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AUG-SEP 2018

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Game Changer Agnieszka Rojewska's World Barista Championship Win Interview by Sarah Allen Photography by Marcin Rzońca UPON HEARING HER NAME CALLED AS A FINALIST for the 2018 World Barista Championship in Amsterdam in June, count- less thoughts fl ew through Polish Barista Champion Agnieszka Rojewska's head. Pri- mary, however, was not I need to get a good night's sleep or I should hand sort the coffee again tonight. It was, I'm supposed to compete in the Polish Brewers Cup next weekend. See, this woman is pretty much a profes- sional coffee-competition contender. Ag- nieszka, who turned 30 last October, has tak- en part in more than 20 coffee competitions around the world, excelling most strongly in latte art and, you guessed it, barista comps. She tried her hand at the Polish Brewers Cup in 2017 and placed second. And just two weeks before the WBC in Amsterdam, she performed at the Polish Coffee In Good Spirits Championship for the fi rst time. She placed second in that, too. Knowing all this, it's not terribly surprising that she fully intended to compete in the Polish Brewers Cup less than one week after the WBC. In the night before the WBC fi nals, she was anxious about not doing the coffee she planned to use in the Polish Brewers Cup justice, since she was so consumed by the WBC. "I knew that I was not able to prepare myself as good as I wanted to," she said in an interview a few days after she made history in Amsterdam by becoming not just the fi rst Polish World Barista Champion, but the fi rst woman World Barista Champion in the 19 years of the competition. "I knew it would still be a good presentation because the coffee was amazing. But 'good' is a bit below my expectations of myself." 75

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