2016 Competitors

Austria
Christian Aramburo
BUNA

Since my job fills up a large part in my life, Let me start by telling you about where I work. I work in BUNA the only specialty Coffee shop in Graz, the second largest city in Austria. Although it has been a challenge to really get people into specialty coffee, we stand by our vision. We maybe very small but we take pride in quality. I came from humble beginnings and experienced challenges already as person and as a Coffee professional but understanding to overcome this challenges gives us pride in what we do. I believe that as long as we are happy, it does not matter where we are today, but how far we have travelled from what we are. I love my job and I love people. Maybe that is why I find it easy to connect to people from all walks of life. I’ve lived in different parts of the world and made friends with people from different cultures. Sometimes I wonder how I can make a connection even with language barriers. Yes, German is very hard. Maybe it is because I am genuinely interested in people and find the good things in them. I love thinking and planning and I am always open to new ideas. I find peace in animals and the beauty of nature and find wisdom from listening to the elderly and I find joy in the laughter of little children. In my spare time aside from making coffee, I use barista accuracy and precision in baking and cooking ☺️.

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Australia
Hugh Kelly
Ona Coffee

The Head Trainer of ONA Coffee in Australia. Worked in coffee for 8 years and 5 years of competition. Loves working with all areas of the coffee industry through ONA Coffee and Project Origin, and is so excited about how fast our industry is progressing.

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Belarus
Evgeni Pinchukov
Kitchen Coffee Roasters

Hello! My name is Evgeni, I’m from Belarus! I’m 23 and I’m really love coffee!

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Belgium
Mangooo
Cuperus Koffie

I’m a head barista and a coffee roaster of Cuperus Koffie, the olderst coffee bar in the city, since 1823. Based in Antwerp, Belgium, the world biggest coffee port. I only have been living here for 3 years, but the coffee scene here got my eyes wide open (even I still have Asian eyes) and has taught me so much. And being part of WBC in this year, it’s my honor to do it with the whole Belgium behind my back….WAIT, I forgot to tell you that I’m originally from Thailand. So there’re a lot of supports from my mother land as well.

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Brazil
Leo Moço
Café do Moço

After 10 years working as a barista, this is my first year as also a coffee producer. I am very excited to show how my barista skills can have influence inside the cup since production. For many years Brazilian coffee farmers were focused on produce quantity but now we are looking for flavors, producing quality. My goal is to share knowledge with them to build a new wave in Brazil.

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Canada
Ben Put
Monogram Coffee

I am barista and one of three founders of Monogram Coffee in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I’ve worked in coffee for 10 years as a barista, manager, trainer, and roaster. This is likely my last time competing at WBC because now that I have staff working for me I would like to coach them as they compete. Competition has had such a positive effect on me that I would like to share that with my staff.

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China
Ying Hu
Outman Coffee

I opened a coffee shop after I graduated from university, and run it for 11 years already. No matter how many honors I’ve got, I always enjoy being a barista share what kind of magazine coffee to the customer and keep passion to learn more in coffee industry.

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Colombia
Mauricio Romero
Azahar Coffee Company

Biker and tattoo lover. I see coffee as my present, my past and my future.  I was the national barista champion in Colombia in 2009. Now I’m back to become the new World Barista Champion with the best chased coffee of the world.

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Costa Rica
Ricardo Avendaño
Independent

I discovered my passion for innovation and creativity in the culinary arts while working as a bartender for 15 years.  In 2009 I had the opportunity to enroll in a barista course through the Costa Rica Coffee Institute and I immediately fell in love with this industry.  After working as a barista for the next couple of years I decided to compete in Costa Rica´s Barista Championship for the first time in 2011!  After competing in 2011, 2012 and 2013, I decided to take some time away from work to be with my family.  This wasn´t an easy decision to make but this time off helped me realize that coffee is a part of my life and this newfound realization enabled me to obtain the coveted title of Costa Rica´s Barista Champion.  My passion for innovation and creativity in the culinary arts along with my ability to persevere and overcome any obstacle I face has allowed to truly find my place in this amazing industry!

