Africa and Middle East

Jimmy Njoroge

Kenya
Barista Champion from Kenya National Barista Championship,
18th of March 2010
Jimmy Njoroge

I am an inspired barista who is on a quest to make great espresso coffee. I am also an enthusiastic student with great zeal and pride to learn all there is about coffee from the tree to the cup.

Kayitana John Bosco

Rwanda
Barista Champion from Rwanda National Barista Championship,
5th of November 2009
Kayitana John Bosco

I have worked for Bourbon Coffee shop as a Head Barista for the past two years. I have spent 3 and a half years in the coffee industry, during that period I visted coffee farms, washing stations, coffee tasting laboratory, coffee dry mill factory. I have gotten basic sensory evaluation and roasting training and have attended the National Barista competitions twice of which the second one I won the Champion.

Ishan Natalie

South Africa
Barista Champion from South African National Barista Championship,
28th of March 2010
Ishan Natalie

I’ve been in the industry for over 10 years. Started working as a barista on weekends whislt studying to become an accountant during the week at University. My passion for coffee grew and i fell in love with every aspect of coffee: so i completed my studies on a part time basis whislt working as full time barista.

Asmah Juma Shabani

The United Republic of Tanzania
Barista Champion from Tanzania National Barista Championships,
12th of December 2009
Asmah Juma Shabani

My name is Asmah and I was born in Mombo at the foothills of the Usambara Mountains. I came to Zanzibar to work at the Zanzibar Coffee House four years ago; this was the first time I got in touch with coffee. There it was that I received my first training by a Swiss Barista Champion and ever since I wanted to get to know and learn more about coffee.

Roberts Mbabazi

Uganda
Barista Champion from Uganda National Barista Championship,
21st of November 2009
Roberts Mbabazi

I am a 24 year old Ugandan, with so much love for the coffee industry. In 2005, i was just an ordinary guy serving food in cafes, right now, I am an inspirational figure to most of the youth baristas in Uganda. I love to talk about and drink coffee all the time, as well as networking though it’s something I do everyday at my shop.

Vikram Kashyap

United Arab Emirates
Barista Champion from 1st National UAE Barista Championship,
12th of November 2009
Vikram Kashyap

This is my second chance to participate in the Oscars of the coffee world ‘WBC’; in 2007, I represented India in WBC held in Tokyo. Once again the responsibility is on my shoulders to mark high standards for U.A.E Barista community and will give my best in doing so.

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Zambia
Barista Champion from Zambian Barista Championship,
13th of November 2009
Syria Mwanza

I am friendly and honest. I admire people who are doing better than me in the society. I am working hard so I will be the same one day.

Asia/Pacific Regions

Zhou Yungui

China
Barista Champion from China National Barista Championship,
2nd of April 2009
Zhou Yungui

I began my coffee career from 2002 once I was fascinated by the fragrance of coffee and the passion it brings. I enjoy making coffee and always hope I can provide my friends and customers a high grade cup of coffee. I’m also trying to promote coffee to everyone.

Manish Gurung

India
Barista Champion from India Barista Championship,
7th, October 2009
Manish Gurung

I am a passionate coffee enthusiast and lover, skilled in making various coffees. Born in a humble Indian family, I have always aimed to acquire skills on exotic beverages, ultimately choosing my dream beverage as coffee. In my small Indian village purity and richness is always valued high which reflects also in the way, my fellowmen greets somebody, saying “Namaste”.

Mie Nakahara

Japan
Barista Champion from Japan Barista Championship,
15th, October 2009
Mie Nakahara

I’ve been working for Mauyama Coffee in Japan for 3 years as a barista. This is the first time for me to compete in the WBC. I’m really looking forward to coming to WBC in London and to competing with wonderful baristas from all over the world. I’d like to say thank you to many people who supported me until WBC.

Luciano Marcolino

New Zealand
Barista Champion from New Zealand National Barista Championship,
17th of April 2010
Luciano Marcolino

Brazilian born, I have lived in New Zealand for 13 years, I have been involved with coffee for 10 years and love every moment, I have been the New Zealand champ twice which took me to Switzerland in 2006 and Copenhagen in 2008 and for the 3rd time will be in London.

