James Shepherd officially elected National Coordinator of SCAE Ireland National Chapter.
Congratulations in no particular order are due to your 2012 (yes, I know) Avonmore Irish Barista Championship finalists:
- Rob Smyth (Brew Bar Café)
- Lorraine Whelan (3FE)
- Vinicius Arruda (The Humble Bean)
- Colin Harmon (3FE)
- Julia McKenna (Clements Coffee)
- Megumi Ueno (Brew Bar Café)
Massive thanks to all the competitors for their tremendous efforts. While the 6 above succeeded on the day, there were other competitors who showed great promise and will no doubt be future finalists, perhaps champions.
We must also note the great efforts of the judging team, who gave up not just this weekend, but also days for workshops and calibration. The standards of judging in the Irish Competition have been raised significantly this year. Well done all.
Thanks to the organising team for days and nights of work leading up to the event, to make sure everything ran smoothly on the day.
Thanks to our sponsors CMA Astoria and Avonmore for their ongoing committment, ensuring this competition has a future.
Finally, a big thanks to our hosts, Java Republic, who provided a great venue and great support throughout.
Note Competition takes place November 12th and 13th 2011 (not 2012 per attached timetable).
This years judging certification workshop will take place on Saturday, October 15th in Marco HQ in Sandyford, Dublin. Each year the standards of both baristas competing and judges… err… judging improves. The Irish Chapter of the SCAE is committed to the creation of a credible, talented and dedicated pool of certified national judges to best serve both the national competition but who would also be capable of representing Ireland at global coffee events. To that end two key objectives this year and in future years for the chapter will be to ensure proficiency of national judges in the ever evolving rules and regulations of the WCE, but also to put forward one nationally accredited Irish judge to go to WCE Judges Certification Workshops.
Points to note:
- All currently accredited Irish National judges will need to be annually re-certified in order to be eligible to judge in upcoming SCAE competitions.
- It is now mandatory that all judges be proficient in both sensory and technicaal judging areas.
- It is essential that all those intersted in becoming a nationally accredited judge in upcoming SCAE national competitions attend and pass the upcoming Judge’s Workshop.
- In order to attend the Workshop, participants must confirm availability for both the November semi-finals and the February finals.
- You must familiarise yourself with the current WBC rules prior to attendance of the Workshop – click here for download.
The SCAE are holding the AGM in Marco in Sandyford on Tuesday the 23rd of August at 3.30pm. If you want to have a say in the future of the organisation, if you want to play a part in shaping that future, it would be wise to attend.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend but only paid members can vote on any issue.
Please see agenda below.
- Review and approval of 2010 AGM Minutes
- Chairman Report
- National Coordinator Report
- Election of Officers (Chairperson, Treasurer, Education Officer, Web Site, Events)
Huge belated congratulations to all of Ireland’s representatives in Maastricht, not least Keith O’Sullivan, Irish Brewer’s Cup Champion 2011, and now World Brewer’s Cup Champion 2011!
Keith won the innaugural championship waxing lyrical about, and brewing Hasbean’s Bolivian Finca Bolinda. Some of the judges were said to be left “tingly” and with shivers up their spines (in a good way).
Congrats also to Ziad Abinakhoul who finished 5th in the Coffee in Good Spirit competition, to Jordan Andrews for what can only be described as a scintillating performance in the Latte Art Championships, and to David Walsh for finishing runner-up in the Cup Taster’s Championship (it is a bit odd congratulating yourself, but it would be more odd if I excluded it I suppose).
So, to all, we are very proud, and expect you all to push on to greater triumphs in future competitions!