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One of my first jobs was working at a coffee cart in Fairbanks, Ak where I was first introduced to the varied and growing world of the coffee industry and had a bit of training with barista training with North Pole Coffee Roasters. I also worked the bar at L'Assiette De Pomegranate for a few years. I now work at a cafe in Portland, OR called Backspace. I have also headed up a fundraiser at my high school to sell coffee on to people before school started and helped to create and manage a cafe at the college I attend. Coffee has been a growing part of my life since that first job at a little cart in Fairbanks. I keep learning and being amazed about how much there is to know. And keep being enchanted by how warming such a beverage is for the soul. It brings people together, it keeps us going, it warms the body and keeps us wanting more.
I'm a writer, mostly a poet with a passion for reading and coffee. I have a degree from a college that closed down because of poor finances and have once kayaked from Sitka, AK to Hoonah, AK on a 21 day expedition. I have curly hair, am Alaskan Native and am a recent transplant to Portland.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
the sweet fast paced tang of patience and practice
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