2015 Competitors

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Sasa Sestic
Ona Coffee

I started coffee 10 years ago as a barista, progressed through to roasting for a few years, and for last 4 years have worked as a green bean buyer and founder of Ona Coffee and Project Origin.

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Why are you excited to visit Seattle for the WBC?
Is there a coffee professional in Seattle that you would like to meet? Who, and why?
What cafe in Seattle are you most excited to visit?
Please list the barista contests you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Sonja Zweidick
La Cabra, F-Høj

I’m honoured to be representing Austria for the second year at the WBC. I’ve been involved in the coffee industry for 3 years, I’m continually learning and eager to challenge myself through competition. I have been working with La Cabra Coffee Roasters in Aarhus, Denmark for the past year. As well as enjoy the day to day work behind the bar I was fortunate to take my first trip to an origin. I visited Colombia in November last year, this trip was very inspiring and helped further my knowledge and appreciation for coffee farming.

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What cafe in Seattle are you most excited to visit?
Please list the barista contests you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Jesica Avalos Contreras
OR Coffee Roasters

My name is Jesica, I’m a mexican living in Belgium for almost 8 years now. As a barista I am 100% made in Belgium. I learned everything about coffee here and I am very proud to represent Belgium at the WBC. Belgium is my second home. I’ve being always interested in coffee but it is only a few years ago that I discover this passion of mine called specialty coffee. My favorite drink is espresso. I just love this powerful full of flavor drink and the whole process behind it.

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Please list the barista contests you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Thiago Sabino
Octavio Café

I work as a barista for six years. I love organic foods and coffee.

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Please list the barista contests you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Ben Put
Monogram Coffee

I have been a barista for 10 years. This is my second time at WBC and my sixth year competing. In Canada, I have won the Prairie Regional Barista Championship for the past six years and I placed second in Canada before I won my first national competition in 2013. I am very excited that the WBC is in Seattle this year because my wife is able to join me (coffee trips always make the most romantic vacations, right?). I recently started a new company, Monogram Coffee with two longtime friends, Jeremy Ho and Justin Eyford. They have both been incredibly supportive while I have practiced and competed.

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Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Yinzhe Jeremy Zhang
M2M Coffee

My name is Jeremy Zhang, the barista champion of China 2015. I have learnt my coffee skills in Melbourne.

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Diego Fernando Campos Guzman
Vive Cafe

I am diego campos, I am 24 years old. I have being working as a barista since 2008 at Amor Perfecto cafe and I really love being in the coffee industry because I have the opportunity to know about the big process that a farmer has to do to get a beautiful cup of coffee.

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Please list the barista contests you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
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What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Ariel Bravo
Independent

I am 21 years, I’m graduated in business management in Tecnologico de Costa Rica, also I am an independent barista and roaster and also I have studied molecular mixology.I am a person who is always researching about innovation in the coffee culture as a barista, roaster and with the coffee producer to look and develop new coffee processes. And of course, I like to connect people with the origin, because is a mutual learning.

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Why are you excited to visit Seattle for the WBC?
Is there a coffee professional in Seattle that you would like to meet? Who, and why?
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Please list the barista contests you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Adam Neubauer
EMA Espresso Bar

Head Barista in Prague EMA Espresso Bar, Czech Champion of 2012,2015, lover of good food with good wine, leisure pianist:)

Why are you excited to visit Seattle for the WBC?
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Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What are your interests outside of coffee?

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Søren Stiller Markussen
GreatCoffee

In 2003, my path changed working as a Human Resource consultant, starting on a new carrier. For 15 years I worked as a pasty chef and a confectioner and for 8 years I worked at Technical college as a lecture within the baking industry. I like to create things with my hands – building quality and craftmanship into my work. When I started my own company in 2012, these were the pivot points beyond my philosophy I wanted to create and share with my costumers and one of the reasons why the Roastry, coffeeshop and my Academy is bound together and called GreatCoffee. I like to compete because this sharpen my own perception of coffee and giving me inspiration personally and professional to learn something new.

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Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

Diego-Mejia-ECUADORECUADOR
Diego Mejía
ISVEGLIO

Since I got involved in the coffee industry, my life has changed for good. I never thought this branch would lead me to my greatest goals, this product has been really generous with me and the fact it’s taking me to this championship, is such a honor to me. I love working in the coffee world, I still have a lot to give and I know it has a lot more to give in return.

