2016 Competitors

Australia - Shae MacnamaraAUSTRALIA
Shae Macnamara
Grinders Coffee

I am a passionate coffee enthusiast and National Coffee Ambassador for Grinders Coffee.
I have over 15 years industry experience and have travelled extensively throughout Europe, USA, South America and Asia learning the art of coffee, differences within coffee cultures, farming and processing techniques and working in or consulting for cafes in different parts of the world.
I was the national runner up in Coffee in Good Spirits for 2014 to Matt Perger.
With a love of coffee and a passion for good alcohol I can’t think of a competition that I am more suited to than CIGS.

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Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

BELGIUM Ronny Billemon webBELGIUM
Ronny Billemon
Pentair Water Belgium

WQA Master Water Specialist
SCAE Authorised Trainer
SCAE Barista Professional – Gold Cup Brewmaster Professional
2008 – 2012 – 2016 Belgian Champion Coffee in good Spirits
2012 World Barista Coffee in Good Spirits 3rd place

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Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

CHINA
Hu Ying
Outman Coffee

When I graduated from university I ask myself about my future. What I want as I go through the life? If I choose one thing in my future where should I put my time and energy?
I want to do something interesting and I can keep passion to learn more from different people.
So I chose running a coffee shop.

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Czech Republic - Zuzana KoudelovaCZECH REPUBLIC
Zuzana Koudelova

I work as a coffee roaster for three years. But two years ago I wanted to know something new and I started to learn about spirits and bartending. I found a delight in cocktails and alcohol based drinks. Coffee in good spirits is the challenge for me and the best way how to learn something new about the things you think you know well.

FRANCE Mikael Portannier WEBFRANCE
Mikaël Portannier
Café Lomi

I’m 21, barista at café Lomi. I studied in a catering school and I learnt a lot about coffee by myself and when I met amazing people in France!

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How did you get started in coffee?
Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
Do you have any tips for combining coffee and alcohol? Are there specific coffees or alcohols that work best? Any secret ingredients?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Germany - Robin RöhnGERMANY
Robin Röhn
elbgold Roestkaffee GmbH

I am a roaster and barista from Hamburg, Germany looking for the perfect combination of coffee and spirits to provide my customers the best possible taste experience.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
Do you have any tips for combining coffee and alcohol? Are there specific coffees or alcohols that work best? Any secret ingredients?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

GREECE- Michalis Dimitrakopoulos WEBGREECE
Michalis Dimitrakopoulos
The Underdog

My name is Michalis Dimitrakopoulos and i work as a barista at “The Underdog” in Athens, Greece.

My love and passion for coffee along with the continuous quest for knowledge which was never nothing less than specialty, has lead me to achievements that i am very proud of like being the 2016 Coffee in Good Spirits champion of Greece.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
Do you have any tips for combining coffee and alcohol? Are there specific coffees or alcohols that work best? Any secret ingredients?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

ITALY Davide Bertie webITALY
Davide Bertie
LA CHICHERA CAFE’ – NUOVA RICAMBI

I am a person who loves the world of coffee.
I love to create, invent, experiment and have fun!

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How did you get started in coffee?
Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
Do you have any tips for combining coffee and alcohol? Are there specific coffees or alcohols that work best? Any secret ingredients?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

JAPAN - Fumiaki Nozato WEBJAPAN
Fumiaki Nozato
Bar ISTA

Owner at Bar ISTA
Instructor at Osaka School of CULINARY ARTS

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ROMANIA-Paul-UngureanuROMANIA
Paul Cristan Ungureanu
Paul Ungureanu Consulting

12 years experience, Bar Consultant & Trainer, Barista.
3th place – WCIGS – Gothenburg, Sweden.
8th place – WCIGS – Melbourne, Australia.

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Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
Do you have any tips for combining coffee and alcohol? Are there specific coffees or alcohols that work best? Any secret ingredients?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Russian Federation
Ekaterina Vereshchagina
Art. Lebedev studio

Chief-barista. Trainer. SCAE Judge. I work in coffee industry for last 8 years. Two higher educations – manager and psychologist. Blood donor. I love all about coffee!

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Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
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SLOVAKIA Martin HudakSLOVAKIA
Martin Hudak
American Bar at The Savoy Hotel London

I am competing with coffee cocktails for six years and last three years I became national winner which gave me chance to come here to the World Champ. again. I am very passionate about hospitality and everything connected with it. As well proud father of seven yo. amazing daughter Karin, CEO & Founder of Ginger Mania brewery and senior bartender at the most iconic bar in the world – American Bar at The Savoy in London.
I am just happiest person in this world!

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How did you get started in coffee?
Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
Do you have any tips for combining coffee and alcohol? Are there specific coffees or alcohols that work best? Any secret ingredients?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

South Korea - Yunam CHASOUTH KOREA
Yunam Cha
Samwon T&B

I am a barista Yunam Cha from South Korea.

I am in charge of beverage R&D as well as technical sales in my company.

I am happy to be part of Coffee in Good Spirits Championship because I like to use many different ingredinets together with Coffee and Sprits.

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SWITZERLAND Theresa Prussen WEBSWITZERLAND
Theresa Prüssen
Unternehmen Mitte GmbH

I was born and raised in northern Germany, close to Hamburg. In summer 2014 I came to Basel to work as a barista at our coffee car, later I joined the coffeehouse. I later also worked in the employee administration department and I am now the manager of the coffeehouse “unternehmen mitte” together with Benjamin Hohlmann

TAIWAN-Berg Wu-webTAIWAN
Berg Wu
Simple Kaffa

Having won the national barista championship for consecutive three years and competed in the WBC twice, I have been working as a barista and a roaster but never a bartender. Therefore, this competition is a new world to me and I undoubtedly learned a lot from this competition. Now I became deeply in love with the world of mixology. I hope that we all enjoy the competition and see you all in Shanghai!

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UNITED KINGDOM - David JamesonUNITED KINGDOM
David Jameson
Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

Working at Union Hand-Roasted Coffee in London and specializing in coffee for meeting rooms and workplace espresso bars, I see my role as helping to introduce new customers to Specialty Coffee in areas that they wouldn’t always expect.

If I can get customers to ask the question “why does my coffee taste better in the meeting room at work than at the chain store on the high street?” they can really enjoy discovering the answer and introducing themselves to better coffee.

When not drinking, making, selling or thinking about coffee, I like to snowboard, go to heavy metal gigs and walk my dog with my Wife.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail? (Does not have to be a coffee cocktail)
Do you have any tips for combining coffee and alcohol? Are there specific coffees or alcohols that work best? Any secret ingredients?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?