Coffee experience history – how did you get in to it?
My name is Ben, or if you saw me online ‘Barista Benji’ a long time ago when I created my account ‘Barista Ben’ was taken and ever since people have been calling me Benji… even my own father once!
I entered the specialty coffee industry by mistake, my friend got me a job interview in a café in Winchester when I was unemployed and I turned up with no real intention of getting the job, I believe I wore a hoodie and trackies to the interview! The manager Dhan, gave me a job anyway – whether he saw something special in me or he just really needed staff he’ll never say but, I started working for the man that was then UK Latte Art champion and the training began. I trained with my friend and my boss and I never looked back.
Since then I have won many Latte Art Throwdowns, been to the finals of the UK Latte Art Championships three times and coached the champion on the world stage twice. I have specialised in creating interesting cartoons, logos and drawings on coffee so much so, that I have ended up working with amazing brands such as: Disney, Cartoon Network, Honda and Kraken for a variety of interesting projects.