“My finest hour was when I represented Indonesia in the World Barista Championship 2019. We managed to go into the finals and came 4th in the world – the highest rank Indonesia has ever gotten in any World Coffee Event.”
When Mikael was a kid, his mum would put some coffee in his milk during breakfast. The intention was to add some flavour to his drink because he suffered from asthma and could not consume any chocolate. This trick unintentionally led Mikael to the path that he is now on. Living in Melbourne a few years ago, he worked at a cafe during his free time from university and slowly developed the interest to learn the process behind coffee making.
Training for the World Barista Championship 2019 has helped Mikael change the way he makes use of his time. “Time is not about how much you have, it’s how you use it to your advantage.” While training for the championship, he would wake up at 4 AM every day. “I slept for six hours a day and worked for myself during the other 18. I had an exact schedule, I put every hour of my day to a purpose. I think that is what time is all about.”
His hard work paid off when he won the Indonesia Barista Championship and earned the right to represent his country in the field he is passionate about. “I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love, and though we didn’t win the WBC 2019, I still consider it as my finest hour. Maybe we’ll win next year.” Mikael Jasin wears the Chopard Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition.