AFCA is glad to announce the scores of the just concluded Africa Barista Challenge!

We would like to congratulate the winners and thank sponsors La Marzocco and USAid Tradehub for the organizing the first ever All Star Event.

No. Name Country Points
1. Craig Charity South Africa 455
2. Martin Shabaya Kenya 436
3. Mark Okutta Uganda 412
4. Dailess Nalwamba Zambia 262
5. Tadesse Werku Ethiopia 201.5

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Join us all in Kampala for next year’s event!


international baristas at the first ever African All Star Event


regional competitors at the first ever African All Star Event


female competitor at the first ever African All Star Event


barista participants from Ethiopia at the first ever African All Star Event

What participants said about the first ever All Stars Event in Africa

“I feel like I just came from stone age like yesterday! I thought I knew a lot about espresso and extraction only to find I was so not yet there. I personally learnt a lot from the all-stars baristas especially on technical and sensory point of view. I was so inspired by the story behind their area of excellence and really, This has helped me a lot in my day to day chores. In preparation to the KNBC and WBC am so sure from what I learnt from the All-Stars that we do have a great opportunity to be among the top baristas in the world. I thank all who were involved in this eye opener opportunity and God bless you.”

Martin Shabaya1st Runner Up

“I learnt several things form the All Stars Competition. Most important for me was how to extract a great espresso by focusing more on the Dose, Yield and time. Those three factors play a very big role in order to get a great espresso I learnt not to give up no matter how many times you compete when you have a goal and vision you will always achieve. I also learnt that when coming up with a signature beverage not only looking at the flavors found in your coffees but also how to work with different ingredients which can improve the coffee and create a new taste profile.”

Mark Okutta2nd Runner Up