Bfn barista bags national award

Stevo Kühn with The Coffee Magazine's Barista Trainer of the Year award he received. Photo: Pierce van Heerden

Bloemfontein barista and owner of Urban Brew Coffee, Stevo Kühn, recently claimed the national prize of The Coffee Magazine’s Barista Trainer of the Year.

The Coffee Magazine named Kühn as one of the most passionate and hardworking people in the coffee industry.

In an interview with Bloemfontein Courant Kühn said that he is very honoured to be the title holder of this prestigious award. “Being a trainer, for me, has always been about being open to learn from those around the table,” said Kühn.

According to The Coffee Magazine, the nominees are the very best barista trainers in the country, and they teach and inspire. Kühn was also one of the first to acquire his AST qualifications, meaning he can teach the global SCA courses right here in South Africa. He offers a wide range of courses to the public to help better their skills as well as internationally recognised courses.

“Being an independent trainer without the base of a café or roastery has made the past two to three years very hectic, but I wouldn’t change a thing – not because I have a trophy, but because I like to believe that training others has helped shape the way I look at the industry,” said Kühn.

Kühn was born in Potchefstroom but raised in Bloemfontein where he studied education at the University of the Free State. During his second year he took a leap of faith and entered the coffee industry, from where he later rose to fame and owns one of the city’s best coffee spots.

The 31-year-old coffee lover told Bloemfontein Courant that the best thing about making a cup of coffee is the mental break it offers. According to him, it forces you to focus as coffee can be very technical. It forces him at times to stand still. “I love that coffee is about people and that it connects people,” concluded Kühn.

Follow his journey and visit his Facebook page at Urban Brew Coffee.

Pierce van Heerden