Project Description

Diego Mejía

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I never thought that coffee could be capable of capturing me the way it does. As a cook, I used to always wonder about the whys and hows of every ingredient. But I never expected to end up spending every minute of my professional life to try to undestand the complexity and beauty of this product. Happily, it just happened.

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

To visit lots of places like the Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank’s house, Vondelpark, and to eat local food.

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

Ecuador National Championships 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2017-2018. WBC 2015, WBC 2016.

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

My sponsors: Hacienda La Papaya, Sinfonía and Diners Club. My family, girlfriend and friends.

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

I count on having more people willing to pay a fair price for coffee in the future, including buyers and consumers. Sometimes we might take daily coffee for granted but, as it is a product with several limitations along the supply chain, it faces difficulties that will worsen in the future. As professionals of this industry, we must create awareness about the economic, social and environmental situation the production has been and will still be facing worldwide. The future of coffee is in our hands.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Happily working hard in my company, Sinfonía, and seeing good results out of it.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Food chemistry, cooking, biology, football, and movies.

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