Skip to main content
Coffee Stories

Margarita Amelina

By 8th November 2020January 20th, 2021No Comments4 min read

“Coffee isn’t just a transaction but an expression of personal desire.”

Амелина with aeropress

Маргарита Амелина is brewing with Aeropress

If someone likes coffee with milk, then cappuccinos are always a great idea – it’s all based on personal preference. When it comes to coffee, Margarita (Маргарита Амелина) considers communication to be an essential part of the process. This is a lesson that has stayed with her throughout her eight-year-long career, in the coffee industry. 

Trained by senior colleagues in Khabarovsk, Margarita started out as a barista in a local coffee shop. Two years into training as a barista, she qualified as a barista championship judge for the barista championships. As time went on, it seemed clearer to her that she was longing for space to share her knowledge and experience – a life-changing realisation that led her to becoming a professional and certified SCA trainer. 

Margarita now has her own company Margo Coffee can issue SCA certificates to anyone who is willing to train and grow. 

During a recent holiday to Bali with her husband, the happy couple put in place a variety of courses or baristas in Kuala Lumpur. Due to COVID-19, they decided to extend their stay for six months. Their time there taught Margarita the value in finding a balance between both her professional and personal life. More than anything, she learned the importance of making time for herself and her family.

“People are very important. They play a vital role in my life.”

Margo coffee

Margo coffee

In March, Margarita became the first coach in Russia to organise an introductory online course, titled “Introduction to Coffee”, enabling her to create her own community of coffee friends and mentees. 

Once Margarita had fulfilled her dream of visiting a coffee farm, it was time to move on to the next. She claims her present aspiration is to create her own learning space so that she can not only impart specialist coffee knowledge but can also organize competitions for baristas in her region, and one competition already held in China. Events like this in Russia would help boost the level of professionalism, enthusiasm, and dedication of baristas. 

“As a coach, I would advise aspiring baristas to never overestimate their coffee knowledge. 

No one can know everything. To have enough knowledge, one must constantly be learning and expanding their skill and practice, in the hope of becoming an expert.”

Disclaimer: This article is not sponsored. As always, all articles at I’M NOT A BARISTA aim to connect the global coffee community and empower the people behind the cups. We do not charge or take any commission by promoting people and businesses on our platform. However, if you want to support us, you can make a donation through Paypal or make a purchase on our shop, we donate all profit to help baristas in need.

Other stories you may like
Esmeralda Peña Sanchez a barista and artist from US
Coffee 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…
Patricia Perello
Coffee Stories

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…