2014 Competitors

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Dane Oliver
La Cabra Coffee Roasters

Making good coffee and talking to people. This sums up how I try to live my life. I’ve been working as a barista for nearly two years. I’m an Australian fortunate to be currently working in Aarhus, Denmark surrounded by passionate coffee professionals at La Cabra Coffee Roasters. I like how coffee brings me into contact with many different people daily and how providing someone with coffee can be such a simple way to make their day. I love the on going process and challenge of learning more and more about the wonders of coffee and being a geek about it. However it always comes back to providing good service, understanding a customers wants and needs to hopefully get them more interested in specialty coffee and participating.

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Nikolaus Hartmann
Süssmund – Kaffee

I am running a small Roastery and Coffee Shop in Vienna. For me speciality coffee is the tool to create a sustainable future for coffee farmers, all around the world.

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Carolina Franco de Souza
Lucca Cafés Especiais

Ever since my mom opened our coffee shop in 2002 I was curious to know why she loved coffee so much. I was very fortunate that she had the patience and will to teach me from a very young age. Today I am the cupper of the company and i travel around Brazil looking for delicious coffees to showcase in our shop. This is my third time in World Brewers Cup.

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Qileng Wang
Uni Uni

I am a barista from Uni Uni cafe, Nanjing. Everyday, I share coffee expereinces with my customers, my friends. Especialty coffee in China is just begining, but it’s easier for us to broadcast the new coffee cultuer as Chinese have a long history of drinking tea.

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Petra Strelecka
Industra Coffee

I started to work in coffee industry about 3 years ago at Prufrock Coffee in London. I use to work there as a chef and always desired to work as a barista. After some time my dream came true and I worked behind the bar about another 1 year. After that I moved back to my country and opened up an own place with my partner Adam. Our cafe is called Industra Coffee and is situated in the second largest city of Czech, Brno.

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Mikaela Wallgren
The Coffee Collective

I have been working with coffee as a barista for about 4,5 years. I’ve always had an interest for customer service and in the coffee industry all parts just fell to right places. I enjoy working in a busy setting, I meet people, I work with my hands, I see my development and I get instant feedback from my guests, and I never have nothing to do. Recently I have been able to share my interest in HR and work-wellbeing by gaining responsibility as a HR-Coordinator for The Coffee Collective, for whom I’ve worked for over 1,5years in Copenhagen. It’s important to keep developing as an individual in my craft, but it’s as exciting to see organizations developing in the coffee industry.

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Thomas Cassignac
Independant

After years in the hospitality industry in France, Thomas moved to the UK where he learned his new passion at Notes Coffee Shop London expanding his coffee horizon and learning every thing from A to Z about coffee. Returning to France, he started working at Coutume Café in Paris. Next step in the trail : becoming the 2015 French Brewer’s Cup Champion.
« I am so proud ! But, still, a long road Is waiting for me, paved with more wonder, surprise and years of learning. »

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Daniel Muliyanto
Schwarze Kiste

Hi,
i am Daniel, iam 29 years old and i live in Augsburg, Germany. I am working as a Barista since almost 2 1/2 years now and enjoy everything that comes along with coffee. Before i came in contact with speciality coffee i even didn’t like coffee at all, but then i discovered what coffee can be and should be and my passion began.
I finished my studies (Math&Sports for teaching) and now y try to make my carrier in the coffee business.
I am really excited and looking forward to the WBrC to meet old and new friends, to learn and last but not least to compete :)
best regards
Daniel

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“I want to thank Sebastian, Christopher and the Schwarze Kiste for bringing me to coffee and for the great support all the time.
Also Sebastian Lösch from Mahlefitz to teach me a lot and for his coffee in the nationals, and of course Johannes Bayer from JB-Kaffee for his support, his passion for coffee and all the little tricks he showed me to make good coffee.”
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Konstantinos Iatridis
Taf

I am working as a barista for two years. Despite my little experience, I decided to participate to national brewers championship, because I thought it would be a chance for me to learn more. I will never regret taking that risk, because apart from winning the first place, the championship was a major experience. Since that day, I feel dedicated to coffee.

