2016 Competitors

Australia - Ben MorrowAUSTRALIA
Ben Morrow
St Ali Family and Sensory Lab Group

I work for a company called St Ali making delicious coffee. I’m 27 and I’ve been making coffee for
eight years or so. I can’t wait to try the food in shanghai I <3 Xiao Long Bao

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AUSTRIA - Benjamin GrafAUSTRIA
Benjamin Graf
La Cultura del Caffé

The fascination of Latte Art was my entrance in the coffee world.
5 years ago I saw a Barista pouring a heart, it was a stunning moment.
Now I work as a Baristatrainer in the MUMAC Academy in austria, sharing my passion to other people.

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Belgium - Nicholas BouchardBELGIUM
Nicholas Bouchard
Cafe LuLu

Buenas dias!
My name is Nicholas Bouchard and I am from Belgium. You know where this is right? The small country right next to France.
I am totoally in love with coffee and cacao. Really! My love relationship with cacao started way back and brought me to coffee during a trip to Mexican Cacao Origins in 2012. The similarities I discovered there, between both beans, thanx to the locals, got me hooked. Followinf their advice, I left for Australia to learn more about coffee. And what a surprise! They have a great coffee culture. I loved it and decided to stay for a year. During this year, I had the chance to work for Cafenatics alongside the great Caleb Cha, who thought me and inspired me in Latte Art and everything related to coffee.
I am now back in Belgium and teach and work in different places.
I hope you will enjoy my designs, looking forward to present them!
See you soon, tot ziens!

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CANADA-Ian-Chagunda-2737-01CANADA
Ian Chagunda
Matchstick Coffee Roasters

I’ve been a batista in Vancouver Canada for 6 years now. I currently work as cafe manager at Matchstick Coffee Roasters, which allows me to learn and push my own growth in the coffee community. I’m also privileged to be able to pass on my passion to an incredible staff around me. When I’m not making coffee I spend most of my time outdoors, hiking, running or playing soccer.

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Qi Li
Mellower Coffee

I’m a sunshine and cool girl, work attitude, “Either does not do, either achieves well.” – is My Motto

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CZECH REPUBLIC Cífka VojtechCZECH REPUBLIC
Cífka Vojtěch
Hunger wall Cafe lounge

My name is Vojtech and i work as a barista for couple years in Prague. I just enjoy drawing in coffee, the world around you stop for a while. And it´s fun.

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FRANCE Magdalena Brodzinska webFRANCE
Magdalena Brodzinska

Hi I’m Magda from France. I won second time latte art championship in France (2014 and 2016).

GERMANY
Daniel Gerlach
Karl OhG

I’m 27 years old. For a few years I’ve been working in coffee bars and events. Seeing the reactions of the customers when i pour for example a swan into their cup felt like I’ve made their day. It’s such a great feeling to put a smile on someones face by doing something I love. In my barista trainings I try to teach that it is about the complete package – the coffee and the presentation of it.

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GREECE Mihalis KaragiannisGREECE
Mihalis Karagiannis
MANOR HOUSE

Hello, friends!
I’m Mike. I am 25 years old and really enjoy doing latte art. I have been working as a barista for 5 years now. I am crazy about coffee! I love experimenting on a daily basis and my passion is speciality coffee.
I am also really passionate about traveling and I would like to travel around the world someday.

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HONG KONG Ted Siu webHONG KONG
Ted Siu
Artista Perfetto

Hi there, I am TEd.
I am the first Hong Kong Latte Art Champion,
This is my pleasure to behalf of Hong Kong to the WLAC.
I have my own coffee shop in Taipei ,names Artista Perfetto.
See you guys in Shanghai !

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Hungary - Franciska ApróHUNGARY
Franciska Apró
Espresso Embassy

I’m 23 and I’m working as a barista for almost 5 years now. I started my coffee ‘career’ in a big chain and switched to the specialty industry 3 years ago. I’m studying international studies beside my job which I also really like. Currently I’m a barista of Espresso Embassy and I’m running barista courses too.

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Indonesia - Ovie KurniawanINDONESIA
Ovie Kurniawan
Common Grounds / St Ali Indonesia

I am a barista at Common Grounds Coffee and St Ali Indonesia.

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IRAN Hamid BasiriIRAN
Hamid Basiri
AmirChocolate

Greetings
My name is Hamid Basiri from Iran the land of art and culture. I have been a latte artist since 2013 and currently a member of the Endless team, It’s my first time competing in WLRC. I hope everyone enjoy.

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Ireland - Elvis Seivijus MatiejunasIRELAND
Elvis Seivijus Matiejunas
Bewleys

2011 – 7th place (Finalist) – World Latte Art Championship …(Netherlands)
2012 – 5th place (Finalist) – World Latte Art Championship (South Korea)
2013 – 7th place – World Latte Art Championship (France)
2014 – 5th place (Finalist) – World Latte Art Championship (Australia)

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ITALY Giuseppe Fiorini WEBITALY
Giuseppe Fiorini

Giuseppe Fiorini in Syracuse (Italy), age 28, owner of the café bars Insolito Cafè. As a child I worked behind the counter bar, bartender Counter Sales in growing professionally day after day. In 2015 I created a school cafeteria and latte art

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JAPAN Minako YoshizumiJAPAN
Minako Yoshizumi
DEAN & DELUCA JAPAN

I am in charge of new café menu development at DEAN & DELUCA JAPAN, also I am a trainer of baristas, teaching them barista’s routine and other jobs working at café. I love my job, sharing my knowledge with future baristas.

