5 Minutes with barista: Yuko Inoe

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Yuko Inoue
Title: Head Barista (in Soho branch)
Place of Work: Timberyard, Soho
Nationality: Japanese


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White: Black
What you love about coffee: The different tastes, depending on what part of the world it's from. 
Coffee you are currently serving at the cafe: It changes everyday, but currently we are serving Burundi, Brazil, Columbia, Tanzania and Ethiopian. 
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or Plain: Toasted Almond
Run or Ride: Run
Ocean or pool: Ocean
Surf or skate: Neither
Dog or Cat: Doooooog!
Hard or soft: Hard!
Beer or Bubbles: Beer
How do you like your steak: Very well done. (I said "hard" in earlier question)
Ai Wei Wei or Hockney: Hockney
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be baked
Favourite Cuisine: Vietnamese
Favorite TV/Netflix show: I don't watch TV/Netflix. I know I'm boring.
Dream Home: Calgary, Canada
2 Superpowers you'd choose: Flying and Omilinguism
Person who has most influenced your life? Akihiro Okada. I was inpired by him 7 years ago. He taught me the most important thing to be a better barista - customer service. 
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: I'm Japanese who is normally calm but a bit crazy sometimes and loves coffee. 
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: My dream goal is spending months in coffee producing countries!
What you love right now: Tasting lots of different coffee
If you could solve a problem in the world, what would it be: No War, No Hunger!
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Making delicious coffee and making people happy with my coffee. 

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

5 minutes with barista: Adrian Antoniewicz

EACH FRIDAY I FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA & GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE:

WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES! 

Name: Adrian Antoniewicz
Title: Shop manager / Head barista
Place of Work: Bonanza Coffee Roasters, Berlin
Nationality: Polish


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: HOT
Coffee, Black or White: BLACK
What you love about coffee: It’s not so boring
Coffee you are currently using at the cafe: Adado Ethiopia (love it) / Rwanda PB / Fabian Zarama Colombia / Apu Peru
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or Plain: Almond
Run or Ride: Ride
Ocean or pool: Ocean
Surf or skate: Skate
Dog or Cat: Cat
Hard or soft: Hard
Beer or Bubbles: Beer and Bubbles
How do you like your steak: Cheap
Ai Wei Wei or Hockney: Ai Wei Wei
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be baked
Favourite Cuisine: Asian
Favorite TV/Netflix show: Stranger Things
Dream Home: Berlin, of course !
Favourite Polish or German Saying: Alles complete
Best place or area in Berlin you like to hang out: Kreuzkölln
2 Superpowers you'd choose: Telepathy and flying
Your best / Worst trait: Honesty / sometimes too much!
Person who has most influenced your life? Don’t have one person, but - Godspeed! You Black Emperor. This is a band from Canada. They changed my perspective on how I look at the world. We need more hope, to survive these dark times!
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: I can laugh at myself like no one else! I hope! I can never go out for one beer! Right now looks like David Guetta. 
Dream Goal/Job: Neighbouhood coffeeshop where you can relax. Mix coffee with natural wine and enjoy live music!
What you love right now: Wrekmeister Harmonies - Light Falls (album)
If you could solve a problem in the world, what would it be: Terrorism
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Man I'm just chillin !

If you're in Berlin, you should definitely check this place out and say hi to Adrian. The coffee and space is great! 

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

5 Minutes with barista: Brenda Ty

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Brenda Ty
Title: Head Barista/trainer
Place of Work: Department of Coffee & Social Affairs(Norton Folgate)
Nationality: British


