2017 Competitors List
La Cultura del Caffé
Hey, I’m Benjamin, I’m a Barista trainer from Austria, working for the MUMAC Academy. It’s my third time at the worlds now and I’m really looking forward to compete in Budapest!
I participated by pure chance at a basic barista course, i was overwhelmed with joy!
Austrian Latte Art Champion 2014, 2016 & 2017
In a sink at Host in Milan.
Passion and dedication!
Ice hockey and Kickboxing 🙂
Maybe on the other side of the judges table… 😀
Meeting all these coffee professionals again is always very exciting to me.
To meet people that share the same passion like me is awesome!
Hi I’m Mikaël, 33 originally from Brest in France. Now living in Bordeaux. I was a bartender in Paris, then I discovered the specialty coffee industry and I am now a Barista for 2 years.
While visiting Australia in 2007
3 Times French Latte Art Championship (2015 – 6th, 2016 – 4th, 2017 – 1st)
Aeropress Championship 2016 – Not qualified
Into Tupperware and in The French competition trophy
Work work work and a hint of love
Nice craft beers, art, ice hockey
In my own roastery shop.
Maxicoffee for advice, milk, and the training space. BWT water and more for sponsoring, Verde Neto for support and sponsoring.
Visiting the coffee shops and roastery. Architecture and good. And enjoying myself at The WLAC.
Hi, I am Michalis Karagiannis. This is my second time competing in the World Latte Art Championship. I have been working as a barista for the past 7 years. Lately, I am also giving seminars on latte art. As a very social and communicative person, this is something I particularly enjoy every single time. The truth is, I love everything about coffee – taste, aromas, origins, speciality coffee – but especially latte art!x
2017 Greek Latte Art Championship – 1st place
2016 World Latte Art Battle – Final 16
2016 World Latte Art Championship – 8th place
2016 Greek Latte Art Championship – 1st place
The most unusual vessel I have poured latte art into is a small macchiato cup into a big cappuccino cup. I started by pouring the macchiato and then I finished off with the free pour on the big cappuccino cup.
Pouring skills developed over time through hard work and lots of practice. Of course, the base for making great latte art is the perfectly steamed milk, patience, dedication. Last but not least, perception and understanding play also a very big role.
In my free time I enjoy running and football.
Travelling as much as I can doing latte art and doing coffee trips is something I would love to do. Also, a great ambition of mine is having my own coffee shop, where I can do all these things I am so passionate about every day!
I would like to thank my coach, the shop where I am working, my family and all the people who stood beside me, supported me and believed in me.
I am looking forward to these few minutes on the competition stage! TIME!
9th Degree Coffee Roaster
Hi my name is Renata Khedun, I am a barista for many years just because I like to work with coffee. Latte art makes costumers smile—that makes me happy.
My first job was as a barista in Ireland, step by step I learned how to make a nice cup of coffee,with a nice latte art on top
2nd Place – 2014 Irish Latte Art Championship
2nd Place – 2015 Irish Latte Art Championship
1st Place – 2017 Irish Latte Art Championship
2nd Place – 2017 Irish Cup Tasters Championship
Ice cream cone
Most important is patience and practice, practice
I would like to say big thank you to my husband, he has been the best support and helped me all this time! And I would like to say thanks to James and all the staff who work at 9th Degree Coffee Roasters.
Visit coffee shops, try some traditional food and do some sightseeing in the city.
When I met my coach, Mariano Semino
Italian National Championship: 3rd Place – 2014, 2nd Place – 2015, 4th Place – 2016, 1st Place – 2017
in Italian moka pot
Training, training, training
Pastry and cooking
My family, my girlfriend and 9bar Barista School
Visit the city and taste a lot of speciality coffee
Ogawa Coffee Creates
I was interested in latte art and entered this industry. After studying at the vocational school of Coffee for two years from 18 years old, I started a barista at Ogawa Coffee. From my point of view, the world of Latte Art is still developing, so I feel that new Latte Art will be born from now on, and I believe it will be a good opportunity for many people to be interested in the coffee industry. I would be delighted if this industry gets more exciting by further exploiting the world of latte art.
