Kerry Laird
  • Walnut Creek & Berkeley, CA
  • United States
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee shop owner, coffee roaster, coffee enthusiast, industry professional, consultant
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Walnut Creek & Berkeley, CA
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?
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
I'll go anywhere! Unfortunately I likely wouldn't be the one doing the exchange - John or one of our experienced baristas would get to do the traveling - unless help is needed with planning a barista compeition! However, I do plan to start visiting origin in the near future and always love checking out cafes throughout any travel I do.
About Me:
Entrepreneur and First Lady of Pacific Bay Coffee Co. & Micro-Roastery in Walnut Creek & Berkeley, CA. .I collect photos of customers holding bags of their coffee beans all over the world. Want to be an full time artist when I grow up. In the meantime I'm available for consulting work planning barista competitions and special events for the coffee industry, especially if it includes travel to origin.
About My Company:
Our roastmaster and my husband, John Laird and I opened Pacific Bay Coffee Co & Micro-Roastery in Walnut Creek, CA in Feb. 2004 after our final desicision of not wanting to look back in 20 years and say "what if we had tried...".

Our journey as a independent cafe and roastery has been a good one, with challenges and bumps along the road but with much satisfaction in know ing region now has access to wonderful coffee beans and beverages.

We are now embarking on opening a wholesale roastery and training center in Berkeley, CA. and will be hosting the Western Regional Barista Competition March 28-30, 2008 in Berkeley. I am also on the 2008 SCAA Conference planning committee and enjoy meeting getting to know the people who make up the specialty coffee community.

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At 3:50pm on December 14, 2015, Stella said…

Good Day,

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Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Mrs Stella.

At 3:03pm on November 8, 2008, The Barista Formerly Known As JavaJ said…
Hey Kerry,

We are all moved back to the city. I stopped by a few months ago, not sure if you got my message. Also, we are shutting down the Roseville shop. Let me know if you need any equipment, we have a bunch for sale. Cheers.
At 8:39pm on September 24, 2008, Alun Evans said…
Hey Kerry. For sure you should try and send the bulk of your time in the South Island, maybe cut in Northland (Bay of Islands) and Corommandel (Scenic and history) in the North, Rotorua (Maori Culture in a nutshell) do Hawkes Bay (vineyards), Wellington and then hit the South Island. The NZ Tourism website has excellent travel planners on it >

The South Island has a lot of everything pretty much accessible to anyone with a Camper Van (Maui Van).
At 6:33pm on September 24, 2008, Alun Evans said…
Hey Kerry, good luck with the trip to NZ. I am sure the 8 or 9 kiwis on BX will look after you while you are down there. I agree with Paul on the Wellington Scene, although if you are interested in the roasting scene you should certainly try and include Wellys first specialty roaster- L'affare and probably also Supreme and maybe Revive in Petone.
At 7:33pm on September 9, 2008, Paul Hudson said…
My favorite coffee joints in Wellington are Peoples Coffee and Fidels Cafe serving Havana Coffee
At 5:07pm on September 7, 2008, Hans Pronk said…
Are you thinking places in general or specific coffee interests?
At 1:27pm on September 7, 2008, Paul Hudson said…
Hi Kerry. From the comments it looks like you are coming over to New Zealand. Wellington has some fantastic local roasters that produce great coffee. If you are coming through Wellington I can show you some favorites of mine.
At 2:12am on September 6, 2008, Claire Matheson-Jones said…
Yay, I'd love to point you in the right direction if I can. Where are you going to be and for how long? xx
At 8:40pm on September 5, 2008, Hans Pronk said…
Hi Kerry, flick me a message closer to when you leave and let me know where you'll be heading, there are a number of good spots around.
At 6:54pm on September 5, 2008, Sean Hennessy said…
Hi Kerry! Not a problem at all. Where in New Zealand will you be visiting? Regards.

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