Carlos Ferrer, an elementary school teacher in Selfoss and part-time lecturer at the University of Iceland, was named Icelandic Champion in the making of alcoholic coffee beverages last weekend. His daughter Ingibjörg and son Tumi are also champion baristas.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“When we moved back from France after a five-year stay we brought a lot of fair-trade coffee. When we were running out we discovered [the coffee brand] Sudurnesjakaffi from Kaffitár at Kringlan [shopping mall]. We even had it delivered all the way east to Fáskrúdsfjördur where we lived,” Ferrer told Morgunbladid.
Ferrer, who has a German mother and a Puerto Rican father, has lived in Iceland since he was eight and began making and drinking coffee at the age of five. The same goes for his son Tumi.
“I was four when I was first asked to make coffee and I was seven when I began drinking it myself,” Tumi Ferrer said.
In February he was named Icelandic Champion in professional coffee tasting and last weekend he received an award for the best Kahlua drink.
His sister Ingibjörg earned the Icelandic Barista Champion title in March. Both she and her brother work at Kaffitár.
The three Ferrers will all participate in the barista world championship in London in June. Carlos Ferrer said he is looking forward to it. “I don’t think this has ever happened before, at least not in Iceland, where three members of the same family are participating.”
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