2017 Competitors

Australia
Yama Kim
Kingswood Coffee

My name is Yama (Jinwood) Kim, I am 28 and work as a barista at Kingswood Coffee in Sydney. I have come a long way since I first decided to enter the central regional cupping competition for Australia 6 months ago, I can’t believe I have made it this far on my first attempt!  I have an education in viticulture, my passion in coffee is to investigate how al differences in growing conditions,  processing and roasting impart varied characteristics and flavours in coffee.

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Austria
Jessica Thomson
Coffee Pirates

I’m originally from Halifax, Canada but I moved to Austria when I was 18 and have been living here for the last ten years. I’ve been working at Coffee Pirates since February 2016. When not serving up coffee at Coffee Pirates I can be found exploring the city, running, doing yoga, listening to music, hanging with my cat, watching a movie, cooking, baking, reading or pursuing my other passion: foreign languages!

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Belarus
Alex Shychko
26 Coffee Shop

I started to work as a barista about 3 years ago. At my first place I worked with commercial coffee from Italy and cooked hot-dogs. Now I’m working with specialty coffee with the best coffee team in our country. It is amazing. Everything changes! I like to watch movies and listen to hard-rock music . I think if I was not barista I would be stand up comic actor, I am very laughable

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Brazil
Edimilson Generoso
Alicerce Specialty Coffee

Owner of Alicerce Specialty Coffee / Specialty coffee cupper from 18 years / Q-Grader / Cup of Excellence National (5 years) and International (3 years) Judge / Current Brazilian Cup Tasters champion

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China
Shengli Ni
Season Coffee

My name is Nishengli, I come from China. I love and enjoy coffee.

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Colombia
Eduardo Armero Martinez
ASPROUNION – La Jacoba Coffee

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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Costa Rica
Gabriel Cespedes
PROSOL Productos Solubles

Effort, perseverance, and work. It is what characterized me, Thank God and the Support of My wife, family and friends, who have helped me to win 5 consecutive Championships in Costa Rica and 2 World Championships, becoming the current World Cup Tasting Champion. I am new  to Budapest, and now dreaming of the next World title. #TEMGABO

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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.

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Finland
Tiina Koivikko
Kahvila Sävy

I’ve been working with coffee for five years now. My enthusiasm started with a few “God in a cup” experiences when I realised how coffee can be of amazing quality. Now I’m so thrilled to compete in World Cup Tasters and to challenge myself. I love traveling and Hungary will be a new experience again. My free time I spend with art, cooking, and hiking in nature.

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France
Sébastien Maurer
Café Sati

I am currently the Quality Manager of Café Sati, a roastery located in Strasbourg, France. Cupping is the essence of my daily work and I hope that this competition will be another great experience as it will be the 3rd time that I will be representing France in this event.

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Germany
Benjamin Hohlmann
Kaffeemacher

Since 9 years I am working in the coffee industry and since 6 years I understand more and more the potential of great coffee, the wide knowledge behind it and the fascination. I am founder of the Kaffeemacher Academy in Basel. We give coffee courses to around 700 people a year. Our company is also running the coffee shop “frühling”, the spring roasters and the privat labeling roastery inthenameof.  I am Q-Grader, coffee trainer and coffee entrepreneur. Since 4 years I love to compete at Brewers Cup, Cup Tasting and Barista Championships.

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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.

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Guatemala
Dulce Barrera
Bella Vista Coffee

Dulce started to work at Bella Vista as an assistant at the office of Beneficio Bella Vista in 2002.  Here she learned about all the controls and all that takes to produce, process, sell and export coffee.  In 2008 Bella Vista Started a very empiric cupping lab, and Dulce started since day one to be very interested about tasting coffees.   Since 2016 in a new cupping lab, Dulce started to cup more consistently with all the visitors, and checking the quality control of the production of the dry mill and roasted coffee.  Cupping is a part time job for Dulce, she still has responsibilities in the office at Bella Vista.  She is in charge of buying coffee from the small producers that Bella Vista buys from in Antigua.

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Hong Kong
Lok Chan
Craft Coffee Roaster

Founders of Craft Coffee Roaster in Hong Kong since 2013. I’ve been worked in coffee for 5 years as a barista & roaster.

