Please tell us a little about yourself:
Hi, I’m Marco. I’ve been a bartender since 1990 and also a barista. 20 years ago I did a coffee training in the Moak Coffee Company, and I’ve also been an SCA barista trainer since 2013. Initially, I started out as a pastry chef, and then a bartender, before being completely overwhelmed by coffee. My passion is going around the world to study coffee and create new cocktails.
How did you get started in coffee?:
Mr. Giovanni Spadola gave me the passion.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
Italian Coffee in Good Spirits Competition 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 – 4, 3, 2, 1, 2, 1
2017 Budapest World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship – 10th Place (Round One)
What are you excited to do in Berlin?:
It’s a city I do not know, but I’ll find the time to visit it.
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:
With Mr. Giovanni Spadola, when I attended my first coffee roasting!
Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail?:
My favorite cocktail is an Old Fashioned.
What coffee-producing country interests or excites you most?:
Venezuela and Colombia.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
My family, traveling, friends.
Where do you see yourself in five years?:
Still in the world of coffee and cocktails, but maybe in space!
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WCIGS?:
My trainer Andrea Lattuada, my family, MPtraining, Moak, ODK — thank you!