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Czech Republic
Ondřej Hurtík
Doubleshot

I’m working as a barista and wholesale for Czech speciality coffee roastery Doubleshot.

 

 

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Denmark
Mads Mark-Eriksen
La Cabra Coffee

My name is Mads and I’m 21 years old. I have been working as a barista for almost three years now – working at La Cabra Coffee for just over a year now. Working at a coffee shop that both roast and source coffees of high quality has opened my eyes to the qualities of the raw material, which is what I aim to convey at the World Barista Championships. It’s my first time competing, so I can’t wait to experience the biggest stage and serve transparent and bright coffees for the judges.

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Ecuador
Diego Mejía
ISVEGLIO

I’m totally committed to obtaining high quality coffee in Ecuador by working together with producers, roasters and baristas, in order to enhance the experience of consumers who seek specialty coffee.   I’m constantly educating myself because my main goal is to contribute our industry by sharing knowledge, developing more efficient procedures along the value chain, generating traceability and consistency.   I would like to help opening new direct trading relationships and therefore get better incomes for those producers who strive everyday so we can have a nice cup of coffee. All of this so that our country gets to be recognized as one of the most amazing origins.

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El Salvador
Víctor Florez Menéndez
Biscuit Factory

5 years ago I was introduced to the specialty coffee world. Right now I’m running our family local business, serving great Salvadoran coffees and spreading the specialty coffee culture in my country. I’m thrilled to be part of this great coffee event, to know great coffee people and to represent my country and my coffee.

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France
Charlotte Malaval
Ditta Artigianale

I’m a free-lance Barista. I’m representing Ditta Artigianale, and am an ambassador for Maxicoffee and Urnex. Before discovering coffee, I did a degree in Cultural Anthropology. I’m always so grateful for barista competition and all of the preparation which, for me, represents the most intense and fascinating experience. It pushes me to question myself, but most of all it offers me the incredible privilege to learn and share precious moments with people that I sincerely admire and respect so much.

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Finland
Jarno Peräkylä
Kahvila Sävy

This is my third year competing and first time as National Champion. I work as a barista in Kahvila Sävy and El Fant coffee & winebar in Helsinki.

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Germany
Erna Tosberg
roestbar Joka e. K.

Head Barista & Trainer (AST) at roestbar coffee roaster in Münster Germany.

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Greece
Stefanos Paterakis
Taf

Coffee is my energy, apart from a profession. I enjoy working with coffee so much, that most of the times it doesn’t seem like working. I love communicating with people, preparing the most important beverage of their day. I like the relation a barista acquires with his customers.   Apart form coffee, I like spending time with friends and my dog, Rihanna. Looking forward to the championship.

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Guatemala
José de la Peña
Technochef

4th time representing Guatemala in a World Barista Championship. Once, 7th place in Melbourne. Professional Barista for eight years. I work as coffee instructor for a Coffee School in Guatemala. This time, I’m bringing an exotic coffee from Guatemala, and I hope to impress the judges.

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Honduras
Mary Portillo
Copucas Coffee

I have a very positive passion for coffee, always willing to work hard and learn new things attitude, and to love. Currently working as a Barista at Coffee Capucas. I like to experience new challenges. I am a happy person and I enjoy what I do, I’m interested in the business of coffee as I know from family inheritance. It started as a hobby, but it became my favourite race .

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Hong Kong
Dawn Chan
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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Hungary
Joci Deák
Espresso Embassy

I’ve worked as a barista for almost 4 years, right now working at Espresso Embassy, in Budapest. We have a great team and I feel like I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the support and help I got from my colleagues.

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Iceland
Tryggvi Þór Skarphéðinsson
Monogram Coffee

 

A passionate coffee lover from Akureyri, Iceland!

