Please tell us a little about yourself:
Hi, I’m Matthew Lewin, current 2019 Australian Barista Champion. I’ve been competing for 6 years in a row, and I’ve been a national finalist since 2014. I’m work in coffee training, R&D, roasting, green bean buying, and quality control. I with work Ona Coffee in Canberra, Australia.
What are you excited to do in Boston?:
See the sites & soak up the city, after a week of competing at WBC.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
1st place champion – 2019 ASCA Australia Barista Championship
1st place champion – 2018 China Fushan Cup Championship
2nd place runner up – 2017 ASCA Australia Barista Championship
3rd place runner up – 2016 ASCA Australia Barista Championship
4th place – 2018 ASCA Australia Barista Championship
5th place – 2015 ASCA Australia Barista Championship
6th place – 2014 ASCA Australia Barista Championship
How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?:
Ever evolving, that’s for sure. I can see the focus coming back to customer experience & fully controlling the outcome.
Where do you see yourself in five years?:
Good question; drinking more coffee.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
Cooking, wine, food, eating out, running, reading, podcasts, movies, dogs, holidays, travelling, UFC.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the WBC?:
All the Ona coffee family
Sasa Sestic, Sam Corra, Hugh Kelly, Caity Reynolds, Adam Jason, John Gordon, Asha Serpless, Gus Mackie, friends & family
All my sponsors, ASCA.