2015 WBC Competitor Cezara Carteș, Starbucks, Romania

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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: Cezara Carteș

Company: Starbucks

Country: Romania

Number of years as a barista: 5

Number of competitions competed in: 4
National Romanian Barista Championship: 8th (2014), 1st (2015)
Regional Romanian Barista Championship: 2nd (2014), 1st (2015)

Competition Coffee: El Salvador San Jose Rufati, Red Bourbon washed

Competition Milk: A locally produced milk from Seattle


Signature Beverage: It’s named “Priceless”, and the components will be a surprise. 🙂

Secret Weapon: My smile and my love of coffee.

1. U2 – Beautiful Day
2. Labrinth and Emely Sande – Beneath Your Beautiful
3. Two Steps From Hell – Heart of Courage
4. The Script – If You Could See Me Now

Routine Theme: The values I care the most for: love, passion, tradition, commitment, dedication and knowledge

Total Practice Hours: ~300

Coach/Coaches: The best team of champions in the Romanian coffee industry along with the national coordinator.

Fashion: A traditional handmade Romanian blouse – the piece de resistance of my outfit.

Additional Notes: I am the first girl to represent Romania in the WBC. 🙂 For my competition setup, a lot of items will be either handmade or hand-painted, so a lot of personal touch will be involved. I am a gadget freak, I love cats and chocolate, and I enjoy every single moment this life has to offer. Plus, I truly believe that small things do make a difference.

Why do you think you’d make a great World Barista Champion?
Because a World Barista Champion has to be an inspiration for all others and a role model. They must be a leader in their field of expertise and definitely has to be as crazy as possible to believe that when you put your heart in doing what you love, you can achieve amazing things.

Social Medias:
Twitter: @chocollat
Instagram: cchocollat