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.

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

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

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

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!