The UKBC heats kicked off last weekend with the London heat being held at the Protein Studios in Shoreditch on 17th February.

From the first competitor to the last the venue was full of spectators watching and applauding the precisely rehearsed routines from the competitors who were creating an espresso, milk beverage and finally a signature drink.

The first in our series of panel discussions at the UKBC heats took place during the lunch break and was lead by Thomas Haigh, Head of Coffee By Tate joined by Malin Rosenkvist head of Philanthropy & Communications at MicroLoan Foundation, Felicity Butler, a Fairtrade practitioner and Maire Reier who working in Trading & Aarketing at Twin Trading. The discussion drew in a crowd and we hope you were watching at home as our guests discussed the importance of gender equality within value chains and development contexts.

Before the scores were revealed guests sipped on delicious Raspberry Shrub Collins and Reggae Rum Punch from friends at Bristol Syrup Company and enjoyed aperitivos.

Congratulations to all those who competed, see official scores from the SCA below:


  • Will Pitts 581.5
  • Paul Ross 486.5
  • Anson Goodge 459
  • Zoltan Sinka 370.5
  • Kat Cockram 351.5
  • Denes Biro 347.5
  • Kasjan Orzol 326.5
  • Peter Whittle 291.5
  • Bogdan Gota DQ
  • David Leeper DQ
  • Melvin Young DQ

Join us for the next UKBC heat this weekend on Saturday 24th February at the Paintworks in Bristol.

As we bring you another exclusive panel discussion on specialty roasting.  In the coffee industry, we are always excited about new advancements to propel quality forward. How does this reflect within the art of roasting and is there a reason we don’t here about advancements in roasting more? What does the future hold for roasting and what do roasters want to see and how will these change the industry as we know it?

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Once again thank you to everyone who attending the event, the volunteers, competitors and sponsors Victoria Arduino, Pentair Everpure, Grumpy Mule, Puly Caff, Espresso Solutions, Clockwork Espresso, Northiam Dairy & Alpro who help to make everything happen!