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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, barista trainer, home barista
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
chicago IL
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.
I work for Intelligentsia coffee and tea in Chicago. We try to set the bar high for what it takes to work in our shops and I would qualify most of our bar certified staff as solid 3rd wavers. I currently have a decent grasp on latte art, solid knowledge of espresso craft and know my fair share about single origin coffees as well. I could not speak for Intelligentsia as far as opening our shops to the exchange program but would be interested in seeing how other shops do things and participating in Jams, guest shifts or what have you
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
short term I am interested in any US city with a solid 3rd wave shop/culture. in the longer term I am inclined to travel to central/south america, Europe and possibly even africa.
About Me:
I am a 29 year old Barista with some experience in coffee production environments as well. I adhere to a healthy chunk of your standard progressive values such as living green, social responsibility and equality. My interests outside of coffee include biking (commuter) bar tending/mixology and plants.
About My Company:
Intelligentsia is a coffee roaster with 4 retail locations, 3 in chicago and 1 in LA. We are pushing a new direction in purchasing coffee and developing farmer relations which we have termed Direct Trade. We keep our standards high for both the quality of our beans and our preparation. We support industry events such as the regional barista comps and are SCAA members in good standing.

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At 6:50pm on January 21, 2011, Katie Jo said…
Yup the Keweenaw!
At 5:24am 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( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
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)
( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
At 12:34am on August 6, 2010, Billy Kangas said…
Hey Michael... now that you win at coffee and all that want to write an article for mug life?
At 9:57pm on July 1, 2010, Mark Fairbairn said…
WTF!!! I just read an article in Bloomberg!!!

Congrats mate!!! I knew you when... your hair was longer...
At 11:35am on June 29, 2010, Bruno Ferrer said…
Congratulations mrs Phillips
well done in London, you are freaking amazing, was really good to see you again, and especially taking the big trophy home !
Good job mate!
you're the best
At 9:10am on May 20, 2010, Bruno Ferrer said…
hey Michael, could you do me a favor? if you can of course
I was checking out the intelligentsia site, i i fell in love with the jeremy fish shirt and the black cat tamper!
Could you take those for me, and bring to London? I could by the wwebsite, bit it would take forever to come to Brazil
I'll pay you there!
Please mate
bye bye
At 12:30am on April 21, 2010, Bruno Ferrer said…
Hey Michael i just heard the news! congratulations friend!
So we'll meet again in lodon! heeeeeeey!!
you are teh best !
you rock!
At 9:54pm on April 19, 2010, emily jackson said…
congratulations on your well-deserved and earned title. all i can say is "dang".

regards from olympia. and good luck in london.
At 6:56pm on April 18, 2010, Shawna Mobley said…
Congrats Michael!! Sorry I missed the "party" out in Cali, but work & 2 teenagers kept me back in Ohio. I was cheering for you all the way...I knew you would do it again. Keep at it and I'm sure you will be walking away with the trophy in London. Take care & best wishes.
At 9:25am on March 26, 2010, nadege said…
Good luke for anaheim, see you in London. Sure Chicago is a really nice place...

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