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Samson Kibunja

My name is Samson Kibunja, and this is my coffee story. Samson Kibunja - barista, latte art throwdown competitor, and judge - grew up with coffee beans in lifeblood. Ever since he was a child, he would recall visiting his grandfather, who was a coffee producer. He would see the…
Paul  and Carolina
25th July 2020
Coffee Stories

Kaapo Paavolainen

My Name is Kaapo Paavolainen, from the experimental French press, Being Blown away by the Siphon to the Finland Barista Champion, and this is my coffee story. It all started when Kaapo was in high school. The Unofficial Specialty Coffee club, they tracked down and experimented different coffees on the…
Darren Meachem
19th July 2020
Coffee Stories

Guadalupe Delgadillo

“In Mexico, there is a popular saying - coffee smells better than it tastes.” Or so Guadalupe Delgadillo thought. It took a local Mexican Guerrero double espresso with milk to change her mind. In the middle of a busy open market full of fresh fruit and vegetables, the fresh scent…
Paul Wong
18th July 2020
Pinar MisirdalCoffee Stories

Pinar Misirdal

“I am always trying, and I am always finding my way.” - ​Pinar Misirdal Aktepe, 2019 Pinar Misirdal's  journey to becoming the now well-regarded and respected first-ever female 2018 Barista Champion of Turkey had humble beginnings. Being a graphic design student and struggling financially to save money for school, she…
Paul Wong
14th July 2020
Hany EzzatCoffee Stories

Hany Ezzat

My name is Hany Ezzat, and this is my coffee story. I have been working in coffee for the past 5 years, I started my coffee journey after moving out of a kitchen hand roll at a Turkish restaurant moving into the bar making a few coffees at night. The…
IMNAB
11th July 2020
Coffee Stories

Simone Guidi

Simone Guidi’s story began back in 2010 when he was working as a bartender and had a customer who asked him for a cappuccino. It was then, he admits, that he realised he had no idea what that actually meant so he started looking into everything that could help him…
Ronita Dragomir
7th July 2020
Coffee Stories

Smayah Uwajeneza

Recently we talked to Smayah Uwajeneza, the ‘18 East Africa Aeropress champion. Regarding the current global BLM, Smayah has her own thoughts about it. As a hardworking barista from Rwanda Africa, her coffee journey definitely inspires many coffee professionals.  "We need more visibility, we need more platform created for people…
Ronita Dragomir
1st July 2020
Coffee Stories

Ronița Dragomir

My name is Ronița Dragomir, and this is my coffee story. It’s no surprise that Ronița Dragomir has found community in making and sharing great coffee. As a child growing up in Romania, she relished watching her parents enjoy their morning cup. As she grew older she, too, partook in…
IMNAB
18th June 2020
Coffee Stories

Angelo Segoni

My name is Angelo Segoni, and I am a simple guy, like many coffee people here, I have never been a big fan of nightlife, but always cherish good time with good friends and BBQ together and enjoy the magnificent nature, mountains, and beaches. I guess this is just who…
IMNAB
16th June 2020
Coffee Stories

Ariele Guaschino

Ariele Guaschino is a multi-talented coffee man. Being Italian and living in Milan he thought it would be a good idea to found a café that only served specialty coffees; and that’s exactly what he has been doing ever since 2014. However this is not Ariele’s only job as he…
Ronita Dragomir
8th June 2020