SCASA National Coffee Competitions 2019

The Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa’s National Coffee Competition took place this past weekend (21 – 24 February) at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in KwaZulu-Natal. Coffee aficionados from across South Africa competed in Latte Art, Cup Tasting and Barista events. It was a hard fought competition notwithstanding the terrible heat with competitors, judges and onlookers trying to stay cool.

Well done to all the competitors for taking part. Here are the names, coffee shop/roastery and what event they competed in :

Cup Tasters

Lourens Mellet – Royal Roastery

Thabang Maluleka – Ciro Beverage Solutions

Chad Whitby –  Colombo Coffee & Tea

Jerome Hendriks – Global Coffee Exports

Adrian Nel – Home Brew Coffee

Maxiane Thiart – Routed Roasters

Dominic Currie – Global Coffee Exports

Donovan McLagan – Urban Express


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Latte Art

Rodney Swartz  – Champs Musical Coffee Shop Productions

Ndumiso Ngcobo – The Talkhouse

Tshepo Modiakgoda – Jaru Coffee

Nigel Kamhanda – Infood Coffee Society

Thamsanqa Ndlovu – Coastal Coffee Roasters

Simeon Snyman – Stereo Cafe

Amedeo Bisogno – Fifth Wave Coffee

Christopher Abrahams – Ciro Beverage Solutions


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Barista Competition

Thabo Kheleroa – Jaru Coffee

Hilary Gwaze – Infood Coffee Society

Charles Pass – Langdon Coffee Merchants

Minenhle Sibisi – Colombo Tea & Coffee

Ophen Machenje – Tribe Coffee Roasting

Sibahle Ngqiva – Agape Coffee Shop

David Kasembe – Steampunk Coffee

John Evans – Tribeca Coffee Company

Amedeo Bisogno – Fifth Wave Coffee

Kudakwashe Gezi – Ground Central Coffee Roastery

Neil Gouws – Origin Coffee

Harry Mole – Tribeca Coffee Company

Gerald Peterson – Agape Coffee Shop

Kgune Dlamini – Lineage Coffee

Ishan Natalie – Starbucks

Raymond Roesstorff – Wiesenhof Coffee

Stevo Kuhn – Urban Brew Coffee

Makuve Politus – Bootlegger

Ndumiso Ngcobo – The Talkhouse

Trevor Fitz – Independent

Bruce Manning – Tribeca Coffee Company

Simnikiwe Mkhize – Rosetta Roastery

Khulekani Mpala – Wiesenhof Coffee

Dieter Liebenberg – VDP Distributors


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Congratulations to Thabang Maluleka and Christopher Abrahams who are both from Ciro Beverage Solutions for winning the Cup Tasters and the Latte Art. They will be competing at Berlin WCC’s ‘World Of Coffee’ 6-8 June.


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The new South African Barista Champion for 2019 is ……. Harry Mole from Tribeca Coffee Company. He will be heading to Boston USA, to compete at the World Coffee Championships’ (WCC) ‘Specialty Coffee Expo’ 11-14 April.



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Other prize winners at the championship were Khulekani Mpala of Wiesenhof Coffee who took home the prize of Best Technical & Best Signature Drink, Ishan Natalie of Starbucks for the Best Milk Beverage and Neil Gouws of Origin Coffee Roasters for Best Espresso.



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Keep up to date with all coffee events and competitions happening around South Africa by visiting the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa website.



Please note : all photos used were taken from the SCASA Facebook page.

Author: Nicola Meyer

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