Has Bean Coffee
Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
Director of wholesale at Hasbean, Barista at (H)AND. I’ve worked in coffee for a long while; competition has been a big part of my time in coffee but it’s also the excitement of new flavours, working with passionate people, and seeing how something seemingly simple can lead to incredible complexity – in the cup, economically—bringing lots of very different people and experiences together.
What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:
Meet new people! See and taste new things! Spend a little time in a different world! Catch a FarFetch’d.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
2009 UKBC – 12th
2010 UKBC – 2nd
2011 UKBC – 3rd
2012 UKBC – 5th
2013 UKBrC – 3rd
2014 UKBC – 2nd
2015 UKBC – 2nd
2016 UKBC – 2nd
2017 UKBC – 1st (whoop)
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
Pete Williams, my coach. Jenn Rugolo, my partner. Steve Leighton, my friend, boss and roaster, and the whole team at Hasbean.
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
Hope to see specialty continuing to grow it’s share of the whole market, but to do that there will need to be lots of co-operation. Looking at the real challenges we face both at origin in making sure specialty rewards producers sustainably, but also in consuming nations where we need to make sure that we keep working together as things get more competitive.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
Five years older, slightly more back pain.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
Baking bread, walking, eating nice things with good people