2015 Competitors

Put-Ben-CANADACANADA
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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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 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-Guzman-COLOMBIACOLOMBIA
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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Why are you excited to visit Seattle for the WBC?
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 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?

Arial-Bravo-COSTA-RICACOSTA RICA
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?
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 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?
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?

Mehran Mohammadnezhad Mirjani-IRANIRAN
Mehran Mohammadnezhad Mirjani
Café Yasi

28 years old , 8 years barista , cafe Yasi owner

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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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?

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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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 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?

Lex Wenneker-NETHERLANDSThe Netherlands
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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Why are you excited to visit Seattle for the WBC?
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?

FJorge-Paramo-NICARAGUANICARAGUA
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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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?

Francisco-Zubiate-PERUPERU
Francisco Alonso García Zubiate
Master Coffee Perú

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

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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.
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?

Aldrin-Lumaban-PHILIPINESPHILIPINES
Aldrin Lumaban
Exquisite Cafe Corporation

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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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 are your interests outside of coffee?
What is the most important role of the professional barista?

Ishan-Natalie-SOUTH-AFRICASOUTH AFRICA
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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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?

Emi-Fukahori-SWITZERLANDSWITZERLAND
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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Why are you excited to visit Seattle for the WBC?
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 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?

Ozkan-Yetik-TURKEYTURKEY
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-UGANDAUGANDA
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

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?

Dmytro-Griekhov-UAEUNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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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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?