Build Up to Nationals: Barista Profiles Two January 29 2018

Another 3 competitors from Gauteng!

 

Name: Harry Mole

Competition History: Gauteng Regionals 2015 – 8th
Gauteng Regionals 2016 – 2nd, Gauteng Cupping 2016 – 1st.
Barista Championship Nationals 2017 – 2nd
Gauteng Regionals 2018 – 2nd (hope I got the dates right? haha)

Region and position in comp:
Gauteng Regionals 2015 – 8th
Gauteng Regionals 2016 – 2nd, Gauteng Cup Tasters 2016 – 1st.
Barista Championship Nationals 2017 – 2nd
Gauteng Regionals 2018 – 2nd 

Company: TriBeCa Coffee Company

Why did you enter this competition?
To challenge myself, my coffee knowledge and have fun!

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)

I’m really enjoying my morning Tanzania Kilimanjaro in a V60. Its tasty, it gets me ready for the day and gets me thinking of the mountain.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far?

Coffee people are great people. Meeting others with the same passion and enthusiasm for coffee is addictive; as well as learning more about myself and my journey with coffee.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
It is important to challenge not only each other but our knowledge of what is possible with coffee in order for the coffee community to grow.
I also think for us working in the industry that it challenges us to learn and grow with coffee.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:) 
I really love films! If I’m not in the cinema at least once a week I get grumpy :)





Name: Khulekani Mpala

Competition History:

Competed in Barista Championships

- 2011 Gauteng Regionals (finished towards bottom)

- 2016 Gauteng Regionals (1st place)

- 2017 Nationals (3rd place)

- 2017 Gauteng Regionals (3rd place)

N/B: 2011 represented Manna Cafe, the rest I represented Tribeca

Why did you enter this competition? It gives me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people in the world, and helps me to learn from some of the best baristas.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)
Currently my favourite is a cortado, exploring different single origins.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far? Winning best technical and placing 3rd at Nationals 2017 brought a degree of satisfaction! So far thats the highlight.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
Competitions are important because they bring the coffee community together, gives us a chance to learn from each other and become better professionals.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself:
I grew up believing i would be a musician and my name was "General K" he he he he!!! I still listen to a lot of reggae.


Name: Thabang Maluleka

Competition History: The Cup tasting completion was my first time participating in a coffee competition
Region and position in comp: Gauteng Cup Tasters 2nd
Company: Ciro Beverage Solutions

Why did you enter this competition? This was a good opportunity for me to learn more about other coffees which are out there besides the ones that I’m used to, I also wanted to meet other people in the coffee community.

What is your favourite coffee at the moment? (either the style or the coffee bean)
My favorite coffee is an espresso made up of American and African arabica beans.

What has been the highlight of this journey for you so far?
I have never thought of the coffee industry to be so big!, besides coming out second in cup tasting I would say finding out that there are a lot of coffee enthusiasts like me out there has been the biggest highlight so far.

Why do you think the competitions are important?
They are important to raise our coffee expertise as a nation to match that of world class nations in the coffee industry

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself (that has nothing to do with coffee:) I’m a founder of Uma Mente Music (Pty) Ltd, a Record Label and Music Publishing Company.