Please tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Tamara. I’m thirty years old, I live in Austria and love to drink coffee. In 2009, I opened my own coffee shop in Villach. For me it’s very important to serve good coffee to my customers, so I did a lot of courses and trainings to serve the perfect coffee and make a little art in a cup of coffee.
How did you get started in coffee?:
I reopened my mom’s coffee shop and started to take the SCA coffee education courses. After the first course I knew that I wanted to learn more about coffee.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
2014 National Latte Art Championships – 4th Place
2017 International and Tyrolean Latte Art Championships – 4th Place
2018 National Latte Art Championships – 1st Place
What are you excited to do while you are in Brazil?:
I would like to visit some coffee farms, Rio and Salvador.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?:
In a portafilter.
What is your secret to making great latte art?:
The best austrian milk ;) and a daily routine in my coffee bar serving every guest a perfect Cappuccino.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
First of all, my dogs. I’m a breeder and work a lot with my dogs—spending time with them in nature, going hiking or hunting, which is my second passion besides coffee. That’s the best thing to calm down after a very busy working day.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
I want to share my knowledge with other people interested in coffee. Maybe in 5 years, I’ll own a roastery—we will see.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the competition?:
Yes I want to thank my family and my friends who’ve always supported me. In particular a great woman in coffee, Larissa. She was a great friend and wanted to come with me to Brazil, but died unexpectedly one month ago.