barista, manager, barista trainer, industry professional, consultant
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
South Puget Sound, and currently 3 states
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I hold the position of Director of Training and Operations for Forza Coffee Company. I've been a competitor for the past 3 years, and am now coaching our own barista's for competition. Equipment repair and up-keep is an area I am learning.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Italy is planned for first part of 09!
Other than coffee? Photography, music, anything culinary (I love cuppings and tastings), art/ architecture and travel! The outdoors rocks! Did I mention travel?
About My Company:
Forza Coffee Company is growing! We focus on the tradition of Quality. We look to hire GREAT people with outstanding attitudes. So far it's been a lot of fun.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Hey! Just wanted to say Hi. :) Things are going well, it's definitely picking up... little by little. The campus schedule has a big affect on things, our biggest morning rush is before the 11 a.m. classes. Quite the adrenaline flow goin' there... I really love it! Gettin' pretty good with the latte art, but I have a long way to go still. I'm feeling pretty confident about my abilities, and I've had a couple people tell me my cappucinos are worth pictures. :) I hear frequently that my drinks are the best people have ever had, which is an amazing self-confidence booster. Every day is a new challenge to learn something and someone new. Plus, I have the most amazing schedule that works fabulously with my life... what more can a Barista ask for?? :)
Shiloh, hey I just wanted to say thank you so much for being so patient with me about training. I apologize if I seemed pushy. I worked with Kendra today and it was amazing. Hope to see you soon and have a great day.
PS-How was Coffee Fest?! Maybe I'll go to the one in Las Vegas. Lol!
You're right we are staying at the Grand Hyatt. I arrive Thursday, how about you? A little about me since we are going to be roomies: I like awesomely bad TV and will leave a trail of San Pelligrino bottles in my wake. Looking forward to meeting you, see you in a few days!
Well I ended up helping out and closing Saturday night (my day off) cuz Leslie at 168th e-mailed in and quit that morning. So I also worked Sunday (went well) and today. There was a scheduling issue today and only 1 barista was on for 12-5, so I volunteered to stay and pull a double, then Kyla called Brenna in at 3 so I only worked 9.3 hours. I started last Tuesday and with the 2 shifts I picked up that makes 11 days straight with a double shift in the middle. Holy Spimoni! But, I volunteered for all of it, so I'm really not complaining. I am glad for the experience so soon. Plus, now 5 days in a row with the weekend off will feel like a piece of cake! Right?!? And come Friday I should have it all down pat. Oh! And today I made a dry Cappuccino for a guy who said Starbucks always gives him Lattes and he hates it. I did it perfect and he LOVED it-- My first try!!! :-)
Thanks! Today went fabulously. Kyla already gave me a key and I'm opening tomorrow without them. :) I'd say that's a great sign. Me, Julia, and Caitlin are a rockin' team. Shots today were good too and I did that Clover Leaf thing in Latte Art! I showed it around the store, haha, I was so stinkin' proud it looked like something distinguishable. Couldn't repeat it again, tho, lol. But Casey was impressed. So, every day gets better!
I have been away from Forza so long they are going to put me through a brief re-training sesh sometime in a week or two, so I am not working this week. IF you are in Puyallup, swing by the Fair and catch a Konzelman Family Band show 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, this friday through next friday!
Thank You Thank You Thank You for all the fabulous training! :) I'm quite excited to put it all to use and refine my skills! I can't believe opening day is finally here, but I'm pretty confident I'll make it through :)
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