Project Description

Vitali Filmanovich
Belarus
Single Step Coffee co.

Please tell us a little about yourself:

One of the pioneers and promoters of the Belarus specialty coffee scene. Co-creator of some country’s landmark coffee places and projects. Barista-trainer, roastmaster, Q-grader. 2018 Belarus Barista Champion’s coach. Ultimate coffee-lover.

How did you get started in coffee?:

Accidentally :) One day I was herding some goats in the Kaffa foothills… just joking, guys ;)
Actually, I was young and in need of money, I was 17 and the first cafe I worked for served commercial Italian blend… some years later I set up the first specialty coffee shop in Belarus.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

2016 Belarus Cup Tasters Championship – 1st Place
2018 Belarus Brewers Cup – 1st Place

What are you excited to do while you are in Brazil?:

Visiting farms and Copacabana of course!

What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:

Coffee is a non-stop amazing experience!

What is your favorite coffee brewing method and why?:

V60—it was the first ever brewing method I had in Belarus.

What coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?:

Bolivia and Indonesia. This regions will show us a great quality growth next few years.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Music and travelling.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

Travelling around the world.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the competition?:

Daria, my coach and fiancee :)

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