2016 Competitors

Australia Harry hyunsuk koAUSTRALIA
Harry Hyunsuk Ko
Dukes Roasters

My Name is Harry Hyunsuk KO from Australia born in South Korea.
It is a honor to represent Australia 2015 and 2016.
I am a barista , roaster and coffee lover.

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Austria - BorisOrtner WEBAUSTRIA
Boris Ortner
Kaffeemodul

I’m owner and barista of “Kaffeemodul”, a small speciality coffee bar in Vienna. During my studies I made a barista course and started working in several cafés. Since then I totally got hooked by speciality coffee and the idea of starting something on my own. In 2012 we finally founded our own coffee bar “Kaffeemodul”, serving exclusively coffee.
I’m 33 years old and I live together with my 1 year old son and my wife in Vienna.

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BELGIUM Louis DonckBELGIUM
Louis Donck

Hello, my name is Louis Donck
As a third generation coffee roaster, I grew up with coffee.
After being two times national barista champion and competing at the WBC in Vienna and Melbourne, I’m proud to be in the world cup tasters championship.

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Brazil - Edimilson GenerosoBRAZIL
Edimilson Generoso
Alicerce Cafe

I am cup taster it makes 16 years. I am also Q Grader, Judge of BCSA cup of excelence. I have a company of coffee commerce and exportation, where I render quality consultory for specialty coffee producers.

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CHINA - CHENRUNFACHINA
Chen Runfa
PLACE COFFEE

I come from Dongguan, China, is a small coffee shop baking division, usually responsible for coffee beans baking and the production of detection

Colombia - Manuel Fernando PenaCOLOMBIA
Manuel Fernando Peña
Comité Departamental de Cafeteros del Valle del Cauca

Hi, I’m Manuel Fernando, I’m 32 years old, I’m from Popayán city and I’m Agricultural Bussiness Administrator. I’ve been working in coffee tasting for 12 years. Now I work in Comité de Cafeteros del Valle del Cauca. i’m married and we have a daughter. In my job I not taste coffee only, also I’m going to coffee farms for teaching to the coffee growers about Good Coffee Practices and coffee tasting.

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Costa Rica - Gabriel CéspedesCOSTA RICA
Gabriel Céspedes
Exportadora Cafinter Ecom Costa Rica

My name is Gabriel Cespedes, I work in coffee for 11 years, I’m coffee taster, I participated in three consecutive world championships, I am now the world champion of 2015 tasters.
This 2016 ire again to join my world tasters room and try to defend my title.

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CZECH REPUBLIC - Zuzana CernaCzech Republic
Zuzana Černá
mamacoffee

I’m just a normal coffee girl.

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DENMARK - Søren PehrsonDENMARK
Søren Pehrson
Risteriet Coffee

Hi I’m Søren
I work for Risteriet Coffee (roastery and coffee shop based in Copenhagen)
I’ve been working as a barista for three years, and just got into cup tasting recently – so i’m very excited to be in the world cup championship already.
See you in Shanghai!

FINLAND Sanni Sointula WEBFINLAND
Sanni Sointula
El Fant/ Kahvila Sävy

I’m a 30 year old coffee enthusiast, running two coffee businesses in Helsinki, Finland.

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FRANCE Sebastien Maurer webFRANCE
Sebastien Maurer
Cafe Sati

I am very proud to represent France in this 2016 World Cup Tasting Championship. It is the second time that I am competing in this event.
I am the Quality Manager of Café Sati, located in Strasbourg, France. I have an experience of about 19 years in cupping.

Germany - Mateusz PetlinskiGERMANY
Mateusz Petlinski
Roesterei Vier

Hey there, my Name is Mateusz from Germany, but most people call me Mattes.
I’m the chief-of-extraction at Kaffeeroesterei Vier, a Düsseldorf based roastery and cafe. Most of the time I try to figure out how to make things tastier, easier and more accessible to serve better coffee to the people. If I don’t slurp coffee, I probably slurp beer in one of the awesome breweries we got over here. Believe me or not, they all make “Craft Beer” for the last 400 years or something – before it was cool.

