So, in 2014, I made the move to Ireland to work with KC Peaches. This afforded me the opportunity to greatly expand my skills in coffee origin, processing, preparation and latte art. The coffee industry is a growing phenomenon in Ireland, consumers are becoming more precise about their coffee blend choices, milk type and brewing methods, and KC Peaches is a great place to learn. The company nurtures the passion and growth of their staff, focusing on consistency in all aspects of customer, coffee and food service.
I explored many aspects of the KC Peaches business in different roles, but when KC Peaches partnered with Java Republic to provide natural, locally sourced, seasonal coffee, served to the highest standard, the time was right to focus on my first calling- the barista. Working with the Java Republic team, my coffee knowledge has been raised to new levels, learning from Q graders, SCA and AST trainers. Capitalising on these opportunities, my ambition is to be one of the top baristas in Ireland. It will be challenging but hard work always pays off.
This year sees me take a step closer to my goals, I will compete in Aeropress and latte art competition 2017. This is a first for me, preforming at the highest level. I favour the pour over method made with V60 and I’m really big fan of fully washed coffees -especially from both Kenya and Ethiopia. I will bring these methods to the event, where hopefully they will prove successful. I have always been an achiever, professionally, in sports or any other aspect of life and I hope to perform well in this year’s competition. I am sure it will be a learning experience that will help realise my ambitions. I believe in success through hard work and dedication, if you want something, work hard and you will achieve it, there are no shortcuts. It’s true in life and latte, great coffee doesn’t just happen!