Project Description

David Solano
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Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a 4th generation coffee farmer based in Guatemala. I’m a Mechanical Engineer and really passionate about experimentation and coffee.

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

Visiting specialty coffee shops, Van Gogh and Rijks museum and Keukenhof gardens

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

2018 Guatemala Nation Barista Competition – 1st Place

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

My family, our family farm Concepción Buena Vista, Atenea Kairé, Renato Maselli, Felix Basir, Manuel Valentino, Tecnochef Guatemala, Anacafé.

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

Coffee producers will have a closer relationship with consumers, coffee farms will start investigating and experimenting with fermentation and drying techniques, and roasting profiles will be more accurate depending on the new fermentation process coming.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

I hope to help Guatemalan and Central American coffee farms experiment and improve their fermentation techniques. I’d also like to be a latin american coffee figure point and an inspiration to upcoming baristas.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Experimenting, music, soccer, movies

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