I'm on the hunt, searching the world for the best possible coffees to roast at Coffee Planet's own premium roastery - the largest in the region. Whether it's visiting coffee farms and meeting with farmers, or frequenting coffee plantations, washing stations and mills, I aim to source high-quality, 100% Arabica beans from renowned coffee regions and bring them to the UAE.
My interest in coffee lies deep within the science of the perfect cup. With constant research into the rapidly fast growing coffee market and its developing trends in the UAE.
I developed my passion for coffee whilst living in New Zealand and Australia and the UK where the coffee scene is rated as amongst the finest in the world. I soon became familiar with the art involved in brewing and drinking coffee through working with baristas vying to make the perfect cup and interacting with coffee drinkers who are very selective in their choice.
A roastmaster is a hands on role, which requires care in the delicate process of roasting coffee, from consistently checking the coffee at cupping through to brewing. Every coffee origin reacts differently and every bean is unique requiring me to run experiments in Coffee Planet's cupping laboratory to find the most effective parameters, such as fully-washed Ethiopian coffee beans which when roasted to Coffee Planet's specific parameters release fragrant tangerines and butterscotch flavours.
Over the past twelve years, the growing coffee industry has taken me across the world, from farming and milling in El Salvador to pulling shots in small independent coffee shops in the U.S.A.
I love the complex journey of coffee, from origin to final consumption, and I'm striving to become a specialist in all elements of coffee-making, including agronomy - the science behind the art, farming to processing, milling and of course roasting.