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Why are you excited to visit Seattle for the WBC?
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Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
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What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Julio César Ruíz Gómez
Salaverria Pillersdorf Coffee Roaster

I am 26 years old, and I got into Coffee Industry approximately 4 years ago. But I think that one of the most important things is to be an Ambassador of The Coffee of your Country. In El Salvador, we have an amazing Coffee quality and extraordinary Varieties, and it is important to show it to the rest of the world. And of course, great talent that is exactly why, El Salvador has been in the past few years in the first places.

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Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
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What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Kalle Freese
Freese Coffee Co.

I make coffee fun and approachable at my shop in Helsinki or online at forbetter.coffee. Before I’ve had the honour of representing Finland at the WBC in Melbourne and Cup Tasters in Vienna.

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Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
What coffee-producing country would you like to visit, and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Charlotte Malaval

I’m 23 years old, I’ve been studying cultural anthropology at university, and did a specialization in Amerindian studies, particularly the Mayan Culture, which is situated in MesoAmerica, which is also an amazing area concerning speciality coffee. After graduating, I discovered the world of coffee and did my first barista workshop. It was like falling in love, so I stopped my studies and all of my other activities in order to be only focused on my passion : coffee. Now, I’m working as a free-lance barista, doing events, exhibitions, trainings and giving SCAE certifications.

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Name a coffee professional you admire, and why.
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What coffee are you using in the WBC?
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Gregor Dattner
Espressone GmbH

Born in Poland, but now living in Germany, Gregor Dattner studied sports education and came pretty late in contact with coffee. During his vacations in Italy he got on fire with producing the best espresso and creating creamy cappuccinos. When he returned to Germany, he started learning about coffee, roasting, sensors and much more. During this time he came to Espressone and got the chance to learn from other professional baristas and coffee roasters. Today he is for 6 years in coffee business and since 2011 a trained barista. His preferred coffee is a good mix between robusta and arabica beans because of the pleasant acidity and lighter taste of chocolate.

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Stefanos Paterakis
Taf

I work as a barista for 10 years, but the last 4 years I got involved with the speciality coffee. I love being a barista because I like to share knowledge with the consumers and spread the coffee culture. This year I participated in the national championship for the first time and I am glad to have the opportunity to be part of the world barista community.

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What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
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What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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José De La Peña
Tecnochef

Seven years being a barista. Three times champion of Guatemalan National Competition 12th place in Colombia World Barista Championship in 2011 7th place in Australia World Barista Championship in 2013

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Chan Kwun Ho
The Cupping Room

I am working with person who are also enthusiastic about coffee. We all come from a small city.

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Mehran Mohammadnezhad Mirjani-IRANIRAN
Mehran Mohammadnezhad Mirjani
Café Yasi

28 years old , 8 years barista , cafe Yasi owner

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Natalia Piotrowska
Representing 3fe in Dublin,Ireland

I’m originally from Poland and I live in Ireland since 2008. I’m truly passionate about field of specialty coffee.Three years ago for my birthday I asked my boyfriend to buy me commercial machine and coffee grinder so I can practice for barista championships. Beside coffee, I love my partner and our lovely dog.

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Giacomo Vannelli
Pasticceria Vannelli

I Was only 13 years old When i met the beauty of coffee and up to now im still fascinate by it. I feel Im very Lucky because my passion is my work.

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Yoshikazu Iwase
REC COFFEE

I have been a barista for 9 years. I started my business “REC COFFEE” with a small coffee truck 7 years ago. I’m very happy and excited to be here at the WBC. I believe that, through coffee, a barista can become the connection between the customers and the coffee producers. I want to tell the great stories that lie behind a good cup of coffee. “Excellent coffee” – just hearing those words makes me want to go where it’s at!

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Shabaya Martin Seven
Artcafe Coffee and Bakery

My name is Martin Seven Shabaya. Am 25yrs of age. I have been a barista for three years now. I was the runners up in the Kenya Barista competition 2014. Apart from being a Barista am also a pastry chef. Am very passionate about coffee and the craftsmanship behind it.

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Vaiva Maskovaite
Caravan Coffee Roasters

Sassy Vai – that’s how some people like to call me but I’m just pretty, and witty, and charming. I’ve been working with specialty coffee for about 2-2,5 years and still learn new things everyday. Dream big is what I do and,if not getting ready for the comps or pestering my head roaster about roasting and tasting, I can be found reading books or annoying craft beer people with my questions.

