Minute Notes - January 10, 2019

Attending: Josh, Sam, Mike, Grant
Minutes by: Grant

2019 National Coffee In Good Spirits & Latte Art

  • Restaurants Canada has yet to confirm Coffee Sponsor as well as Alcohol Sponsor

  • Grant to connect with Hennessy via Adam to follow up on previous interest

  • 8/9 competitors have signed up for Latte Art

  • 7/9 competitors have signed up for CIGS

2019 National Brewers Cup & Tasters Cup

  • Competitor registration will be live next week

  • Judge + Volunteer callout will follow shortly

  • Event Host will be in charge of volunteers

  • Miguel will be the official WCE Judge and sanction the event

2019 National Barista Championship

  • Date will be within the dates: March 14-17, 2019 in Toronto, ON (pending confirmation from WCE Judge + Sanremo)

  • Hector will be the WCE Judge and sanction the event

  • Sanremo has confirmed that the first round of machines is complete and ready to air ship at the end of the month

  • There can be a maximum of 36 competitors with finalists moving on to the last day.

  • SCA Canada to explore the opportunity to host training workshops with Nuova Simonelli (ECM + Zuccarini) to help prepare competitors and maintain relationship


  • Sam will be putting together a master spreadsheet to clarify responsibilities of Committees, Event Hosts, Sponsors etc.

  • Grant will begin to compile official SCA Canada Document Packages (sponsors/event hosts/committee)

  • Grant to put a call out for Marketing & Communications Subcommittee, along with Marketing volunteers for the competitions

  • Terminology - ‘Qualifiers’ opposed to ‘Regionals’ - Competitors do not have to compete within their region

  • There is a 2020 Barista Championship Qualifier confirmed

Minute Notes - January 3, 2019

Attending: Sam, Adam, Mike, Grant
Minutes by: Grant


  • Next WW will be on Wednesday, January 9th at 6PM PST / 9PM EST

  • 002 will cover the Latte Art Competition and Sam Low is the guest speaker

  • 001 has been uploaded to the website.

  • Website has been updated to include tools and resources to help create strong National competitors to represent Canada on the world stage.


  • The 2019 Brewers Cup + Cup Tasters Championships will be hosted by Eight Ounce & Transcend on March 1 - 3 in Edmonton, Alberta at Transcend Coffee Roasters.

  • The Official Equipment Sponsor for Cup Tasters will be Technivorm Canada (Transcend).

  • Mike will not be present for the competitions, Miguel will sanction the event as head judge.

  • Registration will go up shortly, as will call out for judges + volunteers


  • The 2019 National Barista Championship will take place March 14-17 in Toronto, ON *Pending on WCE Judge schedule

  • The Sanremo Cafe Racer will be the official machine for the competitions.

  • Sanremo has approved Mahlkonig as the Grinder Sponsor for the 2019 competition.

  • Competitors may bring an EK43 if preferred.

  • Sanremo Italy has approved the first round of custom machines to be sent in time for the 2019 season.

  • Sanremo Italy has begun the process of creating an official line of customized machines exclusive for Canada, which will be ready for the 2020 season.

  • Mike will not be present, so a WCE certified judge has been confirmed to sanction the event.


  • Grant to connect with Brenda (RC Show) and confirm Alcohol, and Coffee sponsors.

  • Eight Ounce has applied to provide cups for Latte Art as well as sponsor the event.

  • Sam to connect with Pilot and see if Roastery space is available for training + calibration the day before the competitions begin (Saturday, February 23rd)

  • Mike will be present as the WCE certified judge


  • Put a call out for Judges + Volunteers for all competitions

  • Grant to re-activate Judge application forms on website

  • Grant to create an application for Marketing & Communications subcommittee

Minute Notes - December 14, 2018

Attending: Mike, Adam, Grant
Minutes by: Grant


  •  Grant to create an Education section on the website

  • Grant to embed Workshop Wednesday 001 Video to website and create story highlight to redirect people to the site.

  • Education committee in the process of creating an application for the website so that the Specialty Coffee Public may sign up to be a guest speaker or host.

