2017 Competitors

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 was your first amazing experience with coffee?
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?

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 was your first amazing experience with coffee?
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?

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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What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
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?

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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Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
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?

Poland
Mateusz Szuchnik
El Koktel / Kofi Brand

Coffee In Good Spirits Poland Final 2017, 1st place.

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What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
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 was your first amazing experience with coffee?
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?

South Korea
Dae Geun Kim
Vault Coffee

 

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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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Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favourite 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?

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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Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
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?