Grinding...

Wall of Fame

We proudly announce the offical winners

Will you be the next Comandante Champ?

These are the current Comandante Grind and Brew Champions

Comandante has started an international series of Grind and Brew Championships.
Anyone is invited to accept the challenge.

2020

Robert Komaritzan | Stuttgart, February 2020



Robert Komaritzan
Winner of the Stuttgart Comandante Grind & Brew Cup!
Intergastra, Stuttgart, February 2020


Winner of the Stuttgart Comandante Grind & Brew Cup! Intergastra, Stuttgart, February 2020

Name: Robert Komaritzan
Age: 32
Hometown: Stuttgart

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I’m a barista running my own business, Rotbart Kaffee, focusing on barista courses, caterings and cooperations with partners like bartenders.

What does coffee mean to you and what do you love about it?
Coffee wasn’t a love at first sight, I started with pretty bad quality stuff to keep me going in the morning. But now, love at second glance and it’s really intense. Whether I brew, teach, entertain or just enjoy on my own or with friends. I love its taste, variety of flavours, the preparation ritual and in the end that it’s connecting people all over the world, building one community and adding friends to your life.

What is your experience with Comandante grinders and what do you like about them?
It’s my third hand grinder and to be honest the price was holding me back from buying it in the beginning. Later on I was able to test one and was shocked by the grind result. At that time it felt like a game changer. It was completely unlocking the potential of the coffee and in addition brought consistency to a new level. That’s what I like about it.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
The cup was the first visible filter coffee competition in BW and felt like a sign to show people that Stuttgart can offer not only good coffee but also a strong coffee community and good Baristi. So the stage was there and that’s why I applied for it. So thanks again to Comandante for this chance!

How was the competition for you?
It was fun and adrenalin at same time. What I loved was to see how other baristi brew their cups and to taste it, chat about it. I don’t remember any other event providing me this possibility.

What are your future goals?
For the next years it’s further building up my business as well as to become a professional trainer. I’m also investing time in a café project which I would love to turn out great.

What is your advice for future competitors?
Just do it, it’s fun and a great community event. Just stick to your way of brewing your cup, time on stage is always running faster than expected. And make sure to taste the cups of the other competitors and chat with them.

2019

Alexander Rymarovych | Kyiv, Ukraine 2019

Photocredit: Alexander Rymarovych & Anna Sokolova

Alexander Rymarovych
Winner of the Second Slavic Comandante Grind & Brew Cup!
BLCKFST, feat. Bean Liquor, November 2019



What is your name?
My name is Alexander Rymarovych.

How old are you?
I’m 24 years old.

Where are you from?
I’m from Chernihiv, Ukraine. At the moment I live in Kyiv.

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I work as a barista in the coffeehouse, which is located in Kyiv.

What does coffee mean to you?
It is a difficult question to answer... But if to summarize… I think it is a kind of ‘bridge’ between different countries and nationalities.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
Many baristas spend sleepless nights thinking about the Comandante Grinder. You know, when the dream becomes a reality and the device finally lands in your hands, all you want to do is grind, grind and one more time grind. When beautiful design and detailed engineering come together, it’s explosive. The result is always incredible. Before my dream came true, I’d used coffee grinder with burrs made of ceramic and now I’m the owner of the Comandante Grinder!

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I wanted to test myself, become better and, of course, meet new people. The most interesting thing was that I didn’t expect to go further than semi-final. The main goal was to do my best to make the sweetest cup I’ve ever made. One cup, two cups, three…and you are the finalist! It was unbelievable.

What do you love about making coffee?
I really like melting into the process of making coffee: high self-concentration, minimum of unnecessary thoughts, only coffee and you. And I really like the flavor of freshly ground coffee.

What are your future goals?
I want to study and absorb as much information as I can, develop myself as a barista and, eventually, become a pro at what I do.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
For me it’s a turning point in life. I realized that I’m worth something. Those feelings that I experienced on the day of the championship are difficult to describe. It was my first championship. For me it was something incredible.

What is your advice for future competitors?
Do not doubt yourself. We’ll never know how great our potential is until we try.

Anna Lisa | Berlin, Germany 2019

Photocredit: The Barn

Anna Lisa
Winner of the Fourth German Comandante Grind & Brew Cup!
The Barn Roastery, Berlin, October 2019



What is your name?
Anna Lisa

How old are you?
31

Where are you from?
From the Southwest of Germany

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I am an art historian and live in Nuremberg, work there and part-time in Munich.

