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Arif Budiyanto coffee farmer from Indonesia, donation recipient of coffee wristbandsCoffee Stories

Arif Budiyanto

To do what you can, with what you have, where you are, is no small feat, and for Arif Budiyanto, that means going above and beyond to make the best of all that life throws his way. Be it improving himself by learning and relearning or improving a whole community…
Esmeralda Peña Sanchez a barista and artist from USCoffee Stories

Esmeralda Peña Sanchez

Finding a safe community to belong to can be arduous, especially in condensed cities like Seattle, Washington, where socializing with strangers is not something that the local people are often open-minded about. But, for Esmeralda Peña Sanchez, her job as a barista involves interacting with dozens of faces throughout the…
Taylor Ann Ono
13th May 2024
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Patricia Perello

Dubai is known for many things: Ultramodern architecture that defies belief; curated landscapes designed to satisfy even the most critical aesthete; and luxury, the likes of which most of the world could only imagine.  But perhaps it should be known for its best-kept secret: That a young, defiant collective of…
Riley Rogers
29th April 2024
Efe Kahya, head barista at Ru coffeeCoffee Stories

Efe Kahya

Art can be inspirational through many forms and mediums, but for Efe Kahya, he finds it in smooth, rich, and unique cups of coffee. Efe’s passion for coffee began in 2016 when he was served a V60 pour-over at his local shop, which ultimately led to the beginning of his…
Taylor Ann Ono
24th April 2024
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María Lucía Restrepo

Hailing from the luscious landscapes of Colombia, María Lucía Restrepo considers herself a newbie in the coffee industry, learning along the way and changing lives one ping-pong paddle at a time. We caught up with Maria at Shanghai Hotelex, and listened to her story, to get an insight into the…
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Rens Tuzon

The craft of coffee is innately artistic — each sip of a quality brew sparks admiration, a reminder of the mastery it demands. From novel brewing methods to unconventional roasting styles, those in the industry strive to marry creativity with innovation, forever seeking the next best method to serve and…
Riley Rogers
10th April 2024
Vera LiCoffee Stories

Vera Li

Firstly, we have Vera Li from Cafe Elements, a green coffee bean buyer company in China that sources its beans from Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador. Cafe Elements started as a personal desire for Vera to change the narrative of the coffee industry in China, as she was formerly in the…
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Lucas Harville

Luca, from Loveramics Standing tall at Loveramics Booth is Lucas Harville, the general manager of Loveramics, USA,  basking in the love and connection that the coffee community brings to everyone present at the event.   He is at Shanghai Hotelex to show off Loveramics’ gorgeous ceramics, connect with other coffee…
1st March 2024
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George Makropoulos

In the world of coffee, George Makropoulos stands out as an inspiring figure. This Greek coffee professional has dedicated his life not only to mastering the art and science of coffee but also to passing on his knowledge and passion to a new generation of coffee experts.   George Makropoulos…
19th February 2024
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Kunal Sheth

In the vibrant world of coffee entrepreneurship, Kunal Sheth, an ambitious and passionate coffee lover from India, defied the odds to create a thriving specialty coffee culture in his region. From humble beginnings in a small town to challenging the norms in Mumbai, Kunal's journey is a testament to his…
19th February 2024