Please tell us a little about yourself:
Originally I am from Poland, but have been living in Ireland since 2006. My coffee journey started straight after I came to Ireland, when was hired as a barista. For the last four years, I have been working as barista trainer for Bewley’s.
What are you excited to do in Boston?:
It will be my first visit to the US, therefore I am extremely excited about the trip, the competition, and Coffee Expo. I also cannot wait to see the city, visit coffee shops, and find out more about people’s culture and lifestyle.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
2015 Irish Barista Championship – 3rd Place
2016 Irish Barista Championship – 3rd Place
2017 Irish Barista Championship – 3rd Place
2018 Irish Barista Championship – 5th Place
2018 Coffee Masters London – competitor
2018 Irish Cup Tasters – finalist
2019 Irish Cup Tasters – finalist
2019 Irish Barista Championship – 1st Place
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
Global warming is having a negative effect on coffee production, so there will be an increased focus on how to resolve the problem using people’s skills, together with the newest technologies.
Where do you see yourself in five years?:
It’s hard to say what exactly I will be doing in 5 years, but I am sure it will be connected to the coffee industry.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
I am interested in technology, video games, and I like spending my free time in the mountains riding my bike.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
I would like to say a big thank you to the company I am working for – Bewley’s for their huge support, especially to Maria, Andrius, Elvis, and also to my lovely wife Maria, and my boy David.