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Hidenori Izaki

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About me

Founder of global coffee consulting company, QAHWA Inc and First Asian World Barista Champion 2014. Born in Fukuoka, Japan. I became a barista at our family company called Honey Coffee, one of the first generation of specially coffee roasters in Japan, when I was 16 years old. I became the youngest Japanese Barista Champion at 2012 and achieved consecutive victories in 2013. I became first Asian World Barista Champion in the history of WBC at Rimini, Italy at 2014.

I work as a consultant. I have worked in over 30 countries from global coffee chains to small independent coffee shops. Clients inlcude McDonald's, Luckin Coffee, and the Simonelli Group. I have also been actively involved in coffee-tech companies around Asia, providing advanced coffee knowledge and latest market insights.

Coaching experience:

  • Sasa Sestic, World Barista Champion 2015
  • Charlotte Malaval, 5th place on WBC 2016
  • Miki Suzuki, 2nd place on WBC2017
  • Hugh Kelly, 5th place on WBC2017
  • Andre Eiermann, 10th place on WBC 2017
  • Francesco Masciullo, 11th place on WBC2017
  • Michael Harris Conlin, First Philippino to be placed on semi finals WBC 2019
  • Mikael Jasin, 7th place on WBC 2021

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Coffee interests and passions

Barista
Business
Green coffee
Roasting
Science
Sensory
Sustainability
Technical
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