Please tell us a little about yourself:
My Name is Benjamin. My nickname is Benson, so the idea came up to name my coffee brand like that. I’ve been roasting coffee for a living for 7 years now, and it feels like the journey has just started.
Please list the coffee competitions you have participated in, what year they took place, and your results:
German Roasting Championship 2015 – 3rd
German Roasting Championship 2016 – 1st
World Coffee Roasting Championship 2018 – 3rd
German Roasting Championship 2019 – 1st
What are you excited to do while you are in Taipei?:
I met so many awesome and beautiful people from Taiwan volunteering at the 2018 WCRC in Guangzhou while I was competing. I am just as excited to get to know Taiwan better, the food, the people, the culture, the landscape etc.
Which coffee-producing country most interests or excites you?:
There are a bunch. I would say Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and of course Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
What are your interests outside of coffee?:
I have a family so I don’t have too much time for other interests… haha. But I love music, good food, and beauty in general.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
I hope to have my own roastery in the future, making people happy by roasting their favorite coffee.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or recognize, or who helped you to prepare for the competition?:
Yes, a lot of people have helped me so far! My old company in Cologne, Neues Schwarz Roastery in Dortmund, Dauner Kaffeerösterei. SCA Germany, my coach Andrés. My wife, my kids, and my parents. Thank you all!