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Hsien-Yuen-Loo-MALAYSIAMALAYSIA
Hsien Yuen Loo
The Red Beanbag

Coffee was merely just a coffee until I started as a barista 2.5 years ago. The excitement in tasting one coffee with so many type of profile kept me wanting to know more. It is a never ending journey that keeps me moving forward. Before entering as a barista, I was a pastry chef. I love sweet stuff, but the surprise in every coffee kept me more excited too!

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Julieta-Vazquez-Rivera-MEXICOMéxico
Julieta Vázquez Rivera
Arandela Barra de Café

I’ve been a barista for 5 years by now. It all started with the aperture of my café, that’s how I got to know the world of speciality coffee. Our team has grown and now we also roast our own coffee

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Lex Wenneker
Headfirst Coffee Roasters

My name is Lex Wenneker. Co-owner of Headfirst Coffee Roasters and The Espressobus. Therefor a large part of my life evolves around coffee. Apart from coffee I really like beer, whisky, hamburgers, pizza and my girlfriend Tess! In my free time I often go climbing with friends, I like racing my bike through Amsterdam. And if there’s any free-time left I like traveling and surfing the ocean. All of this is on-hold at the moment while I’m prepping for the WBC!

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Addison Dale
Pure Café Co.

Hi, I’m Addison from Pure Cafe Co. in Christchurch, New Zealand. I’ve competed in the national competitions for the last three years and I’m stoked to be representing New Zealand in Seattle this year.

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Jorge Luis Paramo
El Molino

Experiencing new creations Latte Art as presentation I like to give my drink and surprise my customers, discover new flavors with different varieties of coffee roasts and processes. I also like learning FLAIR BARTENDER to broaden my knowledge of everything that we do behind the bar and like to surprise my cafe customers. Study law to defend the rights of my community, family and all those who need help who lack knowledge of their rights

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Alexander Hansen
Collaborative Coffee Source

I´m 24 years old, and have been in the industry for 4 years. I´ve worked at stockfleths, Mocca and still work as a barista at Java espressobar. I´ve also recently started to work with Robert and his crew at Collaborative Coffee Source. I´ve always been passionate about coffee, and always end up learning something new. This is my first time in the world barista championship. I competed in the world brewers cup 2 years ago.

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Francisco Alonso García Zubiate
Master Coffee Perú

Amante del buen café, apasionado por mi trabajo… ser BARISTA.

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What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Aldrin Lumaban
Yardstick

I am Aldrin, I got into coffee because of the Barista Guild of the Philippines, and got involved to different competitions since then. Now, I must say that coffee is a great part of who I am.

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Agnieszka-Rojewska-POLANDPOLAND
Agnieszka Rojewska
Brisman Kawowy Bar

I work with coffee 7 years now. I’m co-owner of a mind-blowing coffee shop in Poznan called Brisman Coffee Bar. I don’t have coffee at home, because I spent most of the time in coffee shop. What I like the most is the suprise on my customers faces when they realise how coffee should taste like.

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What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
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What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Daniel Rivera
Hacienda San Pedro

I began as a Barista 9 years ago, when I did not figure out turn in a professional that it will be promoting around the globe this magnificent beverage that my country produced . I was sponsored by the love of my wife who believe in this dream of make future to our next generations!!!

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Jong Hoon Lee
Coffee Graffiti

I’ve been working as a barista for 12 years and now I’m the owner of Coffee Graffiti. I started working as a barista but I’ve been working as barista, green bean buyer, roaster, cupper, trainer, etc.. doing lots of things about coffee. I am very glad to visit for WBC and can’t wait to meet coffee people all around the world.

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What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
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What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
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What is the most important role of the professional barista?

cezara-ROMANIAROMANIA
Cezara Cartes
Starbucks Romania

I am barista from five years and i really love it. It just happened that my first part-time job was five years ago as a barista. I never quite knew at the time what it actually meant, but it was something about coffee that kept mesmerizing and fascinating me. Then, two years ago I really started it at a professional level, because instinctiively I knew that being a barista is a whole lot more. It involves a great amount of responsibility, appreciation, respect and integrity as well as a deep and intense love for coffee. Of course, one can get to be tought in this craft, but it takes passion and commitment to be able to provide the ultimate experience that can change people’s lives and perceptions.

