Member Profile – Brian Kim – Guild Member

Event Date: 21st January, 2019

What is your earliest coffee related experience?

I started at High School and got used to it when I was in university.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I always wanted to be an artist like my uncle.

When did you first get working in coffee?

I started working with coffee when I came to New Zealand which was August 2016.

What led you to become a barista?

Working as a barista makes me feel happiest, and that is what I am good at as well.

Most people say passion, and I say the same as well. 🙂

What is the best part of your job?

I like mostly watching people drinking my coffee when the rush has just finished and asking about what they can taste in the coffee.

What is your favourite brew method and/or coffee origin and why?

Just ordinary espresso. I have not learned yet about the other brewing methods, but I want to learn.

Tulip or rosetta or swan?

I love swan, I like rosetta and I deserve tulip!

What are your interests outside of coffee?

Meeting people, surfing, drawing.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I feel like I am staying here in New Zealand forever.

How do you see the coffee industry changing in the future?

It is like a fashion. May die but will rise again.

What would be your dream ‘coffee experience’?

Having a small space of coffee shop, opening till late midnight, making coffee, talking to strangers, meeting other coffee people.

Do you have a ‘coffee crush’?

Do you mean my favourite? It is always short black.