Project Description

New Zealand
John Gordon
Gorilla Gear

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I have worked in coffee for around 14 years, I started in Australia then moved to the UK. The last few years have been dedicated to equipment design and consulting and for the last year working on my own brand Gorilla Gear designing aftermarket burrs.

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

2009 UK Barista Championship – 14th Place
2009 UK Latte Art Championship – 1st Place
2009 World Latte Art Championship – Finalist, 6th Place
2010 UK Barista Championship – 1st Place
2010 World Barista Championship – 14th Place, Round One
2011 UK Barista Championship – 1st Place
2011 World Barista Championship – Finalist, 6th Place
2013 UK Barista Championship – 1st Place
2013 World Barista Championship – Semi-finalist, 10th Place
2014 UK Barista Championship – 4th Place
2018 NZ Barista Championships – 1st Place

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

Maynah, my girlfriend. Hannah, Xin & Akio – Catalyst Coffee, Auckland NZ. Sam Corra – Ona Coffee. Sasa, Yanina & Habib – Project Origin.

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