AN Jae-Hyuek

Republic of Korea
Barista Champion from Korea National Barista Championship,
20th of March 2010
AN Jae-Hyuek

I’ve been a barista for 7 years, and I competed in the National Barista Championship (Prematch for National Barista) 3 times and I went to the final all 3 times. I participated in the Denmark Copenhagen Latte Art Championship and ranked the 6th place in 2008. I’d like to express my gratitude to Korean people who love coffee and Korean baristas for supporting me.

Keith Loh

Singapore
Barista Champion from Singapore National Barista Championship,
27th of February 2010
Keith Loh

Everyone I’ve met in my travels to coffee joints around the world have contributed tremendously to my coffee knowledge. Seemingly insignificant nuggets of coffee info routinely become the solutions to major coffee conundrums that I never miss the chance to learn from anyone in the coffee trade.

Ms. Benyapa Naowan

Thailand
Barista Champion from Thailand National Barista Championship,
21st of February 2010
Ms. Benyapa Naowan

I competed in this competition last year and this year I have the confidence to compete again to make my show better. The World Barista Championship is a valuable experience for every barista and I will use this experience to improve Thailand baristas in the future.

張仲侖 Chang,Chung-lun

Taiwan
Barista Champion from Taiwan Barista Championship,
22nd of November 2009
張仲侖 Chang,Chung-lun

I am 28 years old and own a coffee shop, Caffe 4 Mano in Taipei city, Taiwan. My team have worked with coffee farmers in Taiwan for over 4 years and I also bring the beans with me to the competition, as a blessing from my homeland.

Europe

Goran Huber

Austria
Barista Champion from Baristameisterschaft 2010,
27th of February 2010
Goran Huber

For more than 10 years I’m active in the world of coffee and first I got to know the different products of marketing and business. The interest in coffee became bigger an so I started an education to become a Barista and coffee – sommelier. Meanwhile I’m independent employer and I’m trying always to mediate my deep passion in coffee and coffee culture to other people so that they understand the product coffee in all facets especially in restaurants and education centres for gastronomy contributors.

Kenny Burssens

Belgium
Barista Champion from Belgium National Barista Championship,
1st of October 2009
Kenny Burssens

I have my own restaurant in Antwerp ‘inVINcible’, specialising in Wines, we do a lot of tastings. I have my diploma of Maître sommelier and we won the prize for Best Wine restaurant in Belguim! My NEW passion is Coffee!

Nikolay Litov

Bulgaria
Barista Champion from Bulgarian Barista Championship,
16th of October 2009
Nikolay Litov

I am very excited to be part of the WBC, cause I believe we are all there to make things better. I am sure this event will be very useful for all of us as me myself not having such a big experience- 3 years theory and 1 year practically as barista. Good Luck.

Matija Hrkać

Croatia
Barista Champion from Hrvatsko Prvensto Barista,
17th of April 2010
Matija Hrkać

I am a barista who fell in love with coffee little over three years ago, finished my journalism faculty, but stayed in coffee world cause that is where my passion is.

Tereza Bala

Czech Republic
Barista Champion from Barista Roku ,
17th April 2010
Tereza Balá

I live in a beautiful old city in the middle of Europe – Prague. As a barista I work for two years. I study Charles University – Andragogy and personal management. One year ago I was watching WBC in Atlanta, crossing fingers to our collegue Michal Kocman and after this, when I was discussing it with my friend and collegue, she said me “hey why don’t you go and try it?” So I went and I tried and today, with a little help from my frined – I am here.

Søren Stiller Markussen

Denmark
Barista Champion from Danmarks Baristamesterskab 2010,
18th of April 2010
Soren Stiller Markussen

I am currently managing our coffee Roastery and Academy at Growerscup in Denmark. The last two years I have been visiting 5 producing countries meeting the producers, their farms and beneficios – with the objective to establish a mutual cooperation developing specific flavour profiles for our coffees. I have also started a training programme for Technical Colleges in Denmark educating the teachers how to facilitate and train their students in the coffee universe.