 

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India
Paras Bindra
Travel Food Services

Proud to represent my country. I am 30 years old and have experience of more than 10 year as a barista. Providing high quality coffee service to my guests is my priority and passion. I also write a coffee blog.

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Indonesia
Yoshua Tanu
Common Grounds/St. Ali

My name is Joshua Tanu and I am the 2016 barista champion of Indonesia.  I have been competing for 4 years now and have loved and enjoyed every moment of it.  It excites me to be able to go back to the world stage to compete in the WBC 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.  Me and my 3 partners have 2 cafes in Indonesia, Common Grounds Coffee Roastery and St. ALi Jakarta.  It’s truly an honor for me to represent my home country of Indonesia in the WBC.

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Iran
Mansour Ehsani
Growers Cup

My Name is Mansour, from Tehran, Iran. I’m 24 years old. I’ve been a coffee student for more than 4 years now and a member of Iranian Barista Guild.

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Ireland
Natalia Piotrowska
Independent

My name is Natalia Piotrowska and I’m 27 years old. I have a Bachelor of Business Management and Human Resource Management.   I’ve lived in Ireland for the last 8 years and this is where my coffee adventure started.  I’ve been competing in national barista championships for last 5 years.  I’m the 2015 and 2016 Irish Barista Champion.

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Italy
Angelo Segoni
Quarta Caffe

I have been working in the coffee industry for the last 11 years. I moved to the U.K. at the age of 19, and started to work in a coffee shop in London for a company called Caffe Nero, and quickly progressed to managing a few store in the city. Then I moved to Sydney, Australia, where I was amazed by the coffee culture and started to work and study in the specialty coffee industry. I lived in Oz for 3 years. After moving back to Italy, I started sharing all I’ve learned with the Italian community, by starting working as a trainer. I work now as a consultant for Quarta Caffe s.p.a., and I am in charge of the training facilities.

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Japan
Yoshikazu Iwase
REC COLLECTIVE

I have been a barista for 10 years. I started my business REC COFFEE with a small coffee truck 8 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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Kenya
Martin Shabaya
Artcaffe Coffee and Bakery

Hello, WBC.  My Name is Martin Shabaya. I am 26 years of age and currently working as a barista in Artcaffe Coffee and Bakery, Kenya. I have competed three times in the National Championship – winning twice, and finishing 1st runner up on my first trial. I am also the current Africa Barista Champion. I love competing and the challenges as well.  Highly looking forward for the WBC and hoping for positive results.

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Latvia
Janis Podins
Five Elephant Coffee Roastery

My name is Janis. I ended my rugby career at the young age of 19 and decided to become a barista, because I did not know what it was. It was something to do with coffee and I really loved coffee. So I tried until I became a barista. 3 years later I am even more excited about coffee. I want to explore more, know more and share more. Everyday is a learning experience and that’s what matters the most. I had the urge that there is something more to know or more to do, so I moved to Berlin to learn and explore and so far it has been amazing. Working with people that drive you forward is the most satisfying. For now I’m enjoying this and we will see what the future brings.

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Lithuania
Laurynas Arlauskas
CoffeeHill, UAB “Ipek Trade”

Hi guys, my name is Laurynas and I work for CoffeeHill coffee chain in Lithuania. I joined the coffee industry less than year ago, and this journey was just amazing in all aspects! Knowledge about coffee totally changed my view on life. I got inspired by it, and two months of training for national championship paid off. I am really excited how many people I have already met and even more excited about WBC as it will show me what specialty coffee culture looks like at the highest level.

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Malaysia
Keith Koay
VCR Cafe

I’m 24 years old this year, and I’ve been working with coffee for 2 years. I majored in Accounting and Finance for my degree course but somehow, some magic happened and I’m obsessed with coffee now.  I’m that kind of person who really need coffee daily. Like everyday for real.

