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
2017 Hellenic Coffee in Good Spirits champion – 1st Place
When I first tasted an espresso from my trainer Mr Tasos Delichristos. A new world of taste opened for me!
“Negroni” because there is a combination of ingredients that brings balance between taste elements: sweetness-accidity-bitterness.
Panama. Once considered to be the “laughing stock” of speciality coffee industry,but Panamian coffees from the Boquette region are now a rising star. Farmers are taking coffee cultivation in new levels!
Traveling & Cinema
With the same team and company I now work with: The Underdog. As our goal is to become better and better every year. As a position in the company I would like to be a roaster but I know I have to kill Tasos to do that….
The team of people behind this success:
– Elisabeth Lividioti, the co-owner of The Underdog
– Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, the 2016 WCIGS Champion
– George Koustoumpardis, the 2015 WCIGS Champion
– Tasos Delichristos, the 2008 WCIGS Champion
and off course all the stuff at The Underdog that we work together and they helped me during my preparation for the competition.
Sightseeing and coffee crawling…
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.
2016 CIGS ITALY 2°PLACE
2015 CIGS ITALY 3°PLACE
The first time I saw coffee roasting.
Colombia, Costa rica, Kenia
Diving and Pizza
For the last 17 years my first passion has been the coffee and I think that this passion will be forever, but nevertheless I do not think I have limits, therefore I do not like to make long-term plans.
My son Giorgio and my daughter Ilaria and my wife Valeria, who supported me with great sacrifice investing their time. To my beautiful family I dedicated my competition. I want to share this important achievement also with my second family: Giovanni, Alessandro and Annalisa Spadola, the Moak and the MPT team, especially Giovanni Peligra, for the support, the trust and support they have given me and continue to prove. Finally, a big thank you to my coach Andrea Lattuada
Certainly I am going to visit the city and my friends who live there.
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.
Japan Barista Championship 2009～2016
2016 Japan Coffee in Good Spirits Championship 2016, 3rd place
2017 Japan Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, 1st place
When my master made me a cup of cappuccino of Colombian Naranjos full washed processing, it was my first time to drink a coffee of a single origin of specialty coffee in my life. I was very surprised the taste, sweetness, and flavor that are not like ordinary coffee.
Delicious liquor and meals
I think that I will be involved in coffee and alcohol with wonderful people. Excellent coffee and alcohol, in an amazing environment just like now.
Owner, master, teammates, barista training lab member, people related to the competition, customer, and family… I have always received a lot of power from them!
I would like to enjoy meals, sake, townscape, people in Budapest.
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.
kaffefaget / prebenoo
1999 Norwegain Barista Champion
2000-2005 second, third or finale rounds Norwegian Barista Championship.
2011 4. place Norwegian Barista Championship
2011. 3. place Norwegian CIGS
2012 4. place Norwegian Barista
2012 3. place Norwegian CIGS
2014 2. place Norwegian cupping Championship
2017 Norwegian Champion CIGS
Back in 1997, opening and starting up my first shop, every day was a new and amazing coffee experience! Learning curve was steap, and my head was constantly thinking about coffee-testing new recepies, developing grinding, tamping, dosing, steaming. Fell totaly in love with coffee:)
A perfect made white russian, Negroni or Aperol.
I like them all – been to India, Africa, Central-America and South-America.
Have to say that El Salvador is my favourite so far, though:)
Traveling & Cinema
I’m still in the coffee buisness, still CEO of Dromedar Kaffebar. We then have 20 shops, 200 barista and my barista’s competes at the highest level at the World Championships.
Myself are jugding at the same level.
All my wonderfull barista at home. Without them doing a fantastic everyday job, I wouldn’t have been able to concentrate and spend so much time training towards this Championship.
My three wonderfull boys, and my beautiful girlfriend.
Looking forward to spend time With good coffeefriends. Learning from each other.
And also to follow up Sarah from Dromedar Kaffebar, competing in the World Latte Art Championship
El Koktel / Kofi Brand
Coffee In Good Spirits Poland Final 2017, 1st place.
