Ciro Beverage Solutions
Please tell us a little about yourself:
I am a 30 year old male who is absolutely passionate about all aspects of coffee. I work in the industry as a senior trainer for a company called Ciro Beverage Solutions. I seem to be a very relaxed person, but on the inside it is not always the case. I am addicted to latte art and spend at least 2 hours a day pouring or searching for new ideas.
How did you get started in coffee?:
I started about seven years ago. I had no idea what coffee was about. I was blown away the first time I saw latte art and I knew that it would be something I’d really enjoy! I haven’t stopped loving it since day one!
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
I competed in the WLAC 2018 in Brazil last year. This year I will be competing in the WLAC 2019 in Germany.
What are you excited to do in Berlin?:
I’m really excited to be on the world stage again. I didn’t have such a good performance last year, so I’m really eager to get up on stage and do 100 times better! I’m also quite excited to meet the competitors, as well as get to experience the coffee culture in Germany.
What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?:
What is the secret to great latte art?:
I believe that great latte art comes with hard work, perfecting every sequence of a specific design and to continuously search for creativity through the use of different techniques and inspiration.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
I really enjoy taking time off and playing PS4! I also enjoy travelling and absolutely love trucks!
Where do you see yourself in five years?:
It would be great to be on the world stage either competing in a different world coffee competition or as a judge.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WLAC?:
I’d like to thank all the people from Ciro that have supported me in preparation for the competition. I would like to say a special thank you to Ally Cawood and Lani Snyman, who introduced me to the world of coffee and who continuously inspire me. I’d also like to say thank you to Alhenrico Thomas and Byron Keet (Previous SA Latte Art Champions), who have given me advice where possible. Lastly, I’d like to say thank you to my wife, who has played a vital role in my preparation.