WBC Countdown: Barista Champion of Russia Dmitry Boroday





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

Dmitry: I studied national economics at university, and I am currently studying for a PhD in regional economics at St Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.


BMag: What was your first amazing experience with coffee?

Dmitry: When I discovered that cappuccino and espresso came from the same tree.

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

Dmitry: To see the consumers being more educated.  To see less customs barriers between countries.


BMag: Name a barista you admire, and why:

Dmitry: Gwilym Davies—he smiles a lot.

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

Dmitry: I haven’t been myself, but I have heard that Tailor Made [Greece] is worth visiting.

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

Dmitry: Costa Rica.  The coffee harvest coincides with the sea turtle mating season, and I want to be a turtle-saving volunteer, combined with a trip to the plantations.

BMag: What are your interests outside of coffee?

Dmitry: Tuning coffee equipment, cycling.

BMag: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Dmitry: I want to have my own coffee shop with brew bar and roastery.

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

Dmitry: My colleague, Vasily Ladygin, who won the Russian Brewers Cup in 2013.  Together we won three national championships as a team: Cup Tasting, Brewers Cup, and Barista!

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.