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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!

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Name: Ariel Bravo

Company: Independent

Country: Costa Rica

Number of years as a barista: 3

Number of competitions competed in: 5
Costa Rica Barista Championship: 2nd (2013), 2nd (2014), 1st (2015)
Global Barista Championship: 2nd (2014)
Reto Barista: 1st (2013)

Competition Coffee: A Costa Rican coffee from the West Valley Region using a new processing called Anaerobic Fermentation Processing.

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Signature Beverage: It involves an infusion and electromagnetic fields.

Playlist:
1. FAUL & Wad ad vs Pnau – Changes
2. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie / Oliver Nelson Remix
3. Passion Pit – Take A Walk (Vicion Remix)

Routine Theme: The theme will be textures and mouth feel that come from coffee processing, and it will be present in each drink’s preparation.

Total Practice Hours: 8 hours a day.

Coach/Coaches: I have a whole team behind me, some of whom will be with me in Seattle. The team consists of: Auxiliadora Bonilla Solis (2013/2014 Costa Rican Barista Champion and coach), Ricardo Azofeifa Mora (2011/2012 Costa Rican Barista Champion), Auren Chacón (2009/2010 Costa Rican Barista Champion), José Solís (coach), Mario Salas (roaster) and Paula Chaverri (roaster and coach).

Fashion: Something formal and casual at the same time.

Additional Notes: I love to apply science and innovation in all the coffee processes. It’s the key to giving the customer a very special and unique experience.

Why do you think you’d make a great World Barista Champion?
I have the knowledge, commitment, teamwork and most importantly, the PASSION.

Social Medias:
Instagram: arielbrvo