I was surprised at the latte art which I saw for the first time, and I got interested in the coffee industry.
Japan Barista Championship 2013, Participated
Japan Barista Championship 2014, Participated
Japan Barista Championship 2015, 13th place
Japan Barista Championship 2016, Participated
Japan Latte Art Championship 2014, Participated
Japan Latte Art Championship 2015, Participated
Japan Latte Art Championship 2016, 4th place
Japan Latte Art Championship 2017, 1st place
My secret is to quickly combine delicious espresso and delicious steamed milk.
I am interested in the world of chocolate. I suppose it would be profound because it resembles coffee.
Until now, I have been only taught, but in five years I would like to be a person who can teach many people the enjoyment of coffee.
There are so many people I would like to appreciate, but I am particularly thankful for the Yoshikawa trainer, team Ogawa ‘s colleagues and shop colleagues, among others.
I am looking for a hot spring.
I am Ieva from Vero Cafe, 23 years old. I’m working as a barista for two years now, so I am quite new in a coffee world. Nevertheless, it was enough time to realise that coffee has changed my life forever.
I was a simple waitress in small italian restaurant and I got interested in making coffee. My colleagues showed me the basics but that wasn’t enough for me, so I decided to start professional barista life. That’s how I get here 🙂
Sounds boring, but I make coffee only in cups. Challenge accepted!
I have no secret 🙂 it depends on a person’s willingness. How hard you want to be better than before.
This year I am finishing my dental hygiene studies. Also I like playing volleyball and making cupcakes.
Judging in Latte art competition 🙂
I would like to thank for all my team who did a great job in preparing me for this competition.
I’m Lucas, current Malaysia Latte Art Champion 2017. I’ve been working in this wonderful coffee sector for the last 4 years. Brewing coffee is my passion and I’m doing it.
Since 2013, after I drank a pacamara coffee, the taste inspired me to start my coffee diary.
always good mood when pouring latte art :）
To bring more surprises and special latte art to you :）
Hi I’m Jorge Solis from Mexico, I’m 23 years old.
I started to make latte art 2 years ago.
So excited to represent my country in this championship.
I started to work in a coffee shop 4 years ago, there, I saw the barista make latte art.
It was there when my interest awoke to know how to make latte art, and even more to know more about the world of coffee.
Mexican Latte Art Championship 2016 – 10th place.
Mexican Latte Art Championship 2017 – 1st place.
Visualize the figure before making it in the cup, and repeat the same figure over and over again. There is no more secret than practice.
I really like to do hip hop beats from my computer and a drum machine, also from time to time experimental music.
Visit iconic places get to know more of the culture of the city, drink local coffee and local beer and take a lots of photos
Atomic Coffee Roasters
I have been passionate about coffee and especially in Latte Art for the last five years. I have been participating in Latte Art competitions since 2015, until now. Through my hard work and perseverance I am extremely excited to have achieved national Champion status this year, and feel so honoured to be able to compete alongside other national Champions from around the world.
It was by chance that I stumbled across a barista creating beautiful pattern in a cup of coffee with milk, and I fell in love with the art of coffee and latte art.
2015 New Zealand Latte Art Championship – 4th place
2016 New Zealand Latte Art Championship – 2nd place
2017 New Zealand Latte Art Championship – Champion
An ice cream cone
Hard work and lots of practice
Cars, travel, dogs, food
Open my own cafe
My coaches, Masako and Sam, and my fiancee, Mabel
Sightseeing and visiting local cafes to learn about different styles of coffee
Sarah K. Mahmood
My name is Sarah, I’m from originally from Palestine. I’ve worked as a barista since 2014.
I started as en esker help after school time 🙂 I worked 7 hours a week in 6 months.
