Whether gathering at the Edge House, my house, a ‘house’ of worship, or any house…I have this thing about coffee. I realize there are at least three different kinds of folks when it comes to discussing coffee.
The apathetic, the antagonist, and the fanatic. I obviously fall into the third category but please understand…I respect all three types. I used to be apathetic towards the tiny caffeinated creatures we call coffee beans. But somewhere along the way, I realized that coffee can be used to create a great variety of beverages while acting as a mysterious catalyst for conversation.
After being introduced to specialty coffee through my barista journey at Starbucks, I have been on a path to perfecting the cappuccino in community. In the summer of 2008 I was introduced to 1801 Mills and the Espresso Guild in Norwood, OH. Larry Bourgeois, the director of 1801 Mills has become a great mentor and friend to me in the ways of espresso, books, third place, and ecumenical friendships.
Having spent some time over the past year training with Les Stoneham, the master barista at 1801 Mills, my passion for crafting espresso beverages continues to grow alongside my desire to see great coffee and espresso served anywhere that great conversations are taking place. Through 1801 Mills and the Espresso Guild, we are providing catered espresso service as well as consultation for implementing great coffee and espresso in churches, campus ministries, study centers, local coffee shops, etc. Contact Les at the Espresso Guild or myself for more information.
La Terza is the artisan roasterie who provides us with great beans for brewing. Recently, one of the featured coffees has been La Armonia Hermosa. This coffee has a great story which you’ll find here.
If you’re a student at UC with an interest in learning the craft of espresso, or just in need of a great cappuccino and conversation…please stop in anytime at 3007 Clifton Ave (corner of Clifton & MLKing).