision. 

The SCA Ireland Chapter Committee strongly disagree with the recent WCE decision to host competition finals in Dubai. The UAE’s record on human rights abuses against LGBTIQ citizens is completely at odds with the underlying foundations that the SCA was built upon.

We are deeply unhappy with the incredibly poor communication from SCA both in volume, content and direction. This significantly added to the difficulty and unhappiness worldwide.

We would like SCA to ensure complete openness and transparency in all future decisions relating to hosting competitions worldwide. The most important asset in our organisation are our members and this should be reflected in the decisions and actions of those in SCA/WCE who make decisions.

We will continue to hold our National Competitions and support our Champion if they decide whether they wish to attend the World Finals. In the case of a Champion deciding not to travel we will not be sending another competitor in their place.

 

Love and Respect,
SCA Ireland Committee

The Buda-Best Recommendations

Hi All!

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:

For must visit places Anita recommends the following:

  • Buda castle
  • Heroes square
  • Citadelle
  • Vaci street
  • Parliament 
  • 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!

-Aidan

The Irish Brewers Cup Championship 2017

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.

Stephen competing – IBrC2017 – Picture by Bailies Coffee Roasters

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

Irish Brewers Cup Championship 2017 Timetable

IBrC2017 Updated Timetable

Hi All!

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!

Please note that the competition will run as follows:
Saturday 22nd April – All competitors – Semi-final round – Open service competition round.
Sunday 23rd April 2017 – 8 finalists – Final round – Open service competition round.
NB: Due to the extremely high number of competitors we will not run a compulsory round.
If you have any questions please email comps@scae.ie

Kind Regards,

Aidan

Calibration Baristas Needed – World of Coffee

 

Budapest 2017

Hello All!

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: kyonghee@worldcoffeeevents.org

Kind Regards,

Aidan

Latté Art demonstrations at Catex

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.

Upcoming Courses

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