After only seven years in the coffee business, Raul Rodas is at the top of his game.
On Saturday, Rodas — the Guatemalan-born 2012 World Barista Champion and owner of Paradigma Coffee Roasters — demonstrated his holistic approach to the coffee brewing process and divulged tips on the craft at Carrboro’s Open Eye Cafe.
In addition to showing videos of his experience in the World Barista Championship last year in Austria, Rodas answered questions on brewing methods and growing practices, revealing every step of the production process from ground to cup.
world champion JUDGES
Sensory judges: Evaluate taste as well as presentation and service skills
Technical judges: Evaluate technique, cleanliness and efficiency
Head judge: Ensure competitors and judges follow the rules
Rodas said he believes it is important to share his skill and passion for coffee, which is why he decided to pursue a career in coffee after only four years as a barista.
“I can really make a difference in people’s lives,” Rodas said. “I get to travel and change people’s days.”