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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, barista trainer, home barista, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Gdynia/ Ruda Śląska, Poland
How many years have you been in the industry?
3,5 year
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
- barista basic knowledge - 04.2008
- barista premium course - 09.2008
- barista champion course - 03.2009
- cupping course based on "Cup of excellence" way of cupping with Jon Willasen - 01.2010
- II place of Polish Cup Tasters Championship 2010
- III place of Warsaw Open Barista Cup 2009
- IV place of Polish Latte Art Championship 2009
- IX place of Polish Barista Champioship 2010
- one year of being a couch of barista in coffee store chain "I Coffee" in Poland
- 2,5 years of practice as a barista and assistant manager of a coffee store "I Coffee" in Poland
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Italy, England, Scotland, South African Republic, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Norway ... Japaaaan :) ... and mayby more ?
About Me:
My story begins about 4 years ago when I was a student. Those days were the beinnnig of a storry named COFFEE :) Then there was a little brak when I was trying to work according to my school knowledge but the smell of coffee was always calling me back. So I'v started to work as a barista and a barista trainer. Hope to do it as long as it is possible. Now a days i'm working for a coffee rostery as a barista trainer and seller specialist :)
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
beeing a barista and barista trainer. Developing my knowledge about coffee, barista skills, rosting coffee and ways of brewing this wonderful beverage.

Qualification Round of Polish Barista Championship 2010

Between 15 and 17 of January in Warsaw, Poland, took place the qualifying round to The Polish Barista Championship.
Those are the scores of barista who get through the gualification round and will take part in semi finals and finals during Eurogastro 24-26 march 2010 in Warsaw:

1. Izabela Popiołek 556.0 pkt.
2. Michał Knap Dam 554.5 pkt.
3. Łukasz Mitura 549.0 pkt.

4. Łukasz Kaczmarek 521.5 pkt.
5. Katarzyna Zyzało 515.0 pkt.
6. Paweł Trzciński 498.5 pkt.
7. Mateusz Gaca 495.5 pkt.
8. Błażej Walczykiewicz 494.0 pkt.
9. Leszek Jędrasik 494.0 pkt.
10. Franciszek Ambroziewicz 469.0 pkt.
11. Tomasz Ozga 468.0 pkt.
12. Maciej Marzec 466 pkt.
13. Miłosz Strojkowski 465.0 pkt.
14. Paweł Pala 452.5 pkt.
15. Ela Citak 451.0 pkt.

Chapeaux bas (!) for all barista who take part in qualification round.

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At 7:50am on November 4, 2009, mark koncz said…

sorry i had no internet connection...

the barista trainings? now, there is about six different school which make barista trainings. before one year we had only two. the oldest one has operate for 5-6 years. it has modular system. you know: basic, then intermediate and additional levels seasonly.
the second one is mine has operate for 3 years. i'm working only with small groups (4person) and have just one modul which is including almost everithing from the basics of espresso making to make latte art and create signature beverages, maintenance, etc.... not just espresso technik - other breving methods also.
the new ones, i don't know how they do their job, yet. but i saw they are already on the stage :)

the roaster:

i don't know exactly what kind of brand i want.
i'd like to roast about 1kg batches. install an electrical one is better for me, but i know most of them working with gas. doesn't matter. i'd like to have not too expensive (used) modell, but a good one. yes i know, everyone likes that business! :)
my dream is a probatino... :)

thanks, for your help.

next year i try to visit you and your community. when will you held the polish barista chamionship?


At 6:21am on October 31, 2009, mark koncz said…
hi Blazej. in Hungary the coffee culture is better and better, but improving very slow. 7 years before just few people knows what does it mean: barista? now you can find well prepared coffee drinks. most of them is milk based.:) the drinks similar to italyan coffee cuture not as a post modern american (yet). the quality is personal. i mean not depending on a store, or on a distributor, just depending on the personality of the barista. in the last year many barista training program has founded. the next year probably accelerate the espresso evolution...:)
most of the beans came from italy, the well known brands. my sorrow is that you can't find an artisan micro roaster, able to cupping quality origins. You know like in the u.s. and australia, or in u.k. and scandinavia. we have some, but these are price roasters!!
our barista community is not so strong at this time, everyone walk on own way. the individual barisatas are strong, but we shold become one...

the beans and our community is on the way, but i'm a little bit impatient. i'd like to buy a small shop roaster just now, and begin to learn roasting. if you have some tips plese let me know.

i met a polish barista in Seattle in 2005 and in 2006 in Berne. his name is Marcin Rus...... as I remember. hi is a nice guy. i think hi judgeing on barista competitions. do you know him?

now i have to go to work.

At 6:01pm on October 29, 2009, mark koncz said…
thx my friend, my neighbour . i also checked yours, nice job!!
At 7:12pm on October 12, 2008, John said…
Cool music, Blazej. Do you play that stuff in your coffee shop?
At 11:32am on August 27, 2008, Masa Onishi said…
Thank you for your comment !
Making people happy with coffee is very very rewarding to me.
In Japan, good coffee shops are increasing little by little recentry and we have local barista network in Tokyo!
At 12:06am on May 28, 2008, Ula said…
Najbardziej ciągnie mnie do Szwecji, może do Holandii, Danii. Ale w sumie mogłabym pojechać w każde ciekawe miejsce :) A Ty chciałbyś gdzieś jechać? Swoją drogą mój Szefu szuka ludzi na wymianę, więc jeśli ktoś od Ciebie chciałby zobaczyć letnią Warszawę i dać nam możliwość popracowania nad brudną zatoką, to zapraszam ;)
At 8:09am on May 27, 2008, Ula said…
Pracuję w Filtrach na Starej Ochocie. Super atmosfera, super ludzie a przede wszystkim boska kawa. Ale tak sobie pomyślałam, że może by zmienić na wakacje klimat i gdzieś dalej pobrykać, kawowo oczywiście :) Tylko nie wiem, czy wszyscy będą tacy chętni, żeby mnie przyjąć, hłeh. Ale co tam, zobaczymy. A Ty gdzie pracujesz?

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