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White: Black
What you love about coffee: Its social - you meet new people every day and you continue to develop the relationships with the regulars.
What coffee you are currently serving at the cafe: Espresso: Single origin, 2 yirgecheffes, one washed and one natural. Filter coffee: Costa Rica; Burundi; Kenya from The Roastery Department
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or Plain: Chocolate
Run or Ride: Run
Ocean or pool: Ocean
Surf or skate: SURF!!!
Dog or Cat: Dog, one hundred percent.
Hard or soft: Soft
Beer or Bubbles: Beer
How do you like your steak: I don't, I've always had bad ones so never opt for it. 
Ai Wei Wei or Hockney: Hockney
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be baked.
Favourite Cuisine: Everything...I will eat everything.
Favorite TV/Netflix show:  Blackadder. 
Dream Home: London.
2 Superpowers you'd choose: Invisibility & Omnilinguism. 
Person who has most influenced your life?  My paps. He came from a poor town in the Philippines and has taught me the right things to value in life. 
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: Photography, travel, piano, saxophone, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Bach, rice, broccoli, maps, analogue, mangos, baggy jumpers, eating, cooking, playing. 
Dream Goal/Job: Travel photographer
What you love right now: How cheap it is now to fly around Europe! It's insane...
If you could solve a problem in the world, what would it be: No food waste/food sustainability. 
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Hanging out with regulars outside of the shop. But most importantly, viewing work as hanging out with mates and making coffee as a side thing...;P

PS: Check out her photography go to: Brenda-ty.co.uk

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

5 Minutes with Barista: Greg Cornes

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Greg Cornes
Title: Owner / Barista
Place of Work: Goodness Gracious Cafe & Bagelry (here)
Nationality: New Zealander


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White: Its all coffee to me.
What you love about coffee: The culture
What coffee you are currently serving at the cafe: Our own espresso blend by a local contract roaster.
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or Plain: Plain in the morning, chocolate in the afternoon
Run or Ride: Run for fitness, ride for pleasure
Ocean or pool: Ocean, if I don't have access to a pool.
Surf or skate: Bodyboarding & BMX in my youth. Now that I'm adulting; sea frolicking and bicycle
Dog or Cat: Dog
Hard or soft: We talking poached eggs here? Soft.
Beer or Bubbles: Beer
How do you like your steak: Medium Well
Ai Wei Wei or Hockney: Ai Wei Wei
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker:  Be Baked
Favourite Cuisine: Antipodean cafe fare re: breakfast and lunch. Most things oriental for dinner.
Favorite TV/Netflix show: Vikings
Dream Home: NZ
2 Superpowers you'd choose: Healing for the sake of humanity. Mind control for shits and giggles.
Person who has most influenced your life? My parents. My mum was super savvy and my dad a very hard worker. I'd like to think I got the best of both of them. 
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: A true May baby and Taurus personality to a T. A believer of many things but self belief being the front runner. 
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: Living my dream.
What you love right now: My family and my work.
If you could solve a problem in the world, what would it be: World Peace
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Progression both personally and professionally. 

 

 

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

5 Minutes with Barista: Tristan Clark

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Tristan Clark
Title: Head of Coffee
Place of Work: The Good Yard - The Arcade, 19 Liverpool St, EC2M 7PN
Nationality: Australian


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White: Black
What you love about coffee: Everything
Coffee you are currently using at the cafe: Square Mile's "Red Brick"
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or plain: Almond
Run or Ride: Ride
Ocean or Pool: Pool
Surf or skate: Skate
Dog or Cat: Dog
Hot Chips or Crisps: Hot Chips
Beer or Bubbles: Beer
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be the Baker
How you like your steak: Medium Rare
Pokemon or Super Mario: Pokemon
Favorite TV show: House of Cards
Dream Home: Home is about heart not location. So anywhere!
2 Superpowers you'd choose:  Healing powers and telepathy.
Person who has most influenced your life (and why)? Dad. My mum died when I was 7, he has just worked really hard as a single dad and taught me a lot. He owned and sold many successful businesses, and was the one who got me into coffee. 
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: Just a bloke who loves a good chat, probably over a coffee or two.
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: Too many goals, too many jobs I wanna try. Not enough time!
What you love right now: Cycling
If you could solve a problem in the world, what would it be: The disproportionate division of wealth. Robin Hood style,; be able to give those who need what they need, and take from those who are foolish and squander! 
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: The human interaction and free coffee of course!

