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Barista Jobs in England

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gwen Feb 26, 2008. 3 Replies

 

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, barista trainer, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
4
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
yes
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
I am experienced at the espresso bar and can make a wide variety of specialty drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos, mochas etc. I can adjust the grind to perfect from a deadlock in two tries or less. I have food prep and sanitation skills as well as some bakery prep skills. I also know the grind settings required for a variety of home brew methods, including but not limited to moka espresso, toddy, vacuum, neapolitan, french press, melitta, and chemex brewers. I have experience using the aforementioned brew methods. I can back flush an espresso machine. I can consistently pour latte art. I also have some knowledge of the inner workings of the espresso machine, particularly in relation to cleaning. I have extensive knowledge of tea history and brewing and I have been involved in the Tea Science 101 research group since it's birth in the company. I have some office experience, particularly with filing. I'm organized, punctual, and efficient. I took three years of Spanish in high school and two of German, though In am out of practice with both. If I think of more I'll add it later.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
London, England is probably my first choice. I wouldn't mind traveling elsewhere in Europe.
About Me:
I live for: music, random information, vinyl, coffee AND tea, my friends, animals, travel, excitement, adventure, playing guitar, my bed, and thrifting. I collect coffee brewing apparatuses (I'm still missing a vacuum pot and an ibrik). My favorite music is Punk, The Clash being my favorite band, but I'm pretty open minded. I'm a complete Anglophile. I love reading; sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, romance, classics, horror, and non-fiction particularly in regards to music and/or punk. If I were a car, I would be an '85 Toyota Tersell, white, with rust around the wheel wells, no power steering, no anti-lock breaks, two-doors, automatic. Incidentally that was the first car I ever owned. *grins*
About My Company:
Phoenix Coffee believes that you can change the world by serving a really good cup of coffee. I'm not sure about that applying to the entire world, but I've seen it work on peoples' personal worlds. The feeling that I can make someone's day better by talking to them and giving them some great coffee; well that's Phoenix to me. We're incredibly active in our local communities. Our strongest point, aside from great coffee, is customer service.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The people and the coffee.
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At 6:06pm on June 27, 2009, lindsaytron said…
done and done.
At 2:26pm on June 26, 2009, Dex said…
Hey I am doing pretty well hope you had a great time at the JAM! Hows things with you great I hope!.Talk to you soon have a great weekend!
At 11:42am on June 26, 2009, Phil Proteau said…
Hi Gwen, it was great meeting the Ohio crew, enjoy your Green Machine.
At 7:13pm on April 24, 2009, Ben Gleeson said…
Hi Gwen,
Back in Australia, sorry I missed you! I was in Cleveland for 1 day and spent the rest of my time in Columbus.. Had a good coffee at Cafe Brioso in C-bus, not much else though : (
At 5:16pm on March 29, 2009, Ben Gleeson said…
Hey Gwen,
I will be in Ohio next week, just wondering if I can come by your work and grab a wonderfully made cup of coffee? let me know when you'll be there! Cheers,
At 3:36pm on January 6, 2009, Ben Gleeson said…
Happy New year Gwen!
It sounds like you're having a good time oganising barista jams etc, pretty cool. So, with Australia as oppossed to England... I'm not too sure how strict the laws are over here, could be similar? I've asked one of my Canadians barista buddies to join BX, and he is currently working in Vietnam but was working for a couple of years in Australia before that.. and should be pretty up to date on what you need to do to get in. His name is Nat, and he's promised me he'll join in the next few days - so I'll keep you posted. On another note, looks like I'll be heading to WBC in Atlanta this year - as a spectator.. So if you're heading their too, we should catch-up ; )
At 9:10pm on May 7, 2008, Ben Gleeson said…
Hey Gwen, it was the first one ever run in oz, and was held at one of our big industry events.. it was great fun, I had to prepare and serve a traditional (hot) tea, and a iced tea infusion with a black or green base.. I went with the Chinese White tea Pui mu tan for my traditional, and I made an Red Iced Chai for the cold one. It was judged by a panel of 3 tea experts.. I won a two and a half thousand dollar tea set - which was pretty cool and I get a double page spread in the next cafe culture mag over here! I would have loved to go to vegas for the convention but am flat-out busy over here with the new roasting business.. Next year! How's things with you?

At 7:10pm on April 30, 2008, Ben Gleeson said…
Hi Gwen,
Hows things with you - nice rap from Caitlin! maybe you should come to Australia ; ) we've got nicer weather.. Anyway, bit of news - I managed to win the National tea infusion challenge the other week 'yay' so that's pretty exciting! anything new with you?
At 12:32pm on April 18, 2008, Caitlin said…
Just so y'all know, Gwen is one of the most fabulous baristas, co-workers, employees, and friends I've ever experienced (and I've worked with a lot of really great people, so thats saying something!). I've watched her sell beans based on a customer's fine wine tastes in a charming and knowledgeable way that makes my jaw drop. She sucks up knowledge of coffee and tea and then creatively makes it her own and presents it to others in a way that they can connect with. Gwen is one of the pioneers of our Tea Science Crew and eagerly experiments and educates. She works hard, smiles big, keeps a pristine bar, and is an incredible asset to our community. Gwen is a gift and whatever shop in the UK finally steals her away from us will be about the luckiest place in the the world. Love you Gwennie!
At 1:44am on March 18, 2008, Ben Gleeson said…
Hey Gwen,

Good news about the snow!

The bars in the specs you gave me refers to to the boilers capacity - or rating.. which has nothing to do with the water going through your portafilter.. you'll notice on your machine that their are to readings on your machine gauge.. 15 and 2. The side that has 15 on it reads your pump pressure - which when running a shot through should read somewhere between 9 and 10 bars.. the other should float somewhere between 0.9 and 1.2.. - that's the steam pressure in the boiler - where you get your steam from. Bars simply means atmospheres.. so the pressure that the world puts on us ;) x whatever it reads..
I hope that makes some sort of sense - let me know if it doesn't.. and I will try to explain it better : )
Have a great day tomorrow Gwen!
 
 
 

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