– Can you please introduce yourself in a few words.
Hi I’m Doug, originally from the UK and now working for MOK coffee in the Brussels shop.

– What’s your story in the coffee industry?
I have been working in the industry since I left school 7 years ago. I’ve worked in a variety of specialty shops, most notably Colonna and Smalls, the Shop affiliated with the Colonna coffee roastery. I spent the last 3 years there and learned more in that time than I ever have, it was amazing experience.

– What’s your specialty and what makes you different?
I try not to over complicate things and let amazing coffees take the foreground. Taste for me is the ultimate parameter.

– What was your first coffee experience?
Drinking a caffetiere of dark roast coffee with my parents sitting outside our tent in the south of France. I pretended to like it to seem grown up.

– How/when have you discovered about specialty coffee?
I was 17 and stumbled upon a cafe serving coffee roasted by Round hill roastery in the UK. I started talking to them and ended up buying an Aeropress and a bag of beans to play around with at home.

– What was your best coffee experience?
Hard to pick out one, probably having the chance to try all of the incredible coffees I’ve had over the last 5 years. Cheesy I know.

– Do you prepare coffee at home ? If yes, what method do you use?
Yes, usually an Aeropress but I’ll use a caffetiere if I have guests round.

– How do you like your coffee? Black, sugar and milk, iced, vietnamese style,…?
Black, espresso or filter with nothing added.

– How would you qualify yourself as coffee drinker (occasional, heavy, addict…)?
Addict probably, since a day without coffee means headaches and drowsiness now!

– Have you always been into the coffee industry? If not, what was your previous job?
Since I left school, but before that I had a weekend job scooping ice cream.

– Do you have another passion or a hobby besides coffee?
Music is probably my main passion after coffee, I spend a lot of my time off listening and searching for new and interesting things.

– What other place would you recommend, anywhere in the world (coffee or not)?
Coffeewise I would recommend Colonna & Smalls in Bath, UK. I know I’m a bit biased but I really think it’s one of the best shops out there. Other than that I really love the coastline in the UK, Cornwall and Devon in England and Pembrokeshire in Wales are gorgeous.

– What is/are your favorite website(s) to get information about coffee?
I’m usually the kind of person to just Google a word or phrase and see what comes up but if I had to choose it would probably be Perfect Daily Grind.

– What would you say to people who don’t know much about coffee?
Drink more and keep your mind open, coffee is a very personal thing for a lot of people, but you may be surprised if you take a chance and order something different. Also a great way to learn more is to talk to baristas, most will be glad to talk and know a lot of about the subject.

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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”.