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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:  Sasa Sestic

Company: Ona Coffee

Country: Australia

Number of years as a barista: 9

Number of competitions competed in: 6
ACT Champion 6 times, Australia 2013, 3rd, Australia 2014 4th, Australia 2015 1st

Competition Coffee: Ona Coffee (Sam Corra), Sudan Rume from Camillo Merizalde

Competition Milk: Freshian, if I can get it to the USA.

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Signature Beverage: Grape, Plum, Ice…but you will see in the competition.

Secret Weapon: My cappuccino muscle

Playlist: Music is my real secret weapon.

Routine Theme: Collaboration with the farmer and with winemakers to help improve the quality of the coffee. And also my personal desire to serve most delicious coffee I can.

Total Practice Hours: 500

Coach/Coaches: Hidenori Izaki, WBC Champion 2014

Fashion: A suit.

Additional Notes: I work with 10 producing countries, buying coffee for Ona Coffee and other roasters.
Last year, I purchased a coffee farm in the Santa Barbara region of Honduras to work with my friend Jorge Lanza, the owner of La Huerta Farm.

Why do you think you’d make a great World Barista Champion? As a coffee buyer, I want to do more than just buy the best lots of coffee. I want to build stronger communities around the farmers I work with and share ideas to help improve quality industry-wide. I believe becoming the World Barista Champion will give me more opportunities to do this. I love my job!!!

Social Medias:
Twitter: @SasaSestic