Cafe de Colombia – Juan Valdez Cafe
Please tell us a little about yourself:
I am passionate about coffee. Since I was a child, coffee has been present in my life. Not only because I was born in a coffee growing region, but also because this special drink can make me feel joy, happiness, and enthusiasm, no matter what my mood is. Besides coffee, I am interested in motorcycles. It’s one of my favourite hobbies, and I enjoy the speed.
What are you excited to do in Boston?:
I am really excited to get to know more about it’s culture, food, sights, people, while learning more knowledge about coffee and it’s preparation. I am sure it will be a great and remarkable experience for me.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
2012 Colombia National Barista Championship – 2nd place.
2014 Colombia National Barista Championship – 13th place.
2015 Colombia National Barista Championship – 6th Place.
2016 Colombia National Barista Championship – 5th Place.
2018 Colombia National Barista Championship – 1st Place.
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
The coffee world frequently changes to become better. I can see how not far from now, people will become more interested in specialty methods and will discover how to be delighted with all the flavour possibilities. I can see this happening through collaboration amongst coffee lovers.
Where do you see yourself in five years?:
I would like to be involved in a tourism company, with coffee as it’s main focus — teaching and demonstrating what is takes behind the scenes to bring a cup of coffee to the table.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
I love motor bike racing. Feeling the risk and the adrenaline when I drive makes me feel free.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
I would like to thank my wife Karen, and my coach Eva, for their help and support. They have kept me company and shared knowledge, while cheering me up, to keep me focused during training.