Baristas uncovered: Jana Kettner, Sofitel Queenstown

Jana Kettner
Jana Kettner
Jana Kettner, from the Czech Republic and head barista at Sofitel in Queenstown, says every cup of coffee should be made with passion, 

focus, knowledge and love.

How did you end up making coffee?

My first touch with coffee was in Europe and if you try that gorgeous Italian style it's very easy to fall in love.

Q The key to being a good barista is?

Every cup should be made with passion, focus, knowledge and love of course. But also practice is the key because practice makes perfect.

Q Weirdest drink request you've had?

Unsweetened soy matcha with a piece of butter was pretty impressive.

Q What do you drink?

A flat white mainly and macchiato in tough barista's moments.

Q What does it take to make those shapes on top of a coffee?

Deliberate practice. Each coffee is a bit of alchemy; if one part is not correct, then it will not assemble correctly.

Q Top tip for home coffee makers?

Definitely don't expect the same quality as coffee from a barista coffee machine but great coffee beans and a proper grinder can make miracles even with a simple moka pot!

Q Chemex or cold brew - what's your preference?


Q Would you serve coffee in an avocado shell as per latest instagram trends?

Well, it doesn't sound very practical but if you will come with an avocado shell I will try it for sure.

Jana Kettner was nominated by Gaye Ellis

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