The week before Christmas, David Heilbrunn of Coffee Fest took me to Fresh Cup Magazine's Holiday Open House.
As a former Executive Chef, who did a two year sabbatical studying architecture in Boston, I completely understand having passion for a craft or trade. I'm quite passionate about creative culinary, gastronomy, sustainability and being a superior craftsperson.
Over the times I was Exec Chef, I participated in a number of coffee/tea purchasing decisions; I was aware of the barista craft, but only marginally.
Moments after arriving at Fresh Cup's Open House, the owner showed me her demitasse cup collection from around the world. As the next two hours unfolded and I spoke with people from all over the globe - it dawned on me just how passionate an industry specialty coffee and tea is.
A long conversation with Barista Exchange's founder Matt Milletto, another long conversation with Martin Barrett from Portland Roasting and several conversations with people attending a class at American Barista & Coffee School (from all over the globe) all contributed to a much deeper awareness.
I'm very excited to journey into the depths of specialty coffee and tea, meet all kinds of passionate people and experience your knowledge shares.
Cross posted from Leaf & Berry Blog