Registration for the Irish Barista and Cup Taster competitions will open on Monday 12th December 2016 at 10:00.

The Irish Barista competition will have a maximum of 30 entrants

The Cup Tasters competition will have a maximum of 30 entrants

Dates for semi-finals and finals of each competition may change accordingly and will be announced after registration has closed.

Closing date for registration is Friday 20th of January 2017 at 17:00.

Latte Art 2017 competition – the event recap.

The Irish Latte Art 2017 competition (or Paddy Art competition) was held in Bailies Coffee Roastery in Belfast on the 12th & 13th of November 2016. Yet again the level of creativity, imagination and skillful pouring techniques has evolved to even greater extents. This year we saw the highest number in the history of Irish competitions with 22 coffee artists taking part in the competition. People from all corners of the country packed up their belongings and headed northward to bunker down in the Bailies Roastery for a weekend of incredible entertainment.

From the 22 competitors in the semi-finals 8 went through to the finals. A very shocked and speechless Renata Khedun was declared the winner and will now represent Ireland in Budapest in June 2017.

As a spectator of these competitions it is easy for me to say that it is not about winning and all about the taking part. For those doubters of this phrase you need to get yourself to a coffee competition. Backstage we see competitors helping to prepare their opponents equipment despite the time constraints; we see selfies of groups who were complete strangers and are now friends; we see the sea-dogs of competitions showing the ropes to those newbies and we see first time competitors who are overjoyed to be placed within the top 10 of the competition.

To our sponsors La Marzocco, Urnex and Espresso Solutions I graciously bow and say thank you. A big thank you our national Latte Art judging teams, volunteers and SCAE committee members who as always have to cope with fast turnaround times as well as a grumpy event manager.

Significant kudos to Russell Bailie and his hard working crew who fed and watered everyone for the weekend. Never before has an Irish stew been devoured so quickly. A special mention to the emcee’s for the weekend Ross & Julia who did not stop talking from start to finish (not a difficult task for Ross may I add).

Again may I congratulate each and every Latte artist who took part in this year’s competition. Your passion and skills are beyond belief and always leave me speechless. I hope to see you all again soon. Don’t forget that the next competitions (Barista and Cupping) are at the RDS in February 2017. If not competing please come along and volunteer.

Is mise le meas,






Latte Art 2017 – The Venue


Bailies Coffee Roasters are a close-knit team of dedicated people passionate about creating world class coffee experiences, providing great customer service, and having a lot of fun along the way. Sourcing coffee from some of the world’s best coffee producers, and building ethical, sustainable long term relationships with coffee farming communities committed to quality coffee production is fundamental to Bailies.

Meticulous care, pride and attention to detail is the focus at every stage of the coffee journey from tasting, sourcing and roasting, to supporting trade customers and end-consumers through coffee education, training and business guidance. Ultimately driven by their sense of responsibility to the coffee farmers and a passion for ensuring pleasurable coffee experiences and satisfied customers is what matters most to the Bailies team.

For over 20 years Bailies have built long lasting relationships with their customers and many of those first customers remain with them today, something they’re very proud of. Bailies Roastery, customer centre, training facilities and Head Office are located just off the M1 at the Kennedy Way roundabout (90 mins from Dublin) on Stockman’s Way.

Join us at Bailies Coffee Roasters for the Irish Latte Art Championships 2016 on 12th and 13th of November 2016. All welcome.

Wishing all competitors the very best of luck.

Russell Bailie





Ambassadors Club – The Final List of Club Members Just Announced!

WOC Ambassador

With support from Dublin Town, the Ambassador’s Club was created with the vision of establishing Dublin as one of the world’s greatest coffee destinations in time for the World of Coffee event and following an intensive training programme which included off-site training days, a one-to-one on-site training session along with three on-site audits completed by a team of auditors, the 30 BEST cafes, restaurants, hotels and bars serving speciality coffee in Dublin have been chosen!

The standard of entrants proved extremely high and the eagerly anticipated finalists have been announced. They are:

Keoghs Cafe
TWOBEANS Speciality Coffee Bar
River Café
Fallon & Byrne
Irish Whiskey Museum
O’Connells in Donnybrook
O’Callaghan Stephens Green Hotel
Chapter One
Café Tri Via
Fresca Restaurant (Formerly known as Pasta Fresca)
KC Peaches

Blu Apple
Delisle Taverns Ltd(Brannigans)
Bewley’s at Arnotts
Grove Road
HMSHost Dublin Airport
Joe’s Coffee
Metro Cafes Ltd
Morrison Hotel
Science Gallery Cafe
Fitzwilliam Hotel
Silverskin Coffee Roasters
Kay’s Kitchen
Tamp & Stitch
Butlers Chocolate Café

All members meeting – April 28th – 3FE

You are invited to attend an open SCAE meeting next Thursday 28th April at 4pm in 3fe. This is an important meeting to discuss significant issues in SCAE and decisions we have to make in the very near future. The World of Coffee is now only 9 weeks away and promises to be a fantastic and challenging event. We also have to consider the proposal to merge SCAE with SCAA which will create one worldwide coffee community.



  1. World of Coffee Update   Garret Buckley  Eventhaus
  2. Ambassador Club               Paul Stack          President SCAE
  3. Unification                           Paul Stack          President SCAE