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.

About the Author


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.