2014 Competitors

agustina-roman

ARGENTINA
Agustina Román
Coffee Town

My name is Agustina, I’m 24 years old and I’m from San Miguel, Buenos Aires. I am the principle barista at “”Coffee Town”” which is the first Café with Speciality Coffee in Argentina. Coffee Town is situated inside an antique, indoor market (which was built in 1891). It’s in the heart of my adopted neighbourhood, San Telmo. I also work in “Centro de Estudios del Café”, where we teach courses in barismo and coffee cupping. When I am not working, I like to experiment with and cup new samples of coffee that arrive every day. Also, I would love to learn the art of roasting coffee. In my free time I am always in the kitchen cooking, its is an art form I really love and I feel that when my food complements with my coffee, a better experience is impossible.

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craig-simon

AUSTRALIA
Craig Simon
Think Tank Coffee

Craig Simon is a 2 time Australian Barista Champion and runs his own consulting business “Think Tank Coffee” where he teaches and works collaboratively with Ninety Plus Coffee and Alpha Dominche. He also works for Veneziano Coffee Roasters as a barista and roasting trainer and with their direct relationship farmers to source green coffee.

Craig has spent the last 6 years working collaboratively with two farmers in Particular, Emilio Lopes of El Manzano and Joseph Brodsky of Ninety Plus Gesha Estates to make better and better coffee.

Through these relationships he has pushed into the uncomfortable realm of experimentation, learned to trust his instincts, accepting failure, and embracing success, as he feels this is what makes coffees exceptional. He’s constantly asking “what’s next?”

From this has formed lasting friendships and a constant joy in sharing coffee.

Craig’s credentials-

  • 2012 & 2014 Australian Barista Champion
  • 2012 Victorian Cupping Champion
  • Certified Q Grader
  • SCAA Lead Instructor

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sonja-zweidick

AUSTRIA
Sonja Zweidick
La Cabra Kaffe Mmekka

My interest in coffee came through wine which shares a lot of the complex structure of coffee. I have been in the coffee industry for about 2 years now. There have been many challenges but it has been a thrilling job so far; there is still so much more to learn. These are pretty exciting times for me as well! I am proud to have recently been named the first female Austrian Barista Champ. I also just started a new job at La Cabra, a coffee bar and roastery in Aarhus, Denmark.

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Charlene-De-Buysere

BELGIUM
Charlene De Buysere
OR Coffee Roasters

I am a barista/Trainer in coffee
I started working for OR Coffee Roasters 5 years ago
OR Coffee Roasters is a small roastery in Belguim Near Ghent we only work with specialty coffee and tea.
We have a team of about 23 people. and 3 espressobars one in Ghent and two in Brussels.
What I love about OR is the strenght of a team. every individual counts! Every day I learn from our team.
Feedback is what keeps you going and a personal passion for a beautiful product.
I won the Belguim Aeropress championships in 2011
Belguim Brewerscup 2011
world Aeropress championships 2012
secret shopper at nordic barista cup 2012
Belguim Barista 2014

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leo-moco

BRAZIL
Léo Moço
Café do Moço

My name is Leo Moço, I was born in Rio de Janeiro and I’m 35 years old. I am graduate in IT and Nutrition, married and with a 4 years daughter. I’ve already worked in the USA taking Brazilian’s coffee to New York and today I live in Curitiba where I could open my coffee roast, Café do Moço, and the Barista Coffee Bar, a project that aims to spread the special coffee culture in Brazil offering good beverage with fare prices. I went to the Brazilian Barista Championship for nine years until I could get here to represent my country in the WBC.

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ben-put

CANADA
Ben Put
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

This is my fifth year participating in barista competitions. I am a five time regional champion and I have placed second in Canada for the past three years. This is my first year as Canadian champion.

Last year I had the pleasure of coaching Jeremy Ho, the 2012 Canadian Barista Champion, at the WBC in Melbourne and I was the coach for the 2011 Canadian Cup Tasters Champion at the WBC in Vienna.

