Project Description

Leo Moço
Barista Coffee Bar


Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a nutritionist and IT analyst but quit everything to work with specialty coffee in 2005. I started living in a coffee farm for three months and since that time I haven’t stopped learning. For two years, I dedicated myself to study coffee roasting and in 2009 I launched my coffee roastery, Café do Moço. In 2014, myself and my wife opened our first coffee shop, the Barista Coffee Bar. Today I’m focused on working with small farmers to improve their coffees, always trying to increase the specialty coffee market in Brazil.

What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:

I want to know more about the coffee scene at Seoul.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

Brazilian Barista Competitions:

2005 – 21st
2006 – 6th
2007 – 8th
2008 – 5th
2009 – 10th
2011 – 6th
2012 – 5th
2013 – Champion
2014 – 3rd
2015 – Champion
2017 – Champion

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:

I need to thank everyone at the BSCA (Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association) for their support; to Sakamoto for accepting being my coach for the competition and life! And also to my friend Marcia Yoko, and my wife Estela Cotes.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:

I see an increase in the relevance of Brazilian coffee in the specialty coffee market. Not only as the biggest producer in the world, but also as a super high quality specialty coffee provider.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Providing Brazilian ultra specialty coffee for all the baristas in the world.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Soccer! I’m a Flamengo lover.