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

5 Minutes with Barista: Jamie Strachan

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Jamie Strachan
Title: Head of coffee
Place of Work: Dark Arts Coffee / I Will Kill Again Cafe - Arch 216, 27 Ponsford Street, London E9 6JU
Nationality: Scottish


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Both
Coffee, Black or White: Black
Coffee you currently using at the cafe: "Two headed Dog" (columbian) as filter and "Lost Highway" (Brazil) as espresso.
What you love about coffee: It's social
Run or Ride: Ride
Surf or skate: Surf, cause its in the sea
Dog or Cat: Dog
Hip hop or rock: Trap
Hot Chips or Crisps? Chips
Beer or Bubbles: Beer
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: 420 yo
How you like your steak: Fake
Pokemon or Super Mario: Neither
Favorite TV show: Nope
Dream Home: London
2 Superpowers you'd choose: Immortality and being able to read real fast - like Johnny 5 in short circuit
Person who has most influenced your life? Dennis Rodman - I guess he's cool cause he works hard, struggled to get where he was/is and then celebrated it by being himself...and partying a lot.
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: Someone who hates talking about themselves
Dream Goal/Job: Working with great people, learning on the job and not being too serious. Also having a social job where you meet a lot of people and help improve their day.
What you love right now: "Formulas fatal to the flesh' (Album)
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: It's physical, I'm not sat at a desk and you're learning all the time. 

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

5 Minutes with Barista: Brittany Gunther - Vagabond Cafe N7

ON FRIDAY's I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Brittany Gunther
Title: N7 Mangager
Place of Work: Vagabond (105 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LT)
Nationality: Australian


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White: Black
What you love about coffee: Coffee for me is about connection. From the people working on the farm, to the roastery, the baristas and then the customer - coffee connects us all. 
Run or Ride: Run
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or Plain? Almond
Ocean or pool: Ocean - Salt water cures everything
Surf or skate? Surf
Hard or Soft: Soft
Dog or Cat: Cat
Beer or Bubbles: Bubbles
Favourite Cuisine: Thai
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be the baker, I have been know to sneak into the Vagabond kitchen and whip something up on occasions. 
How you like your steak: Not at all. I'm a vegetarian.
Favorite TV show: Antiques Road Show, is a guilty pleasure. 
Dream Home: Australia, nothing beats home. 
Two Superpowers you'd choose: Healing powers & omnilinguism.
Person who has most influenced your life? It's difficult to pick just one person, I like to think you can learn something from everyone you meet. 
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: State of flux.
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: The more I learn about roasting, the more I think that's the direction I'd like to head towards. 
What you love right now: Piano practice. 
If you could solve a world problem: I'd like us to have more compassion. 
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: I love meeting new people everyday and tying lots of different coffees. 

 

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

MINUTES WITH BARISTA: FREDA YUAN (FREELANCE BARISTA)

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Freda Yuan
Title: Q grader, AST and Freelance barista. 
Place of Work: Everywhere - Currently a part-time Production Assistant for Caravan Roastery, London. 
Nationality: Taiwan


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White: Black
What you love about coffee: Different flavours and acidity
Run or Ride: Run
Ocean or pool: Ocean
Hard or Soft: Hard
Dog or Cat: Dog
Karma or Coke: Coke
Hot Chips or Crisps: Crisps
Beer or Bubbles: bubbles
Favourite Cuisine: Mediterranean
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be the baker
How you like your steak: Medium Rare
Pokemon or Super Mario: Super Mario
Favorite TV show: The Great British Bake Off - But its sadly ending
Dream Home: No where. Home is where I feel happy and engaged with the city and community. 
Two Superpowers you'd choose: (invisibility, superhuman strength, healing powers, telepathy, omnilinguism(understanding any form of language), precognition, mind control, flying, immortality):
Invisibility and Telepathy
Person who has most influenced your life? My mom. She shows me how to love, and be considerate. 
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: I'm loud and cheerful. Love to give and not expect return.
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: Sourcing coffee, roast and Quality Control
What you love right now: Running
If you could solve a world problem: Terrorist attacks
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Taste coffee and meeting people who work in the coffee industry

 

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

5 minutes with: Barista Souhil Zain Kara-Bernou - Saint Espresso

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Souhil Zain Kara-Bernou
Title: Designer / Barista
Place of Work: Saint Espresso / Laser Lab Projects
Nationality: British / Algerian