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Brian Ó Caoimh

I come from Dublin, Ireland. I have a degree in Economics and have worked, more or less, in that field since graduating. For the last 2 years I have also been working in coffee. It started as a thing on the side but, as anyone who reads this will probably know, it soon takes over.

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Rubens Gardelli
Gardelli Specialty Coffees

My name is Rubens Gardelli, I’m 37 and I live in Italy. I’m a barista and owner of coffee roasting company named Gardelli Specialty Coffees.
I’m in this business because I love coffee from the bottom of my heart, I love the fact that it is an ever-changing natural product and some jewel lot needs to be hardly sought after.
I’m also a coffee roaster, and I’m amazed how a roaster can influence the final cup by manipulating the roast profile.
In 2014 I was competing for the first time in my life, and I got a great result at WBrC thanks to my great team, the coffee farmer and my extreme love for rare-jewel coffee lots.
This year I have the privilege to serve again a rare-jewel coffee lot, fruit of the farmer’s hard work.
I want to thank all the organizers and sponsors who made this competition possible

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Yuta Ueda
Ishii Shoji Amameria Espresso

I am a barista at AMAMERIA ESPRESSO in Musashikoyama, Tokyo. I search great Specialty Coffee through my every day’s experimentation, and try to share the joy of coffee with our customers.

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Regine Wai
Cafe In A Box

My name is Regine Wai. I am a coffee lover since young, having more exposed to our local coffee with the bittersweet taste. In 2013, I came across the barista course organized by Barista Guild Asia (BGA), it was an eye opener for me, I didn’t know there is so much more about coffee! With the new knowledge I gained, I start falling in love with coffee again. And to keep my passion going, I work as a part time barista during weekends. My first coffee competition was 2014 Malaysian Aeropress Championship. That was a fantastic stage brewing experience and it has made me want to never stop learning about coffee. To pair with a good cup of coffee, books and music are my favourites too. My coffee journey so far has really been rewarding as I meet many great coffee people, and at the same time keeps me going and fuelling me for my fulltime role in a corporate career.

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Carlos de la Torre
Avellaneda Barra & Tostadores

My name is Carlos de la Torre, I’m 27 and I’ve been working in coffee for the past 5 years since I was studying Philosophy at College. On 2012 I won the Mexican Cup Tasters Championship so I had a lot of opportunities to develope my profession as a barista and also as a roaster. Today I work mainly as a roaster at my company Avellaneda Barra & Tostadores. Something not related with coffee: I love dogs, food, punk rock, and travelling.

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Nicholas Rapp
Flight Coffee

I’m a production roaster, trainer and an all around hands on deck kind of guy at Flight Coffee’s roastery in Wellington. This isn’t my first time representing New Zealand at the World Brewer’s Cup. Last year I won the local competition using a Colombian roasted by Flight and I got to head over to Rimini to compete. Being my first overseas experience I learnt more than just about coffee and I learnt a lot a coffee for sure. It was an incredible opportunity to taste amazing coffees and hang out with professionals that get just as in to coffee as I do from all around the world. Not only did the experience totally open my eyes it also made me want to come back for more. So I’m super excited to have the opportunity to do it all over again!

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Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen
Supreme Roastworks AS

Odd-Steinar working with coffee professionally since 2010. Opened a coffee-shop and roastery in Oslo in 2013, with two friends Magnus and Joar. National Brewers Cup Champion 2014 and 2015.
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LESZEK JEDRASIK
BLACK AND WHITE COFFEE

I am a barista for 9 years
I cooperate with few roasteries to pick the best coffee for my customers
I have small coffee business for training and events also in two months will open small cafe in my home city

 

 

 

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Lavinia Toma
Origo

I take any challenge that comes across, even not adding sugar in my coffee. That’s how I got interested in specialty coffee and started working in the industry. I have been a barista for only a year now, so you can say my life as a barista is just as an espresso: short, concentrated and under pressure.

