TheCoffeeMag Home Barista Jam

Thursday, 21 May, 2015

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In association with these fine brands and products:

TheCoffeeMag Home Barista Jam Partners:

Major Partners:
Coffee&Choclate Expo - R10 000 cash prizemoney. - Official online retail portal of True North Media.
Partshub - Sponsoring barista smalls and a brand new Baratza grinder to the winner!
Bean There - Official Coffee Sponsor for the HBJ espresso competition
Urban Grind - Official Coffee Sponsor for HBJ Manual Brewing competition
Clover - Official milk supplier and R1000 Latte Art cash prize
Monin - Official partner of the Coffee Cocktail Invitational on Thursday night.
Koldserve - Official product partner - espresso competition and Manual brewing.
Nuova Simonelli - Official product partner - espresso competition
Importalia - Official product partner - espresso competition.
The Roastery - Official product partner - espresso competition and manual brewing / supplying Acaia scales and Push tampers
Moreflavour - Official product partner- manual brewing / supplying Aeropress and smalls
Brita & Ultipure - Official water filtration partner.
AL&CD Ashley - Official product partner manual brewing - Severin domestic grinders.
SCASA & Barista Guild of SA

The Schedule:

Thursday Schedule
Main stage
5pm - 9pm:  TheCoffeeMag Coffee Cocktail Invitational (Ishan Natalie, Matt Carter, Wayne Burrows, Dave Coleman, Alicia Bulter, Melanie Winter) - Press, media and VIPS.

Each Professional barista will make an Irish Coffee and a Coffee Cocktail (alcoholic) of their choice - It's very relaxed and meant to just be a bit of delicious fun. It's targeted at the media and Coffee VIPS & Friends.

Friday Schedule -
Main stage

10am -10.30am        Espresso workshop - Get to know the Linea mini and Mahlkonig Vario
10.45am - 11.15am  Acaia scales - A Home barista's best friend
11. 30am -12pm       Espresso workshop - Get to know the Isomac and Mazzer mini
12.15pm - 12.45      V60 demo
1pm -1.30pm           Espresso workshop - Get to know the Musica Lux and NS Grinter
1.45pm - 2.15pm     Chemex demo.
2.30pm - 3pm pm    Latte Art workshop 1
3.15pm - 3.45          Aeropress demo
4pm - 4.30pm          Why water matters - a lot!
4.45pm - 5.15pm     Latte Art Workshop 2
5.30pm - 6pm -        Home Barista Jam Registration
6-7pm                      Barista briefing and orientation.
8-9pm                      Practise time

Sat Schedule
Main stage

10am -10.30am        Welcome - Manual Brewing Barista Jam and Prep time
10.45am - 11.15am  Manual Brewing Barista Jam - Round 1.
11. 30am -12pm       Why water matters - a lot!
12.15pm - 12.45       Manual Brewing Barista Jam - Round 2.
1pm -1.30pm           V60 demo
1.45pm - 2.15pm     Manual Brewing Barista Jam - Round 3.
2.30pm - 3pm pm    Aeropress demo
3.15pm - 3.45          Manual Brewing Barista Jam - Round 4.
4pm - 4.30pm         Chemex demo.
4.45pm - 5.15pm    Manual Brewing Barista Jam - Finals.
5.30pm - 6pm -       Acaia scales - A Home barista's best friend
6-7pm                     Espresso workshop & Practise time
8-9pm                     Latte Art Workshop & Practise time

Sun Schedule
Main stage
10am - 2pm            Espresso Machine Barista Jam
3pm                         Prizegiving
3.30pm - close.       Afterparty and drinks

16-19th July
Coffee & Chocolate Expo at Montecasino.
TheCoffeeMag Home Barista Jam is about to explode on to the coffee scene. It is an exciting, first-of-it's kind competition where Gauteng's aspiring home baristas get a chance to prove their skills in a competition format, play on the most professional, state-of-the-art Home Barista coffee equipment in the world and win fantastic prizes, including R10 000 in prize money.

There are limited spots available!! Home Baristas will battle in out in 2 categories - an Espresso round and a manual brewing round. In each round, 3 competitors will have 30 minutes on stage to prepare their beverages according to the rules of each specific round.

