2016 Competitors

Australia
Devin Loong
Slater St Bench and The Bench Projects

Hail from Malaysia, but now call Melbourne home. Started my family here with the most supporting wife, Hennley and 2 amazing kids, Alexander and Christopher. Got into speciality coffee for 5 years now and still loving it. My favourite part is creating systems and recipes and making coffee taste consistently awesome. Constantly learning and reinventing myself. Winning Australia Brewers Cup Championship the 2nd time round is a dream come true and all I want to do is my best in the world stage and make my family and my country proud.

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Austria
Valentin Freyler
Kaffeemodul

Co-Owner and Barista at Vienna’s Kaffeemodul. Talking about and brewing coffee since 2012.

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Belgium
Laura De Boeck
OR Coffee Roasters

I don’t like to espresso myself.

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Brazil
Estela Cotes
Café do Moço

I’m a graduate of journalism and my involvement with coffee has got profound after me and Leo Moço decided to open a coffee shop in Curitiba, south of Brazil, two years ago. He is my partner, coach and husband! So at home we talk about coffee every time trying to understand the effects of coffee process in the beverage and discussing how we can help Brazil to increase its coffee quality, concerning special coffee production. I won the Brazilian Brewers Cup talking about the women work in coffee industry – with a blend from two farms owned by women – and my goal at the World Brewers Cup is not to instigate a gender speech, but to prove if we work all together adding knowledge from everybody, we can develop the most amazing coffee in the world in the biggest coffee country producer.

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Denmark
Dane Oliver
La Cabra Coffee

The two things I enjoy most in life, are making good coffee and talking to people. It’s turned into a pretty simple focus and something I want to always be challenging myself to be my very best at doing. I’m fortunate to be a coffee professional with the pleasure of working with and brewing some the most beautiful coffees in the world and talking and sharing with customers their pure remarkability. I’m an Australian fortunate to be currently living and working a barista in Aarhus, Denmark. My home will always be Australia however when it comes to coffee Denmark is very much my first home. I’ve only been a barista for the past two and a half years entirely while living in Denmark. This gives me great pride to represent the amazing and proud Danish Specialty Coffee community. Working for La Cabra has given me the chance work with some amazing raw product, which in turn allows me to maintain transparency in every cup. Showcasing what the fruit truly tastes of and the inherent brightness in coffee. Last year I competed representing Australia, so I feel very fortunate to be back on the world stage to share my passion and La Cabra’s approach and coffee philosophy again.

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Germany
Hannes Fendrich
Independent

Am just very excited about coffee. Started to work in coffee four years ago and won the German Brewers Cup before, in 2013. So this is my second time competing in the Worlds. I live in Berlin and worked as roaster, green bean buyer and coffee evangelist.

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Greece
Eftathios Koremtas
Taf

I like my job, the communication with the coffee people such as the everyday life in the coffee shop, where I have been working for the last 3.   I also enjoy working out, because keeping fit helps me concentrate and do better in my professional. I am a proud owner of a dog and two cats, that all live happily together with my wife-to-be and me.

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Hong Kong
Benny Wong
The Cupping Room

Born and raised in Hong Kong, 王家俊 better known as Benny Wong started learning about the specialty coffee industry during his working holiday at the Dark Horse Espresso Bar in Toronto from 2012 – 2013. To continue pursuing his interest and passion for the specialty coffee industry, Benny returned to his home town where he joined the Cupping Room Team. In 2015, he came 2nd in the Hong Kong Barista Championships. Later on in the year, he’ll move on to represent Hong Kong at the World Brewers Cup.

Iceland
Tumi Ferrer
Te & Kaffi

Director of training at Te & Kaffi. Competed in the WBC in Colombia 2011 and World Cup Tasting Championship in 2009 and 2010.

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Indonesia
Ryan Wibawa
PT. Sari Coffee Indonesia/Starbucks Indonesia

My name is Ryan Wibawa, I’m barista at Starbucks Coffee Indonesia since 2011, and my passion to coffee starts to grow until now. I love to talk with customers and sharing about coffee to them, which this connection that makes me happy to become a barista and the feeling when customers love the coffee that you make for them is indescribable. This year will be the first time Indonesia join the brewers cup, it makes me nervous yet exciting. So I hope, I can give the best on this World Brewers Cup.

