Tim Wendelboe (born 1979) is a Norwegian barista and has won several Norwegian Barista Championships. He won the 2004 World Barista Championship as well as placing second in both 2001 and 2002. Tim also won the 2005 World Cup Tasters Championship.
In 1998 he started working as a barista in Oslo, for Stockfleth’s, a small chain with 3 stores in Oslo at that time. He soon took the responsibility of running the store he worked in and grew sales as well as the staff’s coffee knowledge. By the time he quit in the end of 2005 he was head of quality and training and was running 6 stores together with his friend and colleague Alexander Scheen Jensen.
In July 2007, Tim started his own espresso bar, training centre, and micro roastery at Grünerløkka, in Oslo, called Tim Wendelboe, where he imports, roasts and sells high quality coffee. The company aims to be among the best roasteries in the world. Although this is not measurable Tim Wendelboe won the Nordic roaster competition in 2008, 2009 and in 2010. The company currently sells coffee to around 50 cafes and restaurants in Norway and also around the world.
Tim has close relations with all the coffee producers he buys coffee from. He spends a lot of time traveling to coffee producing countries in order to visit the producers and help them develop their coffee quality. Based on his experience he wrote and published the book ”Coffee with Tim Wendelboe” in Norwegian in 2009. The book gives the reader a basic introduction to how the best quality coffee is produced, roasted and brewed and is now translated in to Korean, English, Mandarin and will soon be available in Japanese.
Tim also published the book ”Finca Tamana” in 2013 which is a book about his ongoing work and relationship with the coffee producer Elias Roa and his farm Finca Tamana.