chris ganger
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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, manager, barista trainer, coffee roaster, home barista, coffee enthusiast, industry professional
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Ithaca New York
How many years have you been in the industry?
11 years food service, past four as a barista
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.
For the past four years I have been with the ithaca coffee company. a very small shop to begin has grown tremendously over my time with them. For the past two years I have been responsible for managing our cafe, and training all of our employees. I have just opened our companies second cafe and have gone through a round of training for new staff. I would be interested in working with other trainers around the country to share insights gained and methods employed.

I have just finished my first week as roaster and green coffee buyer!

Change is a good thing.

I will be tackling all of our roasting along with my management and training responsibilities, as well as being the lead quality control.

I will spend my time "like the octopus who plays the drums" reaching simultaneously all over the place and keeping a perfect rhythm.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
I would be interested to travel anywhere invited, and would graciously host a fellow barista from anywhere in the world.
About Me:
Out of high school I had the idea that I would like to be a chef soo... I attended the Culinary Institute of America. while there I went on internship to new orleans for six months. After I finished that program I went out to aspen and worked a six month stint there. Which lead me to delve deeper into my interests in baking. I went back to the CIA this time in the Napa valley for my baking certificate. several short stints later and around the country led me back to my hometown and to an opening at my favorite gourmet market. After a short training period I was put on the espresso bar and haven't looked back since. Last year was my first foray into the competitive world. I got the opportunity to compete int e millrock latte art event in chicago, and the first ever NERBC. Look for me this year in DC, My hometown for the second NERBC, and in Minneapolis.
About My Company:
The Ithaca Coffee Company is the oldest coffee roaster in ithaca. we have been roasting in town since 1984. five years ago the company changed hands and expanded to a new location at which time they added a cafe, and a new roaster. Our store is a gourmet market carrying everything that entails as well as being our roastery. early last year we opened our second location in which the cafe is a much larger focus.
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At 6:20am 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 8:27am on March 5, 2009, Jeremy Sterner said…
Happy Birthday!
At 5:12pm on February 11, 2009, Jeremy Sterner said…
Hey, Chris. You ok? Missed you this past weekend...
At 5:12am on January 12, 2009, Jeremy Sterner said…
Cool. Will see you there! Just read your post about breaks... Sounds confusing and frustrating! You sounded thoughtfull and professional I thought. I hope a balance can be reached.
At 7:03am on January 7, 2009, Jeremy Sterner said…
Hello Chris. Just wanted to see if you were going to be in Pittsburg and to say hello!
At 1:37pm on April 2, 2008, Mike White said…
Absolutely. See you then.
At 1:26pm on April 2, 2008, Mike White said…
We used to ride the bus together. I lived in Eastern Hts. Remember me? Glad to see we have the same passion.
At 5:36am on April 2, 2008, Steve Kessler said…
Hey Chris! I look forward to meeting you as well. I laughed when I saw your note about the Lavazza link. Sometimes when I type it fast Ill forget the "s", LOL! Take care and I'll see ya soon.
At 3:58pm on March 20, 2008, Jason Dominy said…
Hey Chris. How's life in Ithaca's other coffee shop?
At 6:41pm on February 22, 2008, Jason Dominy said…
Eh, What's Up Chris? Eh, What's up Chris? Eh, What's Up Chris? (Sorry, that's all I've taught my bird....)

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