I started as a barista at Phil & Sebastian in 2007. Currently I oversee all facets of our espresso, including developing roast profiles, tasting production, creating brew parameters, and programming espresso machines. I also do a small amount of barista training and work the occasional bar shift.

This year I traveled to Panama and Costa Rica to visit farms, meet producers and select a coffee to compete with.

My wife, Tara, has been directly involved in each of of the 14 competitions I have competed in.

I’m a big fan of Reg Barber, but this year I have chosen to use a custom ergonomic tamper designed by my brother.

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Wu-yalian

CHINA
Yalian Wu
Chu Family Cafe

My name is Wu Yalian. I come from China. This is my 7th year as a barista. Very glad to be here today.

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nicolas-rico

COLOMBIA
Nicolas Rico
Amor Perfecto

I’m a chemical engineer. I paid my carreer with my job as a barista. I began working as a barista 9 years ago. The love for coffee quickly grasped my heart and now is the big passion in my life.

Now I’m the head roaster for a a quality driven roastery in Colombia called Amor Perfecto.

I respect very much the work that farmers do to produce outstanding coffees. So I try to connect with them by visiting coffee plantations as much as possible. It is at origin that the magic of great coffee begins!

I’m engaged to Liliana Torres and we plan to get married soon!

I’m a big fan of football and my favorite team is Manchester United.

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maria-auxiliadora-bonilla

COSTA RICA
Maria Auxiliadora Bonilla
Cafe Don Mayo

Since I was born I have been living from coffee production. And seven years ago I had a dream…to have a Coffee shop were I could offer the coffee that my family produced.

So I became a Barista in 2008, but it was until 2012 that I could open my dreamed coffee Shop.

However I never thought that someday I would become a Barista Champion.

I competed for the first time because I wanted to learn more about coffee preparations, latte art and infusions, but I certainly have to say that this changed my life….

This year is my second World Barista Championship, and the Barista that I am now is another one.

I am a barista, a business woman and a mom….It has been two years of lots of work, sacrifice and learning…but the most important thing I always say, is that the goal in life is enjoying what you do….that is why I feel like a lucky woman.

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michael-kocman

CZECH REPUBLIC
Michal Kocman
Coffee Fusion

Barista
Owner coffee house with speciality coffee in Brno, COFFEE FUSION
Czech barista champion 2009
28 th place World barista champion 2009, Atlanta
2013 Champion Barista of Grand Prix C.B.A.

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soren-stiller-markussen

DENMARK
Søren Stiller Markussen
GreatCoffee

Two and a half years ago I opened my own coffeeshop, mcroroastery and academy in Aarhus, Denmark. Every year i tralvel to the coffee farms from where I source my coffee establishing a long term realtionship and building new relationship – so I understan how to prepare the perfect cup. I have been competing since 2006 – and every year I consequensely try to improve myself and my skills – adapting this into my coffeeshop and academy. I have to be honerst and ermit – I love to compete, because its improves my understanding for craftmanship.

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Vinicio-Bastidas

ECUADOR
Vinicio Bastidas
CafeLogia

I am proud to be the first Ecuadorian barista in participating in this event,
I was born in Quito, Ecuador. My country produces one of the best coffees in the world and I am committed to promoting it everywhere.
I started in the coffee world 4 years ago, first as a curiosity but increasingly has captivated me and I have continued learning and teaching as well.
One of the things I like most is that in the coffee value chain can meet people, many places, many processes, many flavors and to contribute to the quality of coffee and also the quality of life of many people.

As a barista I feel very lucky to live in a producing country, because I have the opportunity to be very close to farmers, and have a closer relationship with what I’m serving.

I hope to move forward successfully in this competition with the intention of breaching all Ecuadorians baristas who come behind.

