“My favourite coffee?… Nescafe… just kidding! I love to try naturally processed coffee, no matter the origin. They’re always bursting with interesting fruity, sweet and juicy flavours. I especially like it when you get boozy flavours, like wine, whisky or rum, and I don’t even drink!”
Pedro got his start in coffee early! As a child growing up in Venezuela, he would help his father in his restaurant. One of his main duties was to make the coffee, earning him the reputation of “Barista”. He learned all the different names for types of coffee (con leche, marron, marron claro, negro corto, negro largo and guayoyo) and served them up perfectly.
Admittedly, it took a long time for Pedro to come back to his roots. He went on from these foundations to graduate from Santa Maria University Caracas-Venezuela with a degree in Industrial Engineering and went on to found his own company. He has always remained interested in manufacturing and process and applies that curiosity to his current role as Lab Assistant in the UK.
For Pedro, when he started at Mercanta, coffee was a “simple morning beverage to help you wake up”, but he now has a completely different understanding of the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects. As he says “behind that little tiny bean is a whole world of flavours and fragrance” that he is excited to continue understanding. Pedro ensures our UK lab is in tip-top shape, roasting and preparing all samples for clients, and daily team cupping sessions.
Pedro points out that Venezuela was a producer of some the best coffee in the world a hope in the nearly future Mercanta will have “café de mi tierra”. One of his goals is to see Mercanta begin buying from this beautiful origin some day soon.