Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Three January 30 2019


Name: David Kazembe

Coffee Company: KIVU PROJECTS CAFE

Region: KZN

Discipline: BARISTA CHAMPS

Experience at Nationals: First time at Nationals

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? It will be my first time to compete at the nationals I will be happy to compete with others champs.

Am so proud to be participating and grateful for all people in coffee industry who supporting me and all friends barista who always encourage me, see you there, am very excited!

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? Most of the customers really like my coffee and some of them asked me to enter SCASA competition and I entered. Fortunately I made to national this time. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? My best moment in the coffee is the when am in the bar and meet new people from different industries and share histories.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I could go to Costa Rica and see the best farmer and ask them about the red honey process, and see the procedure.

Name: Andile Zulu

Coffee Company: Terbodore Coffee 

Region: KZN

Discipline: Cup Tasters

What are you most looking forward to at nationals?

The opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable and talented coffee industry professionals so that I can evolve into a better competitor.

Why do you compete in competitions? To build a name and reputation for myself within the South African coffee community, and to be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking.

What has been your best moment so far working with coffee? Definitely placing 2nd in the regional cup tasters championship in 2018.

If you could travel anywhere in the world to experience coffee where would it be? Probably South America. I love the flavour profiles and the scale on which they produce coffee.

What is a fun, non-coffee related fact about yourself? When I'm not making coffee,  I'll probably be asleep. I  like to be well rested!

Name: John Evans

Coffee Company: Asmara Coffee

Region: Gauteng

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: This will be my second time at Nationals.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? Last year at Nationals, I was humbled by the camaraderie between competitors. It was a real reminder to me about why we do this – it’s not really about us, but about specialty coffee in South Africa. So I am looking forward to more of that.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? Competing pushes me to be a better barista and roaster, and helps to develop me as not only a coffee professional, but as a human being. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Having the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to help build a cow shed for a widowed lady coffee farmer named Scholastica Temba.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Probably to Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been very fortunate in my coffee career to spend time in Ethiopia and Tanzania, as well as being able to attend the New York Coffee Festival. I’ve heard that Melbourne is considered the “coffee capital” of the world, so to be able to see their coffee scene, and to engage with the people involved in it would really be incredible.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. My wife and I just bought our first house!

 

Name: Ishan Natalie

Coffee Company: Starbucks Coffee Company South Africa

Region: Gauteng

Discipline: Barista Champs

Previous Experience at Nationals: I've competed at 7 Nationals.

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals?

Engaging, sharing and learning from our awesome coffee community.

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I have always considered it the best platform to push your limits towards learning and growth. It forces you to think out if the box and to explore a little deeper into the coffee supply chain and how to make coffee better. It’s also an amazing platform to introduce change for a better coffee tomorrow.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Placing 18th at WBC 2015. I realised how much I had grown and what I am capable of achieving by putting in the time and work.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? Ethiopia for the heritage of coffee, Central America to understand the difference between farmers and practices in Africa vs those farmers; Asia, Australia and Scandanavia to explore the exciting speciality coffee scene in their markets.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself. I come alive playing Masterchef in my kitchen. I love community, and to be able to be creative and feed people beautiful and delicious food makes me happy and feel alive.

 

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Name: Nigel Kamhanda

Coffee Company: InFood Coffee Roastery

Region: Eastern Cape

Discipline: Latte Art

Previous Experience at Nationals: 2nd place 2018

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals?  Learning from other coffee professionals 

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? Mostly because it takes me out of my comfort zone. 

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? Being the 2nd latte artist in South Africa in 2018

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and Why? Tanzania, because I wanna hike kilimanjaro mountain one day and most probably visit some coffee plantations 

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.

I was once thin lol😊

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Name: Christopher Abrahams

Coffee Company: Ciro Beverage Solutions

Region: Western Cape

Discipline: Latte Art

Previous Experience at Nationals:

National Latte Art  Competitor: 2017 – 2018

National Barista Competitor: 2017

What are you most looking forward to at Nationals? I’m really looking forward to competing in KZN, as I’ve never done so yet. It’s also going to be a great opportunity to meet new competitors and an amazing chance to see all the talent that exist in the South African coffee industry. 

Why do you compete in the SCASA competitions? I enjoy competing, as it is a great opportunity to test your skills, as a barista, under pressure. It is also an amazing opportunity to have the privilege of expressing your passion for coffee through your performance on stage. It is also a goal of mine to inspire those who work within the coffee industry.

What has been your best moment in coffee so far? My best moment in coffee, was last year in Brazil. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of representing South Africa at the World Latte Art Championship. It was an amazing experience, as I got the opportunity of meeting latte artists that have inspired me over the years. It was a great opportunity to learn from them all. I learnt that the only way to success is through hard work and dedication. I realised that coffee meant more to them than I thought. It’s a way of life. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for coffee, where would you go and why? I’d love to travel to China one day. The Chinese culture fascinates me and it has always been a dream of mine to experience the country one day.

Tell us a fun non-coffee related fact about yourself.  I’m quite a reserved individual and I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times. I enjoy travelling and love meeting new people. I’m soft-hearted and find it easy to do what I can to help those in need.