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william-hernandez

EL SALVADOR
William Hernandez
Viva Espresso

This year will be my second time competing at the World Barista Championship. last year, at the WBC in Melbourne I finished 3rd and was happy with the result because it was my first time competing, but more importantly because I learned a lot and made many new friends. This year, I found another really great coffee and a been training very hard with my team, so I hope to make a good job in Italy as well.

I feel really proud to represent my country and to be part of an award-winning roastery like Viva Espresso in El Salvador. I have been working as a barista for a little over 2 years now.

I was very happy when my friend Alejandro Mendez became the first World Barista Champion from a coffee producing country.

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helka-ikonen

FINLAND
Helka Ikonen
Cafe Art

I’m a 21 year old student from Turku, Finland. Most of my time I’m reading or making espresso. I’m studying Pedagogics in the University of Turku and working as a barista in Cafe Art. While working in Cafe Art, coffee has become one of my main intrests beside studying. I also like to run, meet my friends and play music. Coffee may not be the thing I’m going to do for living in the future but I’m quite sure It’s going to be a life-time friend of mine.

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FRANCE
Luca Casadei

I live in Paris and I love coffee in Every way, it’s my second time in WBC….so now just enjoy,taste amazing coffee, and do the best of my self in this amazing Competition.

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erna-tosbery

GERMANY
Erna Tosberg
roestbar

Hi! I’m Erna and I love coffee! I work as a barista in Münster, Germany, at roestbar, a local roaster with four coffee shops. As SCAE authorized trainer my work also includes training our staff and interested people which is a great opportunity to share my passion for specialty coffee.

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christos-loukakis

GREECE
Christos Loukakis
TAF

WORLD LATTE ART CHAMPION 2011

COFFEE ADDICTED

NEVER WORKING ALONE

ALWAYS HELPING PEOPLE AND LEARN FROM THEM

CHARMING AND DANCING BARISTA

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GUATEMALA
Jose Miguel Echeverria Donis
Cafe El Injerto

My name is Jose Miguel Echeverria I have 27 years old, i live in a beautiful country named Guatemala.
I describe my self as a friendly, positive person. Capable of taking on challenges im very determined with lots of dreams and goals.
I enjoy every moment with my family and friends and I like to shares with them a good cup of coffee.
I’m a ver hard worker person, I approach in learn new things every day.
One of my hobbies is to skate with my friends in my free time.
I studied graphic design in 2007 were I learn design strategies. In 2012 I studied Business Administration. This experience helps me to have a good administration in the caffeeshop.
Currently I’m in charge of the Coffee School were I increase my abilities and knowledge providing a high-caliber education of coffee. This makes me feel proud of my self because I’m reaching every dream and every goal I have in my life.

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HONDURAS
Jose Luis Herrera Madrid
Cafe La Estanciajose-luis-herrera-madrid

Tri Champ Honduras, barista for about 7 years.

kapo-chiu

HONG KONG
Kapo Chiu
The Cupping Room

Kapo is a 2-time Hong Kong Barista Champion. Kapo worked in coffee for 4 years and he has been competing for 3 now. He owns a coffee shop in Hong Kong, The Cupping Room.

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krisztian-nagy

HUNGARY
Krisztian Nagy
Expresso Cafe Hungary

My name is Krisztian Nagy and I am 35 years old. My passion is coffee and I am currently the senior office manager at a speciality cafe chain in Hungary. Last year I was chosen in the first 10 best baristas in Hungary by the coffee customers and this year I won the barista championship in Hungary.

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yushua-tanu

INDONESIA
Yoshua Tanu
Common Grounds Coffee Roastery

I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and studied abroad in California, USA. This will be my first time representing Indonesia in the World Barista Championships. I own a two cafe’s in Jakarta named Pandava Coffee and Common Grounds Coffee Roastery. I am truly excited to be able to meet top baristas from around the world!

