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Mertkan Kılıçcı Mertkan Kılıçcı barista roaster TurkeyCoffee Stories

Mertkan Kılıçcı

Mertkan Kılıçcı's story is a journey of passion transcending the bounds of a typical career path. It begins in the classrooms of an engineering college in Turkey, where Mertkan, a student of mechanical engineering, grapples with a profession he respects but doesn't love. His true calling whispers to him not…
Sinan Genc
30th January 2024
Emre Kalkan Coffee Stories

Emre Kalkan

Somewhere on the streets of Heidelberg, Germany, lies a one-of-a-kind contraption. Is it a kiosk? Is it a bicycle? Well, it’s both. This is the story of Emre Kalkan. The inventor of the the first environmentally friendly mobile coffee bike. Emre Kalkan Don’t let his sunglasses fool you; Emre Kalkan's…
Sinan Genc Coffee Stories

Sinan Genc

Sinan Genc’s career did not begin in coffee, rather, he was studying to become an electrical and electronics engineer with a PhD focusing on optical sensors to detect, classify and characterize microplastics in liquid media, when he found his passion for coffee.  Sinan Genc While working behind the scenes of…
Sarah Silvia
31st January 2023
Süeda Emir Coffee Stories

Süeda Emir

Gastronomy is the study of food and culture, the skill of preparing and serving rich or delicate and attractive cuisine, regional cooking methods, and the science of excellent eating. How does this relate to coffee? This is  Süeda Emir’s coffee story. Süeda Emir is using Aeropress This is the story…
Oluwatobifunmi Olaniran
17th January 2023
Kerem Helvacıoglu Kerem HelvacıogluCoffee Stories

Kerem Helvacıoglu

Kerem Helvacıoglu: half human and half coffee. One of our Coffee Wristbands’ designers, Nükhet Çubukçular, chose Kerem as one of the recipients of the profits from her design. This is Kerem Helvacıoglu's story. Kerem Helvacıoglu Kerem’s story begins with his grandmother, who he’s always admired as she worked behind the…
Nathierah Fredericks
12th September 2022
Defne Ceyda Okay Coffee Stories

Defne Ceyda Okay

At first glance, seeing Defne Ceyda Okay in her black platform Chelsea boots and countless tattoos all over – you wouldn’t suppose that she once dreamt of becoming a ballerina. Perhaps it is exactly this early experience of hard, passionate practice that provided her with the power to become a…
Marta Trzcionka
24th April 2022
Levent Öncü Levent OncuCoffee Stories

Levent Öncü

From aeronautical engineering to coffee social media creator, this is Levent Öncü’s story. We recently spoke to Levent Oncu on the I’M NOT A BARISTA Podcast. Levent began his story in Turkey as an aeronautical engineer and home barista. He has been brewing coffee since 2010, achieving his PhD and working…
Mollie Sprigg
13th April 2022
Ömer Yildirim Coffee Stories

Ömer Yildirim

2021 was a game-changer for the worldwide coffee community and Ömer Yildirim himself. This was when "hospitality" became the key. And this is when Ömer launched his speciality coffee roasting brand, bringing to his hometown, Bursa, the fresh breeze of Izmir Coffee Festival. He also became one of Turkey's best latte…
17th March 2022
Erdem Özmen Coffee Stories

Erdem Özmen

This week, Erdem Özmen is sharing his coffee story with us; “to prove that there is nothing wrong with being a barista”. Originally becoming a barista as a part-time job, Erdem Özmen left that Turkish cafe knowing “This is it. This is what I want to do.” Erdem Özmen is…
Lauren Horton
4th October 2021