  • Workshop Wednesday 002 will cover Latte Art Competition

  • Workshop Wednesday 003 will cover the Barista Championships



  • Sanremo has given the green light to bring on Mahlkonig as the Official Grinder Sponsor for 2019 Nationals

  • Proposed date is March 7 – 9, 2019 in Toronto, ON.

  • Three day competition will allow for two days of qualifiers so more competitors can take part.

  • Mike will not be present for the competition so Sanremo or SCA Canada to bring in a WCE certified judge to sanction the event.

  • Josh to connect with Mahlkonig.

  • Adam to connect with Mansi to create necessary contracts.

  • Host applications for 2020 season will remain open.



  • Bid of most support to the SCA and Specialty Coffee Community is Brewers Cup & Tasters Cup held at Transcend in Edmonton, AB, March 1st & 2nd or March 2nd & 3rd

  • Josh to confirm if Tecnhivorm Equipment Sponsor bid is for one year or two years.

  • Considering Th3rd Wave BC & CT bid to move to Montreal in collaboration with ECCM October 2019 for the 2020 competition season.

  • Hale Coffee Roasters under consideration for Eastern Qualifiers 2020 season.

  • An official decision has not yet been made on 2019 Nationals.

  • Host applications for 2020 season will remain open.



  • Restaurants Canada to reach out to sponsors

  • Require cup sponsor, alcohol sponsor, coffee sponsor.


Minute Notes - November 29, 2018

Attending: Josh, Sam, Adam, Grant, Mansi
Minutes by: Grant

*Note - Mansi Chokski is the North America Experience Director for the Specialty Coffee Association


  • There are currently three offers to host Cup Tasters & Brewers Cup in 2019.

  • Hale Coffee Roasters (Toronto) have proposed to host CT + BC 2019 on April 1st + 2nd.

  • Eight Ounce and Transcend (Calgary/Edmonton) have put in a joint proposal to host CT + BC 2019 on April 1st + 2nd.

  • Th3rd Wave (Montreal) have proposed to host CT + BC 2019 in February. Sam to reconnect with them and propose hosting in 2020 alongside East Coast Coffee Madness (ECCM).

  • Transcend as Technivorm Canada have put in a bid to the the Equipment Sponsor for CT. Josh to clarify if the bid is for one cycle (2019) or two cycles (2019/2020).

  • Applications for Equipment Sponsors + Hosts 2019/2020 are still open.


  • Grant to connect with RC Show and finalize marketing roll out.

  • Grant to begin promoting to potential competitors.

  • Sam to finalize competitor registration with RC Show


  • Three Equipment Sponsor bids were received for 2019/2020: Nuova Simonelli, La Marzocco, and Sanremo. Two of the bids also included Host Proposals for 2019/2020 Regionals and Nationals, along with ongoing support throughout the annual cycles. All three bids show tremendous support for the SCA Canada, our members, and the Canadian specialty coffee community as a whole.

  • The vote was 3/4 in favour of Sanremo as the Official Equipment Sponsor for the Barista Championships in 2019/2020. Sanremo Canada will also be the Event Host for the National Barista Championships in 2019, which will be held in Toronto at the end of February/Beginning of March.

  • The National Coordinators felt that the chosen bid shows incredible support for competitors and potential competitors across Canada, financial support for the SCA Canada annually, Regional and National Competition support in 2020, and educational support for communities across Canada during two competition cycles.

  • The bid is as follows: Support from Sanremo Canada, Sanremo USA, Sanremo Italy. Sanremo will build three custom machines for the Canadian Barista Championship Regional and National cycles in 2019/2020. Sanremo will also provide six grinders, technical support, staff, and equipment transport in the 2019/2020 seasons. Sanremo will bring in their international team members to host workshops and/or talks to encourage new competitors and support current competitors. Team members include but not limited to: Agnieszka Rojewska, Sasa Sestic, Hugh Kelly, and John Gordon. Sanremo will host additional free ‘barista bootcamps’ in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Additionally, in these cities Sanremo will provide space and equipment for competitors and potential competitors to practice at no cost to them. Sanremo to implement a merchandise program with proceeds allocated to SCA Canada to further support and raise awareness. Sanremo to host the 2019 National Barista Championships in Toronto. Sanremo to host Regionals + Nationals in 2020 (in the case that SCA Canada do not receive appropriate proposals to host). Financial support to the SCA Canada in 2019. Financial support to the SCA Canada in 2020.

