– Can you please introduce yourself in a few words.
My name is Ali Yousefi, I’m 25 years old. Chiefly occupied by coffee affairs in different aspects 😀

– What’s your story in the coffee industry?
Before I got into coffee industry I had been dreaming about having a coffee bar in the countryside with my family. I was in the middle of my studies in nuclear engineering and had a part time job as junior of marketing in a start up company (it was boring BTW) in summer. Once when I was hanging out in a coffee bar and waiting for my frappe (don’t judge me, it was summer and I was a junior marketing guy) I found myself interested in the atmosphere of coffee bar and I just asked if they are in need of any trainee and the story got started. (J.K. Rowling, right?) 😀

– What’s your specialty and what makes you different?
Maybe the endeavor of finding multidimensional perspective to solve the puzzles I’ve made. (Geek, not weirdo)

– What was your first coffee experience?
I remember it was a arabic coffee brewed with spices when I was child, we were on a trip to Iraq with family.

– How/when have you discovered about specialty coffee?
After a month of working in the bar I realised that there are lots of things I should learn and I started reading articles and books about coffee. It was an article about cupping protocols translated to Farsi and that was the first time.

– What was your best coffee experience?
Ongoing process, can’t mention any.

– Do you prepare coffee at home ? If yes, what method do you use?
Yes, V60 and Aeropress.

– How do you like your coffee? Black, sugar and milk, iced, vietnamese style,…?

– How would you qualify yourself as coffee drinker (occasional, heavy, addict…)?
Sometimes occasional, sometimes heavy.

– Have you always been into the coffee industry? If not, what was your previous job?
I had worked in different places before I started my journey in coffee industry but I was not as serious as I am in coffee industry.

– Do you have another passion or a hobby besides coffee?
Physics, photography (want to learn) and music.

– What is/are your favorite website(s) to get information about coffee?
Perfect Daily Grind, Coffee mind, Barista Hustle and …..

– What would you say to people who don’t know much about coffee?
It is a big deal, mind your cup.

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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”.