Jose Vilandy works his magic at Origin. In 2008 he claimed both the Western Cape regional and South African Barista Champ titles. Originating from Angola, he mentions how his father was involved in coffee plantations there.
Coffee is in my blood.
His love affair with coffee wasn’t at first sight but rather caused by another sense. While working as a barman he admits to drinking espresso as a means to keep lively during long shifts. It wasn’t long before coffee had cast its spell over Jose and he speaks of how it was the aroma that grabbed him.
I fell in love with the smell of coffee
Jose proudly boasts his involvement with Origin and the fact that he was the second employee to be hired. You need only speak to him for a minute to see how passionate he is about coffee and his occupation as a barista.