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pete-williams

IRELAND
Pete Williams
3fe

My name is Pete i’m currently the head roaster for 3fe where I’ve been working pretty much since 2011, I’ve done everything in the company starting as barista to working in the kitchen to becoming the manager of the cafe until i got the chance to open the roastery at the end of last year. This is my second year competing where I managed to come third in 2012.

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giacomo-vannelli

ITALY
Giacomo Vannelli
Pasticceria Vannelli

I have been breathing the coffee atmosphere in the coffee family business since i was a little boy. I attended a lot of courses and I worked in Italy and in the England -London as a Barista.
I met the best baristas in the world and i realized how the coffee world is infinive.
Be a barista is not only a job , it is an opportunity to comunicate every day to ordinary people whay coffee is about.
For this reason i continue to discovery this fantastic world trought out studing, experimenting innovation, visiting directly farms and roasting my onw coffees.
Coffee is my biggest passion.
Im so lucky to do what i love every day.

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hidenori-izaki

JAPAN
Hidenori Izaki
Maruyama Coffee Co., Ltd

Hello guys, I’m Hide from Maruyama coffee in Japan. I’m very glad to be here again. Last year, I was on 13 place where is so much close to the semi final. I’ve learned just 0.5 point differences decide everything. However through out this experience, I’ve never been pessimistic! I just can’t wait to competing WBC again, and I’m sure it will be so much fun! Thank you guys! Pura Vida!

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eric-kithinji

KENYA
Eric Kithinji
NAIROBI JAVA HOUSE LIMITED

I have been a Barista for 5 years and this is my first time competing at the world level. I just love making great cups of coffee and also putting a smile to my guests.

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vaiva-maskovaite

LITHUANIA
Vaiva Maskovaite
Caravan

Got into coffee back in 2011, but found the true passion for it once moved over to London in 2012. Worked at Harris + Hoole, growing speciality coffee chain in United Kingdom. Now part of Caravan, leading speciality coffee shop/roastery in London.

Grew up with two older brothers, so a total tomboy. Not spoiled, but quite stubborn and stick to my opinion, if I know I’m right. Love hosting parties or just having people over because I get to make breakfast – the best part of the day! Have you ever tried cereal or PJ sandwich for dinner? Breakfast makes me happy.

Can’t imagine my life without books. Reading is my other passion that feeds the soul.

The best part of my job is the people, coffee people to be precise. Starting with fellows baristas, roasters, going to the farmers. Everyone that’s involved with coffee seems to be very positive and joyful – an amazing community all over the world.

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Erika-Chagoya-Leon

MEXICO
Erika Chagoya León
GRADIOS!

I come from the family that worked in the coffee farm, and I really know the hard work they have to do everyday.
I believe in the fair trade for all the people that work, produce and take care the coffee.
I have been drinking coffee since I had 4 years old because My grandparents love it and They teached me to enjoy it. They are from Veracruz.
And I always wanted to have a coffee shop, and now, It is a dream come true.
I have been working in this industry for the last 7 years and I really enjoy it.
But I love the service and I would like to do something for the people that work in the coffee industry and for my country.
We have amazing coffee, just We need to chose the correct process and learn more and more about this coffee universe.

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Coen-van-Sprang-The-Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS
Coen van Sprang
Bocca Coffee Roasters

I am 29 years old and living in beautiful Amsterdam together with my girlfriend. We both like good food so we often hang out on food markets and go to restaurants when we have the chance. I also can’t wait to get my golfclubs again when WBC preps are over. Playing golf for hours with friends, walking in the forest, complete silence only the sound of birds singing.

Since 1,5 year I am working for Bocca Coffee Roasters after working for years in an espressobar as a barista and shop manager. I really wanted to learn so much more about coffee itself and till now this is the best decision I made.

I am really happy that Amsterdam is taking off now, coffee wise. Many shops and small roasters are opening their doors. More and more people get aware of what specialty coffee is.

