Project Description

Olaf Boom
Blommers Coffee Roasters & First Things First Coffee

Please tell us a little about yourself:

I am working as a coffee professional for a few years now, as a barista in a café and quality controller/recipe developer for a coffee roaster. As a graduate of food design my interests are product development in food and beverages. But my main focus is coffee, and constantly trying new things to bring it to a higher level. Beside all that I am a huge outdoor fan and spend time in the nature by hiking, rafting, and climbing!

How did you get started in coffee?:

As a job in a coffee bar during my studies. My curiosity and colleagues helped me to grow as a coffee professional.

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

2017 Dutch Aeropress Championship – First Round
2018 Dutch Brewers Cup Championship – First Place

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

I’m excited about the whole competition and meeting brewers from around the world. I really like the compulsory round because of the equal changes for all competitors. After the competition I will take a 3 day trip to some coffee farms, which I am really looking forward to!

What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:

Drinking a super fruity natural processed coffee showed me how much flavour potential coffee can have! Since then coffee has kept surprising me.

What is your favorite coffee brewing method and why?:

V60. It gives me a clean cup, there is enough room to test different recipes, and it is not complex.

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

It’s hard to choose just one country but I love coffee from kenya! The well developed and experimental farms from countries like Costa Rica and Colombia are very interesting too.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Food, beverages, hiking, outdoor sports, and nature.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

In product development and as an all-round coffee professional.

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