What does coffee mean to you?
Precision, high quality, something to share, diverse, a topic you always can learn more about.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
I think I first saw one in a specialty coffee shop and had the chance to use one at a friends place. After that, I knew I needed one.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
Such events are fun and a great opportunity to get to know more people who are passionate about coffee. And – especially as a non-professional – you always learn new things.

What do you love about making coffee?
When I make it with other coffee people, I love to chat about different brewing methods and recipes. If I make it for other people it’s mostly connected to family gatherings or meeting friends which is always a special occasion. And the best part is when they admit it tastes good without any milk or sugar.

What are your future goals?
I want to focus more on my sensory skills and to learn more about making espresso. And maybe participating in a bigger competition in a year or so. We’ll see.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
I had a great day at The Barn. All other competitors were super friendly and supportive (I’ve forgot my cleaning brush for example. No problem) as were the people who were watching. That is why such competitions have a great atmosphere.

What is your advice for future competitors?
Make sure you bring a clean grinder. Ask for feedback (while finding the recipe, we tested each other’s coffee). But also trust your own taste. And when competing, stay calm and focus on what you are doing, not the person beside you. Oh and don’t forget your clicks (I did in the first round and had to start all over again).

Nathaniel Ongchuan | Manila, Philippines 2019


Nathaniel Ongchuan
Winner of the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup, Manila 2019



What is your name?
My name is Nathaniel Ongchuan.

How old are you?
24 years old

Where are you from?
Proudly from Manila, Philippines

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I currently work and live in Manila, Philippines. Being a home brewer/barista, I work in a totally different industry from coffee. I work in my family business and we import steel for different projects around the Philippines. This enables me to use my free time to enhance my passion of coffee.

What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee has always been my safe space in life. Whenever I make coffee it is when I am most relaxed and has become my kind of therapy. Coffee is more than just a drink but it has become a deeper sense of understanding when you see how each cup has its own unique story to tell when giving out flavours, and finding those flavours is what makes coffee, an art.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
What I love about Comandante grinders is the precision and consistency of the grind each time, enabling me to dial in the perfect recipe when needed. I also love the craftsmanship of how each grinder is made! I first heard about comandante grinders when I joined the 2019 Philippine Aeropress Championships, I saw everyone with their own comandante and honestly I was imitated by those who owned one because I was just a home brewer and fairly new in the industry and those grinders were sleek!

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I applied because I really just wanted to have the same fun experience of competing in the coffee industry where everyone isn’t actually competitive, but very supportive and collaborative in recipes!

What do you love about making coffee?
What I love about making coffee is finding the right brew, it’s interesting to me how each variable in the brew can make a big impact on flavour as there are infinite possibilities because in reality, there is no perfect cup of coffee. I also love how Coffee instantly connects people through conversations!

What are your future goals?
My ultimate goal is to put up shop that aims to spread awareness of specialty coffee and the third wave coffee scene by giving consumers a more hand crafted and hands on experience in drinking coffee. To convince the average person that coffee is not just any drink to keep us awake but to showcase the story and unique flavours in each cup!

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
For me, it was both thrilling at the same time fun! Simply because it was a space where people were constantly just sharing ideas despite it being a competition. I really enjoyed getting to know the fellow competitors in the industry through a cup of coffee because we were all just sharing our own take on coffee while battling it out!

What is your advice for future competitors?
Don’t treat it as a competition, but as humble space for collaboration of ideas! You’ll be surprised at the results when you focus more on the craft of improving your brew than winning! Lastly, whatever happens, ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOUR BREW/RECIPE!!

Zsofia Albert| BUDAPEST 2019

Photocredit: Rudolf Karancsi | Instagram @karancsi.rudolf

Zsofia Albert
Winner of the Hungarian Comandante Championship 2019



What is your name?
My name is Zsofia Albert. How old are you?
I’m 30 years old this year.

Where are you from?
I was born in Szeged, Hungary, but living for more than 10 years now in the capital, Budapest.

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I am a clinical microbiologist in a human diagnostic laboratory in Budapest, where I currently live.

What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee is my passion! Besides, to me coffee is also about the people and the amazing community behind it. I’ve made so many good friends, met countless interesting, inspiring people and learned so much from them – only because we share the same passion for coffee!

What does Comandante mean to you?
Quality, precision and beautiful design.