2015 – 3rd place, 2016 – 1st place Unofficial Norwegian Champion (Throwdown) 2017 – 1st place Norwegian Latte Art Championship
Poured a swan into a blind filter 🙂
Make it with love 🙂
Reading and traveling. 🙂
Representing Norway with all my best, make nice latte art and meet baristas from other lands 🙂
I’ve been working with coffee for 9 years now. Latte art was my first interest and I’ve poured milk ever since. Now I work as a barista trainer and coffee consultant
Accident – part time job during studies
Polish Latte Art Championship 2017, 2016, 2014 – 1st place
World Latte Art Battle Seoul 2016 – Best Performance Award
World Latte Art Championship 2016 – 5th place
Polish Barista Championship 2016, 2015 – 1st place
Milano Latte Art Challange – 2015 – 1st place
Polish Barista Championship 2014 – 2nd place
My friends hands
Hope with my training center somewhere in the coffee world
Yes! All my team; Paula, Karolina, my shadow mental coach, and all who were taking care of me during this busy period
Meet all the best latte artists in the world and learn something from them!
Christian Landrón Pagán
My name is Christian Landrón Pagán, I am from San Juan Puerto Rico. I work at the Barista Squared coffee shop. I have an associate degree as a draftsman, a basic coffee tasting certification and currently I work as a professional barista. I had the opportunity to travel to the world of latte art in Nize and some coffee fest in the United States. Apart from my passion for coffee, one of the things I like most is working with wood. Last month, I culminated a course of cabinetmaking which made my mind expand in that world of wood
After completing my studies as a draftsman, a great friend inspire me to begin together in the world of barista.
-2011: National Competition of Latte Art in Puerto Rico (2nd place)
-2012: National Competition of Latte Art in Puerto Rico(2nd place)
-2014: National Competition of Latte Art in Puerto Rico (2nd place)
-2015: National Competition of Latte Art in Puerto Rico (2nd place)
-2016 National Competition of Latte Art in Puerto Rico (2nd place)
-2017 National Competition of Latte Art in Puerto Rico (1st place)
A shot glass
Patience and dedication
I’m interested in wood
I see myself in a coffee and wood business
I would like to recognize my girlfriend Natalia Forteza for always be there for me.
– Visit the city
– Knowing the culture
– Engage with the weather
– To know the different professionals of latte art that stand out across the world
28 years old with 10 years experience in Bartending and Barista. Barista trainer at Barista School since 2015.
I used to be a bartender, and then I realised that I love coffee more than mixing alcohol 🙂
National Latte Art Championship 2012 – 3rd Place
National Latte Art Championship 2013 – 4th Place
National Latte Art Championship 2014 – 3rd Place
National Latte Art Championship 2015 – 1st place
WLAC in Gothenburg 2015 – 22nd Place, Preliminary Round
National Latte Art Championship 2016 -1st place
WLAC Shanghai 2016 – 25th Place, Preliminary Round
National Latte Art Championship 2017 – 1st Place
A lot of work
Photography and cycling
There are plenty of people who’d I like to thank, for the last six years they were with me. It would be a shame to miss some names and I do not want to forget anyone, I know very well how much it matters that they support me. I can only say thank you!!!!
To eat gulash
Roast & Crosby
Hi I’m Polina Notik from Russia. I’m 28 years old and a barista for 10 years. At the 2014 WLAC I was pouring a bee in a cup, and now it is simbol of my coffee shop Roast & Crosby.
10 years ago in Samara, Russia
2014 WLAC – 21st Place, Preliminaries
An abstract representation of drawing, and art school.
Snowboarding and my little daughter Aleksa
More coffee, more art
I’m excited and waiting for the tour to the Buda castle and Andrassy Avenue.
Hi, my name is Jervis. I run a mobile coffee company in Singapore, bringing great coffee to people around my country.
I was working part time in an Italian restaurant as a service crew. It was shorthanded and I was asked to learn to make coffee. Since that my passion for coffee has never stopped and I continue to seek improvement in my skills as a barista.
