– Can you please introduce yourself in a few words.
Hi, I’m Danylo Shlapak, 24 years old, born and live in L’viv Ukraine, I’m owner and coffee roaster at Chehovych.

– What’s your story in the coffee industry?
I`m pretty new in the coffee industry, I`m roasting for two years but already a lot of people love my coffee and I’m really happy 🙂 my first client was my brother and his 9 coffee shops 🙂

– When did Chehovych Coffee open and what is the story behind?
Chehovych opened on the 3rd March of 2015. The story behind it is simple: I wanted to open a roastery and a coffee bar because I figured out it would be the best place for my coffee beans.

– What’s your specialty and what makes you different?
I have my own roasting style. I try to bring out the maximum taste from the green beans, and I do my best to have it sweet as well.

– What was your first coffee experience?
I’ve got acquainted with coffee when my brother opened his first coffee shop.

– What was your best coffee experience?
My best coffee experience was when I learned about how to roast coffee, at « Coffee Proficiency ».

– Do you prepare coffee at home ? If yes, what method do you use?
In general I drink coffee in Chehovych but when I’m at home I enjoy a Chemex.

– How do you like your coffee? Black, sugar and milk, iced, vietnamese style,…?
Chemex, espresso, flat white and nitro cold brew are the best for me.

– How would you qualify yourself as coffee drinker (occasional, heavy, addict…)?
Heavily addicted:) now I can’t imagine my life or even a day without coffee. 3 flatwhites, 2 espressos, 6 cups of Chemex… it’s not a lot for me.

– Have you always been into the coffee industry? If not, what was your previous job?
Coffee is my first job after university

– Do you have another passion or a hobby besides coffee?
Yes, I play drums.

– What other place would you recommend, anywhere in the world (coffee or not)?
Berlin, there are a lot of specialty coffee shops.

– What is/are your favorite website(s) to get information about coffee?
Facebook 🙂

– What would you say to people who don’t know much about coffee?
Drink good coffee and you’ll be happier 😉

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Thomas Wyngaard est fondateur de OK Coffee et un des rares experts en Café de Spécialité en Belgique francophone. Il est consultant indépendant, enseignant (certifié par la Specialty Coffee Association de janvier 2018 à avril 2021), tour-ist et broadcaster. Après avoir été formé en France, en Pologne et en Estonie, il fait ses armes chez les meilleurs en Belgique, pour ensuite migrer pendant presque 2 ans à New York où il a officié comme conseiller et formateur. Au-delà de la formation sur les métiers du café, il collabore avec des torréfactions belges engagées sur la reconnaissance du café de spécialité, œuvrant ainsi à un monde meilleur “one bean at a time”.