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 email@example.com 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
Love coffee? Love people? Love events? If so We need You!!
We are looking for ambassadors throughout the country to help grow the coffee community, helping us bring people together over coffee with regular events.
If this is something you would like to help with or have any ideas you would like to share please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Find our current list of Ambassadors here!
Dear SCA Ireland Members,
We are proud to announce that the newly elected SCA Ireland Committee Members have elected. Join us in welcoming:
Damian Marshall (email: email@example.com)
Marketing & Communication Coordinator
Aidan Durnin (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alin Giriada (email: email@example.com)
Eithne O’Flaherty (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elizabeth Skelly (email: email@example.com)
Thank you to everyone who voted for the committee members.
Please feel free to contact the committee members with any queries or information on upcoming events. We are here to help you create an even better coffee community in Ireland.
We’re delighted to announce that SCA Ireland will be hosting another National Judges Certificate course in Dublin after last years successful run!
The course will take place for 2 days over a weekend in early February 2019 (exact date tbc) and is free to attend but commitment to judge on our upcoming national competitions is required.
To attend this course you must have former national judging experience or have attended the National Judges courses.
To register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll confirm your attendance at a later date.
If any local members want to nominate themselves for any roles in the Irish Chapter of the SCA they can register here: SCA Irish Chapter Nominations
The SCA Irish Chapter 2018 AGM will take place on the 27th September from 2pm-3pm. This year we will meet in Bewley’s on Grafton Street and all SCA Ireland members are encouraged to attend.
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 email@example.com
-Vini and Aidan (Judging and Communication Coordinators)
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 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:
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!