In 2012 I jointed the World Barista Championships for the last time. Last year I took a year off to get some new inspiration. I did went to Melbourne which was a great experience. Right now I am so excited to compete again and show my story and routine to everybody.

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hiroko-hanna-teramoto

NEW ZEALAND
Hiroko Hanna Teramoto
Espresso Workshop

My name is Hanna Teramoto.
I introduce myself as ‘Hanna’ because that’s how my coffee friends know me back in New Zealand.
I’m originally Japanese, and moved to New Zealand 7 years ago. Since then, I’d been making coffee, and competed in the national championships 5 times. I’m looking forward to making many friends at the WBC :)

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tore.overleir_NM

NORWAY
Tore Øverleir
Dromedar Kaffebar

I grew up in a small town with 500 inhabitants in the northern part of Norway. If you have ever been a tourist in Norway you probably tried to get to Nordkapp. And if you did, you probably passed by my home town, because the main road to the north is basically the most important thing that happens there. My parents ran the local gas-station….. I started working there when I was 7.
Thats where I got spoon-fed the customer service side of my profession as a barista.

Later I tried to make it as a musician,- I played bass and trumpet. I try to implement the progression of self development I learned from playing music into my barista development. Listening to tapes of rehearsal is like tasting my brews, always looking to improve them. Detailed focus on technique and attention to details is common to music and coffee as ways to greaten the experience.

I got into coffee by coincidence. After a failed music project I really needed a job and I was drawn to coffee by the enthusiasm of the local coffee shop Dromedar.

I competed in the world brewers cup in Vienna in 2012 and placed 2nd in the norwegian brewers cup in 2013 and 2014, and also 2nd in the national aeropress championship this year.

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harrysson-neira

PERU
Harrysson Neira
El Café de Harry

I’m 24 years old, I stuied Culinary art and a Like cook a lot, I live whit my family, we are two girls and me :-)
I have a coffee brand, roast coffee for some restaurants and cafés around Lima, and this year i will opend my own shop.
I belive in just make what you love, so that what i’m doing and in my shop i will represent this,
I love dance; In my free time i like to go out and dance.. and go to the beach,

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kevin-israel-fortu

PHILIPPINES
Kevin Israel Fortu
EDSA Beverage Design Group

I am currently working at the EDSA Beverage Design Group as coffee bar manager and trainer. I got into coffee when I was introduced to the Barista Guild of the Philippines in 2009, I started my career when I joined some of the barista competitions in our country in the year 2010 After I won for the first time, I keep on joining barista competitions every year. 2012 I started to work as a full time barista in one of the first third wave coffee shop in my country. I love exploring coffee, and love the coffee community. I am happy to be part of the coffee industry.

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katarzyna-Zyzalo

POLAND
Katarzyna Zyzało

I am very happy to compete again in WBC. My first time was in Vienna. Last year unfortunately we didn’t have competition in Poland… But I was in Melbourne as a trainer.

I started my adventure with coffee in 2008. Every year brings me something new and I feel that I still have to learn a lot. The most important experience until this day was the origin trip to Central America, especially Guatemala. I always believed in coffees from exactly this country. I met there a lot of fantastic people, saw amazing coffee experiments and I know that have to come back there.

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david-coelho

PORTUGAL
David Coelho

My name is David Coelho, I’m 31 years old and I have a degree on Human Resources but my passion is coffee, as I’m living with it since 8 years old…

I live in Sintra, a beatiful village considered World Heritage, close to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and close to the sea.

I work everyday at “”PaniCoelho””, a Portuguese Bakery / Coffee Shop where I have the pleasure to deal with coffee and consumers on a daily basis.

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daniel-rivera

PUERTO RICO
Daniel Rivera
Hacienda San Pedro

I mixed the Industrial Design and the Barista Profession to construct the greatest dreams.
I start competing in barista nationals and now I’m in a great projects, recovering the industry of Puerto Rico’s coffee
working together with the best coffee producers, promoting the specialty coffee standards and services.
I work daily in the Hacienda San Pedro Coffee Shops pouring the best espresso of my country, I educated the costumers how their invest impact the coffee farm when they are supporting the local specialty coffee producers.

