What is your current occupation and employer?
I am a co-owner of Monogram Coffee. I wear a bunch of hats with the company. I train new staff, run quality control, work as a barista, and roast coffee.
Who is your coffee role model?
James Hoffman. I believe that James has struck a perfect balance between the philosophical side of coffee and the scientific side of coffee.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
My hope is that Monogram will have a few cafes across the country and busy roasterie in Calgary. I would love continue what I do now in coffee and spending time with my family.
How did you first decide to compete in a coffee competition?
I first learned about the competitions when my boss at the time, Phil Robertson, competed. I helped him prep and going through that with him convinced me that I wanted to try.
How many coffees did you taste before choosing one for the national competition in Canada?
This year has been different than any other because I traveled to origin to taste coffees for competition. I cupped around 90 coffees in Panama at Ninety Plus Gesha Estate and chose two coffees, a natural and a washed, for my competition.
List all the national and world coffee competitions have you competed in.
7 Canadian National competitions (Runner-up 2011-12 and Winner 2013-15), 2014 WBC (11th), 2015 WBC (3rd), 2016 WBC (3rd)
What is the reaction you receive when you tell someone outside the coffee community that you are a champion barista competitor?
It is usually followed by many, many questions! I think that the dialogue with customers around competitions is one of the best parts of barista competitions. It opens doors to talk about coffee on a broader scale.
What is your favorite Urnex product?
I use Cafiza constantly in the café, but recently I have been using Grindz more and more. We usually disassemble grinders in order to give them a full clean out, but since using Grindz we rarely have to take the grinder apart, which saves a lot of time.
What is unique about coffee culture in Canada?
Canadian coffee is still dominated by chains like Starbucks and Tim Hortons. This means that there is a smaller amount of market share for specialty shops, but it also means that there is still a lot of excitement around good coffee because it is still fairly new to many parts of Canada