20 Questions with NOBUMASA SHIMOYAMA

20 Questions with NOBUMASA SHIMOYAMA

Release Date: Jan 21, 2017


1. What’s a cafe that you love to visit in Melbourne?

I would say “Patricia Coffee Brewers” in the CBD.

2. One of your favorite cafes in Japan?

Nem Coffee & Espresso! For two reasons. Firstly, the owners seem very familiar with their customers, and secondly eveything inside, including the interior design perfectly matches the concept.

3. Favourite coffee region these days?

My favorite is Ethiopia. It’s been Ethiopia for the past few years.

4. How many times do you usually practice a day leading up to a latte-art championship?

On average, I practice 5 or 6 cups a day after work. But my practice is based around thinking about the rules of competition more than pouring itself.

5. Favorite latte art design?

Ballerina! Because when I serve this coffee to the customer, they really like it. It’s not free pour latte art though.

6. What is the most difficult latte art ?

That’s Thomas. I served a warm chocolate with this art for this 5-year old boy once. It was hard to do without any practice.

7. The strangest latte art you’ve ever seen in your life?

I’ve seen Rainbow latte art. I’ve never actually tasted it though… don’t know if I ever will.

8. When it comes to latte art, who is the best in the business?

Hiroshi Sawada. He was the first Asian latte art champion in the world. Pioneers always have advantages. We all have to find own field.

9. What’s the most expensive cup of coffee you’ve had?

That is “G.O.A” from Phoenix Coffee Planing. It is expensive, but it was a totally different type of coffee compared to anything else.

10. What’s the best food that goes with coffee?

I sometimes enjoy a couple of coffees over breakfast at cafes. Especially scrambled eggs are the perfect match for me.

11. What type of coffee setup do you have at home?

Espresso machine (Linea PB)! Well, it’s technically in the cafe, but I live upstairs so it’s almost my home.

12. Where did you have a really delicious cup of coffee recently?

“The Queensberry Pour House”. That was the best latte I’ve had in the past few years. This coffee was served By 2015,2016 Australian Cup Tasters Champion @harryhsgo.

13. What three words would you use to describe the coffee scene in Melbourne?

Individual, speed, and business

14. What’s the best thing about being a barista?

In my opinion, it’s being able to consider your identity and the concept of the shop where you would like to work.

15. What’s the most challenging part about being a barista?

The most difficult thing about becoming a barista is to know how customers enjoy a coffee and to serve good coffee consistently.

16. Who is someone that you look up to in the coffee industry?

Bowen, owner of Patricia coffee brewers in Melbourne. He created his original business style. The shop is always clean and full of hospitality.

17. The coolest movie with a coffee scene in it?

Sorry, no idea!

18. Who should everyone follow on instagram?

Motoki Maxted. He is known for his lip cyncing videos. He knows what his advantage his!

19. Best background music to play while you’re making coffee?

Jazz. That always makes me relax.

20. Most important thing you’ve learned being a barista?

Well, I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to learn from your customers. Sometimes inconvenient and uncomfortable things!

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interview with Nobumasa Shimoyama (@plusnobu)

interview /  Vaughan (@vja)

photography / Nik van der Giesen (@nvdg81)

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