All posts tagged: world barista championship

Humans of coffee: Reg Barber

Who is Reg Barber? Reg is an artist who ended up designing and manufacturing coffee tampers. What is your favourite childhood memory? Walking alone in the snow on our ranch when I was very young. I pretended that the field was an ocean covered in ice and I was flying my airplane over it. If you could have a do-over in your life, what would it be? I have always longed for my own coffee shop, which is what I was working on when I began making coffee tampers. Another do-over would have been the ability to have patented my coffee tampers. What do you feel most proud of? Designing and making the World Championship trophies. If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why? My camera: I love taking photos. My gun: being from a ranch in southern British Columbia I began hunting for for food (deer) on horseback at an early age with my Mom who has just had her 100thbirthday and is good health. I have never missed …

What is Speciality Coffee?

To this question, one cannot merely state what it is, but rather comment on what their individual perspective is to this illusive question. This question was recently asked by good friend and special friend of the coffee community, Ben Carlson, during a gathering and presentation on the work he and his family are doing in Burundi to share these amazing coffees with the world. Of course, the initial discussion around this question was surrounded around the grading aspect of the delicious and wonderful cherry and bean. Beans are graded due to the uniformity of size, shape, colour, density, and defects/ taints. But I don’t believe in this being the sole definition of what ‘speciality’ is. I refer back to my 2015 World Barista Championship presentation. I pushed back on who defines what is speciality, and how it’s decided. For me, to an extent, I don’t believe that only a buyer/ ‘green bean grader’ can solely define that. I went to the WBC with a coffee from Adam Overton, of Gesha Village Coffee Estate in Ethiopia. …

Humans of coffee: Ishan Natalie

Who is Ishan Natalie? Ishan Natalie is just a simple guy, often misunderstood and from humble beginnings. I owe who I am, not only as a person, but a professional mainly to my dad. He too started with hard and humble beginnings. He grew up with a very strict father who owned a few Fruit & Veg outlets. He walked to school and back every day for a distance of what would take us 15 minutes to drive and spent all of his personal time working at my grandfather’s business, loading and offloading trucks with goods, being a shop assistant and carting excessive loads of fresh produce at the market between the selling agents and our trucks. My dad, like his dad, brought me up the same way, but I think I had it a lot easier due to more available resources. I didn’t have to walk that distance to school, only approximately 4-5kms haha. But I was made to work in my dad’s business exactly as he did growing up. As a teenager and …