Phillipp has been with 19grams since spring 2022, and mainly looks after the weekend workshops held in German. He’s been a pro in specialty coffee for 6 years, working variously as a barista, roaster, trainer and consultant, though he’s been a proper coffee nerd for much longer. Snatch up some of his expertise in his workshops.
How long have you been making coffee in Specialty Coffee?
I've always kind of liked coffee, but it really started in 2015 when I realised that making coffee was more fun than my studies.
I was working part-time in a cafe at the time but wanted to know more, so I applied for a trainee programme at a roastery.
Which is your favourite roastery at the moment?
I think roasteries that are progressive in their thinking and bold are great.
For me it's not just about the coffee, the design and vibe of the roastery is important too.
At the Moment: Friedhats, RushRush, Process, Manhattan and of course 19grams!!!
What is your favourite brewing method?
Have you ever thought of reinventing a brewing method?
Most coffee is drunk from fully automatic machines, we need a fully automatic revolution!
What do you do at 19grams? Describe your job in one sentence.
I make sure that all B2B customers are happy and that the coffee tastes good at home.
Do you have a favourite coffee origin? Is there a country you drink a lot of coffee from?
I love them all, but there is hardly anything better than a clean, natural Ethiopian.
Unpopular opinion: Brazil and Yemen have a lot more to offer than we think!
Are you a filter or espresso kinda-guy?
Filter. Unfortunately, good espresso is very rare.
What's been your biggest revelation about the coffee industry since you started working in it?
Everything is changing incredibly fast and nobody really knows what's happening.
What coffee drink do you find terrible to make?
What coffee podcasts are you listening to at the moment?
Coffee roasters warm up
Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries
Cat & Cloud Coffee Podcast
Making Coffee With Lucia Solis
Where are you from and what is the specialty coffee scene like there?
Düsseldorf. The coffee scene is still in its infancy, but a lot is happening and there are now many great projects and OGs that are doing a very good job.