2018 UAE National Barista Championship to Take Place at GulfHost 2018

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Baristas from all Emirates will compete for industry acclaim, prizes, and the chance to represent the UAE for world championship in Boston

2018 UAE National Barista Championship to Take Place at GulfHost 2018

In association with World Coffee Events, the Specialty Coffee Association UAE Chapter (SCA/UAE) is delighted to announce details of the 2018 UAE National Barista Championship, with incredible industry prizes awarded to the finalists and winner.

Taking place October 30th to November 1st at GulfHost 2018, baristas from all Emirates will compete for industry acclaim, prizes, and the chance to represent the UAE at the World Barista Championship, taking place in Boston, USA in 2019 with return flights and accommodation provided by the SCA/UAE.

For the first time ever the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competitors from the championship will be awarded with top prizes as all three will receive a full week of brewing and sensory training at MUMAC Academy in Milan, Italy, with return flights and accommodation provided by Gruppo Cimbali.

Khalid Al Mulla, National Coordinator of the SCA/UAE, says “We believe this year’s competition is the most exciting yet. Aside from the winner representing the UAE in Boston next year, three competitors will have the opportunity to train at MUMAC Academy - one of the best coffee training academies in the world. MUMAC and Gruppo Cimbali’s support is a significant development for specialty coffee in the UAE. Our community continues to grow with every Championship and UAE barista’s have started to make their mark on the global stage.”


Registration information

The Championship is open to all coffee industry baristas, professionals, and specialty coffee enthusiasts residing in the UAE for a minimum of two years and in possession of a UAE residence visa.

Registration is on first come first served basis due to limited competitor places.

The registration form and the Competition rules and regulations can be obtained by emailing [email protected].


About the World Barista Championship

The competition focuses on promoting excellence in coffee, advancing the barista profession, and engaging a worldwide audience with an annual championship event that serves as the culmination of local and regional events around the globe.

Each year, more than 50 champion competitors each prepare 4 espressos, 4 milk drinks, and 4 original signature drinks to exacting standards in a 15-minute performance set to music.

WCE Certified Judges from around the world evaluate each performance on the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill, and overall presentation.

The ever-popular signature beverage allows baristas to stretch their imagination and the judges’ palates to incorporate a wealth of coffee knowledge into an expression of their individual tastes and experiences.

The top 15 highest-scoring competitors from the first round, plus wild-card winner from the Team Competition, advance to a semi-final round. The top 6 competitors in the semi-final round advance to the finals round, from which one winner is named World Barista Champion!


About Specialty Coffee Association UAE Chapter (SCA/UAE)

The Specialty Coffee Association United Arab Emirates Chapter represents the UAE coffee community by producing world-class events such as the UAE National Barista Championship that feeds into the World Championships.  The Chapter also works towards promoting cutting edge education, research, and raising the coffee standards in the UAE to the highest level possible across the entire coffee value chain.  The UAE Chapter’s goal is that of bringing together the UAE coffee community and promoting best practices and professionalism in an atmosphere that is inclusive and enjoyable for all involved.


About World Coffee Events

World Coffee Events is a subsidiary of the Specialty Coffee Association, dedicated to increasing access to specialty coffee programming and community by producing the World Coffee Championships and other events. For the championships, WCE works with host partners to deliver engaging live experiences that are streamed to a global internet audience.


About SCA UAE Educational Program

This program aims to develop the UAE Specialty Coffee Community to the highest standards possible through a slate of UAE based Authorized SCA Trainers (AST) and coffee professionals who use their knowledge and training skills to deliver SCA courses and assess participants via written and practical examinations, passage of which is required prior to each candidate being awarded official SCA Certification for each module.


About Our Sponsors

The SCA/UAE has partnered with incredible and renowned international and local brands to work towards making the 2018 UAE National Barista Championship a success. 

The incredible slate of sponsors includes brands such as:

Dubai World Trade Centre

The epicenter for business tourism in the region, Dubai World Trade Centre have been connecting people through the events they host, as well as by playing a major role within Dubai’s economy, attracting revenue for the city’s sights, restaurants and hotels.

La Cimbali

An iconic made-in-Italy brand of excellence, renowned for its expertise as a designer of commercial machines for preparing espresso and milk based coffee beverages.


A long standing brand with a lengthy record as a pioneering designer, manufacturer and distributor of espresso machines with attractive design and innovative technology.

La Marquise International

One of the leading distributor companies in Professional Equipment, F&B Products and Ingredients for Pastry, Bakery and Gelato in the UAE.  La Marquise International represents over 20 prestigious brands from Italy, France, Germany, Ireland and the USA, with ambitious plans for future expansion.

Mokha 1450 Coffee Lounge

Located on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Mokha 1450 Coffee lounge engages in Direct Trade with women-owned and operated coffee cooperatives to offer unique support for women who are involved in 90% of the coffee value chain but represent less than 10% of ownership and management globally.  The Lounge offers a few worlds’ first and unique specialty coffee experiences such as highly scored coffees that are available nowhere else in the world prepared via the most well known coffee brewing methods, at the customer’s table via a portable bar. 

The company also debuted the concept of a specialty coffee lounge that is a coffee shop by day with a lounge type atmosphere at night with coffee inspired non-alcoholic mocktails and exquisite desserts alongside traditional coffee offerings. 

Coffee Museum

The only one of its kind in the UAE, the Dubai Coffee Museum is located in one of Dubai’s heritage hubs.  Dubai Coffee Museum is a platform to know more about coffee, coffee history and traditional coffee drinking culture.

SF Chocolates

A family-owned company with deep European traditions, producing the finest artisan Belgian Chocolate that is free of preservatives or artificial colorant at their well equipped and certified chocolate facility in Dubai.



Brewing Gadgets

A Dubai-based company with humble beginnings in the year 2011. Brewing gadgets provides their customers with the newest innovations and the best equipment, tools and supplies available.

RAW Coffee Company

A long-standing pillar of the coffee community in Dubai, RAW Coffee Company is a boutique Roastery supplying restaurants, businesses and homes with premium 100% organic, 100% Fair Trade coffee.

Gold Box Roastery

Firmly focused on roasting some of the finest specialty coffees from around the world and it aims to showcase the world’s best specialty coffees and provide baristas with beans that they can be proud of - as they apply their own skills to deliver the perfect cup of coffee.

Coffee Planet

Coffee Planet was born in Arabia and their goal is to help more people experience the finest global Arabica coffee that has been roasted, here on the peninsula, for over 500 years.

Seven Fortunes Coffee Roasters

A locally owned Specialty Coffee Roastery based in the industrial area of Al Quoz. Seven Fortunes is a homegrown concept providing specialty coffee.

Emirati Coffee Co.

Has a roastery that is situated at Al Quoz Industrial Area, and a coffee shop in Dar Wasl Mall, Dubai. Emirati Coffee Co. emphasizes on providing exceptional high quality coffee, excellent added service and specialty coffee education. 

El Matador

Is a specialty coffee roaster, owned by an Emirati who also roast their coffee. El matador is passionate about quality and strives is to bring customers the finest specialty coffee. We commit to source the best green beans in the most direct way possible to bring you unique flavors of the highest standards.

The Roasting House

Is proud to be one of the first certified Saudi Arabian specialty coffee roasters, established in 2013 with a vision of spreading Specialty Coffee through Excellence in providing fully traceable, community support, and sustainable Specialty Coffee beans and brewing equipment. The Roasting House is the official distributor of strong international brands including HARIO, Commandante, and Cafflano