WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Puerto Rico Mariarosa Gómez



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Barista Mag: Please tell us about yourself.

Mariarosa: Before I became a barista, I studied education in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, in order to be a teacher and this knowledge helped me a lot. Currently besides being a barista, I own my coffee shop, and because I have studied to become a pastry chef, I have been able to integrate the two disciplines. this was my first year competing. It was a huge surprise and a great achievement to win and have the opportunity to represent my country in this global competition. I hope to take this experience and turn it into one of growth and learning.


(Please note: we are publishing as much or as little information as was submitted by the baristas. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to talk more with Mariarosa in Melbourne, so we can tell you all about her!)

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.