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OCT-NOV 2017

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SA: Why do you think she was convinced you could do it? AR: I was a self-learner, so I taught myself latte art from YouTube. Mostly hearts, not very good rosettas, bears, and cats. I was drawing on people's lattes, and customers were happy, so that made me happy, so I kept doing it. Judyta was pretty surprised I had learned how to do that. So she sent in my application. SA: Can you list all of the competitions you've participated in, and how you've placed? AR: Sure! 2017 World Latte Art Battle; Seoul, Korea—Rank not yet available World Latte Art Championship; Budapest, Hungary—3rd Polish Latte Art Championship—1st Polish Brewers Cup—2nd 2016 World Latte Art Battle; Seoul, Korea—Best Performance Award World Latte Art Championship; Shanghai—5th World Barista Championship; Dublin, Ire- land—34th Polish Barista Championship—1st Polish Latte Art Championship—1st 2015 Milano Latte Art Challenge; Milan, Italy—1st World Barista Championship; Seattle—34th Polish Barista Championship 2015— 1st 2014 Polish Latte Art Cup—1st Polish Barista Championship—2nd World Latte Art Championship; Melbourne, Australia—17th Polish Latte Art Championship—1st 2013 Polish Barista Competition (Coffee Fest Łódź)—1st Polish Latte Art Championship—5th 2012 Polish Barista Championship—5th 2011 Polish Barista Championship—6th Polish Latte Art Championship—3rd SA: Wow! What's kept you going all these years? AR: I always knew that for me, competing at a high level would be a long road. In the be- ginning, I didn't believe that being a part of a competition would work for me at all. That scene is not for me, and I still think that. My hands are still shaking when I'm on stage. It took a few years to understand how to com- pete and how much effort it takes. I needed a few really bad failures. One of them really broke me. I lost hope for my future in coffee and almost gave up. And I remember one of the judges got really mad at me for not going for the debrief. Then the next year, I won the Polish Latte Art Championship, went to WLAC in Mel- bourne came back and was runner-up in Barista Championship. It was a crazy time. But even then, I think I was just a kid playing with serious stuff. It all changed in 2015. I got support form the best roasteries in Poland and I won Polish Barista Championship for the fi rst time. The World Barista Championship was in Seattle, and I changed my hair color to white. I laugh when I tell people it was a turning point in my career. There was a group of people in Poland who created the event, "All of Poland keeps fi ngers crossed for Rojes." They were watching the Livestream in many different places, and they even made a poster with me on it where I have a Darth Vader shadow, and it says, "Join the dark side of coffee." 63

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