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We reached out to each of the 2015 World Barista Championship competitors prior to their routines, to learn a bit more about them as competitors and coffee pros. We hope you enjoy these interviews!
Name: Alexander Lenouvel Hansen
Company: Collaborative Coffee Source
Number of years as a barista: 4
Number of competitions competed in: 4
2015 Norwegian Barista Championship: 1st (2015)
Norwegian Brewers Cup: 1st (2013)
World Brewers Cup: 15th (2013)
Norwegian Cup Tasting: 3rd (2012)
Competition Coffee: Sourced by Collaborative Coffee Source roasted by Kaffa, the Santa Barbara, Honduras (1550-1650 masl), grown by the Moreno family, father and son Miguel and Dolmin Morenos.
Competition Milk: Sunshine Dairy
Signature Beverage: Coffee cherries picked at Miguel Morenos lot 2 weeks ago, dried for 2 days on their drying beds, and soaked in water.
Green raisins, soaked in water for 12 hours, juiced and filtered.
Secret Weapon: Hard work
1. Kindness – I’ll Be Back
2. Caribou – All I Ever Need
3. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
4. Fugees – Ready or Not
Routine Theme: Micro climate and relationship.
Total Practice Hours: 140
Coach/Coaches: Rasmus Helgebostad is my main coach. But I have to give credit to everyone else that has helped me get here: Kaffa, CCS, Java crew, kaffa butikk, Tim Wendelboe crew, NKI and many more!…
Fashion: White shirt and blue apron.
Additional Notes: Working and competing as a professional barista along with being a business student has given me very different but valuable perspectives and means of studying coffee. These experiences have led to my move from behind the coffee bar into the world of green coffee trading.
Why do you think you’d make a great World Barista Champion?
I´m a bond maker, flavour seeker, and I have a deep passion for coffee.