Sille Küttner

Estonia
Barista Champion from Eesti Barista Meistrivõistlused 2010,
16th of March 2010
Sille Küttner

I have been working about 9 years in restaurant business and about 4 years with coffee. When we got our first espresso machine, then we got training as well. I can say, that it was natural caurse but now I’m really happy about it. Since then I fell in love with coffee! I like to learn more and more about coffee to give my knowledge and passion to other Estonian baristas. I would like to educate my people and to show them how wonderful coffee is!

Joona Suominen

Finland
Barista Champion from Vuoden Barista 2010,
18th of March 2010
Joona Suominen

I’m 24 years old. I’ve been working as a barista for a year now and I’m falling deeper in love with it everyday. For me the most rewarding and also the most demanding aspect of being a barista is the everyday chitchat and interaction with customers. I love listening for their stories about life while serving absolutely the best coffee I can.

Anthony Calvez

France
Barista Champion from La Passion du Café Championnats de France de Barista, Latte et Cuptasting,
18th of October 2009
Anthony Calvez

Anthony has been a Barista for 3 years. He represented France at the WBC in Copenhagen and is thrilled to once again have the opportunity to compete in London. He is a trainer, roaster and coffee taster for Cafés Richard in Paris, France’s leading roaster in the Horeca market. He is very happy to be able to develop his know-how for coffee on a daily basis and share his passion with others.

Thomas  Schweiger

Germany
Barista Champion from Kaffeeolympiade 2010,
6th of June 2010
Thomas Schweiger

I’m 36 years old and have 3 children. My first job was as a children’s nurse and I worked 12 years in this job. I canceled this job because I saw somebody else’s children more than my own and the payment wasn’t good. For 5 years I’ve had my own company (coffeeshop and coffeescool).

Stefanos Domatiotis

Greece
Barista Champion from Hellenic Barista Championship,
8th of February 2010
Stefanos Domatiotis

My name is Stefanos Domatiotis, and I am competing for the fourth time for the WBC. My main objective is coffee. What I really want is the customers to get in touch with the wonderful world of coffee through us baristas.

Attila Molnar

Hungary
Barista Champion from Csodálatos Kávé VI. Barista Bajnokság,
25th of April 2010
Attila Molnar

I love the present life, I love the past because without that I would be happy now and I look forward to the future … I love traveling and learning new things. I love getting to know new people and exchange ideas with them. I just simply love this life. Thx coffee

Ingibjörg Ferrer

Iceland
Barista Champion from Íslandsmót Kaffibarþjóna 2010,
7th of March 2010
Ingibjörg Ferrer

I started working as a barista at Kaffitár 3 years ago and fell in love with coffee. I first competed two years ago and ended up in 6th place. I work part-time at the downtown café of Kaffitár and am also graduating from my school in Iceland.

Colin Harmon

Ireland
Barista Champion from Irish Barista Championship,
8th of April 2010
Colin Harmon

I own and run a small cafe in Dublin called 3FE. This is my second consecutive year competing at WBC.

Francesco Sanapo

Italy
Barista Champion from C.I.B.C. – 9°Campionato Italiano Baristi Caffetteria,
9th of March 2010
Francesco Sanapo

I have been a barista for 13 years. I live in Florence but come from Lecce, in the South of Italy. I grew up in a family owned bar.

Agne Dirsaite

Lithuania
Barista Champion from Kavos Kulturos Dienos 2010,
21st of February 2010
Agne Dirsaite

I work as a barista already for 2 years. I really like this job and it became my hobby. Every day in the job is like a new discovery of the coffee. I am really happy that I’ve won ability to represent my country in this championship.

Sander Schat

The Netherlands
Barista Champion from Dutch Barista Championship 2010,
11th of May 2009
Sander Schat

Independent Barista for 3 years. Working at different locations and projects in the Netherlands, bringing my own LaMarzocco FB80. Bringing top-quality coffee to the local consumers. Its good fun to explore coffee and all its complexity, understanding coffee, and knowing your customers. It all part of a great job as barista.

