2017 Competitors

Belarus
Olga Belanovich
Coffeshop “Zerno”

25 years old. Unmarried. I’ve been working as barista for 5 years already. I graduated from Minsk State Linguistic University.

 

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Brazil
Emerson Nascimento
Curto Café

I have been a barista for 8 years. Before that, I worked as a bartender. I was introduced to the world of coffee by master barista Emilio Rodrigues, owner of Casa do Barista. He taught me much of what I know about coffee. When Emilion needed to travel to France, he entrusted the Casa do Barista classes to me and I became a teacher at Casa do Barista. For 8 years I have been teaching courses at Casa do Barista. I give a barista course and a latte art one. I am a partner of a specialty coffee distributor called Grã Barista, which has several coffee brands and also works with sales and rental of coffee machines. I am also a barista partner at Curto Café, which is today one of the best coffee shops in Rio de Janeiro.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Czech Republic
Ondřej Hurtík
Doubleshot Roastery

I’m working as a barista for Czech speciality coffee roastery Doubleshot.

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France
Mikaël Portannier
Lomi

I’m 22, in the coffee industry since 2013. I’m currently barista and trainer at Lomi in Paris.  Second time in the world championship and super excited about this! Looking forward to having good time in Hungary!

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What coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?
What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Germany
Niklas Schmedding
Kaffeekommune

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Greece
Manos Mamakis
The Underdog

Proud barista at The Underdog®.

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:

* Hellenic Coffee in Good Spirits Champion 2017

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What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Hungary
Béndek Tamás
Pécsi Kávé

After high school I became a waiter and a barmixer. I was working as a bartender in bars and in other fields of hospitality. I am working with coffee for 10 years and with competing and with speciality coffee for 4 years. For 2 years I have my own speciality coffee shop in Pécs where among other drinks we focus at our own seasonal coffee in good spirit recipes.

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Italy
Marco Poidomani
Mptraining

Professional Coffee Specialist
I started my career at a very young age and specialised by attending several training courses. Today, I am member of SCA as
AST Trainer. I also obtained the SCA Coffee Diploma System certification.
For Moak People Training, I deal with courses of coffee, profession
barista, latte art, SCA courses.

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What coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?
What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Japan
Yukari Suzuki
Unlimited Inc.

I have a career as a varistor for 8 years. I currently work as a barista/bartender at the UNLIMITED COFFEE BAR, and I am involved in coffee and alcohol at store every day.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Norway
Preben Oosterhof
Dromedar Kaffebar

Founder and CEO of Dromedar Kaffebar. Working hands on with speciality coffee since 1997. Former Norwegian barista champion.
Coaching and training barista, alongside running 10 shops and a bakery.

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What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Poland
Mateusz Szuchnik
El Koktel / Kofi Brand

Co-owner of the El Koktel bar awarded with the “Best Cocktail Bar 2015” prize in “Bar of the Year” plebiscite.  Gaining hospitality experience in Poland and outside it’s borders. Finalist of many international bartender competitions such as Tahona Society Cocktail Competition 2016, Diageo World Class 2015, and Bols Around The World 2013. Member of the prestige academy – The World’s 50 Best Bars – selecting the best cocktail places all over the world.
A passionate lover of coffee, tequila and latino cuisine in general.

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Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail?
What coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?
What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Romania
Alexandru Ionita
Origo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia
Natalia Obruch
Coffee Owl Roasters

 

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Singapore
Natasha Shariff
Bettr Barista Coffee Academy

I have spent the better part of the last 10 over years in the Food & Beverage industry in various capacities from chef, to bartender and now barista and educator. I love coffee but I also do love a good cocktail. I’m excited to be at the World Championships to showcase my cocktails and my love of coffee and to meet the coffee community that will be there.   I work for a company called Bettr Barista Coffee Academy based in Singapore. We are also a for profit social enterprise that helps marginalised women and youth at risk become baristas. We change lives through coffee! My journey in Specialty coffee has been incredible, its only been about 3-4years now and I am still constantly learning and I urge more women to take part in competitions and to continue to push forward within this industry because its really such a great time to be in Specialty Coffee now.

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What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Slovakia
Martin Hudák
American Bar at The Savoy Hotel

Senior bartender at the most iconic bar in the world, The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel London. Started work in hospitality during studies back home in Slovakia, where passion and love for coffee and cocktails became stronger. After five years moved to London to be part of one of the best bar team.  My whole career has been dedicated to pushing boundaries through competitions. I have attended world finals at HCGP, Beefeater MIX LDN, Absolut Invite, have been a finalist at various World Coffee In Good Spirits and have placed second twice in the worlds – Melbourne 2014 and Shanghai 2016. Also the founder of craft micro brewery, Ginger Mania focused on botanical Ginger Beer. Father of beautiful eight year old daughter, Karin, and simply a life lover of everything that is around 🙂

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Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

South Korea
DaeGeun Kim
Vault Coffee

I have been a barista since 2012. Currently working at Vault Coffee. I love coffee and drinks.

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Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail?
What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Spain
Willy Gómez
Moon 93 “Café & Cocktail Bar”

I started with the world of coffee while I was studying Restaurant and Bar Services. There I met the wonderful world of coffee and that led me to train in this discipline, accessing numerous courses, talks, lectures and master class. It was not long before I began my career in the Barista championships. Shortly afterwards thanks to a teacher, I discovered the world of cocktails and from that moment I decided to dedicate myself completely to coffee and cocktails. I started working in different coffee shops and cocktail bars, until in 2012 I decided to open my own project dedicated to specialty coffee and cocktails. Today in addition to deciding my business, I continue to learn and train every day to continue inquiries in this wonderful world of hospitality.

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What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Switzerland
Bastien Frison
Birdie Coffee

31 years old. Raised in South West of France, now living in Geneva. Proud co-founder of Birdie Coffee. Studied business administration at ESCP Europe in Paris. Former consulting manager for French chef Alain Ducasse.

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What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Taiwan
Sin Jay Kao
Just Go Coffee

 

 

United Kingdom
Paul Ross
Origin Coffee Roasters

I am a Barista from London, England, working at Origin Coffee Roasters. Living in London means I am fortunate enough to have some of the worlds best bars and coffee shops close by. For Coffee in Good Spirits this year I am keen to share my personal flavour experiences and the stories behind them. I hope you all enjoy & if you want to get in touch, my social media handles are below!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Ukraine
Ivan Yaremchuk
ONE LOVE Coffee

My name is Ivan Yaremchuk, a regular millennial with a good taste for coffee. I’ve been residing in Kiev for a couple of year now, but originally, I come from a small town of Berdychiv. Even though I’ve studied political science and it’s my primary education, I discovered my true passion was coffee, and started working as a barista around 2015. I don’t consider this a regular job, but rather a calling – there are no limits for self-development and improvement in it.

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What are your interest outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?