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México
Julieta Vázquez Rivera
Arandela Barra de Café

I’ve been a barista for 6 years now. I love coffee because there is always a chance to learn something new and meet new people.  This is my second time in WBC and it’s an honour to represent my country again.

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Norway
Lise Marie Rømo
Java Espressobar

I’m 26 years old, and have been in the industry for 7 years! I’ve been an active competitor for a mere 6 years, and reached the national finals 3 times. Four years ago I started working for Java espressobar, which has been an incredible voyage with incredible people! This is my first time in the World Barista Championship, and I sure look forward to it!

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Nicaragua
Jorge Luis Parramo
Molino Coffee Shop

I am a very passionate person with coffee, I like so much that is one of my priorities. I’m always sharing my knowledge with people who are starting out and you have interest in learning. I want to be an agent of change for the coffee culture.  I think the coffee and barista are a team and can change the mood of the person “coffee is a science” we work on it we do it because we like it, To learn coffee must experiment, be bold and try new things.

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New Zealand
Sam Low
Code Black Coffee

Hi, I am a Kiwi Barista from lil ol’ New Zealand currently working in Melbourne, Australia. My current role is a Coffee Trainer and a Barista for Code Black Coffee. I have been in the Speciality Coffee Industry for about 4 years now and love every aspect of it. The more I learn about this craft and industry, the more I don’t know about it. I love competitions not only because I’m competitive in nature, but the people get to meet are full of passion and inspirational in their own rights. The competitions push you to your limits not only in skill and knowledge about your craft but it puts you in situations where you learn so much about yourself. I am 24 years old. A Chinese born in Fiji, raised up in New Zealand working in Australia. Ever since High school I have always been in the hospitality industry and still am and might be for a while in the future.

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Philippines
Silvester Dan Samotne
Origin Coffee

Silvester Dan is the current Director for Coffee at El Union coffee in San Juan, Philippines. His partners Kiddo and Mia started it as a way to enjoy coffee and enjoy surfing at the same time. Since then it has blossomed into a premier coffee bar in the Philippines and a landmark in the beach town. When not at the beach he is Director of Developers for Origin Coffee Network based in Singapore. Silvester along with his partner Danielle and Daniel have a shared vision of making coffee relationships between the persons making coffee at origin and the developers creating coffees for all of us to enjoy.

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Poland
Agnieszka Rojewska
Brisman Kawowy Bar

I work in coffee for 8 years. started to compete almost imediatly. I co-own a coffee shop in Poznan, Poland called Brisman Kawowy Bar. Besides coffee, I like football and I’m doing my PhD degree at University of Economics in Poznan – and yes, my thesis is about coffee.

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Portugal
David Coelho
D•Origen Coffee Roasters

Basically a great coffee lover! I am a Barista that breathes coffee and my main goal is to bring to my country, Portugal, the greatest possible knowledge and experience in specialty coffee, my passion! Its all about coffee and the great world that it can offer to you!

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Puerto Rico
Daniel Rivera
Hacienda San Pedro

I’ve been working in the coffee industries for a little over 10 years. In addition to working with coffee, I’ve also worked with industrial designing, as a painter and an amateur musician. I love to educate but I also enjoy learning from those with more experience. I believe we all have the ability to improve not just ourselves but our surroundings as well.

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Romania
Anca Arhip
Origo Coffee Shop

I’ve bumped into specialty coffee two years ago and since then it became my passion. I’ve learned about it step by step, mostly by surrounding myself with people who share the same passion. After a while, I discovered how much I enjoy to give further my knowledge and I try to do it day by day.

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Russia
Sergey Mitrofanov
DoubleB Coffee & Tea

I’m working as the head barista in one of the largest coffee chains in Russia – DoubleB, specialised in speciality coffee. I began my coffee way in 2007 and until this moment I participate in barista championships. I’m waiting for new meetings, new ideas and great inpiration from WBC. See you in Dublin.