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GREECE - Panagiotis VitalisGREECE
Panagiotis Vitalis

I just love tasting delicious coffees and get connected with people that do so! Also, i’m intrigued to introduce the specialty coffee movement to people that have no idea and teach them the joys of coffee, one step at a time. To everyone out there, keep the spirit up!

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GUATEMALA Hector Gonzalez webGUATEMALA
Hector Gonzalez
Cafe Divino

21 years in coffee industry, cupping and roasting coffee, Licenced Q Grader, national and international jury for Guatemala cup of excellence in several times, 3 times national cupkhk tasters champion in Guatemala, second time in world cup tasters champion. World cup tasters champion in London 2010.

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Chris Kwong
Craft Coffee Roaster

My name is Wai Ho Kwong.  I am a barista working for Craft Coffee Roaster in Hong Kong. I was introverted until I first learned about specialty coffee around two years ago, which opened up a whole new world for me.  It gives me great pleasure to share and discuss anything coffee related with others.  I’m very honored to be able to take part in such a prestigious competition.

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HUNGARY - Csaba BaloghHUNGARY
Csaba Balogh
Trattoria Pomo  D’oro

This the first time for me to be on the WCTC.
I work with coffee since 2010.
I started as barista in a cinema´s café in Budapest.
I works now as a head barista in a restaurant in the hart of Budapest.

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Indonesia - Hageng PribadiINDONESIA
Hageng Pribadi
Anomali Coffee

Hi there, my name is Hageng Pribadi, just call me Hagi, I am a Coffee Trainer in Indonesia Coffee Academy, Anomali Coffee.
Live in Bali.

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IRELAND - Daniel HorbatIRELAND
Daniel Horbat
Bewley’s

Barista is my chosen profession and every single day I put passion in what I do…Because great coffee doesn’t just happen!!!:)

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ITALY Lorenzo Sordini WEBITALY
Lorenzo Sordini
Pascucci Milano and CSC

i’m working like a barista in Pascucci Milan and i work in this world from 3 years. i’m 23 years old, i was born in Lodi in 10/07/1992 and now i’m living in Milan.

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ITALY Yoshiki Tomikawa WEBJAPAN
Yoshiki Tomikawa
St. Berry Coffee

I’m 20 years old. In 2014, I was in 4th place Japan Hand Drip Championship. I would like to taste famous Shanghai Hairy Crabs while I am here.

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LITHUAINIA - Karina GogolLITHUANIA
Karina Gogol
Taste Map Coffee Roasters

I am a barista for 8 years now, and coffee is one of those things that keeps me curious and exited everytime I have an opportunity to try new beans and new ways of drinking coffee. And I am very happy to represent Lithuania in Wold Cup Tasters Championship 2016.

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THE NETHERLANDS
Frans van den Berg
BaristaBrothers

I’m Frans van den Berg 21 years old and have been working with coffe since 2009. In this year i started with Competitions (i ended 5th) and became the youngest ever to compete. Atleast in The Netherlands. Besides that, me and my brother Paul have a company that makes coffee on location (Mobile Espresso Bar) called BaristaBrothers (to be clear, Not the Australian BaristaBrothers). I also competed on Cuptasting 2x and Barista 3x championships. And the final one, finaly gave me the 1st place.

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New Zealand - Takahito KoyanagiNEW ZEALAND
Takahito Koyanagi
toasted espresso

I started my coffee career in New Zealand as a barista. Initially I was just interested in espresso drinks, but the more I understand coffee, the more I am interested in filter coffee, cupping, and specialty coffee. I do cupping daily and do quality control after I joined toasted espresso from January 2016. Also I love brewing filter coffee at home every weekend. Tasting coffee is a part of my life now. To know the right taste is one of the most important things for baristas to deliver the best shot to customers.

