2017 Competitors

Colombia
Eduardo Armero Martinez
Dukes Roasters

I was born in La Union Nariño, in the southwestern part of Colombia, into a family of small coffee growers. With my wife we are responsible for the quality control for the coffee commercialization of the Association of Agricultural Producers of La Unión Nariño – ASPROUNION. I participate for the second time representing my country Colombia in the World Cup Taster Championship.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is your favorite coffee to cup?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WCTC?

Denmark
Frederick Kjaerulff-Schmidt
Original Coffee

Hey I’m Frederick from Denmark.
I’m working as a barista and I’m the barista trainer at Original Coffee in Copenhagen. I’m 23 (24 when we are in Budapest.)
I’m still feeling fairly new to the whole coffee industry, because I only started drinking coffee 3 years ago. I’m very curious about this whole world, and I’m spending most of my free time reading about coffee, cupping and just doing my best to improve all the time.

    Frederick Kjaerulff-Schmidt

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is your favorite coffee to cup?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WCTC?

Greece
Zafiris Mavros
Lara Brazil The Coffee Company

I am the 3-time Greek Cup Tasting Champion. My appearance in the championship for 9 consecutive years states the passion that I have for coffee. I am proud to announce I am part of the initiation of the third wave Coffee in Greek. I’m the founder of nossa specialty coffee and nossa taste philosophy cupping room.

    zafiris.mavros

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is your favorite coffee to cup?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WCTC?

Italy
Giacomo Lo Cascio
Caffetteria Sabrina

I’m Giacomo Lo Cascio, and I was born in Termini Imerese, close to the city of Palermo, on October 2nd 1982. I have approached this discipline around three years ago, attending some classes in Florence at the Espresso School Academy. After each training class my interest into coffee’s world grew more and more until I found myself taking part in, and winning the Italian Cup Tasting competition of this year.

Norway
Ingrid Aass
Kaffebrenneriet AS

Age 27, from the countryside of Norway, currently living in Oslo.
Have been working with coffee since 2010, the last 2,5 years as manager at Kaffebrenneriet, and now as district manager in the same brand.

    ingrid.aass

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is your favorite coffee to cup?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WCTC?

Poland
Grzegorz Kurzajczyk
Brisman Kawowy Bar

Twenty-three years old yungster, more or less four years working with coffee, two with speciality. Polish Cup Tasters Championships were the first one I’ve ever participated in, so for me it’s still quite a shock that I’m going to WCTC now. Coffee is still an open book for me, I have so much to learn and even more to practice, but I love it and I’ very excited to be a part of WCTC. Apart from coffee I study Philosophy and Social Communication and work at my baking skills.
Cheers!

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Russia
Ilya Khlyzov
Double B Coffee & Tea

During study at school I played musical instruments, studied the photo and played in theater. At university I played in student’s theater. Now all my creativity occupies coffee.

    Ilya Khlyzov

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is your favorite coffee to cup?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WCTC?

United Kingdom
Freda Yuan
Caravan Coffee Roasters

My journey in coffee links to all sectors in the coffee supply chain: barista, roastery, quality control, green sourcing to coffee farms. I started as a barista in 2014 and I have been learning and involving in the industry since. I currently work for Caravan Coffee Roasters as Quality Control Manager in London.

In the past I struggled with bulimia. It was a miserable time until I my path crossed with coffee and sensory development. Learning about coffee and wanting to improve my sensory skills helped me slowly understand my condition and found my own way to where I am today. The experience also assisted me to embrace and love myself, and learn to cope with anxiety and stress. Being able to taste coffee and now being a professional cupper, keeps my feet on the ground. It reminds me what is more important in daily life

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How did you get started in coffee?
What is your favorite coffee to cup?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?