WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Hungary Enikö Kántor

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Enikö Kántor
Barista Champion of Hungary

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

Enikö: I graduated as a musician in 2007.

BMag: How did you get started in coffee?

Enikö: I met with a barista, and she totally changed my life.

BMag: What was your first amazing experience with coffee?

Enikö: When I tasted my first light medium roasted coffee.

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BMag: Do you have a favorite customer? If so, tell us about him or her.

Enikö: La­via Baranyai and Ferenc Baranyai. Because they always take part in every coffee activity and social events in Hungary, and they are really full of heart inside.

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

Enikö: Cafe Embassy and Tamp&Pull.

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

Enikö: Ethiopia and Panama.

BMag: What are your interests outside of coffee?

Enikö: Gastronomy.

BMag: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Enikö: I would like to be somewhere where I open my eyes in the morning, open the window, and everywhere I can see coffee.

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

Enikö: I would like to say thank you to my fiance. He was always with me, when I laughed, when I cried, and I think it’s really hard to stay with somebody who is preparing for the WBC. And I’m really greatful for the people who are always with me, Lajos Horv¡th, Richard Vid. I would like to say thank you to Tibor Hajcsunk and the Pasco team and Noami Szuna, and all of my sponsors, who helped me to be here.

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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.