UK Barista Championship

The Barista Championship is considered the hardest of the SCAE competitions, testing your coffee knowledge, presentation, preparation and all round barista ability. The winner of this years competition will represent the UK at the World Barista Championships

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    What is the UK Barista Championships all about?

    During the Barista Championship contestants will get 15 minutes to set up their work area and then 15 minutes to make 4 espresso, 4 cappuccino and finally 4 espresso based non alcoholic speciality drinks. The espresso machines are provided for the competition by Sanremo. Grinders from Mahlkonig will also be available for competitors although many choose to bring their own. Should you need it, Cravendale milk will be provided by Arla Foods. The drinks are then judged by 2 Technical Judges and 4 Sensory (see the judges "Sensory and Technical Score Sheets").

    The various judges' deliberations will eventually boil down to one score for each barista, out of a maximum of 840. The top 20 scores will go through to the semi finals to be held at The Old Truman Brewery in London on Saturday April 5 at The London Coffee Festival These will be whittled down to the final 6 for the following day's final, 6 April 2014.

    United Kingdom Barista Competition (UKBC) Rules

    The UKBC follows the World Barista Championship (WBC) rules. Please click on the logo below to visit the WBC website, where you can download up to date rules, scoresheets and information.

    How to enter the UKBC

    Entry is now via online registration at

    You must be a SCAE member to enter the Barista Competition - To join, download and complete the SCAE Membership application form below.

    Where and when are the heats being held

    Details of this year's new Super Heat, being held in Birmingham on 9th - 12th February 2014, can be found

    Without Judges the UKBC wouldn't happen!

    Judges training, certification and calibration programme for 2014/2015, will be held courtesy of Masteroast Coffee Company, Peterborough with Sonja Grant on January 12, 13 and 14.

    Applications for this years certification programme are now being accepted.
    Judges training will be run by Jessica McDonald of Square Mile Coffee who is also chair of the world rules committee and we are extremely pleased to have her on board this year.
    Also training will be Andrew Tolley of Taylor Street Baristas, who is also a world sensory judge.

    Certification and a current SCAE membership are now compulsory in order to judge and in order to attend these dates you will need to be available to judge a number of days of the Superheat - 9th to 13th February 2014 and then if chosen, the semi's and finals at the London Coffee Festival - 3rd to 6th April 2014.
    At this time we are unable to accept any judges who will not be available for UK judging as this is a UK certification process only. Cost of certification is 50 Pounds.
    If you are a new judge, attending the training day is compulsory. All are welcome to attend and indeed we advise this.

    Anyone interested in certifying for 2014 can apply for information by emailing Chloe Callow


    We have a back catalogue of the 2010 & 2009 UKBC routines over on our Livestream & Viddler page, these videos are worth checking out if you didn't make it to the competition last year.

    Watch the 2010 UKBC Semi-finalists & Finalists

    Watch the 2009 UKBC Semi-finalists & Finalists


    Photographs from the UKBC competitions, check out our Flickr account

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