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
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.