  • Mansi to provide SCA Canada with legal assistance in setting up contracts based on Specialty Coffee Association structures and guidelines.

  • Grant to follow up with Nuova Simonelli, La Marzocco, and Sanremo.

  • SCA Canada to explore proposed competitor workshops with La Marzocco, Crush The Rush, and offer support and guidance.

  • Host Applications for 2020 Regionals/Nationals will remain open.


  • Specialty Coffee Association is working on a project which will provide guidance and support to host Education Seminars and additional events internationally.

  • A pilot of this project is under consideration for Canada during 2019.

  • Sam to connect with Mansi and discuss further about collaboration.

  • ECCM has expressed interest to host official SCA Classes during event in 2019.

  • SCA Canada to continue discussion surrounding an SCA Canada Member gathering at the SCA Expo in Boston.

Minute Notes - November 22, 2019 - 5PM EST

Attending: Josh, Sam, Mike, Grant
Minutes by: Grant

*Note - Grant Gamble was appointed National Marketing & Communications Coordinator following Gabriel Navarro’s resignation November 1st

Due to time and resource constraints we are considering hosting only National Level Competitions for the 2019 season. This is not uncommon for SCA Chapters internationally.


  • Eight Ounce has expressed interest in hosting Nationals for both competitions

  • Transcend has expressed interest in hosting National Cup Tasters

  • Propeller and Hale have both expressed interest in hosting both competitions

  • Applications to Host and/or Equipment Sponsors are still open


  • National Latte Art and Coffee In Good Spirits will be hosted in Toronto February 24 - 26 at the RC Show (Restaurants Canada), and Dalla Corte Canada will be the Machine Sponsor.

  • Sam has created forms for competitor sign-ups and submitted to RC Show. A revision has to be made and competitor registration will be open shortly after.

  • Competitors are to sign up via RC Show website, or SCA Canada website. There will be a registration fee (TBD) to help cover cost of sending 2019 winners to worlds.

  • Grant is to handle marketing and promotion in collaboration with RC Show when materials are available.


  • We have opened up bids for Equipment Sponsors for a multi-year contract (2 competition cycles) to give value to sponsors and consistency for competitors. Equipment Sponsor to provide equipment (machines, grinders) for Regionals + Nationals, tech support, staff, and financial support to SCA Canada.

  • Event Host is to take on the responsibility of organizing and covering costs of hosting a National Level competition (venue, electrical/water, rentals, marketing materials, judges expenses, travel expenses for winner).

  • There are currently three Machine Companies with unique offers. The cities under review are Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto. The SCA will choose the bid that best will benefit and support competitors and members.

  • Currently the bid that best supports the above is: A joint National Event Host + National/Regional Equipment Sponsor package for 2019/2020 competition seasons and additional financial support. National Barista Championship 2019 hosted in Toronto. Offer of space and equipment in Vancouver + Toronto for competitors to practice at no cost to them. Leading into 2020 competition season, Regional Level competitions will take place with equipment provided, and workshops taking place in cities across Canada to encourage baristas to familiarize with equipment and consider joining SCA / competing. Regional/National Barista Championships 2020 location(s) TBD based on Event Host applications.

  • Applications for Event Host and/or Equipment Sponsor for 2019 Barista Championships will close on Wednesday, November 28th. A decision will be made on Thursday, November 29th.


  • Applications for 2019/2020 Brewers Cup and Cup Tasters will remain open.

  • We encourage potential Event Host applicants (for all competitions) to plan ahead and apply for 2020 season and beyond if 2019 is discouraging. We want to give equal opportunity to all to host Regional/National level competitions in their communities.

  • We are working on providing more communication and forward planning as the Canadian Chapter of the SCA.

NEXT MEETING - Thursday, November 29th, 2018