We’re absolute and utter competition geeks, so we jumped at the chance to join SCA UK at this year’s first-ever Espressofest in Bristol, home of the UKBC semifinal and final rounds. Joined by some equally geeky friends – Cerianne Bury, Nick Mabey, and Jessie May Peters – we sat down with each UKBC finalist on Sunday, August 20, 2017 to learn more about their routines and chat through some of the conversations taking place within the industry this year.

Here, we’re joined by Dale Harris of Hasbean Coffee, who placed first and will go on to represent the UK at the WBC in Seoul next month. Together with Dale, the panel discusses everything from soil conditions and screen sizes to the value of competition, which sparks a much longer conversation about innovation, accessibility, objectivity vs. subjectivity, and the impact competition participation and success can have on a competitor and their business. Is the competition as strong as it once was?

📷: @allthesinglelattes for @sca_uk


Want to see Dale’s full finals round performance? SCA UK has you covered!