Project Description

Akira Zushi
Japan
Club Harie

Please tell us a little about yourself:

I was born in Tokyo. I learned about the barista occupation in 2002. Since then, it’s been a wonderful life as a barista.

How did you get started in coffee?:

I wanted to become a barista, after becoming interested in Italian coffee bars.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

Japan Barista Championship 2009, semi-finalist.

What are you excited to do while you are in Brazil?:

Meet other baristas!

What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:

It was the first time I tasted fresh fruit in coffee, which was very enjoyable.

Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail?:

Grasshopper.

What coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?:

Costa Rica.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Fashion, Sweets, Foods.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

I’d like to spread the word about coffee cocktails, and open my own shop.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the competition?:

Thank you to DCS Co., Ltd, my coach – Tsujimoto Sano, and SCAJ. To all Japanese baristas, my wife, family, customers, and colleagues — thank you!

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