Guatemala, Jenner Fuentes

2017-08-16T06:58:57+00:00

Guatemala
Jenner Fuentes
IQ Cafe

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am a barista and also a business man. I run a coffee shop. I love what I do. I’m married with Karla Ivonne De La Cruz and we have a girl, Marzela and a boy Diego. I’m Christian and very religious person, because this is the most important thing in my life. What I enjoy the most is training people around coffee.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

I will go to win WBC 2017. And also learn about the coffee culture in this country.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

2014 Non-official Competition – First Place AeroPress
2015 – 4th Place National Barista Championship
2017 – 1st Place National Barista Championship

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

Noe Castro, Raul Rodas, Jose Dávila, Johny González, Josue González.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:

I will keep growing. There is going to be more and better ways to prepare coffee.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Running my own coffee roastery and 10 new coffee shops. Being the founder of the first certified barista academy.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Foodservice business and consultant.

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Sweden, Steven Moloney

2017-08-16T06:43:31+00:00

Australia
Steven Moloney
da Matteo

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

Strangely, or perhaps not so, 27 year old Steven Moloney only found good coffee after moving from Australia to Sweden in 2012. Ever since, he’s been lucky enough to work with and learn from some of the leaders of the Scandinavian coffee scene. Starting at Love Coffee Roasters in Lund, he has since moved on to head up Da Matteo’s barista training program in Gothenburg. Steven is a two-time winner of the Swedish National Barista Championship (2016, 2017) and was part of the winning team in the World Barista Cup 2016. He has developed the Barista League from an impromptu gathering of 10 baristas in a countryside roastery (2015) to an event attracting hundreds of the best coffee professionals from all over Northern Europe (2017). He probably won’t rest until it’s taken over the world either.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

Eat! All! Of! The! Food!

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

Swedish Barista 2015 – 3rd
Swedish Latte Art 2015 – 3rd
Swedish Barista 2016- 1st
WBC 2016 – 27th, Round One
Swedish Barista 2017 – 1st

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

da Matteo. Ally Coffee. Urnex. Many many more!

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:

Hopefully towards being more about substance and achievement than big talk. I look forward to more people drinking better coffee and just being able to enjoy it without all of the pretension!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Travelling, meeting awesome people and drinking awesome coffee!

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Food, cooking, good wine and beer and now soju in preparation for Seoul!

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Mexico, Luis Feria

2017-08-16T06:35:54+00:00

Mexico
Luis Feria
Mas Cafe

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I have been a coffee lover for 15 years and thanks to coffee I met my wife in Colombia. We started a little business in Puebla, Mexico. We roast coffee from the best coffee plantations of the southern part of Mexico. The main idea is to share our passion for the coffee and our goal is for people to fall in love with this wonderful seed.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

I want to do my best in the competition and of course I would love to taste the coffee in the different coffee shops in Seoul.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

2016 Champion – Mexico Barista Championship
2015 3rd Place – Mexico Barista Championship
2013 3rd Place – Mexico Barista Championship
2011 5th Place – Mexico Barista Championship

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

Yes, to my wife and my son because they are my life. I would also like to thank my coach for many years, Blanca Bernal from Colombia, and Azahar Coffee. My great team in Mexico, Fabrizio Sención, Jorge Sotomayor, Enrique Lopez and to all the community of coffee in the whole of Mexico.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?

I think we should focus more in the coffee producers in order to improve the quality of coffee seeds as well as the money can be distributed in the coffee fields.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

In Mexico with my family and drinking coffee.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

I love soccer and music.

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India, Paris Bindra

2017-08-16T06:27:02+00:00

India
Paris Bindra
Travel Food Services

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

This is going to be my second chance to represent India and my company at international stage. Last year in June 2016, I participated in World Barista Championship during World of Coffee event in Dublin, Ireland. It was one of the best events and I had a great learning experience. Meeting the national champions and international coffee professionals was the best part of this event. I work as a Training Manager with Travel Food Services in New Delhi, India since February 2013. TFS is the largest F&B operator in the travel/retail segment in India. I started my career as a barista in 2005, and have an experience of more than 10 years with different cafes & restaurants. High quality coffee service to guest is my priority and to train new baristas is my Passion.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

WBC, Cafes, Meeting the best coffee professionals around the world, Food

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

WBC Dublin 2016, National Barista Championship of India 2014-2017

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

My roaster, coach, mentor, and good friend Stephen (Steve) from Hasbean Team & John from DECENT ESPRESSO.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Owning a specialty coffee cafe and micro roasting serving and educating good cup of coffee in my city New Delhi.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

My family & travel to new places.

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Honduras, Mary Portillo

2017-08-16T05:49:56+00:00

Honduras
Mary Portillo
Café Capucas

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am an outgoing person; I like to learn and to experience new things, to know and to share with people passionate about coffee, to speak to the world of the importance of consuming quality coffee, I like to collaborate with the people who need it.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

Visit coffee shops, tourist sites, interact with the baristas competing and get to know the culture of Seoul.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

Barista Championship of Honduras 2016
World Barista Championship in Dublin, Ireland 2016
Barista Championship of Honduras 2017

 

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France, Marco De Sousa Rosa

2017-08-16T05:32:30+00:00

France
Marco De Sousa Rosa
MaxiCoffee

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m head roaster at Cafés Lugat / MaxiCoffee, we are the largest speciality coffee roaster in France by volume and catalogue. A self taught barista and roaster, I started my coffee career as a barman in Paris trying to find out how to make a better cup for my customers. I didn’t think that I’d find such a deep universe hiding in that little bean. Now, as head roaster at Cafés Lugat, I travel to different coffee producing countries to source beans, work on roasting profiles and try out new machines from leading manufacturers. To bring my brick to the industry, I’ve developed a brand of barista accessories, a new fermentation process in partnership with coffee producers as well as creating a new type of pour-over inspired by the work on my signature drink from the French Barista Championship.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

Visit local coffeeshops and roasters as well as trying some local foods.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

French Barista Championship 2015 – 4th Place, 2016 – 2nd Place, and 2017 – First Place .

