How did you become a barista?
I was a waiter at Mama Mia Pizzeria when I got to operate the espresso machine. I picked interest in coffee, did research and later went for training in Mbale with Uganda Coffee Development Authority.
I got my certificate and started competing in Eastern African Fine Coffees Association championships.
What do the competitions entail?
Each competitor makes a set of drinks. The first set is an espresso beverage, then cappuccino. You also make a signature drink which defines you. I used dark chocolate.
I selected my ingredients as homage to India, the oldest coffee planting country.
Where did you start from?
Nowhere, but now I am the national champion. When I finished S.6, I did all kinds of odd jobs.
I then went into the catering industry, worked at Blue Africa, Muyenga Club and many other places, but every time I moved on, I made sure I had learnt something. By the time I was at CafÃ© Ballet, I was a barista, although not a trained one.
Where can we find your coffee?
Come to Flavour in Jinja town.
Coffee changed my life