We may be united by coffee, but we all take different paths into finding it. So we spoke with baristas at the 2016 London Coffee Festival to find out what led them to this beautiful brew – and why they continue to dedicate their lives to it.
What did we discover? Well, some of them fell into coffee by accident.
“Coffee was to tide me over, and cover tattooing expenses. I fell in love and kept putting off leaving; it didn’t make any sense to leave something I enjoy so much.”
“I worked in security for seven years, I was bored, and offered a job as a barista with better hours. I have done everything from being a barista to roasting to developing machinery, but there is always something new to learn.”
Some were just curious.
Tom from The Roastery Department:
“The concept of speciality coffee is similar to composition music; people only see the final product but that is just the tip of the iceberg. I wanted to see what went into that tiny cup.”
“I used to be a chef and drank coffee to stay up. Being naturally inquisitive, the more you learn the more you realise you don’t know, which is quite enjoyable.”
Some felt a calling.
“I completed a barista course in Hungary six year ago and being in the coffee industry is my fate.”
“I moved to London four years ago and bought a brand to life – a forward-thinking concept and a more transparent approach to coffee.”
Some love their craft.
“A multi-rosetta: a great warm up to steady the hands for competitions.’’
And some just really love the culture of coffee.
“I love the coffee culture; working in a coffee house helped me to become more outgoing.”
“I love the community vibe in coffee; I can go anywhere in the world and know at least one person through coffee. Common grounds.”
What led you to coffee?
Written by J. Ansell.
All photos courtesy of @smedleyshots.
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