Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m Jonathan Mendoza, the 2018 El Salvador Barista Champion 2018. I’m 23 years old and from Sonsonate, El Salvador. I work in quality control and also as a barista. My favorites hobbies are taking picture, playing video games, listening to music, and drawing. I also love pets!
What are you excited to do while you are in Amsterdam?:
Looking forward to new experiences, knowledge, and culture.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
I participated in the national competition in 2017, and I won third place. This year I participated again and won first place. Now I’m the 2018 El Salvador Barista Champion.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
I have to say thank you so much to my coach — my brother, who supported me and taught me his knowledge and the passion for this industry. Also a huge thanks to my family who’ve helped me a lot.
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
We know this industry is changing every day because we are finding the best cup of coffee with different techniques, processes, origins, roast profiles and tools — who knows how the industry will look in the future?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
I’m currently studying industrial engineering, so in less than 5 years I will be an engineer. I hope to apply my chemistry and math knowledge in the process to get better flavors in the cup.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
Industrial engineering, chemistry, and maths.