What do you love about making coffee?
I blame it on my scientific education and background, but I love how you can apply science throughout making a cup of coffee! If you think about extraction yield, TDS, water chemistry, particle size distribution… It’s all science! It’s super exciting to play around with all the different variables, so I can get the most out of the beans I’m currently using.

What are your future goals?
I would like to learn more about coffee, to develop my sensory skills, keep on volunteering on various coffee events and being an active and helpful member of our local coffee community called Filter Club. Of course I would like to compete from time to time as well. :)
And my ultimate dream is to buy an old RV, convert it to a coffee truck and travel the world, making friends and good coffee along the way.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I’ve competed in “friendly” coffee competitions before, like the Hungarian Aeropress Championship or the First Flow Filter Fight, and I really enjoyed them. I loved the cool vibes, the relaxed atmosphere, and the possibility to hang out and connect with people who share the same passion. Also I figured that I learn a lot during the preparation. The Comandante Cup seemed exactly like these kind of competitions, where everything is more about having fun and enjoy ourselves while challenging our recipes, so it was no question that I’d like to participate and take part in the fun.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
I knew it will be a well-organized and fun event, because the hosts have already proved that they are able to organize a coffee competition on the highest levels. But honestly, in the end it exceeded all my expectations. I didn’t prepare much before, because I’ve had neither a Comandante grinder nor a Kalita 155, so I was super chilled knowing I will not get over the first round. To my biggest surprise I got to the semi-finals and then to the final. Winning the competition and seeing everyone’s happy face, that they were cheering for me and truly happy for my victory made it a really special day that I’m not going to forget for a long long time!

What is your advice for future competitors?
Don’t be afraid to apply and don’t take yourself too seriously, just be passionate, have fun and trust your taste buds!
Morgane KNOLL| PARIS, FRANCE 2019

Foto: @limagerie


Morgane KNOLL
Winner of the First French Comandante Grind & Brew Cup
– (Back in Black/KB Coffee Roasters, Paris)



What is your name?
Hi! My name is Morgane KNOLL.

How old are you?
I am 29 years old (& my birthday was the same as the championship, such an epic day !)

Where are you from?
Born in Paris, raised in the suburb.

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I am barista Freelance, I've worked in Australia, and new Zealand, and back in France I've mostly worked with Terres de Café the past 3 years.

What does coffee mean to you?
An amazing product with an incredible range of specificities and a growing palet of flavors and terroirs, unfortunately still unknown from the majority.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
I first heard about Comandante Grinder few years ago by my co-worker at Terres de Café and he completely made me look into it more. (J.Morceau)
I love the accuracy and the homogeneity of the grind settings. Plus the weight made it super solid and well, I am a fan of the design of wood and glass !

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
More like a personal challenge after deciding to leave Paris ans settle down south to work. I was off, in the capitale still, and being curious about what I could give and how I could fit in the competitors range ;)

What do you love about making coffee?
I love the ritual, the search for the perfect cup everytime. I love to understand why and how I can get better with further extractions. And I find it always challenging but also really fun and sharing. You meet people, you educate people, you create new real coffee addicts... Plus I am a serious addict of its smell....

What are your future goals?
For this 2019 years already well started, I decided to move in Bordeaux and work there for some years (will see how it goes..!). I want to pass my Q-Grader at some point and I will definitely compete more. Its a really fun way to share knowledges and meetings actually ! And in a really far future I kind of see myself playing a connection part between roaster and farmers, the development of specialty coffee and the education that goes with it.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
My perfect (birth)day!
29 years old this day and a golden brand new Comandante Grinder to use 🤟. And such a huge surprise to end up first regarding the competitors lists !

What is your advice for future competitors?
Like with life, take the championship seriously with fun ;)
And :
Trust yourself, don't get stressed, I will say simply try to make the cup YOU will actually enjoy.

Ruyun Wu | SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 2019

Ruyun Wu
Winner of the First Australian Comandante Grind & Brew Cup (ONA, Sydney)



What is your name?
Ruyun Wu

How old are you?
25 yrs old

Where are you from?
China

What is your job and where do you live and work?
A barista who work and live in Sydney of Australia. But I have to say I had lived in Melbourne for three years. This experience have influenced me a lot as a Barista.

