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The Road to the World Barista Championships: Ádám Török

The Road to the World Barista Championships: Ádám Török

The next competitor to answer our World Barista Championship questions is Hungary's Barista Champion, and keen roaster, Ádám Török. You can follow his journey on Instagram: @torok.adam1988

The WBC competition will take place at the Amsterdam World of Coffee on 21st to 23rd June this year.


When did you fall in love with coffee?

It was in 2010, in London, at the World of Coffee when I was representing Hungary in the Latte Art category. 


What was your first coffee job?

I was a barista in a small coffeeshop, which was located in a dance school. I was working there on a three-group Faema E61.


If you didn’t work in coffee, what would you do?

I would try to find a solution to work in a coffeeshop.


What exceptional coffee will you be using in the WBCs in Amsterdam? Tell us about the coffee and what it tastes like.

The coffee is from Colombia, from the Acevedo region and the farm of Mariano Leal. The farm is in a cooler area, so the beans are pretty dense, which means they keep a lot of their acidity and fruity notes while roasting. The first sip is nutty, and, after that, we have sparkling grapefruit and orange notes, with a chocolaty aftertaste.


Who would you most like to make coffee for and why?

A few years ago, I would have said, Gwilym Davis, Dale Harris, or Steve Leighton. However, since that time, I've already prepared coffee for them.


Who would play you in the story of your life?

Ryan Reynolds, because he is kind of funny (like me) since the Deadpool movies.


If you opened a café today, what would be on your first day playlist?

Booker T - Green Onions

Mumford and Sons - Tompkins Square Park

Hugo - 99 Problems

Justin Timberlake - Say Something

Portugal feat. The Man - Feel it Still


What’s your favourite way to make coffee?

Espresso, because I like the body and complexity of it.


What are you most excited about in coffee?

Roasting and tasting samples after roasting to see what happened.

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