2017 Hellenic Coffee in Good Spirits champion – 1st Place
It was at the beggining of 2012 when my friend introduce to me Siphon Coffee brewing technique and first cup of speciality coffee which I drank back then. I realise that I can find as many different flavours and aromas in coffee as in spirits such as e.g. whisky.
I truly enjoy Tommy’s Margarita or good classic Martinez.
Ethiopia is a coutry which I would like to explore and see.
Fine dining cuisine, motorbikes and Marvel comics
Happy somewhere on earth, to be honest with you I have no idea. I really want to still develop myself in bussiness, learn culinary techniques, acquire knowledge from coffee industry.
I would like to thank people who helped me a lot: My coach and his team – Konrad Oleksak from Kofi Brand Warsaw. My girlfriend, team Coffeedesk shop, and friends who support me.
I’m going to visit my friends who live there and see the city to checked how the hospitality industry evolve since I was there few years ago.
Coffee Owl Roasters
2nd place Russian CIGS
2016 6th place Russian CIGS 2015
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.
2016 – Singapore National Barista Championships: 6th Place
2017 – Singapore National Brewers Cup: Competitor
2017 – Singapore National Coffee in Good Spirits: 1st Place
I used to live in San Francisco, so I have very fond memories of getting specialty coffee from Blue Bottle when they were getting really popular around 2007 – 2008. I remember getting New Orleans Iced Coffee with Chicory and their Syphon brews and it was really amazing.
Old Fashioned – one of my all time favourite classics. Dark & Stormy – great for anytime of day especially in the tropics of Singapore. Gin cocktails… Any spirit that has been fat washed!
Gesha, South-West Ethiopia. Gesha Village Coffee Estates specifically.
FOOD! Cocktails, Art, Museums, Music. Sports and the Great Outdoors.
I hope that I would have achieved my goals in Specialty Coffee in the next 5 years. Whether that’s in regards to competing, learning to roast or improving myself as a barista. I would like to start something on my own by that point, and that’s not necessarily a cafe but still within the F&B industry.
Yes definitely! I would like to thank my parents, family & close friends first for supporting me all these years in my adventures. To the team at Bettr Barista for all the coffee stuff and for getting me to where I am today in Specialty Coffee. And last but not least to the bartending community in Singapore for their time, training and support to get me here today!
Pretty much everything! It will be my first time in Budapest and this part of Europe. So I am excited to check out the food & drink scene. The museums and art galleries. Food markets and just enjoying anything cultural when I have time after the competition.
Dae Geun Kim
Dae Geun Kim
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.
Swiss “Coffee in Good Spirits” Championship 2017 – 1st place
An Ethiopian coffee from Chelelektu, roasted by Mokxa, and brewed by Florent Marot in a Chemex.
Food Friends Sports
Head of a nice roasting / cold brew / coffee shops corporation. Happy father of 3 kids. World famous coffee champion, trainer and consultant.
Florent Marot, co-founder and head barista at Birdie, Geneva. Aleaume Paturle and Mickaël Portannier, from Café Lomi in Paris. Quentin Beurgaud from Little barrel in Geneva. Piero Monadada, from the Swiss SCA. Caroline and Bertille, my family support !
Meet other coffee folks, go to public baths, and do my best in the CIGS contest.
Sin Jay Kao
Just Go Coffee
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!
UKBC 2015, 2016 – Semi Finalist, Heats
UKCIGS 2015 – Heats
UK Cup Tasters 2015, 2016, 2017 – Semi-Finalist
Sitting in a coffee shop in St Kilda & deciding I wanted to be a barista
Costa Rica – there is so much potential, the people are great & it was the first time I got to visit origin
I love sport, especially Football (Soccer) & American Football.
It is a hard question to answer as the industry is moving at such a high speed. I would like to be a business owner and finding new ways in which we can improve as an industry.
There are far too many people to mention everyone – it is definitely a team game! The whole of Origin Coffee Roasters have been tremendous support and guided me all the way. Outside of work my family have always been there for me, even though the only thing I spoke about was coffee.
I can’t wait to visit the bars I’ve heard so much about!