And also in february, 2013 I design a educational station in my bicycle where I visit public places to brew fresh ground local coffee and serve specialty drinks based on coffee, with out electricity just for go out of the normal perception of coffee serve in espresso.

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geunha-park

REPUBLIC OF KOREA
GeunHa Park
Fritz Coffee Corp.

나는 2001년에 커피를 시작했다.
나는 뮤지션이었다. 기타를 전공했다.
나는 나의 동료들과 함께 커피 회사를 시작했다.

나는 커피 포장, 배달, 카페 인테리어, 로스팅 등 오랜 시간에 거쳐 많은 일을 맡게 되었다.
이것은 현재의 나에게 많은 자산이 되고 있다.

나는 대학 진학에 여러 번 실패했다.
나는 많은 대회에서 실패한 경험이 있다.
많은 실패 역시 나에게 큰 자산이 되고 있다.

I started with coffee from 2001
My major was Music especially guitar
I established a coffee company with my co-workers, Fritz coffee corp.
I did work many parts which were packing, delivery, cafe interior and roasting ext, for a long time…
These experiences make me who I am who is champion of Korea.

I failed many times in my life.
I entered Univ. after then failed a lot of times.
I failed many times in Competitions of Korea.
But These fails make me to grow.
The failure is the mother of success to me.

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stefan-laurentiu

ROMANIA
Stefan Laurentiu
Barista School

I am volunter of SCAE ROMANIA chapter and i travel last 2 years in all Romania to teach people about coffee.
My bigest dreams is to be BEST NATION in Coffee.

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Russia_Dmitry Koryukin

RUSSIA
Dmitry Koryukin
Omni Coffee

Hello All!
My name is Dima, I am 32 years old and I work at Omni Coffee.
I started working with coffee in 2004 as a barista.

Omni Coffee, is located in a city called Krasnodar, south in Russia, very close to the Black Sea. My position today is Head Coffee Trainer inside our “”Omni Coffee school””.

Last year I became, as the first person in the Russian Federation , an Authorized SCAE Trainer. The AST education is a new wave in Russia and it is a big challenge for me personally and the whole company.

1. My wife and my family
2. Coffee & coffee people
3. Football (Soccer & American football)

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xi-yi-loke

SINGAPORE
Xin Yi Loke
Common Man Coffee Roasters

I am tremendously passionate about coffee and love to learn every little detail i can about this wonderful plant. Being a senior barista and trainee roaster at Common Man Coffee Roaster gives me so many opportunities to further my path in the world of specialty coffee. Although i have only been full time for a year, i never once look back and thoroughly enjoy every single moment being in this industry. Be it being behind the bar on a crazy weekend or packing hundred bags of coffee on a weekday, i love the intimate relationship with not just the beans but also the people in this industry that makes it awesome. On my leisure time, i enjoy photo shooting and cafe hunting. Traveling around the globe are times i let myself loose and relax totally.

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marian-plajdicko

SLOVAKIA
Marian Plajdicko

Serve good coffee and be nice to people. Simple as that. That’s what I want to do.
Oh, and watch movies. A lot of movies. That’s what I want to do too.

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craig-charity

SOUTH AFRICA
Craig Charity
Lineage Coffee

Hi

I am the owner of Lineage Coffee, a coffee machine technician, roaster and barista. I have a wife and 2 kids. I collect and modify coffee machinery in my spare time and have a dream of having my own range of professional home espresso machinery and equipment.

I got into coffee through working in a private gym, they had a coffee shop downstairs and what started out being a caffeine fix became a search for a better cup which is the reason I am bald now:)

I live in Waterfall, KZN, South Africa, a smallish suburb in a really nice part of the country, just on the edge of ‘the valley of a thousand hills’ I spend my workdays running the Lineage Coffee bar in Stretta Cafe, fixing other peoples machines and roasting coffee.

