The search for the UK’s top barista kicks off today.

London, January 17, 2024. La Cimbali, a sub brand of Cimbali Group, is proud to announce its sponsorship for the third time in a row of the SCA UK Barista Championship 2024, the UK’s premier coffee competition which brings together 52 of the country’s best industry professionals. The search for the UK’s top barista begins today with the competition kicking off and evolving with the following appointments:

  • Glasgow – 17th Jan – St Lukes, 17 Bain Street (Next door to Barrowlands), Calton, G40 2JZ
  • Manchester – 22nd-23rd Jan – Foundation Coee, 48 – 50 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6LS
  • Bristol – 27th Jan – Extract Coffee Roasters, Unit 1 New Gaon Rd, St Werburgh’s, Bristol BS2 9SH
  • London – 2nd-3rd Feb – Cimbali UK. 280 Centennial Park, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3ST
  • Semi Final & Final 22nd – 23rd March – TBC

Baristas will need to craft two Espresso, two Milk Beverages, and two Signature Beverages as part of the requirements. The reintroduction of the Signature Beverage in this season’s UKBC heats aims to better equip baristas for the semi-finals and finals, leading to the ultimate challenge of the World Barista Final. The victor of the 2024 UKBC will proceed to represent the UK at the World Barista Championship in Busan, South Korea, scheduled for May 2024.

As official gold sponsor, La Cimbali will provide 4 x M200 GT1 for competing baristas to use, during the UKBC.

Louise Felton, Cimbali Group Regional Director, UK & Ireland, commented: “We are tirelessly working behind the scenes at La Cimbali to ensure we are ‘competition ready,’ tackling the logistics to guarantee our M200 GT1 machines are set up flawlessly for every heat. Our highly efficient support team, who come with a fantastic range of technical and competition experience, will contribute to the smooth running of events from the heats through to the finals. So the competitors and the SCA can rest assured they will be in very safe hands with La Cimbali’s top talented UKBC support team.” 

Alexx McKendry, SCA UK National Coordinator, added: “Having La Cimbali on-board for another UK Barista Championship season means our competition standards continue to be industry-leading and our competitors are working on quality equipment that they can depend on. The La Cimbali M200 GT1 is a fantastic machine to have at heart of the competitions – and is enhanced by the generous support of the La Cimbali UK team who are invaluable to the smooth running of the competition season.”