2017 Competitors

Austria
Michael Manhart
Independent

I was born in Salzburg and had my first contact with good coffee in 2013. I’ve taken part in 3 Aeropress Championships, 3 Cup Tasters Championships and in 2 Brewers Cups (2016 – 2nd place, 2017 – 1st place), and in Goran Hubers “Tiroler und Internationale Baristameisterschaften 2016” in the Filter Coffee Challenge (1st place). I love fruity coffee!

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China
Li Siying
HMP Craft

I am the owner of my coffee shop which is called HMP Craft. I have always considered speciality coffee as a spirit, which makes us advance bravely and explore continuously. I think this is the love to coffee.

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Colombia
Nicolas Rico
Azahar Coffee Company

Always my motivation has been the love of my wife and daughter, and now I have the opportunity to show the world that not only do we produce one of the best cafes in the world, but we also have professionalism and conscience when preparing it, Once my country attends this event I want to take the opportunity to continue learning and sharing the evolution that exists through the preparation of our cafes.sacando best advantage to varieties that we produce in Colombia such as: tabi, castle, colombia etc without leaving to One side the other varieties around the world.

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Denmark
Cristian Scigliano
The Coffee Collective

Italian, born and raised in Denmark.
Been with The Coffee Collective since August 2015

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Germany
Constantin Hoppenz
Bonanza Coffee

My name is Constantin Hoppenz. I’m 23 years old. I live in Berlin and work as a coffee creative at Bonanza Coffee Roasters. Early I’ve developed a passion for tasty  things and the craft behind its making. The buzzing specialty scene of Berlin heartened me to    dedicate my passion to coffee and every day since I started working as a barista I’m happy about this decision.  Currently I’m the green coffee buyer and head of quality at Bonanza.

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Greece
Stathis Koremtas
Taf Coffee

My name is Stathis, and I work at Taf Coffee in Athens and at Coffee Profilers in Berlin.
As a barista, I brew everyday for my customers. Championship is a way to improve and challenge
myself. I love coffee, not only as a beverage or occupation, but as a medium to communicate with people.

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Indonesia
Harison Chandra
Ottoman’s Coffee Brewers

I grew to love coffee from my time in Australia. I was blown away by the different taste that each coffee origin would give me. Although I do a lot of coffee hopping, but I never work as a barista. When I came back to Jakarta in 2014, I was surprised by the progress of speciality coffee industry in Indonesia. So at the end of 2015, I decided to pursue my passion in coffee by opening up Ottoman’s Coffee Brewers which was established in Feb 2016 together with a group of my friends.  One year after, I decided to join the Indonesia Brewers Cup Championship and I am lucky enough to win in my first national competition and represent Indonesia in the World Brewers Cup.  My wish is to give my best to my country and to all my supporters and make them proud.

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Italy
Gian Zaniol
Chapter One OHG

I’m from Venice but now I live in Berlin where I work in a coffee place named Chapter One. It has been more than 15 years since I began to work behind the espresso machine but only after I moved to Berlin, in 2011,I discovered the Specialty Coffee and I started to get exposed to the world of filter coffee,my big love. Being italian the coffee is a big part of my culture, a daily ritual and a little act of love, I didn’t expected it to become more than a passion, the job of my life. I wake up every morning knowing how lucky I am and I’m very glad for this. Berlin and its coffee scene literally changed my life. I love to spend time with my girlfriend, music,to cook,my cat and jogging.

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Japan
Yasuhito Kobayashi
Ogawa Coffee

I’m doing wholesale of household coffee in the western Japan area.
I would like you to have delicious coffee at home for everyone. For that reason, I am not only selling but also studying about coffee everyday such as extraction technique, so that you can enjoy the difference in taste and brewing method. I would like to do the best performance so that as many people as possible to be able to know the taste of authentic coffee.

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Malaysia
Shaun Liew
Yellow Brick Road

My name is Shaun Liew and I am one of the co-founders of Yellow Brick Road cafe and Common Craftsmen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My passion lies in coffee, travel, food and photography. Additionally, I love meeting people and always find the joy in sharing and listening to experiences from people.

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Mexico
Florentino
Quentin Cafe MX

Bariasta since 7 years ago… I never thought of becoming the coffee my life, but things happen.
I currently work as a barista in “Quentin Cafe MX”, roaster in process, with many projects in mind, with a lot of passion to share and with great hunger for knowledge.

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Norway
Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen
Supreme Roastworks AS

I have worked in the coffee business as a barista since 2010. Part owner of Supreme Roastworks since 2013. A roastery and small coffeeshop in Oslo Norway. I am the National Champion Brewers cup 2014-2015-2016 and 2017. Finalist in the World Brewers Cup 2014-15-16. World Champion 2015.

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Russia
Dmitrii Borodai
DoubleB

28 years old. Coffee sourcing, roasting, and quality control in DoubleB – Q-grader.

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South Korea
Leon Han
UCC Coffee

Hello, I’m Han Gyeo re. I’m looking forward to this competition so much and I’m ready to enjoy with you all—I hope it will be an unforgettable experience.

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Taiwan
Chad Wang
Jascaffe China

I’m Chad, from Taiwan. Second-runner Up of the WBrC 2016.  I am truly honored to once again represent my country in 2017. Since Dublin, I have learnt a lot. I am now a different barista, and a different person. The championship had more impact in my life than I could have ever imagined. I am more confident now, and I feel stronger than ever. Looking forward to Budapest with excitement.

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Thailand
Paddy Chanwong
Simple Coffee Simple Life

I own a small cafe called Simple Coffee Simple Life in Bangkok, Thailand. I’m a barista for 6 years. I’m also a Barista Trainer for Boon Rawd Brewery also know as the world most famous SINGHA Corporation.

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Turkey
Orkun Ustel
Coffee Department

I’m in the anniversary of my transition to change my passion, which started three years ago by coffee brewing at my home, to profession by working at Kronotrop Coffee Bar & Roastery. It is a true excitement and happiness for me to challenge my experience that I gain in this short and intense period of time by attending to World Brewers Cup.

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Ukraine
Oksana Vitynska
Black Honey

My professional activity in coffee started 5 years ago when I started working in one of the best cafes in Ukraine. Today I am a certified Q-Grader and the owner of the cafe. Championships is my another passion and the ability to motivate my staff.

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United Arab Emirates
Mark Anthony Uy
The Espresso Lab

Im Mark, I’ve been in the coffee industry for 5 years, I was introduce to specialty coffee world 3 years back. From then, I started to become curious about the science behind specialty coffee. And even after winning the National Brewers Cup Championship in United Arab of the Emirates, this pushed me to learn, study and to be more curious about this craft.

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