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

My coach, Lionel Galut.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:

I’d like to see speciality coffee being more accessible in the hotel and restaurant sector. As well as improvements and accessibility in the bean to cup machine segment to allow more households to move towards using beans and possibly speciality coffee. More affordable speciality coffee to allow domestic speciality coffee more accessible.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Still as head roaster at MaxiCoffee, improving our catalogue of coffees and helping teach new baristas, coffeeshops, restaurants and hotels in France about brewing speciality coffee for their customers.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

I play in a local American Football team (Mios Peau-Rouges), I also ride sports motorbikes and do full contact fighting (a mix between karaté and boxing).

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El Salvador, Víctor Flores Menéndez

2017-08-16T05:22:31+00:00

El Salvador
Víctor Flores Menéndez
Biscuit Factory

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a food and drinks enthusiast working in my family business, which started as a bakery and now is one of the most popular coffee shops in San Salvador. As a chef, culinary arts was my first love. Then I met the coffee industry and it was love at first sight. Brewing coffee for my friends and customers is one of the greatest things that life let me do. To be the last part of a big coffee chain and represent the producer in every cup that I serve, is a huge responsibility, and also a great honor.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

Get in touch with their culture, visit coffee shops and try their most representative food.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

6th Salvadoran Barista Championship 2013, 6th Place
9th Salvadoran Barista Championship 2016, 1st Place
World Barista Championship in Dublin 2016
10th Salvadoran Barista Championship, 1st Place

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

My coaches from Academia Barista Pro, Jonathan and Johanna, the Salvadoran Coffee Council (Consejo Salvadoreño del Café), my parents, sister, wife and my newborn baby. Thanks to all of them for their support and patience.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:

I see the coffee industry giving more importance to the producer, paying more attention to their work and helping them develop their farms and their varieties.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Running my café-restaurant together with my family, serving great Salvadoran single origin coffees and making friends through a cup of coffee.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Food and drinks, wine culture, whisky culture, great music and motorsports.

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Ecuador, Mario Idrovo

2017-08-16T05:10:43+00:00

Ecuador
Mario Idrovo
Sweet & Coffee / Café del Ecuador

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a coffee professional that loves to interact with everyone from seed to the final cup. I love spreading coffee culture and knowledge anywhere I go. My goal is to be a world renowned coffee professional and to dedicate my life to a better world through coffee.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

Im excited to finally visit my favorite coffee shop in the world and try their best coffees sourced by long time friend Pil Hoon Seu of Coffee Libre.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

Barista competitions I have participated in :

Ecuador Barista Championship 2014 (10th)
Ecuador Barista Championship 2015 (7th)
Ecuador Barista Championship 2016 (1st)

I have been a judge for various national cupping of quality coffee like: Taza Dorada Arabica Ecuador, Taza Dorada Robusta Ecuador, and Cata de Café de Quito.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

My family, Jaco, and coffee friends for their support throughout the years. And my sponsors which have helped me along my coffee journey. Main Sponsor: Sweet & Coffee Ecuador. Co Sponsor: Ernesto Illy Foundation. Equipment Sponsors: Cafecom SA Motta Metallurgica Acaia Coffee Scales, ACME Cups, Kruve Sifter.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:

I think the coffee industry will need to evolve and adapt. There are many things going against it and most people aren’t even aware. Climate change, unfair prices for producers, unsustainable practices , among other things are part of what us as coffee professionals must tackle and find a solution in order to continue thriving in this industry. I think by working together the coffee industry could set an unprecedented example in sustainability to the world in general. One of my main goals is to be a part of this change.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

I see myself working in coffee. Most likely in my country of Ecuador, helping farmers and promoting specialty coffee culture. I would love to be an exporter and have my own chain of specialty coffee shops. I would love to work with farmers in order to innovate and bring the best quality possible to the market. I see myself teaching barista courses, cupping courses, roasting courses and anything related to coffee to make this more interesting to emerging professionals.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

My life circles around coffee but I’m also a Civil Engineer. I love to play drums, go to concerts, enjoy music, ride on my bike with my girlfriend with no destination. Travelling is also a passion of mine. I love meeting new people and inspiring them to follow their dreams as I have done following mine. I just finished a Masters Degree in Coffee Economics & Science in Italy so maybe my next step would be to get a PHD with a coffee thesis in mind.

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Czech Republic, Jan Skerik

2017-08-16T04:58:59+00:00

Czech Republic
Jan Skerik
Double B coffee & tea

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I workas a head barista in Double B coffee & tea Prague. Actually as a profesional I am quite young in coffee. Many years ago I started in Costa coffee for one year. Then I started my career in transports and logistics and finaly realized that I love to work with people and I love coffee and I came back. And thanks to great people around me I quickly started to learn everything about coffee. I am improving myself and I know that coffee is my destiny 🙂

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

At first point I want to focus on the championship. If possible I would love to see the old part of Seoul.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

2015 Czech Brewers Cup – 3rd Place

2016 Czech Barista Championship – 7th Place

2017 Czech Barista Championship – 1st Place

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

My coach, Dmitry Boroday. My girlfriend, Miri and my sister, Lena.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:

I dont know and dont want to know – I want to be surprised 🙂 But I like now that still the main thing is the barista as a person – not the machine and I would like to keep it that way.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Improve in coffee, maybe run some of my own projects, will see what is gonna meet me 🙂

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Motorcycle, skiing, travelling, and gastronomy in general.

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