Latte Art Semi Finals Aborted

The Semi Finals of the Avonmore Irish Latte Art Championships have been called off due to insufficient numbers.

Entrants will instead proceed directly to the Finals round which is scheduled for February 2012.

Watch for further updates.


IBC Judging Certification Workshop

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.
To attend the judging workshop please fill out the form below…
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Avonmore Irish Barista Championships and Latte Art Competitions 2011/2012

The semi-finals of this year’s Avonmore Irish Barista Championships and Latte Art Competitions are to be in Java Republic on the 12th and 13th of November. Competitor numbers have swelled in recent years, making it necessary to split the events into a semi-finals and a finals round.

6 competitors will advance to the finals round, to be held on February 1st in The Citywest Hotel.

Registration forms for both competitions will be online shortly, and the final date for acceptance of registration will be (strictly) the 31st October.


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
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Competitions
  • National Coordinator Report
  • Election of Officers (Chairperson, Treasurer, Education Officer, Web Site, Events)
  • AOB

Maastricht Treats For Ireland

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!