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What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are your personal/professional goals for the next 10 years?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Alexey Kugaenko
OMNI Coffee

Hello All! My name is Alex, I am 27 years old and I work at Omni Coffee. I started working with coffee in 2008 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 Coffee Trainer inside our “Omni Coffee school”. My passions are: 1. My friends 2. Coffee & coffee people 3. Motobikes

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John Ryan Ting
A.R.C. Coffee

BEFORE 2015, I LAST COMPETED IN 2010 IN THE SINGAPORE NATIONAL BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP. AFTER THAT I DECIDED TO TAKE UP JUDGING TO UNDERSTAND THE COMPETITION FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE. THIS YEAR, ARMED WITH 4 YEARS OF JUDGING EXPERIENCE, I’M BACK IN THE COMPETITOR’S FOLD TO SHOW EVERYBODY WHAT I’VE LEARNED.

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What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
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What is the most important role of the professional barista?

veronikagalova-SLOVAKIASLOVAKIA
Veronika Gálová
La Boheme Cafe

I´m a coffee lover working at Czech specialty coffee roastery La Boheme Cafe. The most amazing thing about coffee for me is making people,my customers, happy with a cup of amazing beverage. To be a barista – it was not my dream. I just wanted not to be a one of the many people.

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Ishan Natalie
TriBeCa Coffee Company

I always say that I do not work with coffee, I am coffee. I sometimes worry that without coffee I do not know myself. My entire adult life has been coffee focused. I love what I do and my career/ professional means the world to me, I never want to leave the coffee industry! So, God willing, more avenues open up leading towards my dream of starting a micro roastery/ cafe that is a learning centre for all that love coffee.

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Francisco Luis Blanco Valverde
Dromedario

I’m a young barista. I have 23. I Have my own coffe shop in Vigo Galicia.

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Linnéa Vannesjö
Drop Coffee Roasters

I’ve been working as a barista at Drop Coffee for the last two years, lately I’ve been educating and spreading our philosophy. This is the first time I’m competing in a world championship.

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Emi Fukahori
Independent

Living in Switzerland since 2011, Zurich became my second home. Love travelling, multi-cultures and my coffee mates.

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Tse Lin (Berg) Wu
Simple Kaffa

This is my second time in the WBC. I think the backstage of the WBC is one of the best places in the world for a barista. Last year in Rimini, I felt like a sponge, absorbing all those solid but exciting knowledge, skills and passion possessed among all the national teams and baristas. At that moment, I made my mind to return to the WBC again. So, here I am, Seattle and my coffee friends!

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Sudarat Changcharoen
The First Espresso

I’ve been a barista at the First Espresso for 3 years and really enjoy making coffee and see the smile of my customers.

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Ozkan Yetik
Coffee Brew Lab

I won 2011 Best Barista in Turkey 2012 Latte Art Champion 2013 Latte Art Champion 2014 Thecnical Judge in Turkey Barista Championship 2015 Best Barista in Turkey Awards. I’m working and researching hardly for a make a best coffee.

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Mark Okuta
Royal Suits

Been a Barista for now 9 years, second time winning the championship. two time first runners up of the Africa Barista challenge. Here to represent Uganda’s Specialty coffee producers

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Dmytro Griekhov
Cafe Rider

I am very proud to be representing the United Arab Emirates as the national Barista champion at the 2015 WBC in Seattle. I am originally from Ukraine where I was a national champion in Barista Championship “Coffee in Good Spirits” 2009. For the past few years I have lived in Dubai. I am a head barista and development manager of a new specialty coffee bar “Café Rider”, promoting specialty coffee and the custom motorcycle culture.

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Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
Colonna & Small’s

I have been exited and driven by the potential of coffee since I encountered speciality coffee in Melbourne, Australia 8 years ago. I co-own Colonna and Small’s and Colonna and Hunter, both of which are based in Bath. I am thrilled to be involved in a variety of coffee projects and experiences, ranging from scientific to cultural.

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What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
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What is the most important role of the professional barista?

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Charles Babinski
G&B Coffee / Go Get Em Tiger

Charles Babinski is the cofounder of G&B Coffee and Go Get Em Tiger, two coffee bars in Los Angeles, CA.

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What cafes (besides your own) do you think everyone should visit?
What would you like to see change in the coffee industry in the next 10 years?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
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What is the most important role of the professional barista?