Thats it I guess…..See ya’ll in Italy

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Javier-Garcia_Fotor

SPAIN
Javier Garcia
Right Side Coffee Roasters

Filling this form is like being back to school because this is my fourth time competing and I´m so happy to be back onboard to the WBC as Spanish competitor.
It’s been a long time after the WBC 2011 in Bogota, while we were running our business as Right Side Coffee, roasting coffee in Barcelona and currently opening of our coffee spot in San Sebastian, where you all are invited to come and drink coffee infront of the beach.
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tobias-palm

SWEDEN
Tobias Palm
Johan&Nyström

My name is Tobias Palm and I work as a barista and coffee roaster for Johan&Nystrom. I started to work with coffee 2011 when I started up a small coffee bar together with my best friend. One year later I moved to Stockholm and started to work as a barista for Johan&Nystrom. I started to compete in coffee 2013 and it went good, I won the Swedish Cup Taster championship, second place in the Swedish Barista Championship and Nordic Barista Cup Champion.

My passion for specialty coffee grew stronger so that led to that my best friend and I, the same that I had a coffee shop together with, started a coffee podcast in the beginning of 2014. The interest for the podcast have grew strong in Sweden and its fun to se how people more and more is starting to like specialty coffee.

In this competition I hope that this passion will show and that the judges will be able to enjoy my coffee just as much as I am.

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nina-rimpl

SWITZERLAND
Nina Rimpl
Henauer Kaffee

coffee passionated since childhood, perfectionist, creative, open for new things, funny, sarcastic, dynamic, full of energy, socialist, traveller, spontaneous, easy to be with, sharing deep thoughts with people, critical, likes listening to music on repeat, dog owner

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TAIWAN
Tse-Lin (Berg) Wu
Simple Kaffa

My wife and I started our coffee business, Simple Kaffa, when we were just students.

We hope we can deliver our passion for good coffee via simple ways and always have faith in sharing good coffee. To compete is a challenge for myself; however, I hope to encourage not only myself, but also people around me.

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Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?
Name a coffee luminary (famous person) you would like to meet, and why:
Name a barista you admire, and why:
Do you have a favorite customer? If so, tell us about him or her.
Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?
Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the WBC?
varatt-vichit-vadakan

THAILAND
Varatt Vichit-Vadakan
Roots Coffee Roaster

My name is Varatt, but all my friends call me “Tae”. I am a barista/roaster/owner of a boutique roastery called “Roots Coffee Roaster” and a few other cafes (such as Roast Coffee & Eatery) in Bangkok Thailand. I started my own cafe about 7 years ago, wanting to serve specialty coffee to a market that was not very educated yet. Now, it’s good to see people care a lot more about their coffee and that our industry is growing. My dream is to see Thai coffee being recognised as the region’s specialty coffee producing country… that we can cater to the world’s specialty coffee market as well.

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How did you get started in coffee?
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?
Name a coffee luminary (famous person) you would like to meet, and why:
Do you have a favorite customer? If so, tell us about him or her.
Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?
Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the WBC?
koray-erdogu

TURKEY
Koray Erdogdu
Mambocino Coffee

I am working as a Barista since 4 years. Being in the world of Speciality Coffee has opened my horizon in a different aspect of Coffee. Learning each day and looking forward meeting Baristas all around the world and sharing knowledge.

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UGANDA
Godfrey Batte
Africa Coffee Academy

5 Years of Experience in the Coffee Value chain.
Q and R Grader with Coffee Quality Management skills.
2 Time Uganda National Barista Champion and current Africa Barista Challenge Champion
Passionate about training and sharing knowledge with farmers
currently working as the AG Executive Director of Africa Coffee Academy

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natalia-ostapyuk

UKRAINE
Natalia Ostapyuk
World of Coffee

I am from beautiful city Lviv. Coffee culture in its foundation of city life. So not surprising that I work with coffee) It’s been for 6 years already and I happy with it.
This year I become second time the champion and Im realy proud of my self.

