We're really excited for the team of ASTs that we're bringing to you at Barista Camp 2017. Each of them has a proven track record as an AST; and possesses in-depth course-specific knowledge, as well as excellent teaching/training skills. Stay tuned to learn a little bit more about each of them here, and most importantly don't be afraid to talk to them at Camp!
Lead AST | Brewing Foundation & Introduction to Competition
@coffee_minded | @ed_daino
Now in her third year at Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, Edita began her coffee career in 2011 with Federation Coffee, before opening Sharps with Dunne Frankowski. As the lead educator and roaster at Union's new roasting resource and education centre, Campus, she has been an AST since 2015, attending Barista Camp in 2015 as a student and 2016 as an AST.
Edita is certified both as a World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup Championship judge - recently judging the World Championship in Budapest. If you can find her without a cupping spoon in hand, she will most likely be exploring the Hertfordshire countryside on her bike.
Barista Camp experience is a unique and very rewarding, so Edita is very excited to be on the BC team once again.
Lead AST | Sensory Intermediate
Lauro Fioretti is involved in the coffee industry for 21 years.
His passion for coffee has been further nourished by extensive experience in the field, ongoing training and certification, he is an Authorised SCAE Trainer and Certifier for nearly all modules of the Coffee Diploma.
First becoming a WBC Certified judge in 2006, this was followed by certifying for all other WCE Championships and later qualifying as World Coffee Events representative.
He is leading Nuova Simonelli education centre and coordinating their Project Development team.
His career has brought him to over 80 countries creating awareness for and promoting specialty coffee around the world.
He is very well known in the barista community, not just for his strong skills, but also for his human approach and support to all members.
He likes the BGE for the dynamic experience in which he can share knowledge with other ASTs as well as the participants.
Lead AST | Introduction to Coffee
Panos (born in Patras) started his professional career as a civil engineer and worked in the construction sector for more than ten years. His love for coffee took over when he designed a coffee shop for Coffee Island back in 2010. Today, after joining Coffee Island in 2011, he is the R&D and Network Operation Director, leading a team of 65 coffee professionals. His responsibilities include the training and operation of the 364 coffee shops in the Coffee Island network.
Panos is an active AST for the Barista, Brewing, Green and Sensory modules and he has trained more than 1500 coffee professionals. In 2014 he was awarded by SCAE for his training achievements. He is a Q-Grader and a leading member of Coffee Island’s cupping panel.
Panos is an active member of SCA, a member of the Education Advisory Council, a member of the CDS Creators Group and an active member of the Barista Guild of Europe. He is currently a National Judge and he is preparing himself to become a WCE Judge.
Lead AST | Sensory Foundation
@Tuiavii | @academia_do_cafe
Sandra Azevedo grew up thinking that she would be a Biologist, but fate led her to graduate in Agri-Food Engineering with specialization in Technology of Horticultural Products.
She discovered in 1999 two great passions: Coffee & Training, and she worked as Quality Manager in Coffee companies from 1999 to 2013.
She founded in 2011 Academia do Café, an innovator concept in Portugal, a training and consulting company specialized in bespoke training courses, certified training and consultancy to the Coffee Industry.
In 2012 she achieved the Coffee Diploma No. 61, and in January of 2013, she became AST in all the modules of the Coffee Diploma. Until today she has already certified more than 300 people from all over the world.
Sandra Azevedo is Q Arabica Grader and Professional Coffee Taster certified by the International Institute of Coffee Tasters.
"This will be my 4th Barista Camp as AST and I'm really looking forward to meeting new coffee friends and passionate professionals, share knowledge and have fun!"
Lead AST | Brewing Intermediate
Simon James is an AST at Genovese Coffee, a 3rd generation family owned roastery in Melbourne Australia.
With over 17 years experience in coffee, Simon began working in small specialty cafes, and high volume cafes as a Barista and Manager. He also has 6 years of experience in the Australian Barista Championships, placing 2nd in 2010, and as a Sensory Judge in 2012.
A Barista Trainer for over 12 years, he has extensive experience in developing coffee standards & training systems for small businesses and large national brands. He became an AST in 2014, and completed the SCAE Coffee Diploma in 2015. He is also part of the team who have helped to develop the updated SCA CSP Brewing curriculum.
Simon is looking forward to his 3rd trip as an instructor at BGE Barista Camp, and the fun, knowledge, and skills that will be shared in Poznan.
