Martin Shabaya, Kenya 2017-09-08T06:07:03+00:00

Project Description

Martin Shabaya
Artcaffe Coffee and Bakery Ltd.


Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

I have been in the coffee industry for five years now, and am really enjoying it. I currently work as the head barista of Artcaffe Coffee and Bakery Ltd, Kenya.

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

Eat Korean BBQ and interact with other coffee enthusiasts from all over the world.

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

1st Runner Up – 2014 National Barista Championship
Winner – 2015 National Barista Championship
Winner – 2016 National Barista Championship
Winner – 2017 National Barista Championship
2nd Runner Up – 2015 Africa Barista Challenge
Winner – 2016 Africa Barista Challenge
1st Runner Up – 2017 Africa Barista Challenge
43rd Place, Round One – 2015 World Barista Championship
24th Place, Round One – 2016 World Barista Championship 2016

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

Absolutely. I want to thank Artcaffe and Dormans family for all the support they’ve given me.

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

Climate change will be a big challenge in keeping quality, although I see great innovations that will improve the sensory experience to meet the demand.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Sharing what I have acquired while I have been in this industry in different ways, like through owning my coffee shop with a training centre.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Art and woodwork.