Beyond the Bean are proud to announce that they are bringing the UK Barista Championship back to Bristol for 2017, and this time the Brewers Cup is coming as well. We had a great time hosting UKBC in 2016 so why not make it bigger and better for 2017?

The Southern heats for both competitions will be held at Paintworks, Bristol on the 14th and 15th February respectively and are the opening rounds for some of the most talented baristas in the UK to showcase their skills. Both events are free to attend and with the coffee scene gaining in popularity each year, the heats are attracting more attention than they ever have before. Already competitor tickets have sold out for both competitions building on the success of last year’s event!

Last years competitors
Last years competitors

For those not in the know, the Brewers Cup competition highlights the craft of filter coffee brewing by hand, promoting manual coffee brewing and service excellence. In this event, competitors prepare and serve three individual beverages for a panel of judges from a whole bean coffee given to them and a further drink from a coffee bean of their choosing whilst delivering a presentation. The UKBC is considered one of the hardest competitions in the specialty coffee industry. Each competitor has to make 4 espressos, 4 milk based drinks and 4 non-alcoholic signature drinks whilst delivering a presentation on them, all in just 15 minutes. Each barista’s performance is evaluated on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation.

Beyond the Bean are delighted to be Silver Sponsors of this years’ competitions as well as offering the BTB Barista Bursary, designed to support one barista as they compete in UKBC. This year’s winner is Darryl Docherty of Dear Green Coffee, Glasgow who we will be supporting at the Glasgow heats later in the year.

“We have always supported UKBC as sponsors, judges and committee members. We’re excited to host the Southern UKBC heat again this year and to bring the Brewer’s cup to Bristol as well” says Gary McGann, Sales and Marketing Manager at Beyond the Bean. “We are all about supporting UK baristas and this is a time where everyone in the industry comes together. We are thrilled to be hosting such prestigious competition in our home town.”

Team Bean at our 2016 heat

We will also be celebrating 20 years of supplying the café bar industry with a party on the 14th February after the UK Barista Championship heat. More details will be announced shortly just keep an eye on the website. For more information on the competition visit the SCAE website.