Lead AST | Barista Intermediate
@vinibarista | @JavaRepublic
On a daily basis, Vini’s role as Coffee Development Manager; AST and Q Grader sees him ensuring that the Java Republic Roaster Company, based in Dublin, remains at the cutting edge of what’s happening in the coffee industry. By incorporating SCA standards into the company practices, Vini ensures that Java Republic maintains the highest standards of coffee education. Along with his team of ASTs, he maintains regular SCA training courses.
Vini has been associated with the SCA Irish chapter for a number of years, as both Education Coordinator and now as Judges Coordinator. Involved with the Barista Camp from its very beginning, for him, campers are more than students they are his coffee family and he is very excited to meet you all this year while leading the Barista Intermediate course.
Assistant AST | Sensory Intermediate
Anita Nagy-Bertok is a barista trainer from Hungary. She has been involved in the coffee industry for 15 years.
Her coffee journey started when she moved to Dublin, Ireland in 2002 where she started to work as a barista.
After gaining experience in a cafe she joined Matthew Algie coffee company in 2007 to share her passion and knowledge as a development barista trainer.
Anita became a WCE certified judge in 2014. She has judged National and World Championships in different countries.
Anita is also an AST since 2014 for the Coffee Diploma System in Barista skills, Brewing and Sensory modules.
When she is not around coffee she loves to spend time with her two daughters (8) and (2) and her husband.
" I am really looking forward to share my knowledge , exchange ideas and to meet new coffee people. See you all there!"
Assistant AST | Brewing Foundation
Amir is a passionate AST from London UK, He trains in 5 modules of SCA education system, He has trained over 100 baristas and coffee professionals worldwide over the last 5 years that he has been sharing his knowledge about coffee. He established his coffee school in 2013 in his home town Esfahan, Iran and he was among one of the first people who started the speciality coffee movement in his country. He then moved to London in 2016 and continued his coffee career as a freelance AST. He has also been a sensory judge in different coffee competitions worldwide.
It's his first time training in Barista Camp and he is looking forward to it!
Assistant AST | Sensory Foundation
Hailing from internationally regarded coffee city of Melbourne, Ben Toovey has been in the coffee industry for more than a decade working as a barista, roaster, green buyer and trainer. He has been involved in the WBC as both a roaster for competitors and a sensory judge, and recently competed himself in the first ever Australian Coffee Roasting Championships where he placed 3rd. A licensed Q Grader, with various origin trips and involvement in the Barista & Farmer project, he has a wide range of experiences to share with Barista Camp participants. These days Ben’s main passion lies in the areas of roasting, sensory and green coffee, but he draws upon his past experiences as a barista to ensure that he always stays in practice with serving the final product!
Assistant AST | Brewing Intermediate
Blazej is a coffee enthusiast involved in sharing knowledge and passion for the beverage with all people in the industry and beyond.
He is a consultant of existing and newly opened specialty cafes in terms of coffee, tea, equipment, customer service, working and efficiency standards as well as water purification systems.
Blazej is and AST in Barista Skills, Brewing and Sensory Skills.
As well as being certified as a World Coffee Events Judge and as a sensory judge in Barista and visual judge in Latte art competition since 2014.
He is also the Education Coordinator for SCA in his country.
Blazej has been In the coffee industry since 2005. Since 2009 he has been training baristas, owners and managers of Cafes and restaurants. He conducts industry workshops and presentations in the best specialty cafes all over Poland and beyond.
As a trainer of competitors competing in the Polish Barista Championship he was successful with the finalist and vice-champion of Poland in 2014 and 2015 and the finalist in 2016.
He is co-operating with a leading specialty coffee roastery in Poland - Coffee Proficiency.
"It is amazing to be a part of this event to meet with all coffee people to share our experience and passion !! See You there :)”
Assistant AST | Brewing Intermediate
@dan__lacey | @dan_j_lacey
Dan Lacey is the Head of Training and Development at Extract Coffee Roasters in Bristol, UK where he oversees the company's coffee training and education program.
He has been a qualified trainer for the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) for over four years and has completed the SCAE Diploma in Coffee (2016), specialising in Barista Skills and Brewing. He has recently qualified in Sensory Skills also. Dan is a qualified UKBC judge and has judged in both the UK Latte Art, Barista & Brewers Cup (2016&17) competitions in the UK. As part of the Barista Guild of Europe, Dan was a member of the training team at the annual Barista camp which was being held in Estonia, late last year.
