Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo to host regional Bartistas Competition

This year’s Barista Showdown at the Coffee Lover’s Theatre will be one of the highlights of the coveted Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo – set to take place at the CTICC from the 27th to the 30th of August 2015. Hosted by the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa (Scasa) and HOMEMAKERS Expo, the Theatre will see baristas from all over the Western Cape competing for the regional title. The call for entry is now open for all baristas to come and show off their unique skills. Says Jeremy Copping, of Beans For Africa: “All Western Cape based baristas and anyone with a love for coffee are invited to enter. The only criteria is that you need to be South African. Entry forms are available on the Scasa website – – and each entrant will be notified of the date and time of his or her participation. There is also a call for judges with details on the website.” Ryan Palos of Caturra adds: “Competing baristas will each prepare one espresso, one cappuccino and one signature beverage to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music. Judges will evaluate each barista’s performance, including the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill and overall impression. The signature beverage is probably the most exciting aspect of the competition as it allows baristas to make their mark.” The top six finalists, to be announced on Sunday, 30 August, will compete in the final challenge against the top competitors of Gauteng, Durban and Port Elizabeth. The national champion will then represent South Africa at the World Barista Championships in Dublin, Ireland in 2016. Last year’s winner was Ishan Natalie from Johannesburg. Says Sandy Edwards, Expo Organiser for HOMEMAKERS Cape: “We invite visitors to gather around the coffee aroma at the Coffee Lovers’ Theatre and support our local baristas as they battle it out for the Western Cape regional title.” The must-see Expo offers a wide array of selection improvement, décor, design and lifestyle products and services under one roof, giving you the opportunity to explore, compare and find solutions to your specific needs.

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