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Mathieu Theis

Independent Barista
Switzerland

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How did you get into the coffee industry and become a barista?
I got into the coffee industry thanks to competitions. I was always fascinated by latte art and decided to participate in a TNT event in Zurich. Since then, I never stop learning about coffee and went on to compete.  I became a barista because I thought I would be paid to serve coffee. Can't be a better deal :-)

What is the most unusual ingredient you’ve used in a coffee drink? Why did you choose it?
Once I used tomatos in coffee. I did it because a friend of mine told me that the umami of the tomato will pair very well with coffee. I was skeptical but it turned out to be pretty nice.

What are you thinking about right before you go on stage at a competition?
What the hell I'm doing here!

What is your best coffee experience?
Definitley visiting origin in Costa Rica. The people are so nice and so passionate about coffee. The farms smell so good and the coffee flavors are so intense.

What is your favorite brew method at home and why?
Espresso on my espresso machine. I love to wake up and smell fresh ground coffee. Then I extract 2 shots of espresso, one for espresso and one for cappuccino.  It's a kind of ritual that helps me wake up nicely.

What is one piece of knowledge you would share with a non-barista coffee drinker?
No coffee grows in Italy!

Outside of coffee, what do you do for fun?
Snowboarding, drink wine and cook.

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