What does coffee mean to you?
I fell in love with coffee when I took my first sip. Now it helps me to understand and connect with society and people in Australia. I guess it will help me to connect with more people and understand the world better in the future.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
Comandante grinder brings me the superb experience of grinding coffee beans. You will understand this feeling when you are holding it and grinding coffee. You don’t have to struggle with rotating your handle to grind coffee every time. Moreover, Comandante grinder has many other colors and styles. I am still craving another even though I already got my champ special grinder. Most of the reviews about Comandante grinder I have heard are positive, it is the dream baby for every barista. The only complaints about grinder I guess probably once you bought a Comandante grinder, you would like to say goodbye to all your electrical grinder.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I applied for this comp all because Comandante company made a very cool comp rules video. Of course, for the coolest grinder ever in the world. :)

What do you love about making coffee?
Coffee beans are one of the most magical things in the world. To explore all the magic behind the coffee is the motivation for me to make coffee.

What are your future goals?
To become the world brewer champion and hopefully, Comandante company will make me a special customized grinder when I achieve it.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
It was awesome. It might be my best memory after I have lived in Australia. It was my first coffee champion. And also, Comandante and ONA did create an awesome coffee event which I believe every competitor had fun.

What is your advice for future competitors?
Of course, the most important advice is getting a Comandante grinder right now. right now, right. (you need to emphasize the important things three times).
Get to know the grinder, get to know the coffee beans you going to use.
Last but not least, no pressure and enjoy your event with your little but powerful grinder.
Marta Puścian | OPOLE, POLAND 2019

Foto: Marcin Rzońca / @rzoncamar


Marta Puścian
Winner of the Third Polish Comandante Grind & Brew Cup
(Hard Beans Roastery, Opole)



What is your name?
Marta Puścian

How old are you?
23

Where are you from?
Brańszczyk, it’s near Warsaw. It’s a small village, unfortunately no cafes at all!

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I work in Brisman Kawowy Bar in Poznań for over a year now. My job is being Brisman, which is kind of a barista but also a bit of a coffee pirate.

What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee is my job, favourite way of spending time, the best idea for a trip. Coffee is a huge part of my life and I hope it will remain so.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
Comandante is a thing forever! I’m pretty sure that my child will use this grinder in the future! (Of course only when it’s grown-up enough for that!) I love this grinder for grinding speed, precision, and visual aspect.
I feel like I’ve been hearing about Comandante all the time ever since I started working with coffee.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
Ha! That’s a funny story because I wasn't sure if I want to participate this year! It was a bit of luck and maybe a destiny, I don’t know? My boss organized a small internal competition in our cafe Brisman; I wanted to give a chance to other people in my team (it was my second time in Comandante Grind & Brew Cup, and I had other duties at the university). Because of that, I didn’t prepare myself for this challenge too much, I just made a cup of coffee like I always do at home - no stress. It made the best one and I had no choice - I went to Opole.

What do you love about making coffee?
I love to understand coffee flavour, to explore brewing methods, varieties of beans, regions, processes. I love making coffee for people who never tasted specialty coffee before, and see them coming back for another one cup of coffee; that is simply the best feeling!

What are your future goals?
I love to share my knowledge about coffee with other people; I hope to do that in the future on a larger scale. In terms of future competition, I will try to compete again in Latte Arts Championships next year, maybe also Brewers Cup in the future? We will see.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
That was a wonderful event to be a part of, and I loved its atmosphere! Big thanks to Krzysztof Barabosz for organizing that event! A lot of people made it fun, special thanks to Mateusz Dąbek! Thanks to the judges for choosing my cup, it’s a nice feeling to know that someone skilled in coffee tasting liked my coffee, and of course, thanks to you guys! Thanks for creating this event in Poland! Joe thank you for your care and support!
Winning the competition was also a really special thing for me, personally. Before the final round I said to myself: ‘If I’m going to win this, I’ll propose to my boyfriend with the golden grinder!’ That’s exactly what happened and he said yes!

What is your advice for future competitors?
Brew a lot of coffee, try a lot of coffee, have fun and drink gin & tonic!

Mihnea Ioan NICOLESCU | Bucharest, Romania 2019

Mihnea Ioan NICOLESCU
Winner of the Comandante Championship
Bucharest, Romania 2018



What is your name?
Mihnea Ioan NICOLESCU

How old are you?
40

Where are you from? Bucharest, Romania

What is your job and where do you live and work? I am a lecturer at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, and also work as a scientific researcher at National Institute of Pathology. I am currently leading the Histology and Regenerative Dentistry Division from the Dental Medicine Faculty.
I basically teach dental students about cells and tissues and their importance in overall human body architecture.
I also enjoy communicating science and translating scientific facts and data into simple & logical presentation for a wider audience. That was the reason of participating in last year FameLab competition – in which I won Romanian Nationals and the Audience Vote in both semi-final and International Final in Cheltenham Science Festival (UK). Coffee is, however, among my science interests, too. This year I had the opportunity to be the scientific coordinator of a graduation dissertation thesis about the importance of coffee in taste perception and occupational stress.