Oda Misje Haug

Norway
Barista Champion from Norgesmesterskap I Baristakunst 2010,
23rd of April 2010
Oda Misje Haug

Started working with coffee 4 years ago, and have been competing for the last three. Our shop, Kaffemisjonen is on the west coast in Bergen.

Izabela Popiolek

Poland
Barista Champion from Polskie Mistrzostwa Barista 2010,
26th of March 2010
Izabela Popiolek

I’ve been a barista for 4 – 5 years. I’m 24 years old and it’s my second time in the WBC.

Petre Mares

Romania
Barista Champion from Romanian National Barista Competition,
30th of April 2010
Petre Mares

My name is Petre Mares, I am 30 years old. Six years before I knew nothing about the meaning of barista, I got hired in a coffee shop and the owner asked me if I could prepare an espresso after him. I did and I liked so much the ritual of preparing the espresso that I become a Barista from then on.

Nadya Motylkova

Russia
Barista Champion from Russian Coffee Event 2010,
7th of February 2010
Nadya Motylkova

I’m a shy person. I wish good luck to everybody!

Nenad

Serbia
Barista Champion from Serbian Barista Championship,
21st of April 2010
Nenad Stojanović

After finishing high school I worked as a tourist guide throughout Greece and Turkey. That was pretty interesting for a while. Today, I am more than happy to have found the work in hospitality and coffee industry which I enjoy so much because it enables me to learn everyday and to spread the knowledge to our customers.

Stanislav Cibuľa

Slovakia
Barista Champion from Slovak Barista Championship,
22nd of January 2010
Stanislav Cibuľa

I have been a barista for seven years. I am a trainer and I have my own coffee school academy where I teach people how to make a great espresso. This is my second time in the WBC. My first time was in Tokyo. For now I am the champion of Slovakia and like it.

Javier Garcia

Spain
Barista Champion from the Spanish National Barista Championship,
1st of May 2010
Javier Garcia

This is my second time competing at WBC. I work as a trainer for Cafe Dromedario Group. My friends call me 24H Barista…

Emil Eriksson

Sweden
Barista Champion from the Barista Cup 2010,
22nd of April 2010
Emil Eriksson

I’m 22 years old. I have been working with coffee for 6 years and since 2008 I’ve also been working as a bartender and waiter.

Anna Kappeli

Switzerland
Barista Champion from Championnats Suisses Des Baristi 2010,
29th of January 2010
Anna Käppeli

I am very lucky that I can take part for the second time in the WBC. Eight years now, coffee is a big part of my life. I love this
international event, because it’s great to meet so many other coffee enthusiasts from all over the world. For me an unique chance to share about this passion we all have. When I’m working with coffee, I can forget time and free my mind – simply said, it makes me just happy.

Engin Kasal

Turkey
Barista Champion from 2010 Kahve Yildizlari,
21st of February 2010
Engin Kasal

Everybody says that I am always happy and it’s obvious while I make coffee. This is natural because I love my job. I try my best for perfect cups because I know my guests will admire. The more they admire the more they return and they come with others.

Solopikhina Anastasiya

Ukraine
Barista Champion from Ukraine Barista Championship,
5th of March 2010
Solopikhina Anastasiya

I am very lucky person, I like traveling, meeting with my friends and of course making coffee. I started working barista 7 years ago, and I still give my heart to each cup of espresso and cappuccino. Last year I started my owm business with my boyfriend. We have a small coffeeshop. Now coffee is the sense of my life.

John Gordon

United Kingdom
Barista Champion from United Kingdom National Barista Championship,
1st of March 2010
John Gordon

I used to be in the security industry in Australia and then moved to coffee 5 years ago. I love tinkering with espresso machines and I also have started making my own tampers with hardwood handles that I turn myself. The last 18 months have been a rollercoaster with winning the UK latte art comp and then competing in Cologne in the world latte art comp and finished 6th. more recently the most exciting was starting work for Square Mile Coffee at the start of this year.

