Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
My coffee journey started 5 years ago in a coffee shop, in London, as a barista. Consistency in my work and the love for the industry allowed me to grow and become a head barista. It was all about sharing and developing people. I then started to take pictures of my work and publish them worldwide on Instagram. Sharing my skills and my knowledge with a bigger community, pushed me to take a step forward in my career and compete for the Belgium Barista Championship and win it.
What are you excited to do while you are in Amsterdam?:
Meet people from the industry from all over the world.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
Belgium Barista Championship 2018 – 1st Place
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
A big thank you to: my coach Jana Slàmovà, Baxterstorey, Ellen Goormans, and Cuperus Koffie.
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
This is only the beginning of the specialty coffee industry, and I believe that we will see more and more coffee shops opening. I can see this growing even to restaurants and fine dining, where we could sell coffee as we sell wine (choose the origin, the variety and taste it).
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
I would love to have a career in the research and development in coffee or to combine my two passions—photography and coffee.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
I spend my time out of work taking pictures of coffees or my travels. I also like discovering new food places or new food concepts.