I’m originally from Frisco, TX but currently live in Abilene where I am a Worship Pastor and Freelance Graphic Designer. To say that I like coffee is probably an understatement. When I’m not working at the church or designing, I enjoy trying new coffees, exploring new shops, and attempting new methods of brew. I also am fascinated by the fact that coffee brings people together for meetings, studying, gatherings, and creates an avenue for genuine conversation. Coffee is a big part of my daily routine of my morning wake up all the way to connecting with people at the church and design clients.
Talk about your first experience drinking coffee. Did you like/hate it the first time you tried it?
A few summers ago, I interned with Life.Church in Oklahoma City. At the time, I spent my Fridays and Saturdays bumming off of the free wifi at coffee shops so that I could work on my Graphic Design work. I was intrigued by the culture of the coffee world and how each coffee shop had a unique feel. Naturally, spending hours at these shops, I was trying new drinks and realized how the natural flavor of high quality coffee was even better than all of the additive flavors that people try to mix in to an already incredible cup of coffee. I found a love for the different processes of making specialty coffee and learned to appreciate what a high quality cup of brew consists of.
Who is your favorite roaster? Which Roast?
I am constantly ordering new coffees from roasters across the nation so honestly, it is super difficult to choose a favorite. I rarely order the same coffee from the same roaster but there have definitely been a few that have stuck out as over the top. If you are looking to order from a roaster that always delivers high quality roasts, I would try Blue Bottle. They now have several locations across the nation and also have a subscription that is worth checking out. Currently they have a Sumatra that is unreal. Any bean you order from them is almost guaranteed to be something you will enjoy if you like trying new coffees.
Favorite food/sweets to pair with your coffee?
When first trying a new coffee, I really like drinking it on its own to get a feel for the tasting notes. After I have tried it on its own, a few things that I have really appreciated with it are Terroir Chocolate and Pepperidge Farm Gingerman cookies. Terroir Chocolate is by Onyx Coffee Lab that is meant to be paired with coffee and I highly recommend ordering some. As far as the Gingerman cookies go, they are similar to when you order a cortado at a coffee shop and they give you a biscotti cookie to go along with it. Both are worth a try if you are wanting to start pairing food with your favorite roasts.
What would your advice be to someone who doesn’t drink coffee currently who should?
I would say give it a try with an open mind. If you have tried Keurig or your grandpa’s black coffee and decided that you don’t like coffee, I want to encourage you to try a high quality roast that is freshly ground, and crafted in an intentional manner. There is such a wide range of coffee beans that have different tasting notes to really cater to your specific liking. Just like people like trying different types of wine and beer, you can nerd out over coffee and all of the different variables. Its fun to try different beans, sip on some brew with a new friend, or pair your coffee with different foods. Give it a shot!