Project Description

Junior Vargas
Gota Coffee Experts

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Junior. I am from Peru but based in Vienna, Austria, and I have been working with coffee my entire life. I grew up on a coffee farm, worked in specialty coffee shops and later became a trainer before opening my current coffee shop, GOTA COFFEE EXPERTS.

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

Explore the specialty coffee scene that Holland has to offer.

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

2018 Austrian Barista Championship, 1st Place.

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

The GOTA COFFEE team and family, and my coaches and moral support, Nina Verhoef and Madalin Truica.

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

As specialty coffee becomes more popular so will the demand for specialty coffees. I hope we will see a big increase in independent roasters and hopefully more support and education for the coffee producers.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Working in Vienna, improving and growing my coffee business and school, opening a roastery.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Sports—football in particular. Travelling, cooking and of course llamas.

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