World Latte Art Championships 2015 – 28th Place, Preliminaries
World Latte Art Championships 2016, 16th Place, Preliminaries
Basics are important, do not aim to do difficult patterns if you haven’t mastered your basics.
Running a cafe serving great coffee to people.
My fiancee definitely, she is always by my side, supporting me during my practices. And of course my coach Charlize, a WCE Judge, who trained me so hard and gave me so much guidance.
It’s a really far country for me to travel to and I can’t wait to experience the different culture there.
My name is Seonbon Won. And I’m 2017 Korean National Latte Art Champion.
My father has loved to drink coffee and tea since my childfood. He had a great impact on my coffee life
– 2017 WCCK Korea Latte Art Championship : 1st Rank
– 2016 WCCK Korea Latte Art Championship : 5th Rank
I got unique experience to pour latte art into an unusual vessel. It looked like a “Star”. I made a “Rosetta Snow Flower” with milk pouring from the center to the edge of the vessel.
I make 2 different types of Latte Art. One is for the championship. It should be very creative, new-patterned and concentrated on clear description.
The other is for my customers. This Latte Art should be soft textured, properly temperatured, understandable pattened and tasty.
I always make effort making creative and unique Latte Art and try to satisfy my customers.
I expect to stay still in South Korea. I will be one of the people developing Korean Coffee culture.
I see myself in a coffee and wood business
Especially, my trainer Banseok Lee. He is one of the greatest trainers. Also, I really thank my team members who helped me overnights during the championship period.
I’ll do my best to be a winner.
And I’ll have a fantastic dining with my trainer and Korean team!!
Clara Drake Pihlgren
I started working with coffee five years ago. I got in to the coffee world accidentally, and this was not at all what I intended. Competing? In coffee? I thought the whole idea was crazy. Me, the most nervous person I know, being up on a stage, competing in the most abstract competition I could think of. Ha ha. But this is my third year now, and this is absolutely one of the best things I’ve done, in my life. Such greatness and fantastic people you get to meet. Wow. I’m amazed.
Accidentally. I was supposed to work with movies and film photography, but to do that you need money. And let’s face it, it’s not that hard getting a job in our business. So I got a job in a mediocre coffeeshop, and from the moment I sat my foot there, I saw the potential coffee had. Two years passed and then I got headhunted to da Matteo in Gothenburg. I’ve been working there for three years now, and I couldn’t think of a better workplace.
Swedish Latte Art Championship 2015 – 1st Place
Swedish Latte Art Championship 2016 – 1st Place
Swedish Latte Art Championship 2017 – 1st Place
World Latte Art Championship 2015 – 17th Place, Preliminaries
World Latte Art Championship 2016 – 20th Place, Preliminaries
Barista League II Gothenburg 2017 – 6th Place
The mouth of my colleague. We were a bit drunk, the rest is history.
To not think too much and just pour. Let the hand just swirl and it will all be fine. People are overthinking things way to much. Stop that.
Can you have any interests outside of coffee? Well, of course you can. Reading, traveling and drinking a lot of beer are mine. Also cleaning. If there would be a competition in cleaning – I would probably be in the top 5.
I have absolutely no idea.
Yes. Peter – my coach. And the one and only Albin – who never doubted me for a second. He’s the best. And the rest of the da Matteo crew who probably will be there cheering for me.
Meeting people. Drinking cheap beer. Taking dreamy baths. Being on some sort of vacation from the everyday work.
Hi, I’m Giesen. Nice to meet you.
It was just curious at the beginning.Later fell in love with coffee.
My secret is practice and more practice.
Everybody I know.They are always concerned about me.
It’s a beautiful city.
Keobs Coffee Roastery
I am Özgür, from Keobs Coffee Roastery also working in the business position.
My interest in Latte art led me to this race. I’ll see.
