The powers-that-be at Handsome Coffee wanted to chronicle my journey as a new barista, but the imminent opening of our coffee bar has them busy roasting coffee, pulling permits, and traveling the world on global coffee odysseys.
So I suppose I can try to introduce myself…
My start in coffee has been unusually lucky; my first cupping was with Chris Owens, I learned pour over from Tyler Wells, and pulled my first shots with Michael Phillips. Within a few weeks, I had gotten to play with tons of amazing coffee on equipment that I had only dreamed of using. I’ve had the opportunity to make coffee with the 2011 World Barista Champion Alejandro Mendez, pour with Nicely (the 2011 Coffee Fest Latte Art champ), and meet a number of the trade’s most prominent professionals.
My beginnings may not seem humble, but they’ve certainly been humbling. The amount of talent, knowledge, and experience within the Handsome walls is both exciting and intimidating. I am truly fortunate and humbled to start my career with such an incredible group of coffee professionals, and glad to call the Handsome guys my friends.
I’ll be posting more as my journey in coffee continues so feel free to follow along and ask questions. You can also follow my short form rantings on twitter at @twofistedangelo