2012 looks good from here. My whole last year was an adaption to both the Stockholm- and Swedish coffee scene. It saw me compete in the Swedish Barista Championships and Swedish Brewers Cup, visit friends and making new friends in various places such as Berlin, Paris, New York and Copenhagen as well as becoming a part of Gothenburg roasters Da Matteo Torrefazione and representing them in Stockholm and I got to meet a lot of interesting people through that as well.
This blog is not about the future, or about the current status of things. It’s more like a recap of past events. However, with 2011 still fresh in mind, there is a lot to take aim at. First of all, my family situation got very stressed with me working full time at my McJob, and doing part time Da Matteo work as well. This had to change, so from Wednesday and onwards, I am finishing my Bachelor of Arts degree at Stockholm University in 2012. A man must know his limits, and I just have to give up the idea of working a McJob fulltime, while in pursuit of making a career within my area of passion happening as well as studies and family time. Not happening. So, with time at my own mercy not bound by a specific roster, I can get back to do random bar jobs and focus more on what’s going on in Stockholm. I actually look forward to be guest barista at various outlets this year.
About 2012 and my career in coffee, I can and wish not to go into too much detail, however plans looks exciting and happening, which is the most important part. If I’d say I had taken my barista skills as far as I can take them, I’d be lying through my teeth and pissing on all serious baristi out there. I look forward to take in new inspiration in my barista work, but my interest at the moment is really leaning towards trying to understand roasting and tasting. Nevertheless, I will definitely go to the WBC in Vienna this year to meet and greet old and new friends. I also hope that at least one trip to a coffee producing region will happen within the next 12-18 months.
As for my personal life, I seriously need a change of direction regarding my food habits as well as my excercising, so I am serious in my pursuit of learning about Raw Food, as well as taking up Capoeira again. I owe that to my body! 2012 looks good from here! Excited about it, and I hope to get a chance to meet You this year too!!
NP:Bonobo Pick Up