To judge a competition like Coffee Masters™, we had to recruit the best of the best for our panel of judges and MCs. Comprising of legendary names from the world of specialty coffee, we are delighted to announce…
TIM STURK - HEAD JUDGE
Coffee Masters Head Judge is Tim Sturk. He's Director of Coffee Education at Cherry Coffee Training LTD. He's been playing a pivotal role in global coffee education, development, and training for over 10 years. He became a Licensed Q Grader in 2016 and has directly led the alignment project between SCAE & SCAA (Speciality Coffee Association of America) to create the world’s first global coffee education system.
Tim judged the 2018 London Coffee Masters, has been a Head Judge for the UKBC (UK Barista Championships), Italian, Romanian, UAE, Saudi Arabian, and Dubai Barista Championships. Tim's been a certified sensory judge for the World Barista Championships (WBC) since 2015. In 2019 he also designed the first Gahwa (Arabic Coffee) Championships in UAE.
Within the world of coffee, there isn’t much James hasn’t done, he’s worked busy bars, managed, owned, and consulted for cafes, won coffee masters, given talks internationally, judged competitions, coached champions, illustrated for global coffee brands, worked with some of the worlds best roasters and helped bring new products to market.
James is part founder of Rosslyn in the City of London, one of the industry’s most reputable and busiest coffee shops. Having spent a number of years as part of the team at Five Senses Coffee in Melbourne and Caravan Coffee Roasters here in London, in addition to judging at the Australian Barista Championships, James contributes a wealth of coffee knowledge and experience to the table for this year’s Coffee Masters.
Rob Clarijs (@robc.cc) knows like no other what it's like to be on the Coffee Masters stage. After making it to the finals in 2018, where he just missed the title, he came back a year later and was crowned Coffee Masters Winner 2019.
Rob is founder and owner of A Matter of Concrete (@amatterofconcrete), his brand new roastery and 'coffee lab' which is planned to open later this year in the iconic UNESCO heritage Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam.
DIANA JOHNSTON LEDEZMA
Diana has been in the coffee industry for 17 years, across two continents, having started her journey whilst in high school back in the Americas. She has worked within and across the value chain in roles including, but not limited to, roasting, training, quality control, and operations. From cafe through to green coffee importer.
Diana is no stranger to competition and has been very active on the scene since 2013, having competed in every SCA discipline, and twice competed in Coffee Masters. She is the current UK Roasting Champion, a SCA UK Sensory Judge, a certified AST in Sensory and Green, and a licensed Q Grader Arabica.
AND THE MCS…
Sierra Yeo is the Coffee Specialist for Alpro U.K., as well as the Head of Coffee and Content for 3TEMP. She is also a certified Q-Arabica Grader and freelance coffee writer, having written for notable coffee publications like Barista Magazine, Urnex/Biocaf, Perfect Daily Grind, SOLO Magazine, and Fresh Cup Magazine among others.
She is also the founder of The Kore Directive, a diversity, equity and inclusivity group founded on feminism within the UK and global coffee scene.
Actress & Top Coffee Barista. Born in New Zealand, Celeste has held top positions in leading artisan cafes all over the world for over a decade. Since migrating to the UK, she has been listed as one of London’s top five Baristas in The Financial Times and noted for her excellence in a plethora of other publications. Her blog is algorithmically currently ranked top 20 in the world!