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Serbia
Nenad Stojanovic
Przionica

My name is Nenad Stojanovic. Currently I work as Head Barista for Pržionica D59B in Belgrade, Serbia. I started my career in coffee industry back in 2008 and have been ever since constantly enthralled by all aspects of coffee. Participation at WBC 2010 in London has been an eye opening experience for me as for the first time I have really experienced coffee as a culinary product and thus have witnessed endless possibilities with sourcing, roasting, brewing and serving of specialty coffees. Nowadays, I am very passionate about my job and particularly enjoy teaching and training. I personally relish the opportunity to represent my country once again and share my passion for this craft. IIn future I see myself still working in coffee, having my own shop, standing and facing my customers but also probably taking part in other coffee related projects. I am just lucky and glad to be part of this amazing world coffee family

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Singapore
Regina Tay
Independent

My passion for specialty coffee started in Melbourne in 2011. Since then, I’ve worked to achieve my ultimate goal – to learn more about coffee everyday. This journey brought me to being a barista in specialty coffee cafes, to being a coffee roaster, attending SCAA events and roasters guild and now, competition in Dublin. It had been a fulfilling ride and I’m sure it wouldn’t stop here.

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Slovakia
Martin Karabinos
Leroy Bar

 

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Spain
Pablo Caballero
Hola Coffee & Coffee Cooking Studio

I started making coffee four years ago in the first specialty cafe in Madrid, Toma Café, and I soon was hooked to it.  Two years after that I was asked to take a commercial coffee company (Mokka) to the specialty busissnes, being their roaster and trainer. I kept learning and I become an Authorised SCAE Trainer.  Now I also run a website with advanced info for baristas in Spanish > www.hola.coffee < and I am starting some projects as a coffee consultant.  I also love dogs, specially Dori, and craft beer 😀

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South Africa
Wayne Oberholzer
The Portland Project

I founded the coffee consultancy company The Portland Project after having worked at some of the best coffee companies in South Africa. I built the company on my years of experience in the industry to offer help to all those looking to get into the coffee industry, as well as established businesses to get the most out of their solutions. From in-house coffee solutions to white labeling, café setup, roastry setup and optimization.  Melbourne, Mauritius, The Maldives, Reunion and parts of Europe are just some of the cities and countries that I have received and spread my coffee knowledge and experience to.    Subsequently we have bought into MoreFlavour. A company highly focused on distributing quality brewing equipment across South Africa. We are now the agents for some of the best brands in the coffee world. Aeropress, Nuova Simonelli, Baratza, Porlex, Rhinoware and Brewista to name but a few. I started in the coffee industry to pay my way through my commercial pilots license.  My 8 year career includes such highlights as 2012 SA National Barista Champion, 2014 SA National Cup Tasting champion, 2016 SA National Barista Champion

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South Korea
Sa Hong Kim
Coffee Temple

I am a Barista.  Also, I am an explorer of the coffee world.  Exploring the coffee world, it’s my pleasure! Let’s go exploring!

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Sweden
Steve Moloney
Love Coffee Roasters

I was born in Australia, but have spent most of my coffee career in the cold of Sweden. I work for Love Coffee Roasters in Lund, and love getting the opportunity to get more and more involved in different stages of the coffee production cycle. Last year I started The Barista League in order to give Baristas who might usually be stuck behind the machine a chance to do something fun and exciting in the coffee community without paying a fortune or training for months.  We run events around the Nordic region for Baristas, skilled and new alike.

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Switzerland
Mathieu Theis
Independent

I am 35 years old and passionate about coffee for the last 5 years. I love every aspects of it from tastes and flavors to technical parts and meet other coffee passionate.  I am independent Barista competing since 4 years. I so love it that I have competed in almost every category from cup tasting to latte art to Barista. I was not very successful in any of these categories except Barista which I won this year in Switzerland.   I am looking forward meeting all other competitors and coffee lovers in Dublin.

