CEO of Coffee Laboratory

Alin is a coffee industry veteran and the most qualified coffee professional in the country. He is one of the 5 Q Graders in the country and the ONLY Authorized SCA Trainer licensed to run all the Coffee Skills Program modules in Ireland. Also, he is one of the 3 Q Grader Instructors in Europe. With huge experience, covering coffee shops management, coffee roasting, product development and training, Alin has worked for some of the most important companies in the coffee industry and has trained managers and trainers for some of the most known coffee companies on the market like Bewley’s, Java Republic, Robert Robert’s, Frank & Honest, Insomnia, Bailies and others. Up to date, Alin has trained more than 3500 individuals. He is the founder and the CEO of Coffee Laboratory.

Alin is also one of the national judges for the Irish Barista Competition, Irish Latte art Competition and Irish Brewers Cup. He is also the Education Coordinator of the Irish Speciality Coffee Association.

Since 2019, Alin is a consultant for the US Agency for International Development, offering his services in various projects in the coffee-producing countries.

Andrius Valiauga CoffeLaboratory


Barista skills and Introduction to coffee trainer

Andrius Valiauga has over 14year experience with coffee. He worked with few coffee companies back in Lithuania and after he moved to Ireland back in 2004 he finds the passion for coffee. From Barista he became head barista, bar manager, trainer, training team co-ordinator. He is the Authorized SCA Trainer for  Barista skills and Introduction to coffee.

Andrius Trained Irish Barista Champions of 2018 and 2019.

He competed in the Irish barista championship and in 2007 he became Irish Barista Champion and had the opportunity to represent Ireland at the world championships in Tokyo in 2008. Also, in 2008 he took part in the European barista challenge competition that took place in Moscow.

Since 2010 he is the national judge for barista competition. Also, every year Andrius is involved with training people for competition. Among others, Andrius trained the 2018 Irish Barista Champion Arvind Khedun and the 2019 Irish Barista Champion Wojciech Tysler. In his career, he has trained over 3000 individuals.

DANIEL HORBAT Coffee Laboratory


Latte Art and Home brewing trainer / 2019 World Cup Tasting Champion

With 14 years of experience in the coffee industry, Daniel is one of the most respected baristas in the community. He competed several times, achieving some impressive results. He was a finalist of the Irish Latte Art Championship in 2016 and 2018, and won the 2016, 2018 and 2019 Irish Cup tasting Champion. In 2019, Daniel became the World Cup Tasting Champion. He joined Coffee Laboratory’s team to run the Latte Art and the Home brewing courses.

Joerg Muller Coffee Laboratory


Tea Tasting Trainer

Joerg Muller is one of the country’s leading tea expert & founder of Specialty Tea company Solaris Tea. With a wealth of experience in tea blending, single origin sourcing & a background as a Medical Herbalist (BScHons), he has extensively trained customers all over Europe. He also holds a MBP (Masters of Business Practice) from UCC in business. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge and adding towards the fast growing interest in specialty tea.

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