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Hungary
Balogh Csaba
Trattoria Pomo d’oro

My name is Csaba and I have been working with coffee for 8 years. I have been a barista and bartender in an Italian restaurant in Budapest for 6 years.  I love coffee, wines and making cocktails. These are my loves. And I taste EVERYTHING … 🙂

 

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Iceland
Paulina Bernaciak
Te og Kaffi

I am professional coffee enthusiast located in Iceland. I started to work as a barista 3 years ago and now I am also a manager in a cozy Te og Kaffi coffeehouse at Hamraborg.

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Indonesia
Dimas Fajar
Segitiga_coffee

I was born in Indonesia and have been living here in my whole live. I am passionate for the coffee industry and would love to learn more about this industry and meet experienced people to learn from them.

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Ireland
Reda Matiejune
Butlers Chocolate Cafes

I am totally in love with coffee and cacao. I’ve bumped into the coffee world 9 years ago in Ireland, and since then it became my passion. I am always willing to learn about coffee step by step, mostly by surrounding myself with people who share the same passion in many coffee events and projects around the world.  It started as a hobby, but it became my favorite race. I love to attend coffee events and look for new opportunities to learn about specialty coffee. I discovered how much I enjoy to give further my knowledge and try do it day by day.  It’s an incredible privilege to learn and share precious moments in the coffee world, including championships. I started sharing all I’ve learned with the staff in Butlers Chocolate cafes, by starting working as a trainer.  Nowadays, I am very passionate about my job and particularly enjoy training.  To compete in WCTC is a challenge for myself; however, I am trying to encourage not only myself, but also people around me. This likely my first time competing because I use to work hard coaching/ helping other competitors in various national and world championships including Latte Art, Cupping and Barista for the last 6 years.  I am thrilled and honoured to represent Ireland on the world stage in June in Budapest.

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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.

 

Japan
Satsuki Amano
Mamezo Coffee

After I graduated from high school, I got a cooking license at TSUJI Culinary Institute in Osaka. After graduating in one year, I got a job at Mamezo Co., Ltd. It is my third year now.  I participated in the Japan Cup Taster Championship from the first year. This time in my third year, I won the 1st place in the championship. The work is in charge of roasting in addition to the daily work of the store.

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Latvia
Janis Podins
Five Elephant

Being involved with coffee for the past 4 years have been a life changeing experience. Recovering from a serious sporting injury, that prevented me from becoming a professional athlete made me discover coffee, and I have stayed with it ever since. From barista, to lead barista, to retail and shop manager, wholesale and finally quality control has been the most interesting path of my career, and I hope the list will go on. I have never stopped learning about different aspects of the industry, met so many amazing people, and have been a part of truly great experiences. And this year I am learning about myself, analysing and trying to figure out how to become a better coffee taster and professional.

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Lithuania
Domas Ivonis
Taste Map Coffee Roasters

I love what I am doing. My wife and I have Taste Map cafes and roastery in Vilnius, Lithuania. We are lucky and really happy that we have the opportunity to source, roast, prepare and share the fantastic coffees with our friends and team members.  We put a lot of effort and it’s a huge passion and lifestyle for us. Can’t wait to taste all the great coffees in the competition.

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New Zealand
Ken Shi
Roma Coffee Roasters

I’ve been a barista, latte artist, and coffee roaster for years. I really enjoy seeing customers’ satisfaction and the huge support from the company and local community. I am excited to challenge myself to the next level this time, and it’s a great honour to compete in the World Cup Tasters Championship for New Zealand.

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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.

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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.
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Romania
Marius Nica
Narcoffee Roasters

I am a barista and a roaster for 4 years at Olivo coffee roastery in Cluj-Napoca, my home town. Recently we opened a new roastery and shop, Narcoffee roasters. I love to teach and inspire people to take coffee seriously.

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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.

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Singapore
Rodman Chan
A.R.C. Coffee

I’ve been doing coffee for the past 2 years and I’m the current Singapore Cup Tasters Champion and Singapore National Brewers Cup Champion.

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South Africa
Simphiwe Adams
Sumatran Coffee

As a kid growing up, I always wanted to be a social worker, but…things change and I saw myself as a businessman, so I started working at a local cafe where I learned the basics of being a Barista and gained a rudimentary knowledge of professional coffee preparations.  From then I was hooked.  I continued to gain knowledge in an attempt to satisfy my passion for coffee and making that ‘perfect cup’.  I worked in the industry as a Barista / Store Manager for a number of years before moving to Sumatran Coffee in 2015, where I roast and train Baristas and others who have a love for coffee.  While roasting, I get to experiment with flavours and do what I love…cupping coffee and getting the most out of the bean.

