The Specialty Coffee Association Canada Chapter (SCA Canada) came out for a site visit to the CASO station on Wednesday to look at the space and plan out the stages for the upcoming barista competition.

Pictured Above: Alex Lee (Sine Coffee Labs Co-Owner and the SCA Competition Coordinator), Eugenio Adiletta (Sanremo Coffee Machines), Maria Fiallos (Las Chicas Del Cafe/Streamliners Espresso Bar), Amanda DeVries (Amanda DeVries Content + Creative), Sarah Noble (St. Thomas EDC), and Grayden Laing (Laing Studios/Establish Media) – Photo by Rachael Helm (Afternoon Bloom/Las Chicas del Cafe)

SCA Canada barista competition
SCA Canada representatives and the St. Thomas Barista Competition Committee meeting at the CASO Station to discuss stage layout.

Alex Lee, Sine Coffee Labs Co-Owner and the SCA Competition Coordinator (Halifax), had this to say “The venue is stunning, I don’t have experience working in rural areas, but this event looks like it will really showcase the arts of the participating baristas to the broader public”

Eugenio Adiletta, from Sanremo Coffee Machines (BC), who is supplying all the equipment for the baristas was “very pleased to see how beautiful and big the space was, when I saw the measurements I at first thought they were in feet and not metres. It’s got very nice natural light that will create a great atmosphere, and once the coffee gets rolling it will release great aromas in the air.”

handmade tote bags made from burlap coffee bags
Maria Fiallos revealing the handmade tote bags made from burlap coffee bags that will be sold at the event.

Maria Fiallos, co-owner of Las Chicas del Cafe, and the driving force behind bringing the SCA barista competition to St. Thomas was excited to be able to meet with Alex and Eugenio to get the initial planning for the space started so early. “It’s so exciting. It’s really happening. It was last September when we started talking about it and now it’s a month and a half away! I’ve been focused on the baristas and I want it to be a great experience for the competitors, because what they’re doing is really amazing.

This September, St. Thomas will be host to the first SCA Canada competition event ever held in a rural area. So, mark Sept 8-10 on your calendar and be a part of coffee and Canadian history.

SCA Canada Barista Competition Eastern Qualifiers Poster
SCA Canada Barista Competition Eastern Qualifiers Poster