What made you fall in love with coffee? Yes, I fell in love. And I’m still falling. Perhaps my perpetual fall can be traced back to some key components:
Peer pressure. Not the bullying kind. My older sister started drinking coffee way too young, I thought it was cool. So I joined the madness.
Sometime later I discovered that what we had been drinking was pretty blasphemous to true coffee. Around that time I was apprehended by espresso. One could say this was my doorway into true life.
What’s your go-to coffee preparation method? V60 pourover. I love the simplicity. I love the mellow result. And somehow I feel more connected to coffee through this process. Perhaps because there is zero automation. Everything is manual, I like that.
Who’s the most fascinating person coffee has connected you with? I think coffee only connects you with fascinating people. There is a standout, though: Kim Boyd. She’s a hero. She showed me passion and skill for the industry at large, zeal beyond coffee but always with coffee in mind. Not just ratios, grind, temperature, and latte art; but décor, personality, people, and service. Kim = hero.
Outside of making coffee, what are you passionate about? People. Family. Anything that connects, voices, promotes love. Coffee has this capacity. As does much. As does music. So I write with notes and letters, mostly my guitar and pencil. We have a lot to uncover, so I’m grateful for more than one tool to dig with.
Where do you get your caffeine fix on your days off? SL28, Grey Street Kitchen, Rocket Roastery or Demi Urgos. They all have their own quirks. Generally I’m just looking for true coffee and a good place to converse. Said spots have both.
Do you think that there are any life lessons we can learn from the process of making a cup coffee? Many. Particularly, we can learn from the care and commitment it takes both to make and consume good coffee. You work hard to honour, you take care of the details, you keep the whole picture in view, you enjoy the making, the partaking, and you stay true.
How has coffee played a part in your creative process as a musician/songwriter? Coffee has played her part very well. She is so good at keeping me up late, then getting me up early, after the late! She is much more than her ability to caffinate, though. Coffee has taken me deeper into creative process, teaching me detail, care, and uniqueness. These qualities can be translated for many a circumstance and creation – but I take special care to implement them in and through music.
If you could have coffee with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? The Apostle Paul. He is wild, with a story for the ages. And I wonder how he brewed his…
First breakfast on our new table Red cabbage + carrot shavings seared to perfection Broccolini on the side Toasted white bread because it tastes good and whole wheat is a lie Sprinkle with green onions and salt Blackberries for dessert Coffee