I am a photographer, NPR addict and coffee lover (I love coffee more than 95% of other things). In August, I will be starting my master’s at Northern Arizona University in communication with an emphasis in documentary studies (Forbes ranks communication as the worst degree to get, so naturally I’m getting a second one). I just moved back to Arizona after living in Tampa for four years, but as an army brat, I’m never sure to say where I’m originally from. I guess I hail from Phoenix, Arizona by way of Washington D.C., Washington state, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
My family drinks tea—always has, always will. I was born and bred to despise coffee. I thought I would continue the family legacy, but a friend gave me a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee that was really sugar with a side of coffee. At first I liked the sugar, but I worked myself up to loving coffee frappuccinos at Starbucks, then to caramel macchiatos. Finally, I tried a pour over from a local roaster (a beautiful natural Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from Buddy Brew) and my life was changed for the better.
Yikes, this is a loaded question. I’ve consistently gotten some fantastic bags from Novel Coffee. A natural Ethiopian Kilenso sticks out to me. I once picked up a wonderful washed Ethipoian from Phil & Sebastian. Lately, I’ve been loving a natural Brazil from Peixoto. They’re a local roaster based here in Phoenix and this coffee comes from Peixoto’s privately owned farm in Brazil.
I once had the best donut of my life at Boxcar Social in Toronto. So yeah, give me a donut with my coffee, give me life.
The advice I would have given myself ten years ago is: the junk they sell at Dunkin’ isn’t real coffee. Like, go to a local shop, talk to the barista, see what they like, and give it a try.