Project Description

Sonja-GrantSonja Grant

Sonja Björk Grant is a barista, roaster, and barista trainer from Iceland. She has worked in specialty coffee since 1995, spending the first 13 years with Kaffitar in Iceland as a barista, trainer, and general manager, quality control as well as creating the company’s extensive training materials. In 2008 she founded and ran the first third wave cafe and micro roastery in Iceland, Kaffismiðja Íslands, and after 5 years she sold it to her former business partner. The autumn of 2016 she will be back in business and has founded a coffee company, Kaffibrugghúsið, a cafe, micro roastery and training center. Sonja is one of the pioneers of World Barista Championship and other barista competitions that World Coffee Events (WCE) organization oversees, and has substantially contributed to the development of the competition judging system from the start of the championships. She has been involved with judging and organizing championships around the world since the year 2000, being a volunteer WCE Representative and one of the Head Judges at the WCE Championships last 16 years. Sonja has been awarded as SCAE’s Trainer/Teacher Of The Year award in Europe. A SCAE authorised trainer and travels around the world, giving talks, seminars and teaching workshops. Sonja is a past WCE Chairwoman, an advisory board member and has been involved with various committees over the years. She has been working with SCAE and SCAA and being one of the trainer/teacher in WCEP program and Judge Certifications for International judges.