WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Norway Rasmus Helgebostad

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

Rasmus:  I played professional beach volleyball for 7 years.

BMag:  How did you get started in coffee?

Rasmus:  I was looking for a job to support my volleyball career, and I ended up in a coffee shop that cared about their product.

BMag:  What was your first amazing experience with coffee?

Rasmus:  Opening Kaffemisjonen together with a good friend in 2007

BMag:  Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?

Rasmus:  Ben Kaminsky, Charles Babinski, Oda Misje Haug, Magnus Hoem Iversen


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

Rasmus: I would like for customers to pay more attention to what full time baristas have to say.

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

Rasmus:  I’ve been lucky and have met most of my coffee heroes.

BMag:  Name a barista you admire, and why:

Rasmus:  Colin Harmon, for starting up the way he did and introducing specialty coffee and excellent service to Dublin.


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

Rasmus:  Koppi in Helsingborg, Sweden. 3FE in Dublin, Ireland. Kaffemisjonen in Bergen, Norway.

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

Rasmus:  I’ve never been to East Africa, so it would have to be Kenya. Amazing coffees and a lot of other producing countries seem to look there for inspiration regarding processing, varieties, etc.

BMag:  What are your interests outside of coffee?

Rasmus:  Table tennis, service design, wine, cheese, water.

BMag:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Rasmus:  I’d like to get into judging.

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

Rasmus:  Audun Vik, Alexander Hansen, Lise ¸Mo, Magnus Iversen, Oda Haug, Charles Babinski, Kaffa.

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