World Coffee Education Program: WCE Judges Training

Monday, 28 May, 2018

We are thrilled that the WCEP Judges Training will be taking place in Durban from 24 - 28 July. It is integral that we get more African judges on the World Stage if we wish to improve our standing at the World Coffee Events competitions. In South Africa we are very lucky to have the skills of Teija Lublinkhof, who was the 2017 Head Judge for the World Barista Championships, be part of our local competitions, and now along with Annemarie Tiemes of the Netherlands, South Africans will have the opportunity to join them in comprehensive training to possibly also become a judge on the world stage. The training is also available for competitors, coaches or anyone interested in gaining these invaluable skills in tasting coffee.

All the details can be found on the SCASA website.


Kwa Zulu Natal,  Ciro Coffee Academy

24-26 July 2018: WBC Training | Tuesday – Thursday

26 July 2018: Latte Art Training | Thursday afternoon

26 July 2018: Ibrik Demonstration | Thursday evening

27 July 2018: WBC Certification Exams

28 July 2018: Coffee in Good Spirits | Saturday Morning


What is WCEP?
 stands for World Competitions Education Program.  The WCEP was developed by World Coffee Events’ Instructional Design Sub-Committee (IDSC) to provide in-depth instruction about world competitions.


The WCEP is specifically focused on Competitions Training, to improve the understanding of this and includes reviewing current rules and regulations, competition procedures, judging skills, and how competitions are judged. These modules are suited for anyone interested in competition, as a judge, competitor or coach. They are also geared toward developing the competencies tested in the Judge Certification, which is a partner program from World Coffee Events. As such, these modules are not meant to be taught directly preceding any competition in order to allow time for practice and habituation of the materials. It is recommended that these modules are taught at least one month prior to the Judge Certification or three months prior to the national competition to allow attendees to hone their skills before attempting certification (if they so desire) or to fully prepare for competition either as a judge or a barista.


Completing WCEP for one of the WCE championships is equal to one year of this specific National Body sanctioned Championship judge experience for those who are interested in attending the WCE Judge Certification. All attendees who have attended and finished the course will receive an official certificate of participation.


Who is it right for?
The WCEP is NOT a test. It is competition training, done in the safety of a classroom, with room for questions and discussion, and it can be used for many purposes. It is good for:


  • People who aspire to be judges
  • Current NB judges who don’t have enough experience to take the Judge Certification
  • Current NB judges who want to improve their confidence/chances for passing the Judge Certification
  • World--‐Level Judges who want to refresh their skills


  • Aspiring Competitors
  • Competitors who want to understand how competition is scored
  • Competitors who want to deepen their competition understanding



The beauty of WCEP is that it goes deep with the information, training skills and is transparent. It essentially raises the perceived curtain on competitions, and allows anyone to deeply understand how competition works—from an expert’s perspective.

How much does it cost?

  • Space for only 16 trainees, of which 8 can do WBC Judges certification.
  • WCEP Training (All sessions except Friday certification) | R8000
  • WCEP & WBC Judges Certification (All sessions and qualify to complete WBC Judges certification examination) | R8000
  • Full payment secure space R8000


WBC Certification

There will be an opportunity to take part to World Barista Championship (WBC) Judge Certification.

To attend a WCE Judge Certification, participants must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Possess judging experience in one (1) world championship (World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Brewers Cup, World Barista Championship OR Two (2) years of judging experience at a national-level competition for Latte Art, Coffee in Good Spirits, Brewers Cup, or Barista Championships OR One (1) year of judging experience at a national-level WCE sanctioned competition AND one (1) fully completed World Competitions Education Program for the specific competition. Judging experience must be within the last 5 years to maintain eligibility. Additionally, participants are only eligible to certify for competitions in which they have experience judging.
  • Agree to abide by the WCE Judges Code of Conduct.
  • Pay all certification fees.
  • Pricing is set by the host of each event individual, and can vary



Cancellation and Refund Policy

SCASA reserves the right to cancel a WCEP at any time. In the event of a SCAE cancellation, registrants will be offered an opportunity to transfer registration to another planned workshop. In the event of a cancellation or no-show by a registrant without a valid reason (to be decided at the discretion of SCASA and WCEP instructors) an administration fee will be charged. - 20% of the registration fee for cancelation more than 10 working days of the start of the WCEP. - 50% of the registration fee for cancelation less than 10 working days of the start of the WCEP


How do you prepare for WCEP?
Read/learn and print out the Rules and Regulations and score-sheets of the competitions you are attending as well as Judges Code of Conduct. Prepare any questions you might have at this moment and check if they are answered during the training. If not, ask them at the end of the respective competition training,


How do I register?

  • Send email to and registration form can be completed
  • SCASA will send the invoice (Amanda Payne-James | SCASA Administration)
  • Registration is only definite after payment
  • For any other information, please contact Lani Snyman | | 083 445 5606


AGENDA | Training in Kwa Zulu Natal (Durban)

Monday 18h30pm Dinner with SCASA Board of Directors

Tuesday 24 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)
9am Welcome coffee
9.30am Introductions 
WBC S1 Sensory Judge Score-sheets
13h00pm Lunch
14h00pm WBC S2 Sensory Skills Application 
17h00pm End of the day

Wednesday 25 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)
9am Coffee to ease in the day and prepare your palate
9.30am UNV D1 Deliberation 
WBC S3 Sensory Judge Stage Behaviour 
13h00pm Lunch
14h00pm WBC S3 Sensory Judge Stage Behaviour UNV D2 Debriefing

17h00pm End of the day

18h00pm Ibrik demonstration (Venue to be confirmed)

Thursday 26 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)
7am - 9am Coffee to ease in the day at Creative Coffee Week HQ - Durban Promenade
9.30am UNV T1 Technical Judge Score-sheets
UNV T2 Technical Judge Stage Behaviour
13h00pm Lunch
14h00pm WLAC Judge Scoresheet, Calibration and Stage Behaviour  
17h30pm Attend the Almond Breeze Latte Art Throwdown (Venue to be confirmed)


Friday 27 July 2018 (Venue | Ciro Coffee Academy)

7am - 9am Coffee to ease in the day at Creative Coffee Week HQ - Durban Promenade
9.30-17.00 WBC Certification Exams

18h00 Creative Coffee Week get together (venue to be confirmed)


Saturday 28 July 2018 (Venue to be confirmed)
7am - 9am Coffee to ease in the day at Creative Coffee Week HQ - Durban Promenade
9.30am WCIGS Score-sheets & Stage Behaviour 
13h00pm End of the day

18h30pm Certificates to be handed out at Coffee Magazine Awards Gala Dinner

All times are estimates and can be changed at the discretion of the organisers, regular breaks will be scheduled as appropriate

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