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White? Black
What you love about coffee: The "ahhhhhh" feeling you get after sipping a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. 
Coffee you currently using at the cafe: Alchemy Coffee Roasters Guatemalan, San Sebatian
Run or Ride: Run
Surf or skate: Surf
Dog or Cat: Cat
Karma or Coke: Coke
Hot Chips or Crisps? French Fries
Beer or Bubbles: None, don't drink
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be baked for
How you like your steak: Medium Rare
Pokemon or Super Mario: Super Mario
Favorite TV show: House M.D
Dream Home: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
2 Superpowers you'd choose: (invisibility, superhuman strength, healing powers, telepathy, omnilinguism(understanding any form of language), precognition, mind control, flying, immortality):
Basically superman's powers, without the weakness of Kryptonite. 
Person who has most influenced your life? 
My uncle, who introduced me to the beauty of handcrafting using wood and other materials.
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: I'd like to think that I'm a kind, caring human being who is passionate about the art of design, coffee making and staying chill. 
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: To have my own mixed media practice ranging from Architecture to interior design and fashion.
What you love right now: Working on the various projects I have going on with Laser Lab Projects (like my LatteArt Dice), my business in the daytime and chilling outdoors with friends and family in the evening.
If you could solve a world problem: World peace would be a cliche, but don't think anyone wouldn't want that.  
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Meeting new people and the opportunity to continuously learn and be inspired on the job.

** Zain is the designer of the famous Latte Art Dice.

Check them out here! Challenge yourself and Pour your heart out! 

 

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE   TGITC XX

5 Minutes with: Barista Ellie Hall - Iris & June

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Ellie Hall
Title: Cafe Manager
Place of Work: Iris & June, SW1P 1WG
Nationality: Australian

5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White? Black
What you love about coffee: Everything! Mostly the taste and ritual of making, drinking and sharing it.
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or plain: Almond.
Run or Ride: Run
Ocean or pool: Ocean all the way
Surf or skate: Surf
Dog or Cat:  Dog
Karma or Coke: Neither. Fizzy drinks aren't my thing
Hot Chips or Crisps? Hot chips
Beer or Bubbles: Beer
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be baked for.
Dream Home: Australia - can't stay away from the ocean forever!
2 Superpowers you'd choose (invisibility, superhuman strength, healing powers, telepathy, omnilinguism(understanding any form of language), precognition, mind control, flying, immortality):
Flying and healing powers.
Person who has most influenced your life? My sister, Laura.
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: Sagittarius - majorly. Family Obsessed. Free spirit with an over active mind. Impatient. A little bit weird - but totally ok with it. 
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: To stay living my truth no matter what. I think this means coffee and beautiful people forever. 
What you love right now: Hot sauce obsession is reaching new heights lately. 
If you could solve a world problem:  Oh too hard to choose! Maybe Donald Trump. He's a huge problem. 
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: COFFEE. And the great people I meet and work with.
Current coffee at the cafe: Ozone's empire house blend. El salvadour from Yallah and an Ethiopian from Curve Roasters

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE TGITC XX

5 Minutes with barista:Rafael Mlodzianowski St Clements

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Rafael Mlodzianowski
Title: Freelance Trainer & AST
Place of Work: St Clements Cafe & Prufrock (for now)
Nationality: London


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot!
Coffee, Black or White: Black!!
What you love about coffee: Brewing
Croissant - Chocolate, Almond or plain: Plain
Run or Ride: Ride
Ocean or pool: Ocean
Surf or skate: I would like to master both.
Dog or Cat: None. Animals belong in the wild.
Karma or Coke: Water
Hot Chips or Crisps: Celery
Beer or Bubbles: Guinness
Pokemon or Super Mario: Pokemon but on GameBoy.
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be the baker.
Dream Home: Not sure there are still too many cities to visit before I can make up my mind.
2 Superpowers you'd choose: (invisibility, superhuman strength, healing powers, telepathy, omnilinguism(understanding any form of language), precognition, mind control, flying, immortality):
Omnilinguism and flying.
Person who has most influenced your life:
One of my punk friends from back in the day. Taught me that you can make it doing whatever you like.
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: Always looking to learn and challenge myself.
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: Having my own coffee space.
What you love right now: Family and Friends.
If you could solve a world problem:  Distribution of wealth so we can all live well. And this would hopefully also stop a lot of conflicts.  
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Meeting new people and helping them grow their passion for the bean. 