What does coffee mean to you? A passion. A way of expressing my artistic side, hence the preference of alternative methods – V60, Chemex, Aeropress aso.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them? Their precision, look and feel. Each and every coffee lover heard at some point about the Comandante legendary hand grinders. Personally, my first contact was at last years Comandante Romanian Cup, where I was lucky enough to compete using one.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup? It is always fun to meet people sharing the same passions and hobbies. I enjoyed participating last year and wanted to try again this edition, too.

What do you love about making coffee? I find the versatility of coffee making methods to be fascinating. The same coffee can be moulded into different tastes and offer such a variety of experiences by simply modifying a few parameters or choosing another preparing method.

What are your future goals? To research more about the science behind a good coffee cup and of course enjoy the whole process in the meantime.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you? Fun. Enjoyable. Unforgettable.
It was my first win in a coffee competition, and for a home barista/coffee enthusiast competing with trained and experienced baristas it surely meant a lot.

What is your advice for future competitors? Sign up, grind, brew, enjoy!


2018

Enrique Leal | Belo Horizonte, Brazil, November 2018

Enrique Leal
Winner of the First Brazilian Comandante Championship!
Belo Horizonte, November 2018



What is your name?
Enrique Leal

How old are you?
31

Where are you from?
Chile

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I’m a coffee roaster and production manager. I work in We Are Four Coffee Roasters at Santiago, Chile

What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee is a way of life, is a real connection with your senses with your feelings and everything you do, coffee is union with other cultures

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
I love because is perfect, the granulometry for me is his best quality it’s like having a U$4.000 grinder, I saw Comandante in Perfect Daily Grind, but I really know them when I visit Academia do Café in Brasil 2018

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I’m a really passionate barista, wherever I go, and whatever I do, I will always make coffee.

What do you love about making coffee?
The coffee is like the life, if you give love, love will come to you, when I make a Coffee, I give my love to brewing, and the coffee gives me a surprise with more, always give what i need.

What are your future goals?
Learn more about roasting, participate in the roasting championship. Train new competitors.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
It was a really good, fun and different experience, at most of competitions the competitors are more reserved people, there we help each other, laughed together and we were all happy, that’s unique.

What is your advice for future competitors?
Being a barista is a way of life. Enjoy the competition like you enjoy making a coffee for someone you love, enjoy with the others competitors as your friends. The comandante championship is a really wonderful experience so the word is ENJOY!.

Sergey Korol | MINSK, BELARUS 2018

Sergey Korol
SERGEY KOROL WINNER OF THE FIRST SLAVIC COMANDANTE CHAMPIONSHIP
MINSK, BELARUS 2018



What is your name?
Sergey Korol.

How old are you?
25.

Where are you from?
I’m from Belarus.

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I’m a barista, live and work in Minsk.

What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee really means a lot to me. It became my craft, which I’m very much passionate about. And I always say that coffee is about love.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
I first heard about Comandante grinders during one of the local coffee battles, and that’s how the love started. I absolutely adore how this tiny device is able to deliver a perfect grinding performance. This grinder is amazingly well-thought-out: starting from the unbeatable engineering and ending with elegant design.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I do think that it’s important to push yourself constantly in order to grow, so I try to participate in everything that’s going on in my professional field. Besides, this particular championship was organised brilliantly, so I had to take part (read: “to win a Golden Comandante”).

What do you love about making coffee?
I love to see the smiles of my guests when they enjoy their beverage.

What are your future goals?
My main goal for the moment is to win the World Brewers Cup competition of course!

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
It was organized on the highest level. I would like to thank once again everyone who contributed to this event. I had a tremendously pleasant experience taking part in it.

What is your advice for future competitors?
Simply “go and win!”
Andrei Clenciu | Bucharest, Romania 2018

Andrei Clenciu
Winner of the Comandante Championship
Bucharest, Romania 2018



What is your name?
Andrei Clenciu

How old are you?
I am 30.

Where are you from?
I was born in Targu Jiu Romania, the city of Constantin Brancusi.

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I work in the Romanian Army and currently live and work in Bucharest.

