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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Renton, WA
How many years have you been in the industry?
8 years
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.
My first job was at a small coffee shop in Southern California when I was 15. As soon as I learned how to make drinks and steam milk and felt the rush of when there's a line to door, I was hooked. I love it. Even now if Im on vacation and I come back and I get on bar, Its such a great feeling. To be bustin out drinks and making a good product is so much
fun. So needless to say Ive been a barista ever since.
About Me:
Coffee is my passion. I love being challenged, I love working with people. I never want to stop learning. I have a strong determination to do the best I can.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
I love how you can always learn more. No one will ever know every thing there is to know about coffee and how it grows or how to pull the perfect shot. There's always room to grow And there's someone else out there that can teach you.

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At 11:24pm on March 17, 2009, Rich Abker said…
Hi Samantha, Thanks for sending me the email letting me know that you are still
working for Ruben at Vince's Coffee, Renton, Washington. Sarah had told me that
she was able to help you get the barista job. I met Vince before he had a location.
He asked me to help him find a good location in the Renton area, if possible.
I saw the location and met with the landlord and eventually introduced him to
Ruben. Ruben was able to negotiate a rent agreement and the rest is history 8-).
Anyway, one day Ruben let me know he wanted to add someone sharp to his
staff of baristas. I announced his needs in one of our staff meetings. Sarah was
there, she met you and introduced you to Ruben. Sarah kept me in the loop
so I knew you were there. I am glad that it worked out well for you.
At 8:58pm on February 20, 2009, Erica Green (ericagisme) said…
OMG Sam, I just realized I missed you when you were in San Fran! :( I feel really bad. I'd like to catch up when you're free. My car was stolen less than 12 hours after moving to Cali, and I JUST got it back today! 3 weeks and one day later. Bastards! Anyway, I've been preoccupied with job hunts (got one yesterday) and searching for my car, so there's my excuse for not connecting with you. Hope it's good enough, and I look forward to hearing how you are. Miss ya!
At 8:06pm on December 23, 2008, Erica Green (ericagisme) said…
Awesome, I'll be seeing you soon then. I'm actually not sure what shifts I'll be working next week, but I've been working 2nd St. mornings, but not sure with new years and all... I'll see you even if we don't get to work together though :D Talk to you soon!
At 9:30pm on December 21, 2008, Erica Green (ericagisme) said…
Sam, that's a great Idea! I assume it'd be not problem-unless she completely destroyed all traces of your existence from the company vaults ;) which I doubt is the case.

Definitely give her a call! I'd love to work with you. When are you in town again?
At 8:44pm on December 20, 2008, Erica Green (ericagisme) said…
Sam! I'm glad to hear you're getting back into coffee, I was worried about you for a while ;)

I wish we still worked together, pumping out the coffee-a seamless team. We'll just have to be virtual soon as we both find our new cafes.

It was good to hear from you, and I'll see you soon!

Erica Green
At 6:40pm on February 12, 2008, Erica Green (ericagisme) said…
OMG, I can't wait to work with a fellow coffee geek (you) again! I feel so detached from it all working with such apathetic 'newbs.' See ya!
At 12:30pm on January 2, 2008, Shiloh Nelson said…
Hmm... very similar backgrounds! I started 3 years ago, someone signed me up for a competition, so I had to learn. I am always wanting to improve how I teach it. There seems to be different levels of achievement when learning how to pour. I am working on taking a lot of my baristas from know how to predicting the pour... if you have any suggestions.... I am eager to get even more information. That's what this is all about right!!!
At 2:35pm on December 31, 2007, Jordan Krutsch said…
How is the coffee Biz in Alaska? I was thinking about moving up there in a few years when i get done with school and I'd like to continue this fun job of being a barista!

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