COFFEE COMP ALERT! 

Also, Raf has also founded a new exciting underground competition...if you're a budding designer, barista or have some creative ideas to do with coffee, check out the latest competition coming out called the "CREATORS CUP" happening in November. Contestants have to create their own brewer and will be judged on two categories: Brewer design and quality of your brew.

I'll be there!! 

THANKS MATE #DOWHATYOULOVE

TGITC xx

5 Minutes with: barista Farah Kezouh Alchemy Cafe

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Farah Kezouh
Title: Barista
Place of Work: Alchemy Cafe, EC4V 6DU
Nationality: French


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White: Black
What you love about coffee: I love that so many people and work have been involved for you to drink that one cup of coffee.
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or plain: Plain
Run or Ride: Ride
Ocean or pool: Ocean
Surf or skate: Neither, I used to rollerblade, very badly
Dog or Cat:  I'm not very good with animals. I only had a rabbit, her name was julie.
Karma or Coke: I only drink water, coffee and alcohol. 
Hot Chips or Crisps: Chips
Beer or Bubbles: Beer
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: What?
Dream Home: Paris will always feel like home as it is where I grew up and I'll probably go back there at some point. But there are too many places I'd like to visit before. Maybe Melbourne? 
2 Superpowers you'd choose: (invisibility, superhuman strength, healing powers, telepathy, omnilinguism(understanding any form of language), precognition, mind control, flying, immortality):
Omnilinguism and Flying. 
Person who has most influenced your life:
I believe anyone I've met has influenced my life in a way. 
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less:  Still trying to figure out.
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: I'd love to have my own cafe at some point, I'd serve coffee during the day and wine/beer in the evening. 
What you love right now: I just moved into London Fields! 
If you could solve a world problem:  Donald Trump. 
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Free Coffee! and deciding on recipes and tasting notes for it. 
What coffee you're using at the cafe: On filter; 2 Guatemalans (Chacaya and San Sebastian) and one El Salvador (la Mercedes). For espresso the La Mercedes and The "Elixir".

Thanks Mate #Dowhat you love

TGITC xx

 

5 MINUTES WITH: BARISTA ANTony WEST The Black Chapel

Each week I'll feature a badass barista and get them to take on two (fun) challenges:

1. The SELFIE CHALLENGE, where they must take a selfie with something they LOVE or love doing, that has nothing to do with coffee!

2. They must try to answer my questions in 5 minutes. 

Name: Anthony 'Ant' West
Title: Proprietor
Place of Work: The Black Chapel, SW18 4HZ
Nationality: New Zealander


5 Minutes starts NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: HOT (warm)
Coffee, Black or White? Black
What do you love about coffee?   It has the ability to transform people's lives. Not just an unhappy person who needs 5 minutes to themselves in the city. But farmers, families and communities. 
What Coffee you're using at the Cafe: house roasted, Finca Jesus of Honduras.
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or plain: Neither, I can't stand croissants I'll never forgive the French for the rainbow warrior
Run or Ride: Ride, I'm lazy, but I do cycle to pick up our bqked goods from am German organic bakery three times a week.
Ocean or pool: Ocean, I grew up in Homoana, where the surf championsips and fine wines are from. I've got salt in my blood. Years of sailing will do that
Surf or skate: Skate, old-school big wheels Street skating. You need an 80s style board to skate in London AtoB
Dog or Cat:  Rat, his name is Morrisey. He's a d style breed with lineage from the Rattus Novegius kept by the Romanovs
Karma or Coke: Nah, I'm more a flat Lemonade guy  
Hot Chips or Crisps:  Chips bro
Beer or Bubbles:  Beer obvs
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be Baked! Free Kelly van Gaalen!
Dream home: I Love London, new York I'd like to do, but Barcelona is still my favourite sorry limeys! 
Person who has most influenced your life:  Karl Marx
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: Manic depressive obsessive that either gets things done or doesn't do them
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences:  Im doing it! But it's a nightmare.
What you love right now: 80s Post punk vinyl 12"s
If you could solve a world problem: Over population.
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: Coffee and autonomy

 

Thanks mate #DoWhatYouLove     TGITC xx

5 Minutes with: barista Stacey #4Real

EACH FRIDAY I'LL FEATURE A BADASS BARISTA AND GET THEM TO TAKE ON TWO (FUN) CHALLENGES:

1. THE SELFIE CHALLENGE, WHERE THEY MUST TAKE A SELFIE WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE OR LOVE DOING, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COFFEE!

