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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China
Jailing Du
M2M Coffee

I’ve been working as a barista for 6 years. Now I’m working with M2M Coffee team in China. Everyday I work closely with our customers and strive to bring the best experience to each and every one of them. Such experience is also what I would like to bring to the competition. M2M team helped me open my eyes to how coffee is produced from origin to cup. I would like to share with you all on the “how” and “why” to a excellent cup of coffee.

 

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Czech Republic
Karolína Kumštová
Independent

A barista and an aspirational writer, I embrace things that excite me. I enjoy doing so through my profession of a barista, through working for European Coffee Trip and travelling.

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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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Finland
Mikaela Wallgren
The Coffee Collective

I love coffee’s seductive dry aroma just when it has been ground and I love the process of brewing. I’ve worked with coffee for 5.5 years of which 2.5 years at The Coffee Collective. I work both as a barista brewing coffee in our bars and HR-Coordinator having the responsibility of staff related matters.

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France
Connor Bramley
Coutume Café

Originally of a more scientific persuasion, I switched to coffee after working with speciality coffee in Edinburgh during the final year of my degree. I then moved over to Paris and worked with Coutume where I’ve had several different roles over the last few years. It was here that I fully discovered the joys of roasting, beer, wine, cocktails, food, and so much more. I’m now Head Roaster at Coutume, hoping to push my roasting, brewing and tasting skills as far as humanly possible.

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Germany
Hannes Fendrich
Coffee Circle

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.

Hungary
Nikolett Schreiber
Espresso Embassy

I have been working with coffee for 4 years. This is not only my job but my passion. I like to experiment with different brewing techniques. I’m an easy-going person, easy to communicate with and loving rushy environment around me in my daily life.

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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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Norway
Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen
Supreme Roastworks AS

Photographer by profession. But the passionate interest in speciality coffee made me change profession 5 years ago. Now part owner in Supreme Roastworks, a coffeeshop and roastery in Oslo Norway. Norwegian brewers cup champion 2014-2015-2016, 4th place World Brewers Cup 2014, 1st place World Brewers Cup 2015.

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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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Poland
Slawek Saran
Forum

I am running Forum with my fiancee Ilona. Our mission is to find, brew and serve the world best coffees. As good coffees are running out really fast, our work is a never-ending story.

 

 

 

Romania
Bianca Ganea
Origo Shop

My passion for coffee started when I began working in the smallest bar in my hometown. There I discovered the true beans and realised how much i enjoy interacting with the guests. This made me more curious to learn and to understand deeper what specialty coffee is about. In order to satisfy my curiosity, I moved to Bucharest and started working at Origo, the first coffee shop with it’s own roastery in Romania. After one year of working with coffee, I decided to participate at the national Brewers Cup in order to challenge myself, as I see competitions as the perfect environment to learn and become a better barista.

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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

 

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Sweden
Anne Lunell
Koppi Coffee Roasters

Co-founder of Koppi Coffee Roasters – Helsingborg, Sweden. Swedish Barista Champion 2006 & 4th place in WBC 2006.  Green-buyer, barista and roaster. Also known as Koppianne, Pineapple or Ananas.

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Switzerland
André Strittmatter
Hochstrasser, Die Kaffeemacher

Coffee is my life. I started my career in the coffee industry 15 years ago as a roastmaster in Lucern. A lot has happened since that. I became SCAE AST in brewing, barista and roasting. Training people in coffee is one of my biggest passions. Another it to judge and cup coffees as a CoE judge and judge during national and international coffee competitions. To learn more and dig deeper into brewing I decided to participate myself.

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Taiwan
Chad Wang
Jascaffe China

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Champion of Taiwan Brewers Cup 2016

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Chad was born in Taiwan, and moved to Scotland when he was 12. He completed his education in the UK, with a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu London, Honours in Biology and MSc in Food Management from the University of Surrey. Chad’s first coffee shop experience was in Fukuoka Japan at REC Coffee, the shop of Yoshikazu Iwase, the Japanese Barista Champion of 2014 & 2015. “The attention to detail of the Japanese had greatly inspired me to become a better barista, with a goal to have my own shop in the future.” Chad visited Shakisso, Ethiopia with the Makers of Ninety Plus. He displayed a vast interest in the processing of cherries. After discussion of processing ideas with Joseph Brodsky, founder of Ninety Plus, Chad became a Maker for the next Gesha Estate project, and is currently representing the Ninety Plus Coffee – Lotus, from Panama. Recently Chad was crowned the Champion in the Taiwan Brewers Cup 2016. “My coach Stefanos Domatiotis really pushed me to my limits. Not only did i learn a lot about brewing from him, he drove the performer out of me.” For Chad’s national, he presented in Mandarin Chinese in the first round and English in the final round. “Its to show the judges that I am ready, for the Worlds.”

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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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Ukraine
Oleksii Fedorovskyi
Best Friend of Barista

I’m a coffee lover, barista and roaster. I worked as a barista 5 years, and I really like what I do. Inspired by coffee, I try to tell about speciality coffee culture to ordinary consumer.

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United Kingdom
Jeremy Challender
Prufrock Coffee

Jem is one third of Prufrock Coffee in London. He is Prufrock’s director of training and development. Jem played in a Jazz band in Sydney with barista Mathew Clare between 1999-2002, and was introduced to Toby Smith who used to sponsor their gigs with ground coffee. Jem witnessed his first rosetta in Mathew’s Maroubra beach house kitchen from a Gaggia Classic which made a big impression!
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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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