Restu Sadam Hasan
Hungry Bird Coffee Roastery
How did you get started in coffee?:
Born into a family less fortunate than most, not wealthy yet found joy in the simplicities in life. My remarkable coffee excursion started with a little boy’s dream of becoming a pilot, only to have walked the path to becoming a dishwasher in a small coffeeshop, in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. The Golden Door of Opportunity as a barista did not come until later, during my training as a cook helper. While pairing cigarettes & cappuccino during my break time, I would always question how a beverage as amazing as a cup of coffee was made. To fulfil this curiosity, I’d sneak my way into the bar while it was quiet, and watch the baristas work their magic. Experiencing the ability to draw beautiful shapes onto something drinkable & enjoyable; it was love at first sight. My manager continued to catch me sneaking off to the bar, and reluctantly offered me a position as a barista. After a year, I decided to take on latte art & specialty coffee seriously, pursuing my career in Bali at Hungry Bird Coffee Roastery.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
3rd place Indonesian Latte Art Championship 2015
2nd place Indonesian Latte Art Championship 2016
4th place Indonesian Latte Art Championship 2017
3rd place Indonesian Latte Art Championship 2018
1st place Indonesian Latte Art Championship
What are you excited to do in Berlin?:
Everything. From visiting museums – to doing that hipster apartment escape game – enjoying good cheap beer, you name it. I’ve never flown to Germany or overseas, so I’m up to do anything while it lasts.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?:
There was this crazy period of time I challenged myself to pour into ANY vessel. I’ve poured into orange peels, carved out grapes, etc. But the most unusual one was when I poured tulips into someone’s mouth. It turned out so good and was a viral video nationally for a while – epic.
What is the secret to great latte art?:
Just take it easy! The chill atmosphere here in Canggu, Bali helps a lot with that.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
Photography — from digital to analog. The island offers a lot of colour and culture just waiting to be snapped.
Where do you see yourself in five years?:
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring” – David Bowie
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WLAC?:
Wow, I’d like to thank a lot of people so sit tight:
– Edo, for not giving up on me joining competitions for the last 5 years, and giving me the constant tough love and support.
– Ibu Paula, for giving me this opportunity to represent my country.