2. THEY MUST TRY TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS IN 5 MINUTES. 

Name: Stacey Barber
Title: Head Barista
Place of Work: Climpson and Sons, E84PH
Nationality: Essex, Uk


5 MINUTES STARTS NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot
Coffee, Black or White? Black
What you love about coffee: There's always something new to learn and a new taste sensation to discover.
Coffee you are using at the cafe: Climpson's of course!
Croissant, Chocolate, Almond or plain: Plain
Run or Ride: Ride
Ocean or pool: Pool (Jellyfish phobia)
Surf or skate: Skate (again, jellyfish)
Dog or Cat:  Dog
Karma or Coke: Coke
Hot Chips or Crisps? Crisps
Beer or Bubbles: Beer
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be the baker!
Dream Home: Costa Rica
2 Superpowers you'd choose: (invisibility, superhuman strength, healing powers, telepathy, omnilinguism(understanding any form of language), precognition, mind control, flying, immortality):
Omnilinguism and Healing powers, if that meant I could heal others and not just myself!
Person who has most influenced your life? 
My Grandad Reg, he taught me the beauty in wanting to learn!
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: I have never ending coffee enthusiasm and I'm crazy in the nicest of ways!
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: I would love to be able to travel the world sharing the coffee love!
What you love right now: My job, I've settled into a fabulous coffee team and I couldn't be happier!
If you could solve a world problem:  Inequality. To me, all are equal.
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: The crazy, fabulous people I get to meet everyday and the insane flavour game I'm always playing!

 

THANKS MATE! #DOWHATYOULOVE TGITC XX

5 Minutes with: Barista James #4RealFriday

Each week I'll feature a badass barista and get them to take on two (fun) challenges:

1. The SELFIE CHALLENGE, where they must take a selfie with something they LOVE or love doing, that has nothing to do with coffee!

2. They must try to answer my questions in 5 minutes. 

Name: James Wise
Title: Founder
Place of Work: Silkies London, E27EY
Nationality: British


5 Minutes starts NOW 

Coffee, Hot or Cold: Hot  
Coffee, Black or White? Brown
What you love about coffee: The complexity of it, when you think you have a decent understanding you can just dive deep down the rabbit hole. 
Coffee you are using at the cafe: Assembly Roast & Volcano
Croissant: Chocolate, Almond or plain: Almond
Run or Ride: Ride.
Ocean or pool: TheOcean, unless seaweed is involved. 
Surf or skate: Skate.
Dog or Cat:  Dog
Karma or Coke: Karma fo sho
Hot Chips or Crisps? Sweet Potato Fries
Beer or Bubbles: Beer has bubbles, so technically both? 
Be baked, Be baked for, Be the baker: Be Baked, depending on what ya got.
Dream Home: Canada, up in the mountains.
2 Superpowers you'd choose: (invisibility, superhuman strength, healing powers, telepathy, omnilinguism(understanding any form of language), precognition, mind control, flying, immortality):
Healing powers and flight.
Person who has most influenced your life? 
Nick Mabey taught me everything I know about coffee and helped kick start my career within the coffee industry, dude has done a lot for me. 
Sum yourself up in 25 words or less: I'm that friend that thinks he's the funny one but in reality is the weird, socially awkward one. Sometimes described as a "good cunt". 
Dream Goal/Job in two sentences: Living the dream, maybe throw a gallery and tattoo studio into the mix.
What you love right now: My other half
If you could solve a world problem: Lack of manners, thank you for asking. 
Two favourite things about what you do for a living: The variation coffee has, every step that bean makes from planting at origin to ending up in my cup imparts something different, that's cool and it's pretty sweet that it allows me to connect with people from different walks of life, from all over the world while still having something to chat about. 

 

Thanks mate! #DoWhatYouLove   TGITC xx