If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
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Take 5 Coffee Lounge is a cozy shop within The Artisan's Courtyard - a large community center I built for art. My daughter, Kelsey, and I own Take 5. I'm new to this industry, having spent the bulk of my life as Mom, paralegal and operating non profit dance schools. So I'm learning, fast! Fairbanks, Alaska is unique in location, climate and the level of sophistication in art we have here. Take 5 was designed to compliment the numerous other art forms that occur every day at the Courtyard. Our food is homemade, "Grandma's" with a touch of elegance - most of our menu features family recipes. The shop decor is old Hollywood. We are the first and only shop in AK to be trained through American Barista & Coffee School - our whole staff! Thanks Jared!!! We'd love to share the experience of AK with baristas.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
I am an avid traveler and love discovering new cultures, concepts and places. That said, I'll go anywhere!
I'm 52, mother of 4, grandmother of 1 and widowed 5 years ago. I've been active in the performing arts since childhood in drama and dance. As I aged, performing and teaching evolved into daily operations as Executive Director. I also am Artistic Director of Dance for Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Food is art to me and since I've long enjoyed the nuance of coffees, it was natural for me to explore this art form as well. I'd describe my self as adventurous. I scuba dive, love to travel, am a pilot, look for ways to provide opportunities for others to discover their strengths, and am passionate about integrity in myself and others.
About My Company:
Take 5 Coffee Lounge is a family business in many ways. Owned by my daughter and I, managed by a niece, and staffed by a son and other 6 baristas who are like family. We believe in each employee and enjoy seeing them succeed. For the most part, all of us are new to this business - and we're all enthusiastic and hungry for information, education and application.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The depth of relationships with others - customers, baristas, consultants, it doesn't matter - there is a refreshing difference in communication and teamwork in coffee.
We had a snowy winter down in Seattle/Portland as well, not even close to the amount you speak of though! So you have some questions?? Lay 'em on me! (feel free to email me anytime). Heather didn't get a certificate? I thought we had everyone.. email me her full name and we'll send that out asap. I would love to get up this summer. If I can find the time (and the $$) I'll be there for sure. It would be cool to actually see Alaska this time now that the sun is out ;)
Hello Sheri! I just happend to see your icon on the front page with alaska on it. I am the Operations Manager at Heritage Coffee down in Juneau, and i would love to talk to you about coffee and products that we might be able to provide for you. We ship to Fairbanks weekly, and i would love to send you some samples. Best of luck with your new shop!
Having smaller diameter holes in the tips of your steam wands would slow down the release of pressure and aid in the development of micro-foam. It will slow down the overall time that it takes to steam the same volume of milk, however. As for your gauge, I seriously doubt that there is anything wrong with what it is reading. If your water mains are giving you problems, that would definitely be manifesting the pressure fluctuations on your dual monometer. If the pressure has been set to 9 bars as the espresso is extracting and you still continue to see fluctuations in pressure you may want to look into installing an expansion bladder in front of the machine to help to stabilize this. I don't think this should be too expensive... probably about $200 for the tank, and will install pretty easily.
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