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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: Ariel Bravo
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.
Signature Beverage: It involves an infusion and electromagnetic fields.
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.