UAE's Cafe Rider barista goes to world competition

Dmitriy Griekhov to represent the UAE at World Barista Championship in 2015

Café Rider’s Dmitriy Griekhov
Café Rider’s Dmitriy Griekhov

Café Rider’s Dmitriy Griekhov will represent the UAE in the World Barista Championship in April 2015 after winning the 2014 UAE Barista Championship at the International Coffee and Tea Festival, which took place at the Meydan Convention Centre.

"I work with speciality coffee every day at Café Rider and first of all understand the concept and idea of speciality coffee. Every single origin or blend has it’s own story, which I can share with my guests.

"And basically that’s what I did on the stage, just shared all the information about my coffee. Coffee knowledge, very good technical skills and passion for what you do are the main aspects to be a great barista," said Griekhov.

“The coffee used for the competition was actually a gift from two customers, now great friends, who sourced it from one of the top USA coffee roasters. The coffee was produced by Suke Quto farm in Guji Zone, Southern Ethiopia, which is one of the best places in the world to grow coffee.

"The very rich, but at the same time very balanced flavour profile was the main reason for me to represent it in the national championship," he added.

“Proud is an understatement,” said Nicky Moulvi, owner of Café Rider. “He drew in the crowds and was impressive to watch. After his presentation, spectators unexpectedly lined up to have a taste of his signature coffee creation.”

“The competition was fierce with 15 top baristas from coffee bars across the nation. Café Rider were thrilled to be part of it,“ said Moulvi. “Obviously we are stoked for the World Championships in Seattle next April and we will do our very best to bring the title home to the UAE.”

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