Project Description

South Africa
Winston Thomas

Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

Based in Cape Town working as a freelancer and focusing on competition preperation. This will be my second time competing at the WBC.

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

Connect with old coffee friends and make new coffee friends. And stroopwafels!

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

SA Aeropress Championships 2016 – 1st Place
SA Barista Championships 2016 – 8th Place
SA Barista Championships 2017 – 1st Place
World Barista Championships 2017 – 41st Place
African Barista Championships 2018 – 3rd Place
SA Barista Championships 2018 – 1st Place

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

Innovation and focus on customer service, bridging the gap between the barista and consumer is a given. What I’ve found most interesting is how the global community has become more cohesive. I see this developing and enabling minority communities the opportunity to progress and grow by learning and working with larger, more developed communities.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Travelling, learning, meeting new people and tasting amazing coffees all over the world.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Sport and the outdoors. Cape Town has a lot to offer and I try to make the most of it!

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