Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
My name is Jeremy. I’m 30 years old. I’m a father of a beautiful baby and husband of a lovely and caring mother. I fell in love with coffee 4 years ago due to unemployment. At first, I didn’t know it was my calling, but then I discovered the beautiful world of coffee. I started working in a coffee shop called “El Tostador”. Soon enough I started learning more about Barista techniques so I wanted to challenge myself entering competitions, even though I didn’t have the skills. For the first time I didn’t make it, but I knew I was good and I wanted to keep improving. So I kept practicing and competing to learn more about competitions.
What are you excited to do while you are in Amsterdam?:
Experience the coffee scene in a consuming country. I want to go to different coffee shops and roasting companies.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
2015 Barista Challenge – Last Place
2016 Barista Challenge 2016 – First place
2016 National Barista Championship – 4th Place.
Master Barista – Second Place.
2016 Milk & Coffee (Brewing competition) – Third Place.
2017 Milk & Coffee (Brewing competition) – Third Place.
2017 Milk & Coffee (Coffee in Good Spirit competition) – First Place.
2017 National Brewing Competition – Last Place
2017 National Coffee in Good Spirits Competition – Third Place.
2018 National Barista Championship – First Place.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
To my family and my friends for all the support that they have given me throughout this process.
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
I think that the coffee industry is growing in a fast pace, technology is changing and taking control of so many aspects of coffee. I think we are doing a great job, investigating and innovating with new techniques and equipments, but we need to focus more in the production and work more in sustainable proyects with the enviroment. Climate change is affecting the production and we need to care more about our planet.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
I want to have my own coffee shop and to be able to help our national coffee scene grow. I want to keep learning more about coffee so that I can transmit all my knowledge to the new barista generations.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
I love grilled experienced cooking. I also love fishing and to have nature experiences. I like motorcycles and I am a motorcycle mechanic. I love to design.