BARISTA CHAMPION OF NORWAY
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.