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POLAND-KarinaPest-webPOLAND
Karina Pest
Java Coffee Company

I have been in the coffee industry for nine years now working for JAVA COFFEE COMPANY – Polish – Warsaw based coffee roasters. I’ve started as a sales support, trainer, sales manager and now I am creative mind behind JAVA COFFEE brand. The creativity and dedication involved keeps me constantly battling myself to ‘create’ something better.  Also every month I do the work of selecting a different coffee which we offer as a ‘coffee of the month’. That keeps me close to coffee, constantly discover new flavors, aromas and brewing techniques. I am very excited to represent Poland in WCTC for the first time.

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ROMANIA Marius NicaROMANIA
Marius Nica
Olivo Coffee Roastery

I work as a barista for 4 years now, and I love to roast and taste coffee.

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RUSSIA Viktoria SharkovaRussian Federation
Viktoria Sharkova
Coffeemania

I’m russian barista. I work in coffee for 4 years. I participated in two russian championships. And in this 2016 World Cup Tasting Championship I will represent my country.

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SINGAPORE - Will LeowSINGAPORE
Will Leow
Knockhouse Supply Co.

I am the founder of Knockhouse Supply Co., a one stop coffee company and Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, a cafe based in Singapore.

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SLOVAKIA Lukas SolanicSLOVAKIA
Lukas Solanic
Cafe&bistro Alfa

I’m 27 years old.

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SOUTH AFRICA Donovan McLaganSOUTH AFRICA
Donovan McLagan
Urban Espress Coffee Co

I have been in the coffee industry for 10 years and started as a coffee salesman to technician to cafe owner and soon to be roaster. This is my 3 time and WCTC and hoping to have my best Finnish yet.

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SOUTH KOREA - Dongho LeeSOUTH KOREA
Dongho Lee
502 Coffee Roasters

I am working at 502 Coffee Roasters. I am in charge of roasting, quality control, and buying green beans. In this competition, I want to communicate with other competitors from other countries and to improve to a higher standard through coffee.

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SPAIN - fernando-francoSPAIN
Fernando Franco
Cafe Dromedario

I’ve been working in the coffee world for 12 years and every day I am eager to learn more .
It is the second time I am in the world and proud to represent Spain championship.

FRANCE Cristiano Mouao webSWEDEN
Cristiano Mourão
Ally Coffee

Im a coffee grower from Brazil, Minas Gerais. Im based In Sweden since 2008.
Im Q grader since 2015 and im work with coffee exporters around the world.

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SWITZERLAND Michal Otte webSWITZERLAND
Michal Otte
Blaser Cafe/Kafischmitte

I`m Barista for a seven years.  Last 2 years I`m also a Roaster of Speciality Coffee.

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TAIWAN Sunya Lee WebTAIWAN
Sunya Lee
Café LuLu

Hello! I am a barista working at Café Lulu. I see coffee is more like a lifestyle than a job, and enjoy so much in it. One of my favorite thing is to share coffee with people around, and amaze them with different aromas and flavors. Really honored to be part of this competition.

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UGANDA Birungi Patricia Kamukama WEBUGANDA
Patricia Kamukama Birungi
Uganda Coffee Development Authority

I am passionate about coffee. its been an amazing four years as a quality controller and i have grown to love it more by the day.

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UNITED KINGDOM
Gayan Munaweera
Ucc Coffee UK and Ireland

I work in Ucc Coffee Roastery looking after the coffee quality and I was honored to be a q grader in 2013

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UNITED STATES Austin AmentoUNITED STATES
Austin Amento
Augie’s Coffee Roasters

My father and I started Augie’s in 2009. We knew little about coffee but have learned something new everyday. We started roasting 5 years ago and I have always loved cupping coffee. Augie’s is a place for community to grow while we serve some delicious coffee. Drink coffee.

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