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LITHUANIA Edita LaurinavicieneLITHUANIA
Edita Laurinaviciene
Coffee Hill

Each day is an opportunity, we only need to pay attention and take advantage of it. I am stubborn and pushing myself to achieve my goals. I like challenges and I am ready to deal with them. The championship is an opportunity for me, so I am ready to give it a try and gain even greater experience.

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Malaysia - Eng Boon HongMALAYSIA
Eng Boon Hong
JWC GlOBAL

Nice to meet you, I am Boon Hong from Malaysia

Mexico Miriam AldanaMEXICO
Miriam Aldana

I have been a barista for 7 years.  I began while studying for my degree in education, from the beginning, the world of coffee became the world I was most interested in. I love every aspect; visiting the cultivators, roasting, and most of all preparing  coffee drinks with love for my clients.  Everyday I learn new aspects of the coffee world and I certainly don’t see myself ever far from coffee

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THE NETHERLANDS Nick Vink WEBTHE NETHERLANDS
Nick Vink
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Hi guys!
Looking forward to compete in this year competition! Last year was a blast so i’m looking forward to this year!

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New Zealand - Calvin KoNEW ZEALAND
Calvin Ko
Little Rogue

2014 New Zealand Latte art championship runner up
2016 New Zealand Latte art championship first place
Co-owner of Little Rogue

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PHILIPPINES Louie MartPHILIPPINES
Louie Mart
Tobys Estate Philippines

Handsome,cool and open to any kind of challenges.

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POLAND Agnieszka Rojewska WEBPOLAND
Agnieszka Rojewska
Brisman Kawowy Bar

I work in coffee for 8 years. started to compete almost imediatly. I co-own a coffee shop in Poznan, Poland called Brisman Kawowy Bar.
I’m Polish Barista Champion 2015 and two times polish latte art champion.

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PUERTO RICO Arnaldo J Hernandez MundoPUERTO RICO
Arnaldo J Hernandez Mundo
Ristretto Cafe

i am 24 years old. I love coffee, surf and have fun with my friends while i dedicate my life to this lovely industry!

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ROMANIA Sebastian Farcas webROMANIA
Sebastian Farcas
Barista School România

Hello friends,
My name is Sebastian Farcas, I work at Barista School in Romania.

I am a person who is really passionate about coffee and all the emotions that surround it. A person who knows what a huge difference can the little and delicate things do to change someone’s day/week/life. A person for whom the greatest rewards and recognition are the people’s smiles and flickers in their eyes when I offer them the best coffee that I can make. I am driven by emotions and my inspiration is the life and the people around me.

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RUSSIA - Vitaliy VeretilnikRUSSIAN FEDERATION
Vitaliy Veretilnik
Coffeemania

My name is Vitaly, I work in a company. Take coffee about 4 years and it never ceases to amaze me every day, and it is surprising that every day you see the smiles of people unfamiliar to you.
In latte art for the 4th year and every time I learn something new.

Singapore - Jervis TanSINGAPORE
Jervis Tan
Kinsmen Coffee

My name is Jervis, Founder of Kinsmen Coffee, a mobile coffee company in Singapore. I’m 26 years old, and has been making coffee for close to 5 years. I love to draw and spend my free time indulging in my own world of drawings.

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SLOVAKIA Patrik Varga WEBSLOVAKIA
Patrik Varga

I´m 20 years old barista addicted to a coffee, especially the latte art. I love making smile on others faces through the coffee, I love travelling and getting better in foreign languages.

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Alhenrico Thomas
Famous Brands Coffee Company

I’m very passionate about what I do for a living. I’m the type of person that will think outside the box for new ideas and very inspired about nature. Training is what I find to be very interesting and enjoy it.

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South Korea - sung jinSOUTH KOREA
Umpaul (Sung Jin) Um

I’m a barista who make coffee and people happy the most . It is  my dream and I’m doing .

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SWEDEN Clara Drake Pihlgren webSWEDEN
Clara Drake Pihlgren
da Matteo

Second time champion in Latteart of Sweden. Simply the best.

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SWITZERLAND
Milo Kamil
Coffee Lab Zürich

Hi I’m Milo representing Switzerland who got lucky to share his hobby professionally and competing at the WLAC for the second time this year.

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TAIWAN-Cheng Chih-Yuan-webTAIWAN
Cheng Chih-Yuan
台南艾咖啡

I had my first cup of coffee about 3 years ago. My coffee life is not long, but I love to have a cup of coffee everyday since I drank my first coffee.

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THAILAND - ARNON THITIPRASERTTHAILAND
Arnon Thitiprasert
RISTR8TO

– Founder of Ristr8to, Ristr8to Lab, and Doppio Ristr8to in Chiang Mai, Thailand
– 6th place World Latte Art champion 2011
– 5th place World Latte Art champion 2015
– Spending 4 years in Australia learning and working in coffee industry, then traveling to more than 30 countries to explore more about coffee culture around the world, now having fun running my owned 3 coffee shops in Chiang Mai sharing those experience with my staffs and my customers.

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TURKEY Ozkan Yetik webTURKEY
Özkan Yetik

Three times Best Latte Art award winner in Turkey.  Also two times Best Barista award winner in Turkey.

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Prakash Rai
caffe nero

i am a fun loving guy.
I really believe in love and respect word
as well as i also believe life is a beautiful gift.

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UNITED KINGDOM - Dhan TamangUNITED KINGDOM
Dhan Tamang
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I’m Dhan Tamang, current UK LATTE ART CHAMPION 2016. Also I won 2013,2014 & 2015. working in this wonderful coffee sector since 9 years. I work in coffee sectors 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.
I’ve been making coffee since I was 21 and I’m always eager to learn more about this craft of art. I want to travel the world, learn more and share my knowledge and make the coffee universal.

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