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South Korea
Jaehyeon Son
Snug Roastery

Once I wanted to become a soldier of Korea special forces but I got discouraged by panic disoder. When I felt totally lost, my parents suggested me to learn about coffee as a hobby. I decided to take a certification class without much expection. As I learned more about coffee, I fell into coffee and I became more passionat about it. Since then, my passion for coffee is getting bigger and bigger. I have been working hard to become the best owner, the best roaster, and the best barista!!

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Spain
Fernando Franco
Cafe Dromedario

Born 40 years ago in Santander, a beautiful city in the north of Spain. My academic formation was industrial engineer and also chemical engineer. For the last 13 years I have been the production manager of an important group of companies related to the world of coffee in Spain; it’s known as Grupo Dromedario. We work with around 150 people distributed in 6 delegations throughout the country. My interest in the laboratory has been growing in the last 8 years and I have been trained by the best professionals to learn how to taste all the different types of coffee that we have access to in the company. Working with the best baristas in Spain has also improved my experience in the world of coffee tasting.

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Sweden
Markus Vestergaard
da Matteo Kafferosteri

I moved to the port town of Gothenburg when I was four years old, and 18 years later I found myself working as a sailor in the Swedish Marine Corps for almost four years. I met a girl and disembarked from the sailor life to start working in coffee at da Matteo in Gothenburg. We now live happily on the island of Hisingen, outside of Gothenburg, along with our two cats.

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Switzerland
Kevin Mohler
Delica

I am 25 years old and was born in Switzerland, near Basel. I am an SCA Intermediate Barista with SCA Diploma since 2015. As a member of staff in the laboratory for a swiss coffee capsule producer, I am in daily contact with this great product. I started at the Swiss Barista Championship in 2017 and took 5th Place. I won the Swiss Cup Tasters Championship in 2016 for the year 2017.

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Taiwan
Hsuan Chuang
Bu Cafe

I’m from Kaohsiung, a lovely city with a river, mountain, harbor, and sunny days in the south of Taiwan. My barista career has begun in Bu Cafe since 2012.  Brewing specialty coffee with syphon is the signature feature in Bu Cafe, therefore it has grown on me as well.  I have a bachelor degree in biology; my studies built up my experimental mentality and helped my barista career.  It is exciting to compete against so many outstanding cup tasters and also I feel greatly honored to participate in the international competition for the very first time.

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The Netherlands
Esther Maasdam
Manhattan Coffee Roasters

Dutch Barista for over 13 years, long life coffee competitor and coach. Starting roaster with Manhattan Coffee Roasters and SCAE trainer. Travelling the world providing high end coffee services on events and international trainings.  Lover of everything food, drinks, travel and sport related.

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Ukraine
Alina Vitrenko
Fair Finch Coffee Center

Hello, guys! My name is Alina and I’m from Kiev, Ukraine. I’m a barista and barista-coach in one of the biggest Coffee Center and special coffee place in Europe “Fair Finch”. In coffee I’ve trusted since 2013 and I’m crazy about coffee chemistry.  It’s an honor to represent Ukraine on the World Championship!

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United Arab Emirates
Julian Loayza
Mokha1450

I was born in La Paz, Bolivia, a country that will always be my refuge. My family had to move a few times, so my sister and I were lucky to live in different places like Spain, Germany and Austria. My wife is Spanish and my baby that is coming soon will be a mix of everything that happened before him. I started with coffee 3 years ago, when moving to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, a city full of new opportunities. Tasting and making coffee are the two things that make-up the best job in the world.

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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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United States
Steve Cuevas
Black Oak Coffee Roasters

Born in East Los Angeles, raised in the suburbs of Ontario CA. Started working when I was 15, moved to San Francisco when I turned 18 to seek adventure. Started coffee in early 2000’s as a barista, my quest started with ”do they mean 1 oz by volume or weight?” that’s the question that lit my passion. When in SF, cafe work is EVERYWHERE, so I did that. Other jobs I’ve had are Carpenter, Landscaper and hey….it’s Mendo (aka the emerald triangle) medical marijuana farmer. The thing tying them all together… A form of expressing ones skill through a different medium. I take pride in my work! ”If your going to do something, do it right”

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