10 Minutes With Davide Cobelli

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Davide Cobelli
Coffee Trainer & Consultant
Italy and abroad

What other coffee jobs have you had?

I was a coffee shop owner from 2005 to 2008 in Verona. From 2009 to 2012, I was Head Barista in another coffee shop in Verona, and since 2012, I have worked as a coffee trainer and consultant for few big roasteries in Italy, a few associations, and also for the SCAE as a trainer.

Davide was one of the coffee professionals selected to take part in the Barista & Farmer project, wherein 15 Italian coffee pros spent a week at a coffee farm in Puerto Rico.

Davide was one of the coffee professionals selected to take part in the Barista & Farmer project, wherein 15 Italian coffee pros spent a week at a coffee farm in Puerto Rico.

What’s your favorite part about working in coffee?

My favorite part is having contact with coffee people, talking about good coffee, and dreaming for a better coffee world for all!

Where do you ideally see yourself in 10 years?

Well, really I don’t know! I prefer to think of my future in 3 to 4 years. I hope that a lot of coffee business people trust and respect me as a professional guy. In 10 years, maybe I will be with some top roastery, or at some farm retired from work altogether!

Davide is an independent coffee consultant and trainer—his prior experience owning a cafe in Verona makes him an expert!

Davide is an independent coffee consultant and trainer—his prior experience owning a cafe in Verona makes him an expert!

Who and what inspires you?

A lot of people everyday inspire me. All people I meet are part of my growing coffee world, so I need to thank everybody I can talk to who has interest in this. Also, my wife—she inspires me everyday.

Davide says he's currently enjoying a coffee from his friends at Taf in Greece.

Davide says he’s currently enjoying a coffee from his friends at Taf in Greece.

What are you drinking right now? 

I’m drinking a coffee of course! A Costa Rican from Taf Coffee Roasters—La Margarita Micromill Zalmari, Bourbon and Caturra, Red honey, amazing!

The coffee community in Italy is strong and active these days, with younger coffee professionals like Davide working to push the industry forward.

The coffee community in Italy is strong and active these days, with younger coffee professionals like Davide working to push the industry forward.

Crazy/memorable coffee experience you’d like to share?

The Barista & Farmer Project, for sure! It was one of best coffee experiences of my life. I met great people and got a really close look at the coffee cherries.

About the Author

Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.