WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Peru Roberto Pablo Caldas Portugal

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

Roberto: I wanted to be a movie star.

BMag: How did you get started in coffee?

Roberto: By preparing it at home with a Moka Pot.

BMag: What was your first amazing experience with coffee?

Roberto: Attending the Let’s Talk Coffee World Barista Forum in Tarapoto, Peru in 2010.

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

Roberto: My friend and teacher David Torres Bisetti.

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

Roberto: I would like for there to be improvements in how producers are trained, and they should be given better tools.

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

Roberto: Kees Van Der Westen because I admire his work.

BMag: Name a barista you admire, and why:

Roberto: Michael Phillips because I think he is one of the most complex baristas in the world and it would be very interesting to talk to him.

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

Roberto: Any customer who would like to learn more about the coffee.

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

Roberto: Handsome Coffee in California.

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

Roberto: Obviously Ethiopia because it is the birthplace of coffee.

BMag: What are your interests outside of coffee?

Roberto: Music and anthropology.

BMag: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Roberto: Working on a biodynamic farm doing agricultural research with coffee.

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

Roberto: My wife, my kids, my family, and my friends.


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.