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Ruslan Shulga
OMNI COFFEE

Hello! My name is Ruslan, I’m 29. I got into the work with coffee in 2007. I work as a roast master in the roasting company Coffee OMNI in Krasnodar city. I have started to take part in contests since 2009. I’m happy to represent my country at this championship and it’s a great responsibility for me.

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Andrea Tan
The ARC Coffee Ptd Ltd

Singapore National Brewers Cup Champion 2015

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Youn Joo Yu
D-PLEX Coffee

Hi. I’m Korea Brewer’s Cup champion Youn Joo Yu.
This is my second time and I’m very glad to come here and I’m looking forward to meet other national champions.

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Alexander Ruas
Alexander Ruas Creative Coffee

Alexander is Creative Coffee’s lead consultant.
2015 Swedish Brewers Cup Champion
2011 Swedish Barista Champion
2011 Nordic Barista Cup Winner
Swedish National Barista Team member
Alexander has consulted for coffee roasters, coffee machine manufacturers & dairy companies in Sweden, Norway, USA, UK, France, South Korea & Spain.
Alexander is the Ninety Plus Coffee and Levelup Coffee agent for the Nordic countries.

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Benjamin Prager
Bear Brothers & Cow

I studied economics and politics and had an office live with a terrible full-auto-coffee-machine drinking terrible coffee when I had my light bulb moment with specialty coffee. A friend offered me a coffee at his place – I don’t remember what it was – but I remember how amazed I was. Suddenly I wondered what I’ve been drinking all those years. Until that moment I never looked at coffee as a culinary delight. But that changed. From then on my interest was piqued. It started as a hobby. But after a while I was not able to enjoy a cup of coffee in my city anymore as there were no specialty coffee places around. Whenever I visited other cities I was looking for good coffee. At one point the friend who introduced me to the specialty coffee world and I decided to open a business dedicated to coffee as a culinary delight, a real sensory experience.

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wang shih ru
Just Go coffee

Hi,I am LULU.
I have roasted coffee for 12 years.
Now we have a coffee shop names OLULU,that means black coffee in Taiwanese.
It locate at a very beautiful countryside. Please come visit us and enjoy our coffee.

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Rob Kerkhoff
Babo Coffee

Hi I’m Rob Kerkhoff from the Netherlands. Since Oktober 2014 I’m the headbarista and co owner of Babo Coffee together with my best friend Bonne Postma.
We have a own trainingcentre and specialty coffee brand in the middle of Arnhem. A cross of Babo Cafe. A really nice cafe/restaurant, where the label started 7 years ago.
We’re also AST’s and work together with Leopold Coffeeschool for SCAE trainings and workshops.

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Umut Gokdeniz
Kronotrop

I am Umut. I hail from Istanbul. Originally I am an engineering student and my relationship with speciality coffee started one night at the university library when I found a book about coffee. I failed that exam. Thanks to my epiphany in this library, I’ve since nurtured a special bond with coffee and all that encompasses the art of brewing. To put theory into practice, I’ve been working as a barista at a local micro-roastery for more than a year.

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gordon howell
Northern Acadmey of Coffee

Just a good old boy.
The owner with my wife of three coffee businesses that are all geared to sharing my love for quality coffee
Two coffee shops geared to different markets (traditional and contemporary) and an educational centre teaching the SCAE barista and brewing modules as part of their coffee diploma programme.
Lets show the world what great coffee can taste like.

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Sarah Jean Anderson
Intelligentsia Coffee

Sarah has worked in coffee since 2007 and with Intelligentsia Coffee since 2012. This is her fourth time competing in the Brewers Cup and the first time to national and world competitions.

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