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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: Jason Loo

Company: The Red Beanbag

Country: Malaysia

Number of years as a barista: 3

Number of competitions competed in: 4
Malaysian Barista Championship: 1st (2013), 1st (2015)
Indonesian Coffee Festival Barista Championship: 1st
Fushan Barista Challenge

Competition Coffee: Panama Kotowa Finca Don K, roasted by Artisan Roastery in Malaysia.

Competition Milk: Twin Brook Milk

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Signature Beverage: Four shots of Mandarina Washed Geisha, two shots of Natural Wine Typica+Geisha, wild honey from China’s Yan Ming mountain, a dash of fresh milk, yuzu zest, and an ice ball. Each component was selected to compliment one another to achieve a balance-focused coffee.

Secret Weapon: Confidence that your roaster and producer will put in as much effort as it takes to make great coffee.

Playlist:
1. Alfred Hall- Foreign Coast
2. Alfred Hall- So Bright
3. Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau – Changes
4. Bastille- Of The Night
5. Young Rising Sons- High

Routine Theme: Achieving balance to allow specialty coffee to become more accepted by consumers.

Total Practice Hours: 150 maybe?

Coach/Coaches: My coach is also my roaster. He makes sure my coffee tastes good and keep me confident in it. 

Why do you think you’d make a great World Barista Champion?
I have a passion to create more great coffee and to develop the industry, producing more knowledgeable and skilled baristas to bring more awesome coffee to people.