Project Description

Rauan Zhumazhanov
Black Smith

Please tell us a little about yourself: 

A few years back I broke my right hand, and after 10 days injury I start to work again. I lost all my barista skills (latte art, brewing), but now I’m back to normal and I’m stronger. This is my motivation, which I want to share with other baristas

How did you get started in coffee?:

Like everyone, I finished university and I was looking for job. When I tried my first barista job, I began to love it am still working as a barista today. My family wanted me to work as a policeman, but I’m really happy to work as a barista.

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

Dubai Latte Art throwdowns – 4-time 1st Place

What are you excited to do in Berlin?:

Meet new people, gain experience, and enjoy my first time on the world stage.

What is the most unusual vessel you have poured latte art into?:

One time for a customer that loves boxing, I poured a guy with a punching bag — she was amazed.

What is the secret to great latte art?:

Never stop doing it, and always try new things.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

CrossFit, boxing, cycling, longboard, free-diving, hiking, climbing etc.

Where do you see yourself in five years?:

Behind my own coffee bar.

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

Cafe Rider and Black Smith. Rustam, Dmitry, Camilo, and CrisJon.