Nordic Team Showcase
On the 10th of September the National Barista Champions of Nordic countries came together for a very special showcase and training weekend. We were able to reignite the former sense of community that hasn’t been done since the Nordic Barista Cup. The event gave the champions and their teams an opportunity to test out their WBC presentations before a panel of extremely experienced judges, coaches and competitors. Each team presented their WBC routines before sitting down and hearing judges feedback as a group. We were able to learn from each other’s presentations as well as reflect on our own.
Jarno Päräkyla | FINLAND | Caffi
Two-time Finnish Barista Champion (2016, 2017), Jarno has worked in the coffee business for four years as a barista and roaster. After working in several cafés in Sweden and Finland, he decided to settle at Caffi in Helsinki as the Head Barista, roaster and Barista trainer. In 2016, Jarno placed 25th out of 61 in the World Barista Championships in Dublin.
Sonja Zweidick | DENMARK | Independent
Sonja is a three-time National Barista Champion and is currently living in Åarhus, Denmark. Aside from her work both behind the bar and as a roaster, she has also judged in the London Coffee Masters, Danish Aeropress Competition and The Barista League, along with being invited to speak at Reverb: Manila in 2017.
She is the founder of Barista Connect, an international network for female coffee professionals. Barista Connect aims to improve gender equality by creating a space where women from all parts of the industry connect, share knowledge, and inspire each other.
Steven Moloney | SWEDEN | The Barista League
Strangely, or perhaps not so, 27-year-old Steven Moloney only found good coffee after moving from Australia to Sweden in 2012. He is a two-time winner of the Swedish National Barista Championship (2016, 2017) and was part of the winning team in the World Barista Cup 2016. He has created and evolved The Barista League from an impromptu gathering of 10 baristas in a countryside roastery (2015) to an event attracting hundreds of the best coffee professionals from all over Northern Europe (2017). He probably won’t rest until it’s taken over the world either.
Rory Rosenberg | NORWAY | Kaffa Oslo
Rory Rosenberg is a 28-year-old from South Africa who has been living and working in Oslo for the past 4 years. Previously working for Stockfleths in Oslo as bar manager and trainer, he is now developing his own cold brew coffee and tea company there in Norway. At the WBC in November he will be representing Collaborative Coffee Source and Kaffa Oslo using a coffee from Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi.