ZJEVAUN LEMAR JANGA
BARISTA CHAMPION OF THE NETHERLANDS
Barista Mag: Before coffee, did you work in a different job or industry, or what did you study in school?
Zjevaun: I studied at a maritime school.
BMag: How did you get started in coffee?
Zjevaun: After 17 years of nice sun in Aruba I came to Holland to go to the maritime school that is next to the restaurant that I now work in. So I decided to change my direction so after a year I came into contact with coffee and learned that it is a very difficult product, so with the mindset of getting that perfect shot, I started the long coffee journey.
BMag: What was your first amazing experience with coffee?
Zjevaun: My first amazing experience was smelling almonds in my espresso.
BMag: Who has been your greatest influence in coffee? Why?
Zjevaun: Francois Geurds (chef) and Sander Schat (barista). Both are coffee freaks with a love for coffee.
BMag: What would you like to see change about the coffee industry/community?
Zjevaun: That in restaurants, and especially top-class restaurants, you can find the best coffees in the world, and next to sommeliers you also have a barista that can give you advice about coffee after a fine dining experience.
BMag: Which coffee producing country you would like to visit, and why?
Zjevaun: Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama. I get motivated when I hear about the passion those farmers have, even when times are hard. and the culture is amazing.
BMag: What are your interests outside of coffee?
Zjevaun: Windsurfing, working—anywhere where the sun is!
BMag: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Zjevaun: I will be better all around, promoting specialty coffee in top class restaurants.