What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee is my passion. I have started falling in love with it since 3 years now and grew it day by day. I consider it a world of mystery and what I love the most is that there’s not a day like the one before. Every day I discover new aromas, new flavours and I travel around the world with every sip I take.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
My first contact with a Comandante grinder was in 2017 at the Aeropress contest in Bucharest and got really impressed by its design and the fact that you can grind so easily. It’s simply amazing to have a professional grinder in such a small size. You can carry it everywhere.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
At first, I wasn’t 100% decided to attend the competition; but luckily at the pressure of one of my barista friends made up my mind end enrolled. And … it turned out to be a great & unforgettable experience.

What do you love about making coffee?
I like to believe that coffee brings people together and whenever you put passion in what you do, you just make it even special – you create special moments & memories.

What are your future goals?
I want to continue the coffee learning process, to better perform the art of making coffee, to increase the awareness of specialty coffee in Romania and last by not least to soon open my own Coffee Shop in Bucharest.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
Comandante Grind & Brew Cup was a totally new experience, that gave me the opportunity to meet new people and innovate my brew recipe.

What is your advice for future competitors?
My advice – Just be open, trust in yourself, follow your instincts and create the coffee you like.
Peter Duran | BERLIN, GERMANY 2018

Peter Duran
Winner of the Comandante Championship
BERLIN, GERMANY 2018



What is your name?
Peter Duran

How old are you?
31

Where are you from?
Near Detroit, Michigan, USA

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I’m the co-owner and manager of Isla in Berlin.

What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee is a ritual with transformational potential. The amount of people involved in the entire value chain gives us incredible power to improve the lives of others, if we approach our trade with good intention.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
I heard about Comandante through the usual sources, Sprudge and other like publications, as well as seeing them at different events and in certain shops. I’ve never used such a consistent, well-built hand grinder.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I liked the challenge of walking into a competition with no impression of the coffee or water and just making coffee based on taste alone. It was a welcome departure from the weighing, refracting, very scientific approach we can get lost in on a daily basis. I just made some intuitive decisions and got lucky!

What do you love about making coffee?
I love that you get to know your customers’ tastes overtime and can suggest new things to them. Especially, those customers who were skeptical at first and now know what they want and where to get it.

What are your future goals?
I’d like to keep developing the broader project that Isla is. We’re attempting to use a cafe as a platform for showing how we thinking hospitality should work from a perspective of holistic sustainability. We’ve seen interest in our approach develop over the past few years and take this as a sign that we might be on to something. But, who knows!?

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
Fun. It was a no frills competition that put baristas in the position of not fussing around and just making a hot drink.

What is your advice for future competitors?
Don’t overthink things. It’s just coffee. Trust your taste. If it tastes good, it probably is good.
Joachim Morceau | OSLO, NORWAY 2018

Joachim Morceau
Winner of the Comandante Championship
OSLO, NORWAY 2018



What is your name?
My name is Joachim Morceau.

How old are you?
I am 31.

Where are you from?
I am from Paris. 

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I am a head barista and in charge of quality at Terres de Café. I live and work in Paris. I really try to learn more about each job among the coffee industry to be a complete barista. 

What does coffee mean to you?
My life, my passion, my job. But it is also about sharing, excellence, challenge, surpassing oneself and an exceptional product that everybody can drink. 

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
Two years ago, I was looking for a real grinder to go on holiday with. I took a look at reviews and saw that the C40 was winning all of them. So I fell for it! :D

What I do love:
the particle distribution, the engineering and the exemplary finish. It is a grinder made and conceived for the coffee enthusiasts who are looking for precision. 

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I love contests and I wanted to have fun.

What do you love about making coffee?
Trying to make the perfect cup, closest possible to the terroir, transparent and respectful. And of course making this cup for my customers while sharing this passion that drives us. Trying every day to bring an exceptional experience to my customers. 

What are your future goals?
God shot in every cup. :D

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
I did two recipes in each round so I got to choose the best. For the recipes, I picked ideas from peoples I met during my travels. In each round, I tried a recipe from a barista friend plus one personal. It was a great experience, I was going there for fun but once in it : you focus and you put everything you have into it. Organization was perfect!

What is your advice for future competitors?
2 recipes in each round, you have to be sweating otherwise you are not doing enough. :D
Łukasz Gałęcki | Opole, POLAND 2018

Łukasz Gałęcki
Winner of the Comandante Championship
Opole, POLAND 2018



What is your name?
Łukasz Gałęcki

How old are you?
29

Where are you from?
Łódź, Poland

What is your job and where do you live and work?
I’m a Head Barista at Cophi Solutions in Warsaw.

