Build Up to Nationals 2019: Barista Profiles One January 16 2019

This competition season we have a lot of competitors that will be participating for the first time on the National Stage. This is already a huge achievement. For our first round of interviews we chat to some of these first timers...

 

Name: Kgune Dlamini

Coffee Company: Lineage Coffee

Region: KZN

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: Actually none :)

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? The experience and all the lessons attached to it. :)

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? Because in order to relearn, one needs to unlearn. I am here, learning. :)

What has been your best moment in coffee so far?

The people. Coffee can be repetitive at times, but the human experience of those coffees never is. Coffee, is people!

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Anywhere in the world. As long as there is coffee and people. The mantra is to serve love, through this medium of coffee.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I am a Performance Poet.

 

Name: Stevo Kühn 

Coffee Company: Urban Brew Coffee

Region: Central Region (Bloemfontein)

Discipline: Barista Comp

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I look forward to meeting more people as well as connecting with existing friends. More than this I look forward to learning more from the legends out there.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? This pushes me in a learning environment and pushes me to stay relevant when training other baristas.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? I think being able to train people and seeing them find employment in coffee definitely puts things in perspective. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why?  Where to start...for café culture Australia and Germany. Would also love to visit a coffee farm in Africa.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.  I used to play bass in theatre gigs as well as a 12 piece jazz band. Now I just play for creative outlet.

 

 

Name: Dieter Liebenberg

Coffee Company: VDP Distributors

Region: KwaZulu Natal

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: N/A

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Competing with the best and taking in the great experience.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? To challenge myself as well as to learn, grow and meet new people in the industry.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Competing for the 1st time and winning KZN champs and learning along the way.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Boston to compete at World Champs!

Tell us a fun, non-coffee related fact about yourself. I'm a sports fanatic so I'm in the process of creating a 5-a side with my 3rd boy on the way :)

 

 

Name: Chad Whitby

Coffee Company: Colombo Coffee and Tea

Region: KZN

Discipline: Cup Tasters

Previous Experience at Nationals: None

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Connecting with competitors from other regions and sharing ideas. 

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? It’s an awesome platform for coffee professionals to engage in healthy competition and for industry leaders to share ideas. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Being nominated for Coffee Personality at last years Coffee Magazine awards. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Definitely Ethiopia. It’s the birthplace of coffee and is home to the first coffee I fell in love with.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.  I play 3 music instruments and DJ