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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: Mark Okuta

Company: Royal Suites

Country: Uganda

Number of years as a barista: 4

Number of competitions competed in: 1

Competition Coffee: Bulago coffee from higher elevations of Mt. Elgon in Eastern Uganda.

Competition Milk: Pure Eire

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Signature Beverage: Brown sugar (5 g), stone fruit extract plum (20 ml), aloe vera extract (10 ml), 4 shots espresso, all shaken over ice.

Routine Theme: Coffee processing.

Total Practice Hours: Countless

Coach/Coaches: Clear Rwetatogoro

Fashion: A red and black apron.

Additional Notes: For this competition, I’m using a rare varietal of coffee called the Nyasaland arabica varietal.

Why do you think you’d make a great World Barista Champion?
My skills, coffee knowledge, professionalism.

Social Medias:
Twitter: @baristamarkug