WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Korea Jinkyu Kim

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Barista Mag:  Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school?

Jinkyu:  Before coffee, I repaired cars at a car center  and I worked a clothing store.

BMag:  How did you get started in coffee?

Jinkyu:  By chance, I drank a cup of espresso. I felt strongly intrigued by the coffee.  So I decided to start in coffee.

BMag:  What was your first amazing experience with coffee?

Jinkyu:  The espresso which was supposed to be bitter was sweet,  and it tasted like fruit and chocolate. The taste remained.  I was surprised and it was amazing.


BMag:  What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?

Jinkyu:  I would like to see more profit going to the producing countries.

BMag:  Name a coffee luminary (famous person) you would like to meet, and why:

Jinkyu:  James Hoffmann.  I want to meet James Hoffmann and ask him about coffee and coffee machines.

BMag:  Name a barista you admire, and why:

Jinkyu:  James Hoffmann.  I admire James Hoffmann  because he knows a lot about coffee.

BMag:  Besides your own cafe, what cafe do you think everyone should visit?

Jinkyu:  Square Mile Coffee Roaster in London.

BMag:  Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?

Jinkyu:  I want to go to El Salvador,  because I am using coffee from El Salvador at the WBC.

BMag:  What are your interests outside of coffee?

Jinkyu:  I have no other interests besides coffee.

BMag:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Jinkyu:  I think that in 5 years, other baristas around the world  will be buying my coffee. I will be one of the best baristas in the world.

BMag:  Is there anyone you would like to thank or who helped you prepare for the WBC?

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