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April Athlete: Julia Fortini Souza

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I had the great privilege to be born into a coffee family and to grow up around specialty coffee. From playing in the farm to extracting my first espresso, I can proudly say my life has always been surrounded by great coffee and amazing coffee masters, starting from my grandpa then to my father and to all the other amazing professionals I met along the way. My family moved to the United States to open an importing company of specialty coffee from Brasil, I was then able to learn more about coffee, surrounded by another culture, language, and different points of view. I had the opportunity to start my journey with coffee with one of the best and most passionate...

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April Athlete: Muhammad Fakhri

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


I am a Home Brewer who likes to learn and try many kinds of manual brewing methods. I also like to go around to coffee shops around Jakarta to learn about hospitality. I first entered the Indonesia Brewers Cup in 2018 and continued until 2019. My goal of participating in the competition was to send the message to the world that "Anyone Can Brew".

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April Athlete: Niall Curran

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I started working in coffee roughly 5 years ago after developing an interest in it while completing my Master's Degree in English Literature. During this period I was also managing an Irish Whiskey bar, so I was already developing my palate and understanding of flavour. After this, I began working in the Freiburg's only specialty coffee shop, Cafe Marcel, in an attempt to learn as much as I could at the time. Soon I moved to Berlin and began working in Röststätte Berlin, home to Victoria Arduino. Seeing the passion in both my co-worker Nicole Battlefield and in the city around me I began to become more and more invested in the product itself, and in competing, in particular, brewing...

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April Athlete: Lisa Fedorovska

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


I started working with coffee in 2013 on a barista position within the Сoffee life coffee chain in the city of Dnipro. Then I went to the 3rd wave coffee shop named The Atelier, where I explored manual methods of brewing coffee and started to understand specialty coffee.Last year I started to work at Kashtan coffee. Kashtan Coffee inspired me to even more significant development in the coffee industry. Working here, I clearly understood that I was confident in my knowledge and experience, and this gave me an incentive to participate in the Ukrainian championship. Which ultimately gave an excellent result (1st place 2019). I hold this opinion: from the simple, it is necessary to do the incredible. You need...

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April Athlete: Adrian Berg

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


I started off as a bar-back at Workshop Coffee Co in London back in 2012. At that point, I had a vague interest in coffee and wanted to learn more. I was trained as a barista for six months before moving back to Norway. I've worked for four different concepts, one of which I co-started with the roaster Jacobsen & Svart in Trondheim. I've held many different positions, from a barista, trainer, general manager, regional manager and recently I've taken the step to become a home roaster. My heart lies in coffee competitions. I view them as a way to develop myself as a barista and I hope to never stop learning.

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April Athlete: Giorgio Visitacion

Posted by Patrik Rolf Karlsson on


Right after my first experience in drinking speciality coffee, it automatically sparked my interest to learn more about this beverage. My journey started back in the farm level as I enrolled for a basic coffee farm introductory course two years ago and this was followed by a basic barista course, after taking these basic courses in our country, I pursued taking SCA-Training Courses in Singapore to learn more and to prepare myself before working behind the bar as a barista. I together with 2 individuals launched a speciality coffee company with an objective of sourcing high-quality raw material locally and importing green coffee beans from some of the best coffee farms, and serve these coffees in our community. I am...

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April Athlete: Simon Gautherin

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I started working in coffee as a business consultant 4 years ago and I quickly realised how complex coffee could be and how difficult it was to obtain reliable information and have access to quality education. In dabbled in different parts of the industry before being able to fully settle into coffee education. I currently own and run a barista training company which aims at providing professional and affordable education for people who want to get their first job in specialty coffee. I'm a firm believer that education is the backbone of any industry and that it is essential to make it more structured and accessible to all.

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April Athlete: Niels te Vaanhold

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I started in the restaurant business 8 years ago. But I wanted to focus more on one product. I found coffee really interesting and started doing SCA-trainings. After a few years, I wanted to do more with coffee and started working in coffee places. In 2016 I moved to Berlin en worked as a barista at Five Elephant. And started competing in coffee competitions. In 2018 was the first time I won cup tasting and became 2nd in the World Championships.

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April Athlete: David Train

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I’ve been lucky enough to work in coffee for over 12 years, in three different countries, with (at the time) vastly different coffee cultures. Australia, UK, and Germany. Working for some of the (in my biased opinion) worlds best coffee roasters, whilst also working for some commercial coffee roasters as well. I’ve had roles ranging from barista, Training Manager, Account Manager, and now as Green Bean Trader. I started competing as a way to test out theories I have developed over the years and to push myself as a coffee professional. It’s also an unbelievable way to connect with other coffee professionals around the world. I also believe educating, and pushing ourselves constantly is the only way to help develop...

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April Athlete: Hannes Fendrich

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Hannes started his roasting career at Five Elephant in Germany in preparation for his role as Head Roaster at Coffee Circle in Berlin. He has previously qualified for the World Brewers Championship and is looking forward to get back in the game.

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