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The UK Barista Championship is the UK's premier coffee competition and showcases barista perfection. Each competitor will have 15 minutes to produce three sets of four drinks; espresso, milk beverage and a signature beverage. Set to music and with an accompanying presentation, each UKBC routine is a platform for innovation and education. 
The drinks are judged by 2 Technical Judges, 4 Sensory Judges, and a Head Judge. The various judges' deliberations will eventually boil down to one score for each barista. The top 16 scorers going through to the semi-finals, who will then be whittled down to 6 for the following day's final.

United Kingdom Barista Competition (UKBC) Rules - WBC 2018 Rules
The UKBC follows the World Barista Championship (WBC) 2018 rules. Please click here to visit the WBC website, where you can download up to date rules, score sheets and information. 

You must be an SCA member to enter any SCA UK Coffee Championship
Click HERE for Individual Membership info
Click HERE for Company Membership info
For 2018 there will be four regional heats:
London, Protein Studios - Saturday 17th February 
Bristol, Paintworks - Saturday 24th February 
Leeds, Dukes Studios - Saturday 10th March 
Scotland - Saturday 24th March 
With the semi-finals and finals at London Coffee Festival
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2018 UK Barista Championship Sponsors

The Specialty Coffee Association UK Chapter would like to thank all our sponsors, for their continued support of the UK competitions. None of this could go ahead without their involvement. 

La Marzocco - Machine Sponsor

La Marzocco, founded in 1927 by the Bambi brothers, has traditionally specialized in producing high-end handcrafted espresso coffee machines geared towards excellence, a quality cup and style.
2017 saw the company celebrate their 90th anniversary; a milestone made possible by the support of our partners and users. In 2018, La Marzocco UK & Ireland are proud to be the official machine sponsor of the UK & Irish Barista Championships. The Championships are about innovation, creativity, quality and community; ideals that La Marzocco thrive to achieve every step of the way.

The company is headquartered near Florence, Italy, with offices in Auckland, Barcelona, Leeds, London, Melbourne, Milan, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Stuttgart and Sydney. La Marzocco has over 330 employees and produces espresso coffee machines and grinders that are exported to over 100 countries with the support of its distributors and partners, making its presence known on the 5 continents.

Strada 3Group AV - The UKBC Espresso Machine 



Victoria Arduino 1905 - Grinder Sponsor


We are keen on always going beyond, we have a sharp vision of future challenges.
Jeopardize, break and reinvent the rules is our strength.

Among our coffee grinders and equipment, many pieces have made history and have become design icons. Even more, there are unexpected idea and solutions, ongoing intuitions and inventions rewriting, redesigning the way of thinking about and making coffee. We have been bringing our disruptive innovation to coffee shops from all over the world since 1905, at the service of baristas who are disruptive as well as the coffee equipment they choose.

Mythos One - The UKBC Grinder 


Everpure - Water Sponsor



Grumpy Mule

Espresso Solutions

Espresso Solutions

Since 2012, Espresso Solutions have been supplying the UK's engineers, cafés, roasters, baristas and coffee professionals with all the tools they need to stay on top of their game. From coffee machine parts to cafe supplies, water treatment to barista tools and beyond, they've got it covered.
Espresso Solutions are the UK partners to Acaia, 3Temp and EDO and work with other brands such as Clockwork Coffee and Fellow whilst also distributing original La Marzocco machine parts.
In addition to their wide range of products, Espresso Solutions also offer machine customisations and machine servicing. Based in Crawley, West Sussex, the team is made up of passionate coffee people who share a vision to be at the heart of the thriving UK coffee industry.



Alpro For Professionals is the range for baristas from the market-leading plant-based brand.

The range, which includes Alpro Coconut For Professionals, Alpro Soya For Professionals and Alpro Almond For Professionals, is specially formulated for use in hot drinks, delivering high-performance workability, delicious flavours and an impressive micro-foam.

Alpro’s products also have outstanding sustainability credentials, with careful sourcing that’s kept as local as possible, no GMO produce, a light carbon footprint, and fully recyclable packaging. 

Clockwork Espresso

Clockwork Espresso - The home of PUSH - the world's most precise espresso tamper. Designed and manufactured in the UK with ergonomics and precision in mind. Beautifully anodised aluminium handle with intricate detailing. Stepless adjustment accurate to 0.05mm, the PUSH tamper enables a perfectly level tamp every time, no matter how experienced the user. Used by professional Baristas in over 50 countries.
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