What does coffee mean to you?
Coffee is my passion, addiction and daily drive. I really cannot imagine starting a day without a cup of coffee. It helps me focus, straighten my thoughts and move forward.

What do you love about Comandante grinders, and how did you hear about them?
I really admire the craftsmanship, precision and consistency of grind. It’s an amazing and beautiful example of smart and thoughtful engineering. I first heard about it about 2 years ago in some local cafe - even still in Łódź - but I really got hooked when I used it for the first time at my current workplace. From the moment I first had it in my hands, I only use Comandante for manual brewing.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup?
I wanted to prove to myself that my skills are good enough to compete and test myself.

What do you love about making coffee?
I love how it makes my guests happy and literally takes away their problems for a few minutes. They are together with me in the coffee zone.

What are your future goals?
I’d love to continue competing, master my brewing skills and become an AST and cafe owner someday.

How was the Comandante Grind & Brew Cup for you?
It was a very positive and fun experience. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, not even to mention winning!

What is your advice for future competitors?
Trust yourself and the grinder. All the rest might fail you but these two will be always on your side ;).


2017

Andreas Mantzinos | Athens, Greece 2017

Andreas Mantzinos
Winner of the Comandante Championship Athens, Greece 2017



1. What is your name?
Andreas Mantzinos

2. How old are you?
I am 32 years old

3. Where are you from?
I am from Delphi Greece

4. Job and currently city?
I am working as a barista at Hacienda café which is in Herakleio , the capital city of Crete Island , where I also live.

5. What means coffee to you?
It is difficult to describe what coffee really means to me just in a few words! Coffee is a whole new world. A world where I can travel just with a sip of a brew! Every single cup is a new experience.

6. Why do you love Comandante, where do you know Comandante from?
I love Comandante because of its quality, accuracy and its unique ability to cut the beans for a big range of brews .I also admire how gently Comandante ‘’treats’’ the beans in contrast to the electrical grinders. I discovered Commandante in my personal attempt to take homebrewing to a whole new level!

7. Why did you applied for the Comandante Championship?
The truth is that my application for the Championship was very unexpected. However, I applied because I believe that this kind of participations is a perfect way for a barista to share its passion for specialty coffee with other professionals!

8. What is your passion(engine) behind being a barista?
It’s simple…Every single smile that I see at people’s faces when they drink a perfect cup of coffee!

9. What are your further goals?
As I said earlier before I spent a lot of time to develop homebrewing! So my ambition is to help people with my work and my knowledge to learn more about coffee and make them have the ability to enjoy a good cup of coffee in their home!

10. How was the "Comandante Championship” and being a part of it?
The “Comandante Championship” was a great experience for me as it was my first participation to an official competition. Of course the fact that I took the first place, made it even better! At the end of the day I returned home with an awesome trophy but more importantly having met beautiful people, full of joy and love about what they’re doing !And that really actuated me to make the difference!

11. Recommendation for “ Comandante Championship” competitors?
Being cool,tasting and enjoy their brew is the secret!
Fumiaki Nozato | OSAKA, JAPAN 2017

Fumiaki Nozato
Winner of the Comandante Championship OSAKA, JAPAN 2017



1. What is your name?
Fumiaki Nozato

2. How old are you?
36 years old

3. Where are you from?
Osaka Japan

4. Job and currently city?
Manager of "Bar ISTA"
Teacher of the technical school
I work and live in Osaka city.

5. What means coffee to you?
If there are good coffee in there, that situation will become litte more happily and more relaxable. So coffee is very good drink for our life!

6. Why do you love Comandante, Where do you know Comandante from?

Because it’s very high quality to grind coffee beans not only for drip coffee but also for espresso. And Thanks to comandante, we have become able to drink delicious coffee "everywhere"!

7. Why did you applyed fort he Comandante Championship?

I want to know that what do many other barista feel about my brewing coffee by using comandante,and how do other competiter use comandante.

8. What is your passion (engin) behind being a Barista?
Customer's smile, and growth of my students.

9. What are your further goals?
World Champion.

10. How was the „Comandante Championship“ and beeing a part o fit? Comandante Chapionship gave us very valuable experience. We could get knowledge about grinding and brewing coffe, and feel great movement with many barista.

