11 Nov 2014

DBC2015 Finalists: Who is Lex Wenneker?

The Dutch Barista Championships 2015 finals. Six baristas will compete against each other, each of them hoping they will be good enough to go on to the World Barista Championships in Seattle.

The pre rounds are just behind us and we have seen some amazing routines. Even more amazing is that we have so many new comers in the finals this year. So who are our finalists? We can read about where they work, what coffee they used and what their signature drink was, but what are their thoughts on coffee and coffee quality in general?

What do they love to drink? Do they brew coffee at home? Where do they still want to go? Read all about it down below.

Lex Wenneker

works at: Headfirst Coffee Roasters
coffee used: Kiriyanga region, Kenya
roasted by: himself at Headfirst

signature drink: espresso with soda water and a combination of cherry, cranberry and red current extractions.

What is the worst coffee you have ever had?
Coffee number 4 during the World Cupping Championships in 2012. Threw me off my game.

Is caffeine caffeine, or do you skip coffee when you know it will probably be bad?
I usually skip that coffee.

If you can only choose one variable, whether it be origin, water, fresh grind, roast or something else, which one would you choose?
Do you believe this is the most important variable when brewing coffee?
Origin. From that point on you can only make it worse. So that has to be good.

If people ask you what they should buy for making coffee at home, what advice do you give them?
La Marzocco Linea 1-group. Because that is what I would buy.

How do you brew coffee at home?
With an Aeropress.

If you walk into a coffee bar that you have not been to before and you want to assess the level of quality, what would you order?
I order an espresso and a filter coffee. A good coffee bar should do both well.

What is your favourite brew method?
The Aeropress.

When travelling what do you bring to fill your coffee needs?
Again, I use an Aeropress.

Where coffee related to you still want to go to?
Ethiopia, or Kenya.

So, finally two questions about the DBC 2015 finals. Why do you think you placed? What contributed to your success?
I think my story was real and that my coffee was good.

What are you looking forward to the most now you placed for the finals?
The actual competing during the finals.

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Photo by Pim Rinkes
Want to see more photos by Pim? Check the SCAE Nederland Facebook album.

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