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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Steffens Dec 19, 2008. 69 Replies



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What is your position in the coffee industry?
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Seattle, WA. USA
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.
Now working at Trabant Coffee and Chai in Seattle. Slingin' the People's Crack and makin' it look pretty in Pioneer Square.

I'm building upon a history with coffee, especially it's harvesting and it's many many preparations. Currently developing my Clover technique and improving evermore on my foundations as a consistently proficient barista and coffee snob. :)
I'm also available for hire if you'd like someone who's affordable and professional with chalkboard art/promotions and even some digital design stuff.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Europe, especially the Netherlands; Japan (日本語を少し話します); Taiwan; Australia; Hawaii; East Coast USA, like NY, DC, and Boston; Mid-USA, Chicago area especially; and maybe some Central and South American countries like Brazil, and Guatemala.
About Me:
Currently I live in Seattle, am 28 years old, a graduate from Cornish College of the Arts here back in '05 and I occasionally do some freelance work utilizing those talents; chalkboards and digital output is where I find my talents most useful as far as the coffee industry goes, but my love is human portraiture and figurative work. Check some of my stuff out here!

and my personal website - still under construction...

I also play upright and electric bass as a hobby and sometimes with a band, skateboard, play video games and poker, eat awesome food, and hang out with awesome people.
About My Company:
Trabant Coffee and Chai is located in Seattle, WA. Currently there are two operating shops; the original is in the University District serving up the goods, and the newest addition is in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square. You'll most likely find me in the new location, Monday - Thursday.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
all the great people who comprise this enormous community!

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My tamp (and me, sorta) made local news!!!

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 12:42pm 2 Comments

So there is a local coffee tour that goes around sampling different brews from shops in the downtown to Pioneer Square 'hood - got a pretty sweet shot of my tamp in there, and even a shout-out to!

make with the clickin' here -


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At 7:12am on October 10, 2010, angela said…
My name is miss angela desmond i saw your profile today and became interested in
you,i will also like to know you more,and i want you to send an email to my
email address so i can give you my picture, for you to know whom i am.
Here is my email address(
I believe we can move from here!
I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
At 1:10pm on December 15, 2008, Steve MacDowall said…
great work - my love is for watercolour just love it - greetings from Canada - Steve
At 3:05pm on November 28, 2008, Alex Negranza said…
What up, playa? Let's get coffee soon.
At 3:32pm on September 18, 2008, Rebecca Johnston said…
hey you! had a great and stressful time at coffee fest! man the shakes really took did great and it was so nice to meet you and all the wonderful baristas who were involved. It was a great learning experience though and can't wait for next year. Did you go all three days? I was feeling too sick to go back but wish i had seen the finals action. Hope you are well and would like to come visit you at your shop sometime! yay coffee!
At 8:37pm on September 7, 2008, Rebecca Johnston said…
yes i am competing! i will be in the friday round with watch out!!!!!!!!!

can't wait to see all the excitement! is this your first time competing? it's my first time at coffee fest, and competing and i couldn't be happier.

i don't work at the stumptown, but serve the coffee at Fresh Flours on Phinney Ridge! come in sometime and check it out...

we might have to pour battle to the death my the death..
At 12:54pm on August 26, 2008, Justin said…
What up Rocka! Thought i'd take your advice and join the exchange.
At 11:12am on May 8, 2008, Alex Negranza said…
1 guy, 1 girl. Take it or leave it. =-D

You at T-2? Or enjoying time off?
At 10:16am on May 8, 2008, Alex Negranza said…
i had two customers yetsterday come in and mention the "short cute barista that works at the other store." WTF DUDE?!
At 12:38am on May 1, 2008, Alex Negranza said…
what's goin' on "espresso slinger?"
At 4:54pm on April 30, 2008, Denise Smith said…
So your just easing me eh? 80) seriously though can line art really be done? That would be so cool if we could learn how to do the knot on our logo. It's a double trinity that goes from inner to out loop as it travels around the triangle knot. I'll post the logo when our trademark has been filed.

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