Please tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Sinan, and I’m 35 years old. I work as a a commercial and corporate photographer, and when it comes to coffee, I am a coffee blogger and part-time-barista at local events. I live near the city of Cologne, and I am so proud to be not only the first ever German Cezve/Ibrik Champion, but also to represent my country IN my country. This still feels very unreal :)
How did you get started in coffee?:
My key moment in entering the coffee world was the 2016 German Barista Championship in Munich. I volunteered as a photographer, after watching the championship on livestream from my couch the year before. While I was there, I instantly met people that I had only known from the internet or had heard about. It turned out that everyone was so damn friendly and, as a result, I’ve found myself caught up in the coffee world ever since.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
Int. Chemex Cup, Berlin 2018, 3d place
German Cezve/Ibrik Championship 2019, 1st place
German AeroPress Championship 2019, busted in 1st round :)
What’s the secret to a great Cezve/ Ibrik beverage?:
The mix between understanding coffee, and not making rocket science out of it. And a lot of sweetness.
What are you excited to do in Berlin?:
See friends and all of the coffee family.
What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:
Roasting beans in a pan on the stove when I was about 7 or 8 years old.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
Photography, sports, design, social media.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the CIC?:
All the German coffee people who welcomed me as “just a coffee enthusiast”, and now I am one of them.
Nicole Battefeld obviously, because she helped me with nearly everything—due to the fact that I don’t work in coffee full time, I don’t have a team, or a location where I can exchange knowledge all day.