Sarah Leanne Barnett
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  • Auburn, Al
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Mama Mocha's Coffee Emporium & Roastery

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, manager, coffee shop owner, barista trainer, coffee roaster, home barista, coffee enthusiast, industry professional, consultant, supplier, entrepreneur
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Auburn, Alabama- United 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 have worked with corporate shops, independent shops, catering at festivals and charity events, home tastings, managed a variety of shops, and LOVE to train. I opened a coffee roasting company in Feb of 2010. The espresso bar I own and manage is as natural as possible, all the way down to our house-made whiskey caramel latte with organic milk, ristretto espresso and biodegradable cup. The range of coffees roasted are from American Roast, City Roast, Full City Roast, Vienna to French Roast. In no way would I consider myself a third wave barista or roaster. I love experiencing new coffees as long as they are GOOD QUALITY, well sourced, well roasted and well brewed. I love the fact that the coffee in this sense could be almost anything. I've worked with and managed a variety of personality types and age demographics and have a special discipline in early twenties baristas. I'd love to experience any and all coffee-related opportunities-wherever that may be. I'm a problem-solution kind of girl. Need a solution? Hit me up! I'm game.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Any and all!
About Me:
I'm 6'3''. I love Jesus but am currently working on loving most Christians. I have a rescue Rottweiler that is my baby bear. My husband is my best friend and my heart. He works as an electrician and is often asked why he doesn't work in my company (I opened it before we dated). The usual response is,"We care about our marriage too much to risk that kind of daily schedule." He is truly the love of my life, but I am so grateful that we are pursuing our dreams independently and supportively. I work with coffee all day every day and have without any employment breaks for over a decade. I adore craft beer and top shelf bourbon. My business is my dynasty, and I won't ever stop expanding or learning.
About My Company:
Mama Mocha's Coffee Emporium and Roasters is a grass roots company that will warm your heart and kick your ass with caffeine and well made coffee. Monin, House made syrups, Maya Chai and loose leaf Tea. We work with a Victoria Arduino 3 group Leva machine (no, no one has been hurt on it yet) and a Mahlkonig K30 digital grinder. French Press Only brew standard (we're working on introduting a methods menu in fall. Pour over, chemex, clever, toddy, etc.), 6 oz cappuccino, all organic dairy, pretty respectable practices. I have 15+ wholesale accounts in the Southeast and MANY loyal regulars who live in Auburn and across the states. 3 kilo US Roaster Corp, 11 x 16 room. 12+ single origins and 5 Espresso blends. I do excellent work at a rapid pace and expect all 10 roasters and baristas to do the same. In fact, we make the hell out of coffee.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The passion that comes from growing the bean to enjoying the sip. It's a relationship. It's more than a beverage.

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It's been too long since this has happened.

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

So the Cambridge Coffee shop season of my life has been long gone for months now. What a relief to be away from the executive visits and ill-knowledged practices of that company.

The new season of career I'm in is the exact opposite. Risky. Passionate. and now I'm the ill-knowledged one! Beginning a roasting career is the most exhausting and fantastic choice I could have ever made. I have 12 micro lots that I'm in love with and creating profiles for with such care it makes my…


I desperately need advice!!!

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 7:05am 6 Comments

The exectutives of the shop I've been managing for a year have refused a different coffee than dillanos since I've started. However, recently showing them how much money we could make and save by roasting our own in store has changed their minds. They've left it up to me to find the roaster and source of beans. I want to go direct trade with farms so we skip the political fair trade issue and give more money back to the farmers. Does anyone have ANY suggestions for me or resources?!


Posted on August 26, 2008 at 8:05pm 0 Comments

I wish so badly that my thoughts were clear. My vision? permanent. My passion? Pervasive in everything I do. My path? Everchanging.

Takes money to make money, right? I could own and manage a coffeeshop. My own. That I bought and I suply. But I'm STILL a corporate coffee whore. A salaried, bullied, overworked coffee management whore. This is how I pay my bills. This is NOT how I want to spend my twenties. I could do better. I could have my shop. But… Continue

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At 6:50am on March 12, 2012, lance battenfield said…

wow, never got that question. i could send you a sample maybe. i'll check with my boss. but... we actually pride our selves with a great relationship with this particular farmer. not even the green giant can get there hand on the quality of yannan we have. they already tried. so in bulk, probably not, but as a fellow roaster. i can maybe get u a sample... sorry. : )

At 4:47am on August 17, 2010, Ali Hojeij said…
Hello Dear.
How are you and how is your cafe, i opened my new coffee concept today and will send pic soon
At 12:30am on June 16, 2010, Adam Wilson said…
we also DEFINITELY need some bowl-style latte mugs before we do a barista throwdown. I'll see what Tina thinks about that.
At 10:22am on April 5, 2010, Adam Wilson said…

At 7:08am on February 18, 2010, Sarah Leanne Barnett said…
Legit, Adam. Birmingham has some sweet barista skills going on too. and what about hot-lanta? Octane is pretty much the Southeastern coffee mecca. Indie shops in Auburn of course will shank everyone in their sleep, it's true, but we could let them try. Remind me to talk to Barbara about the ceramic cup thing soon. I keep forgetting. You may be better able to explain a good consistent 'Gnu's Room Standard' shape for our espresso beverages. (We must prepare more in our freepouring skills. SOON.)
At 2:07pm on February 16, 2010, Adam Wilson said…
We need to convince barista exchange to add a US-Southeast region to the shops page. There would be like four of us on there, and we would destroy everyone.
At 1:34pm on February 16, 2010, Joe Marrocco said…
Thanks a lot!! Let me know if you have specific questions I may be able to help with.
At 4:19pm on February 15, 2010, Adam Wilson said…
Also, you should update your blog. it's from the cambridge era :P
At 4:17pm on February 15, 2010, Adam Wilson said…
Let's do it. We need to get some wide-mouth cups though for real. Actually, we should sanction one of our pottery-making friends to make us some.
At 1:54pm on February 8, 2010, René Brosius said…
Hi Sarah,
greetings from europe!

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