Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
My name is Khadija Ósk. I’m a head barista at Kaffitár. I have enjoyed coffee since I was young but around 2 years ago I entered the speciality coffee world and have since fallen in love with coffee.
What are you excited to do while you are in Amsterdam?:
This will be my first time in Amsterdam so I’m excited about exploring the coffee scene and meeting all the competitors.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
2018 Icelandic National Championship – 1st Place
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
I would like to thank my coach Kristín Biering from Kaffitár for all of the knowledge and support she gave me preparing for the championship. I would also like to thank Sonja Grant for all of the help and advice she has provided me with these past months. Thanks to Kaffitár for being an amazing company and supporting me through out this journey. Lastly I would like to thank Viktor Ellingsson whom I trained with and supported me. Thank you all so much.
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
There are a lot of things that I can see happening in the future in the coffee industry. Our technology is getting better and we are always finding new ways of brewing and making better coffee. Climate change will have a big impact on how we grow coffee and I hope we can adjust and find a way to make even greater coffee. It has been a lot of fun to see the coffee scene in Iceland grow and get bigger and I hope it will continue to do so in the next few years.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
I would love to still be working with coffee and passing down my knowledge to others who share the same passion. I would love to explore and learn more about roasting coffee in the future.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
I enjoy drawing and reading books. I am a big fan of animals especially my two cats. Traveling is also a big interest of mine and I hope to do more of it in the future.