National Competitions 2020

Updated 25/11/19 to reflect sponsorship changes. SCA Ireland would like to announce the following with regards to the national competitions:

•Barista competition: Semi-finals and finals – 18th & 19th of January 2020 to be held in Bewleys Northern Cross, Dublin 17. The online registration for the competition will open on Monday the 2nd of December 2019.

•Latte Art competition: Semi-finals and finals – 4th & 5th February 2020 at Food and Bev Live in City West. The online registration for the competition will open on Monday the 2nd of December 2019.

•Cupping competition : We’re proud to announce that Silverskin Coffee Roasters have offered to provide sponsorship for this competition. The competition will now be held on the first day of Food & Bev Live 2020.

•Brewers Cup competition: We are looking for a sponsor for this competition. Please email sponsorship@scae.ie if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this competition. Date and venue to be confirmed – possibly at Food and Bev Live 2020.

•Coffee in Good Spirits competition – Sponsor agreed. Date and venue to be confirmed.

Q&A with our champions

This Sunday (July 7th) after the third annual Liberties Brewers Cup at Legit Coffee Co we will be hosting a small Q&A and panel talk with all 5 of the 2019 national coffee champions along with a WCE judge!

Come along this Sunday to see what our champions have to say and if you have any questions for them drop them in a comment below or message us on Twitter or Instagram! On the day you’ll get to hear from:

  • Stephen Houston – Irish Brewers Cup champion.
  • Renata Khedun – Irish Latte Art champion
  • Wojciech Tysler – Irish Barista champion
  • Martino Giuseppe – Irish Aeropress champion
  • Daniel Horbat – 2019 World Cup Tasters champion
  • Renata Malyszko – 5 time WCE Judge

Catex 2019 and IBC & ILAC

This year at Catex 2019 we will be hosting the Irish Barista Championships and the Irish Latte Art Championships over the course of the three days. We will also have a new Members Brew Bar stand running everyday over the course of the event, each day you can sample three different Irish roasters brewing up their coffee. Make sure you click the image below to register for a FREE ticket to Catex!

Tuesday the 26th we will have the Irish Barista Championship semifinals where we have 10 competitors trying to claim a place in the finals. You’ll be able to try Silverskin Coffee, The Art of Coffee and Cloud Picker on our Members Brew Bar.

On Wednesday the 27th we have the Irish Latte Art Championship which sees 12 more competitors trying to win a spot in the finals. We also will have an SCA Ireland Sponsor panel during the intermission of the competition, 12:15 to 13:30. Come to hear the thoughts on sponsorship, industry insights and what future innovations they see for the coffee industry.
You’ll be able to catch Urbanity Coffee, Three Fools Coffee and Creed Coffee Roasters on our Members Brew Bar.

On Thursday from 12:30 to 13:30 we have the Irish Brewers Cup champion, Stephen Houston from Bailies Coffee Roasters taking the stage and demonstrating his competition brewing techniques and how to brew coffee like a professional. We will have the finals of both the Irish Barista and Latte Art Championships with winners for both announced at 4pm.
You’ll be able to find Ponaire, Coffee Culture and Badger & Dodo on our Members Brew Bar.

Calling all potential new National Judges

SCA Ireland are pleased to announce we’re hosting a new foundation judges workshop for anyone who’s ever wanted to start judging but didn’t know how! The workshop will be free for participants to attend and is being held only for the people who have never judged before so no previous experience is necessary.

The workshop will take place on the 24th of November (Saturday) and will run from 9am until 6pm in Bewleys Northern Cross with lunch provided on the day. Completion of this course (or previous judging experience) is required before taking part in our National Judges Certification course being held in early December with WCE Rep, John Stubberud.

On the day participants will complete four sessions across different aspects of becoming a judge with the following speakers:

  • Renata Malyszko (WCE Latte Art Judge)
  • Dominik Roman (WCE Technical Judge)
  • Maria Cassidy (Q Grader)
  • Alin Giriada (QQQ)

We will have 2 time Irish Cupping Champion, Daniel Horbat, on hand as a barista along with sponsorship from Bailies Coffee and Bewleys.

For more information or to register your interest please email judging@scae.ie with your name, contact details and your SCA membership number or company SCA membership number (SCA membership is required) and we’ll confirm details closer to the date.

 

-SCA Ireland Committee

Judging Workshop

Hi All!

The SCA Ireland Chapter is proud to announce that we’re holding a calibration judging workshop on the 11th and 12th of December!

The course will run over the two days (Monday and Tuesday) in the Coffee Culture training studios (Dublin) and will be taught by WCE representative John Stubberud who is a certified sensory judge for the World Barista and Brewers Cup 2015-2017 and registered REP for the World Championships Events.

Normally to complete a workshop like this would cost around €200 but at SCA Ireland we are supporting our Judges and their training requirements so the Irish Chapter is taking the cost. To avail of this free education from a highly respected European coffee expert, people must commit to judging the semifinals and finals of the Irish Barista Championship and Irish Latte Art Championship (January/February in Dublin) and the finals of the Irish Brewers Cup (March in Belfast)

We’re looking for new and old judges to take part in the workshop so if you think you have what it takes to judge coffee at a national level please get in touch at comms@scae.ie

-Vini and Aidan (Judging and Communication Coordinators)

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