January 28, 2015
by Cathal.Burke

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

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

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

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

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

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.

September 19, 2014
by Cathal.Burke
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SCAE Ireland Coffee Diploma Schedule

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If the post below isn’t clear for you please click here SCAE IRELAND COFFEE DIPLOMA 2014 to download the PDF.

Note: To all students waiting for certificates email scae.education.ie@gmail.com with your full name, certificate and full address.



SCAE Ireland is happy to announce the fourth year of the SCAE Coffee Diploma programme.

The SCAE Coffee Diploma encompasses coffee education and certification in six different modules in different disciplines: Introduction to Coffee / Green Coffee / Barista Skills / Brewing / Sensory Skills / Roasting, each with three levels of qualification: Foundation / Intermediate / Professional.

Participants can sit modules and certifications specifically to suit their profession or sit all modules and earn themselves a SCAE Coffee Diploma.

With a curriculum written by renowned industry experts, it is an opportunity for those involved in the coffee sector to up skill in all things coffee.

More information:


                                                            THE SCHEDULE & COURSE FEES



MONTH         WORKSHOP                      Location              DATE         MEMBER          MEMBER

Oct 14        Introduction to Coffee             Dublin            27/10/14            60                        75

Oct 14          Barista Foundation                Dublin            27/10/14            120                     120

Nov 14   Green Coffee Foundation           Dublin             26/11/14           120                     150

Nov 14        Sensory Foundation               Dublin             27/11/14            120                    150

Dec 14        Brewing Foundation               Dublin             15/12/14            120                    150



      SCAE IRELAND      

MONTH    WORKSHOP                    Location       DATE      NON-MEMBER     MEMBER


Jan 15   Barista Intermediate             Dublin        19/01/15            200                   250


Feb 15   Sensory Intermediate          Dublin        18-19/02/15       350                   420

(2 day course)


TBC         Green Intermediate              Dublin             TBC               350                    420

(2 day course)


Mar 15    Brew Intermediate               Dublin        23/03/15            200                   250


Apr 15    Barista Professional            Dublin        27-28/04/15       350                   420

(2 day course)

May 14   Brewing Professional         Dublin        25-26/05/15       350                   420

(2 day course)


Dates and Location


Dates are subject to changes!


At various accessible locations around Dublin, to suit the module in question.


Web:       http://scae.ie/category/education/


Email:     scae.education.ie@gmail.com


Twitter: @SCAEdotIE


Some of the finest teachers in the coffee industry will be on hand to present seminars and certify attendees including:


John Thompson–CoffeeNexus

John has over 17 years of experience in speciality coffee.His work at origin has spanned several continents. John has worked closely with coffee growers in several countries eveloping long term relationships, sustainable buying programs, and quality improvement nitiatives.

Now he trains and consults across the globe through his company Coffee Nexus, primarily on sourcing, sensory and roasting related projects. He has recently worked with the SCAE in developing the Coffee Diploma system, leading the green coffee section of the program, and supporting the sensory module.


Paul Stack –Marco Beverage Systems

Programme leader of the SCAE Gold Cup, Paul co-authored the Brewing and Grinding and Advanced Brewing modules for the SCAE Coffee Diploma curriculum and has been delivering seminars and workshops throughout Europe for the last five years.

Currently vice chairs the SCAE Ireland Education Committee.


Anita Nagy-Bertok –Matthew Algies

Anita has over 10 years of experience in the coffee industry. A skilled Barista with years of retail experience, Anita joined Scottish coffee roaster Matthew Algie over 6 years ago as a coffee and Barista trainer. She is an authorised SCAE Trainer (AST) and a certified sensory judge for the World Barista Championships WBC).Currently chairs the SCAE Ireland Judge Committee.


Ger O’Donohoe

Has been behind the counter for 16 years. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having worked in some of Dublin’s finest coffee establishments (Coffee Angel, 3FE, The Fumbally among others) as well as a stint with Market Lane Coffee in Melbourne.

He is heavily involved with SCAE and the Irish Barista ChampionshipsAs well as this he’s recently become an Authorised Trainer for the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (AST) teaching both Barista Skills and Grinding and Brewing modules.


Vini Arruda

Q-grader for Coffee Quality Institute, Head Barista at Urbun Café, Barista Trainer for Badger & Dodo Boutique Coffee Roaster, Authorised Trainer for SCAE (AST) since 2012.

Vini also was the first person in Ireland to achieve the Full SCAE Diploma.

Vini placed 6th and 3rd in the Irish Barista Championship in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Currently  Chairman of SCAE Ireland Education Committee, since 2013.


DETAILED CURRICULUM HERE: http://scae.com/education/coffee-diploma-modules.html

September 16, 2014
by Cathal.Burke

Competition winners and finalists

Well done to everyone who took part in this years Championships. It has been a great year of competition so far and it will reach it’s crescendo in 2015. Special thanks to everyone who helped make the competitions as fantastic as they were.

Brewers Cup Competition Winner 2014 – Brian O’Keeffe


Home Barista Competition Winner 2014 – Edgars Kazlausks


Irish Barista semi-finalists:

Bruno Ferreira Silva

Khedun Viswarnath

Mark Ashbridge

Natalia Piotrowska

Vinicius Arruda

Wojciech Tysler


Latte Art semi-finalists:

Dave Regan

Darina Homolova

Dumitru Postovan

Luis Alvarez

Magdalena Niedbalka

Renata Khedun

August 29, 2014
by Cathal.Burke


Please right click on each of the tables and download to your desktop to view or use the zoom function in your browser. in some browsers simply clicking on the image will be enough to see the full size image.

Competition schedule Brewers Cup 20151 300x212 COMPETITION SCHEDULES 2015



Competitors timetable IBC 20151 300x212 COMPETITION SCHEDULES 2015

IBC schedule 2014/2015


Competition schedule Latte Art 20153 300x212 COMPETITION SCHEDULES 2015