Project Description

Yicarlo Sankey
Costa Rica

Please tell us a little about yourself:

I’m 22 years old, started as a barista, and have learnt about roasting. I love food, cocktails, and visiting farms.

How did you get started in coffee?:

In highschool a barista prepared a almond latte that sparked a desire to learn about coffee, then I cupped specialty coffee at the SCA of Costa Rica and the world changed.

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

2015 Reto Barista – 2nd Place
2016 Costa Rican Barista Championship – 5th Place
2017 Costa Rican Coffee in Good Spirits Championship – 1st Place

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

Taste typical food, and visit Belo Horizonte’s cultural places and markets.

What was your first amazing experience with coffee?:

Cupping specialty coffee and appreciating all the flavors and aromas it had. Mindblowing.

Besides your own competition drink, do you have a favorite cocktail?:


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

Ethiopia or Kenya.

What are your interests outside of coffee?:

Cooking, languages, pottery, and traveling.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:

I see myself running my own coffee shop in the beach.

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

My mom and grandma for always pushing me to do better, my girlfriend, team and friends, for being super supportive.

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