Cris John Signey Benavente
United Arab Emirates
Please tell us a little about yourself:
Im just a simple guy who is passionate about coffee. ☕️ Making coffee is my passion and being a barista is my profession. I’m currently working as the Head Barista of Blacksmith Cafe in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
How did you get started in coffee?:
I started in Coffee industry when my aunt asked me if I wanted to take a Barista Training Course, I said yes even though I didn’t know what it meant. In 2010 I went to a free barista training provided by the Philippine Government and conducted by TESDA. During the training I feel in love with coffee, it’s history, and it’s different varieties.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
2018 UAE National Latteart Championship (Champion)
2018 UAE National Cuptaster’s Championship (3rd Place)
2017 UAE National Latteart Championship (Champion)
2017 UAE National Cuptaster’s Championship (3rd Place)
2016 UAE National Latteart Championship (2nd Place)
2014 Barista community Middle East Latteart Throwdown (2nd Place)
2014 UAE National Latteart Championship (2nd Place)
What are you excited to do in Berlin?:
I’m planning on doing coffee crawls, meeting barista friends from different countries, and a tour of Berlin.
What is the secret to great latte art?:
Great imagination, a great shot of espresso, and well steamed milk.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
Playing Basketball 🏀
Where do you see yourself in five years?:
As a World Champion.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WLAC?:
I want to thank my friends; the Blacksmith Team; my coach, and my team, Lyndon Recera, Mickay, Mark Uy, Belle, and my very supportive fiancé, April Rose Soriano. I’d also like to thank God for giving me such talent.