Americas (North and South)

Gustavo Castro

Argentina
Barista Champion from 4ª CAB- Competencia Argentina de Baristas,
23rd of April 2010
Gustavo Castro

My relationship with coffee began not more than a year when I started working in the field of YPF Company Stores There I trained and I first felt the taste of a well prepared espresso. It did not seem so difficult. Then when it was my turn to Tabajara realized the enormity of factors that must be combined to give us that little drink a pleasant experience. But above all things there was one in particular caught my attention: “the hand of the barista.” I always wondered where disciplines each with a personal touch can be distinguished from the rest as is the case of painting, music, art in general. And the most wonderful thing about art is to be found anywhere, even in a cup of coffee.

Yara Castanho

Brazil
Barista Champion from Brazil Barista Championship,
11th of March 2009
Yara Castanho

2nd time Brazilian champion, barista since 2005, last year got 18th place in WBC, coached by Stephen Morrissey last year and by Fritz Storm this year. Work at Suplicy Cafés Especiais in São Paulo, but now also on an “internship” at Estate Coffee in Copenhagen.

Kyle Straw

Canada
Barista Champion from Canadian Barista Championship,
15th of October 2009
Kyle Straw

I’m a general manager and trainer for Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver, Canada.

Mauricio Romero

Colombia
Barista Champion from IV Campeonato Nacional De Baristas,
16th of November 2009
Mauricio Romero

Soy barista desde hace 6 años, trabajo en Juan Valdez Cafe, despues de haber participado en tres Campeonatos Nacionales anterior, pude ser el Campeon Nacional de Baristas en el 2010. Soy un apasionado por el cafe que es el producto insignia de mi pais.

Auren Chacon Leiva

Costa Rica
Barista Champion from Campeonato de Baristas Costa Rica
2010, 27th of February 2010
Auren Chacon Leiva

I was born in one of the biggest coffee plantations zone in Costa Rica. My family has been involved in the coffee business for more than 50 years and has influenced me since I was really young. I think that coffee provides great support to our Country because it is one of the biggest economic influence on it, and because of that I think the Barista Community has to improve so we can support all the hard work behind coffee .

Alejandro Mendez

El Salvador
Barista Champion from 3° Campeonato Salvadoreño de Baristas,
13th of March 2010
Alejandro Mendez

I work in a Cafe name Viva Espresso located in San Salvador, being a barista and roaster for a year and half. I love coffee, the coffee has become a big part of my life. This is my first national competition and I won it. I know there are more thing to learn and to know about the coffee and I think this is my beginning.

Raul Rodas

Guatemala
Barista Champion from Competencia Guatemalteca De Baristas,
8th of November 2009
Raul Rodas

I’m just a little guy from Guatemala who likes to explore coffee in so many different ways, and try to connect the hard work of the farmers and to show how great the cup can be. Also like to share the knowledge to all the people and baristas to be themselves and show it in the cup. Makes me proud of it.

Ana Lucia Lardizabal de Hawit

Honduras
Barista Champion from Honduras National Barista Competition,
7th of May 2010
Ana Lucia Lardizabal de Hawit

My family has been working within the Honduras coffee community for three generations as producers and exporters.
I am very proud to join their efforts as a Barista in our coffee shop, Cafeteo. This will be my country’s and my second time at WBC.

Fabrizio Sencion

Mexico
Barista Champion from 8th Competencia Mexicana de Baristas,
5th of September 2009
Fabrizio Sencion

Its all about coffee!! I spend my day behind a coffee bar and in front a machine, whenever I have the chance I go visit coffee farms around México.

Alberto Mayorga

Nicaragua
Barista Champion from Campeonato Nicaraguense de Baristas,
20th of November 2009
Alberto Mayorga

Joyful, enthusiastic, optimist, cheerful. I like what I do and work hard to fulfill my objectives. No matter the adversities I always try to do my best.

Michael Phillips

United States
Barista Champion from United States Barista Championship,
18th of April 2010
Michael Phillips

Originally from Michigan, I began working for Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea four years ago packing coffee bags on the production floor. With the opportunity for a little training with a colleague, I decided to compete in the Great Lakes regional barista competition and placed 4th despite no experience behind the bar. 5 years later, I am the Assistant Director of Education at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, have won the United States Barista Competition two years in a row and placed third last year in Atlanta’s competition.