Ricardo Avendaño – Costa Rica Barista Champion
I discovered my passion for innovation and creativity in the culinary arts while working as a bartender for 15 years. In 2009 I had the opportunity to enroll in a barista course through the Costa Rica Coffee Institute and I immediately fell in love with this industry. After working as a barista for the next couple of years I decided to compete in Costa Rica´s Barista Championship for the first time in 2011! After competing in 2011, 2012 and 2013, I decided to take some time away from work to be with my family. This wasn´t an easy decision to make but this time off helped me realize that coffee is a part of my life and this newfound realization enabled me to obtain the coveted title of Costa Rica´s Barista Champion. My passion for innovation and creativity in the culinary arts along with my ability to persevere and overcome any obstacle I face has allowed to truly find my place in this amazing industry!
Is a Geisha variety from FCJ Volcan Azul, produced by Alejo Castro