How did you get into the coffee industry and become a barista?
In college, I needed coffee to stay awake. I realized coffee shouldn't be bad to drink, I then began my search about coffee and met specialty coffee. There was no proper cafe or roasters in Istanbul at that time so I brought an espresso machine to my house and bought coffee beans from Europe to start making my own. After my visit to Athens in 2014 I decided that I can work in the coffee industry.
What is the most unusual ingredient you’ve used in a coffee drink? Why did you choose it?
Peanut butter! I love peanut butter. Peanut butter. Peanut butter. Did I say peanut butter ? Before my first competition, I was trying to find a signature beverage and I thought I could make a liquid peanut butter cookie. I used peanut butter but it did not go well. But I still love peanut butter.
What are you thinking about right before you go on stage at a competition?
Nothing. Literally nothing. I clear my mind. I guess it is the time that I am able to clear my mind totally. Since I have an engineering background, I always think about many things at the same time but before competition somehow I am able to clear my mind completely.
What is your best coffee experience?
Geisha espresso that I drank in Athens. I did not know that an espresso could be so beautiful, so smooth and so elegant.
What is your favorite brew method at home and why?
I love all of it.
What is one piece of knowledge you would share with a non-barista coffee drinker?
Good coffee is really hard to come by - do not stop searching it.
Outside of coffee, what do you do for fun?
Playing bass guitar at the jams and lifting weights.