11. Recommendation for „Comandante Championship“ competitors?
I think that it's very important to try a lot of methods without being caught up in prejudice. After that, just enjoy Comandante Championship!
ANIA ŁUKASIK | Opole, POLAND 2017

ANIA ŁUKASIK
Winner of the Comandante Championship
Opole, POLAND 2017



What is your name?
Anna (Ania) Lukasik

How old are you?
23 years old

Where are you from?
Poznan, Poland

Job and currently city?
I live in Poznan and I’m working for Lira Cafe Tea&Coffee CO. From Wagrowiec

What means coffee to you?
Coffee for me means pleasure, discovering, gladness and wonderful taste.

Why do you love Comandante, where do you know Comandante from? I love Comandante grinder because it is so amazingly easy to grind your coffee. Grinding is so regular and consistent. Setting doesn’t make any problems. Clicks allows you to try, setting other users and gives possibility to receive repeatable taste. I saw „Comandante“ at the internet and thought it is amazing. Actually at the „first polish Comandante Championship“ I tried the Comandante grinder fort he first time and I felt in love with it.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Championship?
Actually because I really wanted to try this grinder out. I also thought it is a great chance to meet people which are coffee enthusiasts and fasticated about coffee like I do. It would be a sin to not take par tat this Championship.

What is your passion (engine) behind being a Barista?
Coffee shows me that so many detectors influance the final result and this can be also compared to other parts in life. To work with coffee and show other people also this beautiful world of coffee means satisfaction to me. This is my engin to learn more and more about coffee, grinding & brewing.

What are your further goals?
I will train grinding and brewing more and more and want to participate on further competitions.

How was the feeling to be a part of the „Comandante Championship“ for you?
Comandante Championship is a great idea. Basicly it educate’s people which take part in having fun and be connected. I had a lot of fun also at interessting lectures about coffee the day after at the workshops. All competitors where friendly and nice, enjoying our time together grinding and brewing coffee.

Recommendation for „Comandante Championship“ competitors?
Have fun playing with grinder and focus druing brewing. Do not be affraid to experiment. Good luck!


2016

Joe Mc Taggart | BERLIN, GERMANY 2016

Joe Mc Taggart
Winner of the Comandante Championship
Berlin, Germany 2016

What is your name?
Joe Mc Taggart

How old are you?
27 years old

Where are you from?
Cambrige, UK

Job and currently city?
Community Manager/Specialty Coffee at Ligatura (Coworking Space), Saarbrücken, Germany

What means coffee to you?
Creativity, for ideas, for bringing people together. It is also beautiful in ist complexity and fascinating because of ist journey, one which joins the lives of complete strangers on different sides

Why do you love Comandante, where do you know Comandante from?
Understated quality created by individuals with a passion for reaching the highest of standards. I discovered Comandante whilst admiring it on a shelf at „The Barn“ in Berlin.

Why did you apply for the Comandante Championship?
I was in „The Barn“ listening to Raphael and Bernd giving a really great, interesting talk about how they developed the grinder and someone came around asking about the Championship that afternoon. After hesitating at first, thinking it was ´pros-only´, T realised that joining in was definitely the more fun option! If you aren#t in it, you can’t win it!

What is your passion (engine) behind being a Barista?
There is a feeling that#s hard to explain when you take great care to make someone something to eat or drink.... I think form e it is a connection to other humans, and fort hem it ist he connection that they feel tot he space, to what they are drinking and eating, and hopefully to others around them too. Ist about bringing people together.

What are your further goals?
My parents and I are developing Saarbrücken#s first speciality Coffee Cafe (www.Brewbrothers.de) in Ligatura (www.ligatura.co), in local Coworking Space so it’s a busy time at the moment building that and spreading our love for great coffee! It would be a dream come true to see Speciality Coffee establish itself in people#s hearts and minds, and I hope to never stop learning new things!

How was the feeling to be a part of the „Comandante Championship“ for you?
Genuinely, it was one of my favourite days of all time! Every single moment was fun, even when it started to get nerve-wracking, and everyone was so nice and in such a good mood! I really hope to take part in another one soon.

Recommendation for „Comandante Championship“ competitors?
Hold the grinder near the top to keep it more stable; count the number of your grind setting. Keep the body pretty still (grind steady) and it’ll usually work faster, since the beans sit more nicely in the burr. As for how to win? Hey, I really have no idea how I did – I guess just make sure you enjoy it and follow your taste buds! Have fun!