At the SCASA (Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa) National Coffee competition that was held at Hostex in Gauteng early March, Wency Masawi, an Accredited Speciality Coffee Trainer from Tanaka Coffee and African Roots, Umhlanga, was crowned as the Cup Tasting Champion for the whole country. He will travel to Poland in October to compete at the World Cup Tasters and Latte Art Championships.
Get U Noticed clients Allan and Richard Hirsch, both coffee lovers, recently paid Wency a visit to congratulate him on his win, ask him a few tips and find out more about cupping. Wency explained that cupping is a method of evaluating different characteristics of a particular coffee bean. “It allows us to compare different coffees and get a better understanding of them. It is a great evaluation tool for something that changes from coffee estate to estate, region to region or country to country.” He told them. His favourites, and trending right now are Ethiopia’s Kochere coffee and Rwanda’s Bako.
Incidentally, research shows that coffee may help to boost metabolism and brain power, as well as potentially lower type 2 diabetes risk, among many other perks.

CAPTION: Coffee lovers, Allan and Richard Hirsch getting some great coffee tips from South Africa’s Cup Tasters Champion Wency Masawi from African Roots (Umhlanga). Hirsch’s has one of the largest ranges of coffee machines in the country.

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