Hi there! My name is Adnan Ali Chinioti, and I’m proud to say that I’m a barista hailing from Chiniot, a small city near Faisalabad. Growing up, I didn’t have any exposure to coffee until my family relocated to Islamabad in 2006. It was here that I landed my first job at Coffee Planet. Initially, it was just a part-time gig, but when my mother fell ill, I had to work full-time to support my family. It was at Coffee Planet where I took my first sip of espresso. While it wasn’t a life-altering moment, it certainly piqued my interest and soon turned into a full-blown obsession. I began drinking five to six cups of coffee a day! Despite my efforts to introduce my family to coffee, they still prefer tea. Nonetheless, I’m determined to spread coffee culture all over Pakistan. I’ve witnessed the rise of barista recognition and respect, and it’s even become a trendy profession! In March 2022, a friend introduced me to a specialty coffee brand where he worked as a head barista. At that time, I knew very little about specialty coffee, but I found it fascinating. I quickly switched jobs and started working at Bistro Noir. I am now the head barista at Bistro Noir, and have also been training new baristas and helping them find well-paying jobs. In December, I attended a week-long class at Nomad. Nomad’s passion for coffee is contagious, and I was instantly hooked. I even visited their roastery in Karachi, where I learned about bean roasting and the ideal temperature for it. I was also given the opportunity to teach new baristas at their new branch. It was then that I realized that teaching also meant learning. Although there isn’t much difference between Islamabad and Karachi’s coffee culture, people in Karachi tend to prefer cold coffee due to the hot weather. But regardless of the weather, I’m determined to promote coffee culture in Pakistan and showcase what our country is capable of in the coffee industry. Extracting espresso shots from a bottomless portafilter is pure bliss. I love the feeling of the tamper as it clicks into place, the anticipation as the water heats up, and the satisfaction of watching the rich brown crema fill the cup. It’s a process I can never tire of, and I always capture the moment on camera to relive the experience. As I watch the rich, dark liquid pour out of the bottomless portafilter and into the cup, I can’t help but feel a sense of satisfaction. With each shot, I capture the beauty of the process through my camera lens, immortalizing the art of coffee-making in photos and videos that allow others to experience the same joy and passion that I feel through my instagram @baristalife.pk So let’s raise our cups to the boundless potential of coffee making – from its intricate flavors to the endless opportunities for experimentation and exploration!