Interview: Joe Bland of Raleigh Coffee Co

This month’s Roaster I plan to keep my eye on. Local home roaster, Joe Bland, shares how far he’s come in a short time, thanks to the support of friends and family.

Joe Bland of Raleigh Coffee Company
Joe Bland of Raleigh Coffee Company

When did you start drinking coffee?
I started drinking coffee when I was 16. I had $2 and I walked into a coffee shop and asked for the best drink for $2. I walked out with an iced latte and was instantly addicted to the experience. Continue reading “Interview: Joe Bland of Raleigh Coffee Co”

Interview: Arielle Bryant from Sola Coffee Cafe

Arielle_SolaThe first time I visited Sola Coffee Cafe, they had been open only a few weeks. I didn’t have enough time to hang out for a cafe review, that’s for another day, but I was there long enough to realize the cafe had a lot going for it and amazing people working there. One of these wonderful people is Arielle Bryant.

She has been at Sola since the beginning of build-out. This month, Arielle tells us about why their Mission and atmosphere is so unique. Continue reading “Interview: Arielle Bryant from Sola Coffee Cafe”

Interview: Curtis Cushman from Scratch [Baking]

barista may 2012_curtis cushman_ Scratch BakeryGot an itch for some Intelligentsia coffee paired with a scrumptious treat? Let local bakery and café, Scratch, it for you. This month’s featured Barista is from local Bakery & Coffee Bar in Durham, NC, Scratch Baking.

I met Curtis Cushman during a local Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) a couple month’s ago. He had come in second place that night and has since made it to first place in last month’s TNT. This month, he’ll be judging instead of competing.

I’ve heard great things about Scratch, especially the fact they serve Intelligentsia Coffee now. So, of course I had to find out more. Continue reading “Interview: Curtis Cushman from Scratch [Baking]”

Interview: Steph Caronna from La Farm Bakery

steph caronna_barista 4-2012Imagine going into your favorite cafe’ being able to pick out pretty much any bread or pastry that will pair perfectly with your coffee. This is a reality at La Farm Bakery and Cafe’ in Cary, NC.

This month’s Barista interview is with Steph Caronna, the Retail Manager at this delicious place. She talks about how her cafe’ is different from most. Continue reading “Interview: Steph Caronna from La Farm Bakery”