Sheri Merdes
  • Female
  • Fairbanks, AK
  • United States
Share on Facebook
Share on Facebook MySpace
  • Blog Posts
  • Discussions
  • Events
  • Groups
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums
  • Videos

Sheri Merdes's Friends

  • Sara Gering
  • Kelsey
  • Brianna
  • Patricia Campbell
  • Becki Klauss
  • insanemily
  • Jared Mockli
  • Matt Milletto

Sheri Merdes's Discussions

Take 5 Coffee Lounge

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alun Evans Dec 5, 2008. 0 Replies


A warm welcome from "Alaska Sunrise"

Gifts Received


Sheri Merdes has not received any gifts yet

Give Sheri Merdes a Gift

Profile Information

What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee shop owner, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
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.
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!
About Me:
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.

Comment Wall (12 comments)

You need to be a member of Barista Exchange to add comments!

Join Barista Exchange

At 10:47am on April 1, 2009, Jared Mockli said…
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 ;)
At 3:23pm on March 31, 2009, Jared Mockli said…
Hi Sheri, how is Take 5 Coffee Lounge coming along? I imagine its still really cold in Fairbanks, but at least you should have more than a couple hours of daylight by now :)
At 3:05pm on December 17, 2008, Travis Smith said…
Well, Sheri you should give me a call when you have some free time. our number is 1.800.478.5282, and we can talk about what you would like to get samples of. Talk with you later!
At 2:07pm on December 17, 2008, Travis Smith said…
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!
At 2:32pm on December 16, 2008, Jared Mockli said…
hey Sheri!
It's been really cold down in the NW lately! We even have some snow that has been lingering for a few days... I guess a little piece of AK must have come back with me :)
At 10:41am on December 8, 2008, Jared Mockli said…
Hi Sheri,
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.
At 11:40am on December 5, 2008, Brianna said…
At 1:23am on December 5, 2008, Alun Evans said…
Many years ago I was living in Colorado and working with some guys from Alaska. I though Montana and CO were amazing until they showed me some poictures of Alaska.... amazing!
At 1:56am on December 4, 2008, Steve MacDowall said…
good morning Sheri, thanks for adding me - have a coffee and enjoy the day - Steve
At 4:24pm on December 3, 2008, Jared Mockli said…
Welcome to the site Sheri!
I had a great time in Fairbanks... You have a great Coffeehouse and a great staff!

Barista Exchange Partners

Barista Exchange Friends

Keep Barista Exchange Free

Are you enjoying Barista Exchange? Is it helping you promote your business and helping you network in this great industry? Donate today to keep it free to all members. Supporters can join the "Supporters Group" with a donation. Thanks!

Clicky Web Analytics

© 2024   Created by Matt Milletto.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service