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Taiwan
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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Thailand
Eddy Pan
Sensory Lab Coffee Roaster

Hi, my name is Eddy. I am a roaster from Sensory Lab Coffee Roaster in Melbourne. Cheers!

 

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The Netherlands
Lex Wenneker
Espresso Service West

My name is Lex and I am 30 years old. I’ve been a barista for about 8 years. I started working in coffee as a barista. after that I was the owner of a coffee-truck, an espresso bar and a roastery, all based in Amsterdam. Last year, I sold everything and I’m now working as a barista-trainer for Espresso Service West in The Netherlands. I’m taking a year off from the craziness of starting companies, but I’ll be back with new ideas and they will always be coffee-focused.

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Turkey
Nisan Agca
Independent

I am a home barista, working as a software engineer. When I was in college, I was drinking too much coffee to stay awake. Most of them were instant coffees and then I discovered french press and started to buy different pre ground coffees. Then I started to search and learn. I really love coffee and I want to show what you can do if you have enough passion.

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Uganda
Dennis Agaba
Kampala Serena Hotel

I am the current Ugandan Barista Champion 2015 and have placed third in Africa in the 7th Africa Barista Challenge, 2016. I work at Kampala Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda as a barista with five years experience. I began as a barista student in 2010 through a university student barista competition, a Ugandan government program under the Uganda Coffee Development Authority, which promote coffees in Uganda.

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Please list the barista contests you have participated in, they year they took place and your results.
Name a coffee professional that you admire and why.
What coffee-producing country would you most like to visit and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC? Please describe it.
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
Which cafés (beside 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?

Ukraine
Natalka Ostapyuk
Svit Kavy

This is my third time at WBC but it feels like my first time. I am working with coffee 7 years. 6 as barista, and for 1 working with green beans and roasting.  Coffee is my work that I love.

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United Arab Emirates
Lyndon
TheEspressoLab

I’m Lyndon, 26 year old single lead barista in Theespressolab, Dubai, UAE. It’s one of the first full pledge specialty coffee shop in the region. I’m an ex-bartender turned into a barista… I’ve won championships in bar tendering and in barista comps way back in Philippines. If given a chance I’d like to compete in Coffee in Good Spirits as well. I fell involve with specialty coffee when I first sipped Graciano Cruz’s Los Lajones Panama back in 2014.

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Why are you excited to visit Dublin for the WBC?
Which cafés in Dublin are you most excited to visit?
What excites you most about the Irish speciality coffee market?
Please list the barista contests you have participated in, they year they took place and your results.
Name a coffee professional that you admire and why.
What coffee-producing country would you most like to visit and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC? Please describe it.
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
Which cafés (beside 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?

United Kingdom
Dan Fellows
Origin Coffee

Dan Fellows, Head of Wholesale – Origin Coffee.
Based in London, UK

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Why are you excited to visit Dublin for the WBC?
Which cafés in Dublin are you most excited to visit?
What excites you most about the Irish speciality coffee market?
Please list the barista contests you have participated in, they year they took place and your results.
Name a coffee professional that you admire and why.
What coffee-producing country would you most like to visit and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC? Please describe it.
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
Which cafés (beside 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?

United States of America
Lem Butler
Counter Culture Coffee

I enjoy time spent with my family. When I am not making coffee, I can be found mountain biking or gardening with my children.

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Why are you excited to visit Dublin for the WBC?
Which cafés in Dublin are you most excited to visit?
What excites you most about the Irish speciality coffee market?
Please list the barista contests you have participated in, they year they took place and your results.
Name a coffee professional that you admire and why.
What coffee-producing country would you most like to visit and why?
What coffee are you using in the WBC? Please describe it.
What is a current trend in coffee that excites you?
Which cafés (beside 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?

Vietnam
Tran Han
Bosgaurus Coffee

I was born in a country which is famous for Robusta production.

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