' it's [coffee] kind of a big puzzle that you start off with a few pieces and slowly piece it together'
Who/What?: Manager, Elysian Coffee Roasters Cafe
Highlight: a complete network of people in a city can be built through coffee!
Joey, what’re you drinking & reading right now? I'm reading Art of fermentation and Omnivores dilemma, while drinking Cider sea - Victoria, BC
I am so lucky to be meeting so many coffee people that are so very passionate about the industry. Joey shared his first encounter with the coffee and went on to describe that his work and experience at Elysian has shaped his relationships here in Vancouver. Often we hear that Vancouver has a cold exterior and can be difficult to meet people, but upon moving here he was catapulted into a network of people. I think the story here is that coffee can forge relationships that alter your life and how you relate to other like-minded people, which is consistent with why I started Coffeefriends.
My experience in Calgary or Dublin, or Vancouver wouldn't be the same without the friends I have in Coffee. When describing it, I say I had a realisation that eating with my coffee friends was exciting because they thought and talked about food and taste differently. In addition, from wine to cocktails, producers to restauranteurs and creatives; coffee has been the glue that connects people, opens doors and starts conversations. My only hope is that [the periphery] coffee consumers would be drawn into the wild world of coffee and catch a glimpse of this.
'that aeropress went with me as I backpacked down the west coast... i liked the idea of making coffee in a really simple way'
I've included a few photos from Lawrence at CafeYVR, who has been a great soundboard and holds a very interesting understanding and view of coffee. He tells the story of a cafe experience best through his photos.