What is your experience with coffee?
Coffee has always been a passion and hobby of mine that I more or less pursued throughout my time in college. I helped out in local coffee shop and roastery in Waterloo, Iowa, and I ran my own small coffee business. Most recently though, I worked at an internship with Professor José Marcos Angélico de Mendonça, a well-known Quality Grader in Brazil in Muzambinho, Minas Gerais – one of the main coffee growing regions there in Brazil. I should probably include the all too frequent coffee experiments conducted in my kitchen.
What is your favorite Ugly Mug Coffee?
I really enjoy Saving Grace – a complex tasting blend on the lighter side of the roast spectrum. As for our single-origins, I would have to go with our Brazilian. All bias aside, it really is fantastic.
What is your favorite coffee memory?
That’s a tough question because it seems where there is coffee, there is usually an intriguing culture along with it. The memory that first comes to mind would be horse-riding through some coffee fields with a friend where we ate dozens of oranges fresh off the trees. In general though, I remember any moment where I have good coffee and quality conversation.
What is your favorite part of Memphis?
I really like downtown and the area by the river, but I still have a lot yet to explore.
How do you spend your time off the clock?
Typically playing Ultimate Frisbee, climbing mountains, and/or checking out local coffee shops. If at home, I enjoy reading non-fiction, studying Portuguese, and exercising.
What is your favorite coffee pairing?
I typically take a good coffee alongside a glass of water. But I would snack on Pão de Queijo if I could find any.
If you could have coffee with anyone, living or dead, who’d it be?
Marco Polo or any of the early explorers and discoverers. It’d be cool to hear his thoughts on why he traveled and why people travel today. I think we’d get along.
What’s on your three item bucket list?
1. An extended cultural experience in Nepal
2. Volunteer for an NGO in east Africa
3. 10-day trek in Patagonia