Please tell us a little about yourself:
I’m 27 and I have been working for Coutume in Paris for 3 years. I lived in Melbourne for a little while and I discovered their amazing coffee culture there. As I returned back home I started as a barista in Coutume and now I’m the wholesale manager.
How did you get started in coffee?:
I discovered speciality coffee in 2014, I was living in Melbourne at this time. I started to make high volume of coffee at the coffee shop I was working in. When I got back home, I knew I could find a way to learn a bit more about it. I started as a barista at Coutume in 2015, I discover the real challenge of making quality coffees. I’m currently the wholesale manager.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
2016 Aeropress Championships – 2nd Place in the regional qualifiers in Paris.
2017 French Brewers Cup – 3rd Place
2018 French Brewers Cup Champion
2018 Paris Aeropress Qualifier – 1st Place. Waiting for the French Aeropress Championchips on the 7th of October.
What are you excited to do while you are in Brazil?:
I’m so exited about the food! I love all the fruits they have!
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:
I traveled in Brazil and Costa Rica for a couple of months in January and February 2017. I’ve met the coffee producers we have been buying from for the first time. That’s when I realized the true meaning of my job and all of the stories that need to be told.
What is your favorite coffee brewing method and why?:
I don’t have any, I found that all of them have their good sides and bad sides.
What coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?:
Yemen is surely one of the most interesting coffee-producing country, a lot has been lost in the past century and needs to be re-discovered.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
I love photography, I have a Fujifilm X100T. I’m travelling a lot and taking pictures is telling a bit of my story. What I love about travelling is the immersion in an other culture. I like being taken out my confort zone and discovering new things like food, people, traditions, tastes, etc.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
Well, it’s hard to tell, I don’t know what life will bring me. But I’d love to be by the sea, working with my senses, like I do today.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the competition?:
Samy Assir, my friend and the roaster at Coutume, who supported me no matter the mood I was in.
Albane Théry for putting me to hard work and being so patient with me.
Ricardo Aguirre Ramos, for being my awesome coach in Brazil.
Gwilym Davis for his precious advice.
Antoine Nétien and Tom Clark, my bosses for trusting me and giving me my chance.
Nicolas Dumas for making sure everything happens like it should be.
The entire Coutume Team for being behind me (Daniel, Mike, Adeline, Steaven and everyone else !)
Mokhtar Alkanshali for the opportunity to work with his amazing coffee.
All of my sponsors: Kruve, Acaia, Commandante Grinder, Ikawa, and Brita for making sure I was all set up for the big show 😀