Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
My passion for coffee was inspired by Origo Coffee Shop, three years ago. I am a curious, independent and hard working person, always ready for new experiences. After 1 year of working as a barista, inspired by the international coffee scene, I’ve settled in Germany with the desire to travel and to learn as much as I could. In 2018 I’ve came back to Romania, to continue my passion together with Origo team.
What are you excited to do while you are in Amsterdam?:
I am really looking forward to make new friends, to meet the other competitors and to learn from them.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
Barmaniada 2016 – Third Place
Romanian Cup Tasting Championship 2017 – Third Place
Romanian Barista Championship 2017 – Sixth Place
Romanian Barista Championship 2018 – First Place
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
I am truly happy for everything that Mihai Panfil and the Origo team did for me. They are the ones that gave me a lot of feedback and based on that, I managed to work on it and to improve myself everyday.
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
I would like to see more engagement between the baristas and the customers, everywhere, not just in a few places. I think the customers will learn more and more about our industry and they will appreciate their cup of coffee more and the work behind it. I think new technologies will help the baristas to be more consistent and to have more time for spending with their guests.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
For the next years I will still compete, because I am learning so much through this. When I will stop competing, I want to open my own coffee shop, but I don’t know if it will be in less than 5 years or more.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
When I am not busy with coffee, I like to travel as much as I can. I love going on city breaks or even for more time depends on my schedule. When I’m home, I love to ride my bike all day and to find different spots in the city that I never see them before. When I’m doing both of these, I carry my camera with me to capture different moments. Photography is another passion of mine.