The large area of the Pacific will be well represented at the 2016 World Barista Championship held in Dublin from June 23 to 25. Among the 61 national champions admitted to the competition by World Coffee Events, organiser of the championship, fourteen represent countries from Asia and Oceania. Victoria Arduino, technical partner of the WBC as provider of the official competition coffee machine, the VA388 Black Eagle, offers a preview. They are the champions of Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Barista: HUGH KELLY
Company: ONA COFFEE
Presentation: The Head Trainer of ONA Coffee in Australia. Worked in coffee for 8 years and 5 years of competition. Loves working with all areas of the coffee industry through ONA Coffee and Project Origin, and is so excited about how fast our industry is progressing.
Barista: YING HU
Company: OUTMAN COFFEE
Presentation: I opened a coffee shop after I graduated from university, and run it for 11 years already. No matter how many honors I’ve got, I always enjoy being a barista share what kind of magazine coffee to the customer and keep passion to learn more in coffee industry.
Country: HONG KONG
Barista: KWUN HO CHAN
Company: THE CUPPING ROOM
Presentation: I am working with person who are also enthusiastic about coffee. We all come from a small city.
Barista: PARAS BINDRA
Company: TRAVEL FOOD SERVICE
Presentation: Proud to Present my country, I am 30 years old and have a experience of more that 10 year as a barista. High quality coffee service to my guests is my priority and passion. Also write a coffee blog www.miccup.wordpress.com
Barista: YOSHUA TANU
Company: COMMON GROUNDS ST. ALI
Presentation: My name is Yoshua Tanu and i am the barista champion of Indonesia 2016. I have been competing for 4 years now and have loved and enjoyed every moment of it. It excites me to be able to go back to the world stage to compete in the WBC 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Me and my 3 partners have 2 cafes in Indonesia, Common Grounds Coffee Roastery and St. ALi jakarta. It’s truly an honor for me to represent my home country of Indonesia in the WBC.
Barista: YOSHIKAZU IWASE
Company: REC COLLECTIVE CO. LTD.
Presentation: I have been a barista for 10 years. I started my business “REC COFFEE” with a small coffee truck 8 years ago. I’m very happy and excited to be here at the WBC. I believe that, through coffee, a barista can become the connection between the customers and the coffee producers. I want to tell the great stories that lie behind a good cup of coffee. “Excellent coffee” – just hearing those words makes me want to go where it’s at!
Barista: KEITH KOAY
Company: VCR CAFE
Presentation: I’m 24 years old this year, and I’ve been working with coffee for 2 years. I majored in Accounting and Finance for my degree course but somehow, some magic happened and I’m obsessed with coffee now. I’m that kind of person who really need coffee daily. Like everyday for real.
Country: NEW ZEALAND
Barista: SAM LOW
Company: CODE BLACK COFFEE
Presentation: Hi, I am a Kiwi Barista from lil ol’ New Zealand currently working in Melbourne, Australia. My current role is a Coffee Trainer and a Barista for Code Black Coffee. I have been in the Speciality Coffee Industry for about 4 years now and love every aspect of it. The more I learn about this craft and industry, the more I don’t know about it. I love competitions not only because I’m competitive in nature, but the people get to meet are full of passion and inspirational in their own rights. The competitions push you to your limits not only in skill and knowledge about your craft but it puts you in situations where you learn so much about yourself. I am 24 years old. A Chinese born in Fiji, raised up in New Zealand working in Australia. Ever since High school I have always been in the hospitality industry and still am and might be for a while in the future.
Barista: SILVESTER DAN SAMONTE
Company: EI UNION COFFEE
Presentation: Silvester Dan is the current Director for Coffee at El Union coffee in San Juan, Philippines. His partners Kiddo and Mia started it as a way to enjoy coffee and enjoy surfing at the same time. Since then it has blossomed into a premier coffee bar in the Philippines and a landmark in the beach town. When not at the beach he is Director of Developers for Origin Coffee Network based in Singapore. Silvester along with his partner Danielle and Daniel have a shared vision of making coffee relationships between the persons making coffee at origin and the developers creating coffees for all of us to enjoy.
Barista: REGINA TAY
Presentation: My passion for specialty coffee started in Melbourne in 2011. Since then, I’ve worked to achieve my ultimate goal – to learn more about coffee everyday. This journey brought me to being a barista in specialty coffee cafes, to being a coffee roaster, attending SCAA events and roasters guild and now, competition in Dublin. It had been a fulfilling ride and I’m sure it wouldn’t stop here.
Country: SOUTH KOREA
Barista: SA HONG KIM
Company: COFFEE TEMPLE
Presentation: I am a Barista. Also I am a Explorer of Coffee world. Exploring coffee world, it’s my pleasure ! Let’s go exploring!
Barista: BERG WU
Company: SIMPLE KAFFA
Presentation: My wife and I started our coffee business, Simple Kaffa, when we were just students. We hope we can deliver our passion for good coffee via simple ways and always have faith in sharing good coffee. To compete is a challenge for myself; however, I hope to encourage not only myself, but also people around me.
Barista: EDDY PAN
Company: SENSORY LAB COFFEE ROASTER
Presentation: Hi, My name is Eddy. I am a roaster from Sensory Lab Coffee Roaster in Melbourne. Cheers!
Barista: TRAN HAN
Company: BOSGAURUS COFFEE
Presentation: I was born in a country which is famous for Robusta production.