The Barista League
Please tell us a little bit about yourself:
Strangely, or perhaps not so, 27 year old Steven Moloney only found good coffee after moving from Australia to Sweden in 2012. Ever since, he’s been lucky enough to work with and learn from some of the leaders of the Scandinavian coffee scene. Starting at Love Coffee Roasters in Lund, he has since moved on to head up Da Matteo’s barista training program in Gothenburg. Steven is a two-time winner of the Swedish National Barista Championship (2016, 2017) and was part of the winning team in the World Barista Cup 2016. He has developed the Barista League from an impromptu gathering of 10 baristas in a countryside roastery (2015) to an event attracting hundreds of the best coffee professionals from all over Northern Europe (2017). He probably won’t rest until it’s taken over the world either.
What are you excited to do while you are in Seoul?:
Eat! All! Of! The! Food!
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
Swedish Barista 2015 – 3rd
Swedish Latte Art 2015 – 3rd
Swedish Barista 2016- 1st
WBC 2016 – 27th, Round One
Swedish Barista 2017 – 1st
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
Ally Coffee. Urnex. Hermelin Handels. Oatly. Sanremo. Christian. Markus. Filip + many many more!
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
Hopefully towards being more about substance and achievement than big talk. I look forward to more people drinking better coffee and just being able to enjoy it without all of the pretension!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
Travelling, meeting awesome people and drinking awesome coffee!
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
Food, cooking, good wine and beer and now soju in preparation for Seoul!