Baristas have the choice of competing in just one category, or if they want to reap the most rewards, in both to become the overall winner.

Entry fees:

R250 per category OR
R400 for both
(includes entry to show on all days)


Thursday 16th July:  6pm - 9pm.
TheCoffeeMag's Coffee Cocktail Invitational (Think Coffee in Good Spirits but less rules and just for fun, although there will be prizes and of course you are all invited :))
The Coffee Magazine invites some of SA's top baristas to compete in a demonstration of skill and coffee infused indulgences! Each of the 6 professional baristas will have 15 minutes to prepare a coffee based cocktail, paired with alcoholic and non-alcoholic ingredients, to wow the audience and TheCoffeeMag judges. This event will be an opportunity for audience members to meet SA's top baristas, interact and taste their coffee cocktails and discuss coffee with these industry heroes.

Friday 17th July :  9.30 - close
An exciting day of preparation and interaction at TheCoffeemag home Barista Jam stand - There will be interactive Demos all day on the stage including tastings, method workshops, cuppings of special lot coffees and How To's for the audience. it will also be an open forum of discussion and practise sessions of the state-of-the-art home barista set-ups that will be on stage - these will be booked in advance by the competitors and and practice time for home barista competitors will be scheduled. There will be merchandise on sale, BGSA information for those keen on joining the association created for non-professional coffee loving people, and competitions through the day.

6-7pm: Home Barista Workshop for competitors (questions, rules etc)

DJ Meltdown will be in the house to rock the party as the sun goes down.

Saturday 18th July :
Manual Brewing Round - First Round begins at 10am
This is a Compulsory Service round which means the coffee beans will be provided for each of the competitors and it is compulsory to use these beans!
The Manual Brewing competition will kick off with 3 Home Baristas on stage at a time. Each barista can use the manual brewing method of their choice and all baristas will use the same speciality coffee provided. There will be manual brewing equipment available such as Chemex, Aeropress, V60 pour overs, and siphons, and grinders on stage, but the serious home baristas will most definitely bring their own personal set-ups , scales, refractometers and grinders to the party!

Sunday 19th July:
Espresso Round and Prizegiving.
This is a Compulsory Service round which means the coffee beans and milk will be provided for each of the competitors and it is compulsory to use these beans and milk!
TheCoffeeMag Home Barista Jam stage will give competitors the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete on 3 home espresso espresso and grinder set-ups that until now, have never been assembled under the same roof! The Beautiful La Marzocco Linea mini - recently unveiled at the WBC 2015 in Seattle, with the WBC official grinder brand Mahlkonig, then the Nuova Simonelli music Lux and Grinter Grinder - the dream setup of any home barista, and finally the Iconic Mazzer Mini grinder and Isomac TEA,  traditionally one of the most formidable home barista setups over recent years.

3 baristas will take to the stage at a time in 30 minute heats and baristas will have 10 compulsory minutes on each of the 3 setups to serve 1 espresso and 1 cappuccino per set-up and present it to the judges within each 10 minute period in the heat. Judging is done and scored immediately. Baristas may pull as many shots as they like and steam and pour as many jugs of milk and beverages as they like per station, but they must serve only one of each beverage per station, to form a total of 6 beverages i,e 3 espresso and 3 cappuccinos in total, one set from each setup. They will only be scored on the final beverages presented to the judges.

The R10 000 prizemoney and all the other prizes that are up for grabs will be awarded at the Prizegiving ceremony after the completion of the Espresso Round. There will be Winners in each category, and also an Overall Winner, chosen from the combined scores in both categories.

Then we shall party.

For more info or any enquiries email us here: and


Home Barista Jam 2015 Entry Form

Manual Brewers competition R250
Espresso Machine competition R250
Both (bring it on! ) R400
Your entry fee covers your Coffee&Choc entrance fee too. EFT payments with your name as Reference to: True North Media FNB Acc no: 62367877043 Br code: 220426 *Please pay for your Official Tee shirt too at the same time, if you're ordering one! Thanks!
Men's XL (R200)
Men's L (R200)
Men's M (R200)
Men's S (R200)
Ladies L (R200)
Ladies M (R200)
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