How many years have you worked with coffee or in the coffee industry?
Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school?
How did you get started in coffee?
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Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?
Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?
Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the WBC?
Kushal-kumar

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Kushal Kumar
Balami Raw Coffee Company

Hi I am Kushal Kumar Balami. I am from the beautiful Nepal. I am married I have two children I hope they are watching me now. I was a very hard working farmer, growing fruits, tomatoes, corn and rice. I then worked in a hotel in Kattmandu serving food before coming to Dubai. I have been working in Dubai for 6 years with Raw Coffee Company. We have all learnt together at Raw, before I knew nothing about coffee, all the time we are still learning, there is so much to know about coffee to make it consistently good. Mostly now I am the roaster, roasting on a 18kg coffee tool, we roast 16 different origins, some days I am roasting 450 kgs in a day. I also enjoy training and helping our customers to learn to make the coffee properly. I am really excited to be travelling, this is my first time to Europe, and my first time at the WBC. I was placed second for two years, but this year it is my turn. Coffee for me, has become not just a job, but I have met many new friends, now I have a profession, and I hope in the future, I will go back to my own country and start a small business using coffee grown in Nepal.

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Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school?
How did you get started in coffee?
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?
Name a coffee luminary (famous person) you would like to meet, and why:
Name a barista you admire, and why:
Do you have a favorite customer? If so, tell us about him or her.
Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?
Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the WBC?
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UNITED KINGDOM
Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
Colonna & Smalls

Co-owner of speciality coffee shop concept in Bath England, I am constantly enthralled by all aspects of coffee. I enjoy teaching and training within the coffee world and am excited about where speciality coffee is right now and where its going. I personally relish the opportunity to present about what excites and interest me in coffee, allowing me to share my passion for this amazing drink. Barista competitions offer an amazing platform for this.

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How many years have you worked with coffee or in the coffee industry?
Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school?
How did you get started in coffee?
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?
Name a coffee luminary (famous person) you would like to meet, and why:
Name a barista you admire, and why:
Do you have a favorite customer? If so, tell us about him or her.
Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?
Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the WBC?
laila-ghambari

UNITED STATES
Laila Ghambari
Cherry Street Coffee House

Laila Ghambari is from Seattle, Washington. Born and raised.
She is the Director of Coffee for her family owned business Cherry Street Coffee House, a 20 year old company with 10 locations.
She a Barista Guild of America executive council member.
This is her 4th year of barista competition.
2010 3rd place NW Region, USBC Semi Finalist
2011 3d place NW region, USBC Semi Finalist
2012 2nd place NW region, USBC semi finalist
Took 2013 off to train competitors and judge
2014 1st place NW region

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How many years have you worked with coffee or in the coffee industry?
Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school?
How did you get started in coffee?
Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?
Name a barista you admire, and why:
Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?
Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the WBC?
dailess-nalwamba

ZAMBIA
Dailess Nalwamba
Blue Moon Cafe

I love the coffee beverage ever since it was introduced to me. My hobbies kind of evolve around anything to do with this drink – coffee. August of the year 2012, I got engaged in employment at Blue Moon cafe, a Zambian up market outfit located at a popular shopping mall in the capital city Lusaka.
I’m a second born child in a family of 6 children. I’m a student at a local social and arts studies institute – known as the National Institute of public administration (NIPA). I’m pursuing Project Management. My intention is to equip myself with skills to be able to one day run my own coffee training school in Zambia, where cupping, roasting and the art of making a perfect cup of coffee.

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How many years have you worked with coffee or in the coffee industry?
Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school?
How did you get started in coffee?
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?
Name a coffee luminary (famous person) you would like to meet, and why:
Name a barista you admire, and why:
Do you have a favorite customer? If so, tell us about him or her.
Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?
Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the WBC?