Everything started with latte art 😀
2015 SCAE Turkey LatteArt Championship (1st place)
2015 World LatteArt Championship
2016 SCAE Turkey LatteArt Championship (2nd place)
2017 SCAE Turkey LatteArt Championship (1st place)
Good coffee, good milk, cream spill right and proper
Sports and motorcycles.
3 years ago I said I want to open a coffee shop this question.
I’m very close.
Of course, endless thanks to my instructor showing me this aktepe erkal
Really excited to be there.
Coffeelab/The Roasting Party
I’m Dhan Tamang, UK Latte Art Champion five years in a row and World Latte Art finalist 2016, a Nepali coffee lover working in this wonderful coffee sector since 10 years. I work in coffee sector not merely as a profession but also because I love what I do.
Since the first moment, I love my job as barista and having the opportunity to draw smiles in my customer faces every time I prepared their beverage with extra care and miles by presenting latte art. The longer I work with coffee the stronger my passion grows. Thank you .
Basically about 10 years ago I was looking for job that keeps me happy and suddenly I have been offered job in Coffee shop so that’s where became my turning point in yo coffee world.
UK Latte Art champion 2013
UK Latte Art champion 2014
UK Latte Art champion 2015
UK Latte Art champion 2016
UK Latte Art champion 2017
WLAC 2016 4th place
In milk lid .
Hard work and free pour.
Outside of coffee I love football ,MMA , gym
I really want to become world latte art champion.
My company Coffee Lab, The roasting Party and SCA UK team
I love sharing my latte art and coffee knowledge to other people’s so I can’t wait to share my skill there to everyone.
Hi everyone! There are two passions in my life: coffee and painting. I decided to combine my passions 5 years ago and started to draw on coffee. This year I won in the National Championship so see you.
2012 Ukraine Coffee in Good Spirit Championship – 2nd Place
2013 Ukraine Barista Championship – 2nd Place
2017 Ukraine Cup Tasting Championship of Ukraine – 3rd place
2017 Ukraine Latte Art Championship – 1st Place
To be in love with art
Painting and sport
To have fun
United Arab Emirates
In coffee, “Art is not important but how it taste”, in contrast to what I strongly believe “feed the eyes first before the stomach” –barista_marvz19
Marvin Soliven from the Philippines, Senior Barista at Nostalgia Dubai, UAE. Before he won the National Latte Art Championship, Marvin knew nothing about the coffee industry. He tended to be an aspiring artist but fell into the world of coffee. However, he gave up everything and managed to unite his passion of art in the field of coffee.
Before I moved to Dubai, I knew nothing about coffee. In my first company, the love of coffee was all started when I tried my first pour which made me realise that coffee could be my world. The first thing that interested me with coffee was latte art. At that time it was a new trend, so I started learning, watching videos, and being taught… after years of improving myself I began to design an artistic design that was created by my creative mind and handle a roasted and ground bean made by my imaginative soul that innovated from those classical tradition to new coffee Industry. On the other hand, in my thirty years of existence, my perception of coffee evolved due to my love and passion in creating relevant taste towards coffee that could somehow be an instrument to connect my art in the field of coffee to coffee lovers’ emotion.
*2016 UAE National Latte Art Championship – Champion
Constant and correct practice make it perfect with LOVE and PASSION for what you are doing is of great help to visualize the pattern. With great training, it will create great latte art.
Arts, architecture, foods, sports, motorbikes
Besides being an excellent coach/trainer to our aspiring baristas, and most importantly, a specialty cafe owner—the hope that I might be one of the judges of this championship in the next World Coffee Event, five years from now.
First of all, my family who support me—my wife and kids. A big thank you to Nostalgia Dubai—to the best boss ever, Miss Maitha, and to my coach Lyndon Recera. To the rest of Nostalgia family, who have supported me from practice until the competition date, thank you for giving me this opportunity.
It’s an honor to be there and meet different people with diversity. Interacting with those coffee professionals at World of Coffee, and learning something from them, that surely will help me grow as well-rounded individual and deepen my knowledge throughout coffee industry.