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've been in the retail side for four years and in the last year have been more hands-on with my roaster and learning more about that. I own and operate an espresso bar and cafe which gives me experience from the front of the house to the back.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Parts of the Northwest, Central and South America, Africa. Just about wherever coffee is produced.
I am a former barista that became an accountant for nine years just to come full circle back to becoming a barista and owning my own shop. happiness
About My Company:
Fioza Cafe. We opened for business in July of 2007 and have been growing steadily since. We are the only true espresso bar in the Meyerland area. Houston is still starved for good espresso bars.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
they remodeled and look better than ever, with a new bar, 3-group Linea and Mazzer grinder. as of last month, they were still looking for a roaster that offered everything they're looking for (mainly a good training program and an understanding of good espresso). my last family visit to texas had me training the Mod staff for two days, and i think i sparked the fires a little, as a few of their baristas have called me with super-geeky questions about coffee prep.
i'll have to see how far those two training sessions go, and how long they can go before another session is necessary. hopefully, they find a roaster nearby soon that can keep up the quality, or i'll be repeating myself there every year!
sorry i missed your place last visit - didn't quite make it into houston-proper as i'd hoped. let's keep in touch so i can plan for a visit next time. i'll bring some coffee to play with, too!
At 11:44am on September 23, 2008, will frith said…
i remember driving for an hour just to get to cafe brasil from galveston just for a good cup of coffee and mediocre espresso... that is, until mod coffeehouse opened in galveston (RIP). then ike had to come upend the whole city. i don't think they'll be able to reopen for a few years at least.
you'll be a welcome addition to houston, i'm sure. and i'll hit you up there next time i visit my folks in texas!
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