2017 Competitors List

Austria
Benjamin Graf
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!

passionbarista

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

France
Mikaël Humbert
Verdenero

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.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Greece
Michalis Karagiannis
Manor House

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

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Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Ireland
Renata Khedun
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.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Italy
Matteo Beluffi
Independent

 

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Japan
Shogo Eto
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.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Lithuania
Ieva Meiliūnaitė
Vero Cafe

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.

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How did you get started in coffee?
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?

Malaysia
Lucas Eng
JWC Global

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.

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How did you get started in coffee?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Mexico
Jorge Solis
Coffeeximo

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.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Netherlands
Nick Vink
H32

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New Zealand
Leo Li
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.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Norway
Sarah K. Mahmood
Dromedar

My name is Sarah, I’m from originally from Palestine. I’ve worked as a barista since 2014.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Poland
Agnieszka Rojewska
Rojes

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

agarojewska

arrojes

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Puerto Rico
Christian Landrón Pagán
Barista Squared

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

christian.pagan1

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Romania
Sebastian Farcas
Barista School

28 years old with 10 years experience in Bartending and Barista. Barista trainer at Barista School since 2015.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you'd like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Russia
Polina Notik
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.

polina.notik

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Singapore
Jervis Tan
Kinsmen Coffee

Hi, my name is Jervis. I run a mobile coffee company in Singapore, bringing great coffee to people around my country.

tanJervis

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you'd like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

South Korea
Seonbon Won
LUFT

Hello everyone!
My name is Seonbon Won. And I’m 2017 Korean National Latte Art Champion.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Sweden
Clara Drake Pihlgren
da Matteo

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.

clurax

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Is there anyone you'd like to thank or recognise, or who helped you to prepare for the WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

Taiwan
Giesen Cheng
Alfee Coffee

Hi, I’m Giesen. Nice to meet you.

 

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Turkey
Özgür Genç
Keobs Coffee Roastery

Hello,
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.

oozgurgenc

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

United Kingdom
Dhan Tamang
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 .

dtsajilo

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while you are in Budapest?

Ukraine
Oleksandr Benytskyi
Custom Coffee

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.

BenytskyiAlexander

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Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests outside of coffee?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?

United Arab Emirates
Marvin Soliven
Nostalgia Dubai

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.

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How did you get started in coffee?
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?
What is your secret to making great latte art?
What are your interests 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 WLAC?
What are you excited to do while in Budapest?