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Italy
Eddy Righi
Caffe Pascucci

Hi everybody!! I’m Eddy Righi, in the coffee industry since (seriously) 9 years. I’m working for Caffe Pascucci in italy since 5 years, as barista trainer and in the research and development dpt, following the new shop start up everywhere!! I’m AST since 2013 for the barista skills and the grinding and brewing module, all achieved in Chelmsford at SCAE dpt. This was my 8th competition. I did 3 time 3th place in Italian Barista Championship, 4 time the second place, and this year, i tried to change…and it works!!! I’ll be merried on the 4th of June, just some days before the world championship, and i’m father of a fantastic boy, called Achille, now 14 months. I’m honoured to be, finally, in a world championship!

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Japan
Tetsu Kasuya
COFFEE FACTORY

I’ve been working at COFFEE FACTORY in Ibaraki for three years. All these years I’ve been searching to prepare a better coffee every day. It is not an easy way, sometimes it doesn’t go smooth as I imagined, but I find that including the process it’s really fun. As a barista, I feel I finally found my own vocation. Champion of Japan Aeropress Championship 2015  Champion of Japan Brewers Cup 2015

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Malaysia
Li Ning Wong
Just Want Coffee

Always fascinated by the awesomeness of coffee flavor. Enjoy brainstorming together with my team for the competition, the new theories about coffee & explore new things with them.  Finally have the chance to go to the world stage, really feel so excited!  Wish that I am able to travel around the world to visit different coffee farms

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Mexico
Carlos de la Torre Cassignac
Café Avellaneda

I’ve been working in coffee for the last 6 years, right now I’m running my own company Café Avellaneda in Mexico City.

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New Zealand
Ria Mariano-Lingad
Cerebos Gregg’s

I work as a Coffee Technologist for Cerebos Gregg’s. In my free time I love to cook and bake! I used to work as a chef actually but always have been in new product development and teaching. I love discovering flavours, in coffee or food, and zestfully sharing them to people!

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Russia
Dmitrii Borodai
Double B Coffee&Tea

6 times Russian champ (Cup Tasting, Barista, Roasting, Brewer’s Cup), roaster, mad, a broad smile, nervous.

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Singapore
John Ryan Ting
A.R.C. Coffee

Singapore National Barista Champion 2008, 2009, 2015 and Singapore National Brewers Cup Champion 2016 but general worker at A.R.C. for all the times in between.

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Slovakia
Veronika Veselá
Independent

Independent Barista and Trainer in Slovakia, living in Czech Republic. I fell in love with coffee 6 years ago and since then I love to share my passion with people around me. For me great cup of coffee is the best way how to make someone´s day beautiful :)

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South Korea
ChungHyun Kim
Korea Occupational College

 

I’m 2016 Korea Brewers cup Champion Chunghyun Kim From South Korea. It’s really pleasure meet you all.

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Thailand
Sutida Nan Sriungthum
Sutdrip

As a column writer for Coffee T&I magazine, Nan has gotten very fond of coffee. Working for the magazine enables her to be see the World of Coffee internationally and had talked to many of the coffee experts.  The passion grew to the wants to compete and learn more about coffee.  She is the first National Champion for Thailand Brewer’s Cup.  Please visit her at SUTDRIP, Bangkok, Thailand.

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The Netherlands
Rob Kerkhoff
Keen Coffee

The Coffee Family, I love it. Everybody in the coffee scene is passionate and loves a good party.  When I last year first competed at the World Brewers Cup I really enjoyed all the passionate and enthusiastic stories of every coffee professional. This is the most fun thing there is, and this is what i liked the most of the coffee world, sharing stories. But most of all sharing knowledge. Because sharing will enrich everybody, and moves the specialty coffee scene forward.

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Turkey
Ege Akyüz
Punctum Coffee Roasters

My name is Ege Akyuz and I am 21. Currently I am studying law in İstanbul. I was introduced to specialty coffee by my father who was just a coffee drinker until 2 years ago and opened his own micro-roastery at the beginning of this year, Punctum Coffee Roasters. I’ve been working as a barista for a year now.

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United States of America
Todd Goldsworthy
Klatch Coffee

Since a teenager I’ve always been drawn to the coffeehouse experience. I’ve love the environment, the atmosphere, and sense of community. It wasn’t until many years later I realized that the coffee could be just as great. Over the past 15 years of working in coffee I have been continuously looking for ways to expand my knowledge and push my limits. Jumping head first into competitions 4 years ago has just been one of these avenues for growth.   Coffee is just one aspect of my life. In my time outside of coffee my life is hanging out with my fiancé, Holly, and my two boyz, Jacob and Levi. The four of us are always in search of adventure together and I am looking forward to where life will take us.

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