Project Description

Javier Carmona
Costa Rica
Exclusive Coffee

Please tell us a little about yourself:

I started working in the coffee world as a Barista for 3 years, then I started working as a coffee exporter (with Exclusive Coffee). I got certified as a Q-Grader taster over 7 years ago, I am a coffee roaster and taster, and I have been part of the panel of judges the cup of excellence in Costa Rica. I love what I do and I thank God for allowing me to meet many people who love coffee like me.

How did you get started in coffee?:

I started in coffee as Barista in 2005.

Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:

2018 Costa Rica Brewers Cup Champion — it was my first competition.

What are you excited to do while you are in Brazil?:

I’m excited to get this opportunity to represent my country and coffee producers, sharing with many coffee lovers.

What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:

When I was 8 years old I tried a light roasted coffee without sugar and it was a great surprise because I never imagined that coffee has citrus flavours and sweetness.

What is your favorite coffee brewing method and why?:

Costa rican traditional flannel drip, because each time I prepare it remember my family and childhood.

What coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?:


What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Cooking, playing soccer, and getting into nature.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

I can see myself as a green coffee buyer and owning my own coffee shop.

Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the competition?:

Exclusive Coffee for training me and giving a huge amount of support. SCACR (Asociacion de Cafes finos de Costa Rica) for finance and support. Thanks to Simón, Jose Maria, and Sebastian for trusting me.
Finally, Don Luis Alverto and Oscar Adolfo for producing amazing coffee—without them I couldn’t be here.