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OCT-NOV 2017

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SA: What do you like about competing in Latte Art and Barista, and vice versa? AR: Latte art is the fi rst thing that really attracted me in coffee. That was when I wasn't [paying] enough, attention to fl avor. Latte art is something that always gets people's attention. So for me it was a way to make people smile or to drag them in to a conversation. I've never had artistic talent—I'm not able to create nice drawings on paper, so I don't know how I can do it on coffee. I just know sometimes how to combine elements so they create something. And I love that moment when a customer at fi rst doesn't put attention to the [latte art], but after a short while, you see in their eyes this [realization], like, "What? How?" and they just smile. Barista competition is totally different. It always makes me think about the coffee in the bigger picture and makes me think about what I really want to share. It's hard work, but I like it because it pushes me to learn a lot. I keep competing because for me it is the best way to keep learning and keep pushing myself. I don't want to be left behind. And barista competition is much more elegant and precise than latte art. They are totally different—I think that is why I like them both. SA: What's the coffee scene in Pozna ń like these days? AR: The Je ż yce district is the place where Pozna ń 's coffee scene has really started to grow. It actually all started in Je ż yce. In the past [Je ż yce] had quite a bad reputation, but now it's one of the most popular districts in Pozna ń . It is a big mix of modern people and some new buildings and traditional shops and old houses. Most of the stuff here is very local. There is a local marketplace, there is local cinema, a lot of parks. It has a unique charm. We are still a very young coffee market and it has been growing very fast for the last three years. A lot of new coffee shops are opening where they care about quality, and owners are educating their staff, so it is going in a very good direction. Customers like good coffee— they seek it. They feel the difference. They also search for knowledge. Pozna ń is full of customers that not only want to drink good coffee, but they are hungry to know why one coffee is good and another is bad. Of course, it is still the smaller segment of consumers. SA: Besides more competitions, what are your plans for the future? AR: I'm working on a new project that will be a bit more educational not only for baristas but also for the community in Pozna ń and in Poland. In my larger plans, it also means a coffee shop. The plans are huge and I hope to move forward by the end of this year. At fi rst, I want it to be based in Pozna ń , but then to spread [out] a little bit. We will see how it goes. We never know what coffee life will bring! 64 barista magazine

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