Originally from Cheshire (UK), Dan moved to New Zealand with his family at the age of 14. Identifying instantly with the Kiwi cafe culture, and the general Antipodean obsession with all things caffeinated; Dan's professional career began in a small town cafe where he learned the ropes from the kitchen sink up. After completing a National Certificate in Cookery at the age of 19, Dan moved through the ranks and went on to achieve critical acclaim at some of New Zealand's most iconic and celebrated establishments, from Taihape's Brown Sugar Cafe and Wellington's Cafe Astoria through to Cinema Paradiso in Wanaka and Corner Bar and Cafe de Brett in Auckland. In 2004, Dan moved to Australia and was soon making a name for himself in Sydney's CBD as the Head Barista at the renowned Vivo Cafe - a 300+ seat, central Sydney cafe where, on average, over 9000 coffees were served each week.
Dan moved back to the UK in 2007 and - despite the cold, and the lack of surf - hasn't looked back since. Initially settling in London, Dan occupied management posts with some well-known inner city household brands before landing a training post at conceptual restaurant group All Star Lanes where he designed and implemented a unique front of house service training programme. In 2011, Dan was presented with an opportunity that enabled him to return to his coffee roots when he met the London School of Coffee's Gayle Reed at an industry showcase and networking event. He joined the team at the London School of Coffee (2011) where he worked as a Coffee Trainer and Hospitality Consultant, until joining Extract Coffee Roasters late last year.
Outside of work, Dan is a keen traveller, cyclist and accomplished home brewer.
Lead | Introduction to Brewing Equipment: Filter to Espresso
Patrick O’Malley is an Arizona native, born in Tucson. He was raised in the small, yet cultural town of Bisbee, before venturing to Hawaii and California where he worked as coffee/espresso service technician and discovered the soulful art of being a barista. He returned Phoenix, AZ in the early 1990’s and continued honing his craft. After a successful career in beverage management, Patrick decided to follow his passion as a coffee/tea drink specialist. In 1998, Patrick founded Espresso Italia. Today, Patrick is the owner of Espresso Italia Brands, which operates Espresso Italia, Infusion Coffee + Tea, LiquidTech, and IBCA. Patrick O’Malley is as close to a “Professor of Coffee” as one can get. Most recently, in 2012, he earned the coveted Coffee Diploma from the SCA. He is only the 43rd person in the world to attain this diploma. Patrick is an SCA Authorized Trainer, Roast Master, and Tea Sommelier. He created the IBCA (International Barista Coffee Academy) to educate those with a desire to learn more in the following key areas: Barista, Roasting, Grinding and Brewing, Sensory Cup Tasting, Green Coffee, Tea Sommelier. He is authorized to certify all levels and all modules of the SCA diploma system. He is the Master Roaster and Tea Blender for Infusion Coffee + Tea. Patrick is also a regular on the judge’s panel at various International Barista Championships around the world. Proud member of the San Remo Build Team. 2015 Winner of the SCA Passionate Educator Award.
Assistant AST | Barista Intermediate
Šimon has been in the coffee industry for 5 years since changing his career as a snowboard instructor. Šimon loves training people!
He is Currently working for Bazzara brothers from Trieste, IT and Simonelli Group in Slovakia, where they have a training centre and café in Banská Bystrica.
Assistant AST | Barista Intermediate
Sonali has been working with Has Bean Coffee for a year and a half. With a background in training, she focuses on supporting customers, wholesale & training.
Her love for all things creative is how she found herself in the coffee world. With a degree in music and love for food, coffee brings all of her skills together to be able to create relationships and pass on educational content.
When she’s not practising all things coffee, you will find her planting herbs, flower arranging and recipe developing in the kitchen!
‘I’m really looking forward to meeting old and new friends and barista camp this year. To have the opportunity to support great ASTs and trainees is going to be a great experience!'
Assistant AST | Barista Intermediate
Trish is an AST and Training Manager for Coffee Culture in Ireland and has been in the industry for seven years. She has been involved in national competitions in Ireland all that time, on the organising side, and has been Volunteer Coordinator at two World of Coffee events recently. She was a judge at the Irish Latte Art, Barista and Brewers Cup championships this year. "This industry is endlessly interesting for me, there are so many dimensions to it and so much to learn. Whatever your interests, you will find a place in the coffee industry that engages you, whatever your skills and talents you will find a place to use them". Trish is committed to barista training as key to not only delivering a great cup of coffee to the consumer, but to honouring the hard word that has been done to ensure quality at every step along the chain from seed to cup.